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hunter4160
Web Member

Boise, ID 10-29-2011 18:54
Sunny & Clear, Winds Calm – 50-60 Degrees
I joined this website hoping to learn more about Boise hunting areas however no posts since 2010. Less informative than Yes Access site. Any help is greatly appreciated. Have 18 month old lab that need to hunt.

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webmaster
root

Wrong shooting times in Idaho Waterfowl Regs 10-19-2011 17:39
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** Wrong shooting times in Idaho Waterfowl Regs **

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game put out a notice that some of the shooting times in January are wrong in the state’s waterfowl regulations.

The time chart on Page 11 in the 2011-2012 Waterfowl Seasons and Rules book has incorrect times for five days in January.

The opening times on Jan. 22-27 in the column for Ada, Adams, Boise, Canyon, Elmore, Gem, Owyhee, Payette, Valley and Washington counties and part of Idaho County, all in the Mountain Time Zone areas, are off by 3 hours.

The correct opening times in those areas are: Jan. 22 – 7:41 a.m.; Jan. 23 – 7:40 a.m.; Jan. 24 – 7:39 a.m.; Jan. 25 – 7:39 a.m.; Jan. 26 – 7:38 a.m.; and Jan. 22 – 7:37 a.m.

The correct closing time for Jan. 27 is 5:49 p.m.

The times for all other days are correct.

For a correct table, see the waterfowl rules on the Fish and Game Web site at:

http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/docs/rules/waterfowlShootHours.pdf

[Edited By webmaster on 2011-10-19 17:39]

Posted By:
Thunder 7
Web Member

10-07-2010 21:33
Mostly Sunny, No Precipitation – Over 70 Degrees
I have been out on the river and not seeing much for ducks bunching together. Have seen lots of woodies flying by. Hey, Shoot 13 when are you going to be in the area?

Posted By:
shoot13
Guest

09-16-2010 09:18
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I would love to come out and hunt the snake river but I have no means of getting a boat or decoys out there. too far of a drive from SC. I have hunted AR for the past 14 years and it’s old so I’m looking for something new. Please let me know if you can help. I will be traveling with my brother and that’s it so there won’t be too many people for a boat. We are good callers and not sky blasters.

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Thunder 7
Web Member

Weiser 12-28-2009 13:41
Cloudy, Winds Calm – 25-30 Degrees – Open Water
hunted fields off river yesterday for geese and it was’nt bad lots of geese came by. Hunted snake river this morning cold and nothing around west end of weiser area.

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Thunder 7
Web Member

south of weiser snake river 12-26-2009 13:52
Mostly Cloudy, No Precipitation – 30-34 Degrees – Ice
Cold but seems to be ducks and geese in area hunting has’nt been to bad.

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Thunder 7
Web Member

Weiser Snake River 12-07-2009 17:39
Cloudy, Winds Calm – 25-30 Degrees – Open Water
Froze my tail off. Lots of new birds in as i jetted up the river they busted from under trees. Also seen about 500 geese in the field on the Oregon side.

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Thunder 7
Web Member

snake river Payette 12-02-2009 19:57
Sunny & Clear, Winds Calm – 35-40 Degrees
Birds seem to be bunching together, probably because the ponds are freezing and temps are dipping. Hunted river today not much action.

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Thunder 7
Web Member

snake river nyssa 11-28-2009 20:14
Cloudy, Rain & Thunderstorms – 40-45 Degrees
Is there anyone else in Idaho that uses this reporting page? No new birds to speak of, I have hunted the river all week and run it just to scout but not much around.

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Steve Eccard
Field Editor

southwest 01-11-2009 23:38
Mostly Cloudy, No Precipitation – 30-34 Degrees – Open Water
Lost of birds flying high. There isnt much willing to work the decoys. I guess its that time of the season.

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Posted By:
Steve Eccard
Field Editor

southwest 12-29-2008 21:34
Mostly Cloudy, No Precipitation – 25-30 Degrees – Open Water
Hunted all over this past week. Tons of birds in the area. Talked to lost of people and they said its about time the birds showed up. Lost of geese are here. the hard part is getting them in close for a shot.

Posted By:
lelyn
Web Member

Walters Ferry Snake River 12-27-2008 22:46
Cloudy, Accumulating Snow – 25-30 Degrees – Open Water
Good bird movement all day long. Were able to decoy multiple groups of 15 to 20 mallards throughout the day. Today was the most favorable hunting conditions of this season. Plenty of migrator birds in the area now. All of the mallards we took today were stuffed with corn. If you’re going to do it, now is the time.

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lelyn
Web Member

Snake River in SW Idaho 12-21-2008 21:45
Cloudy, Snow Flurries – 25-30 Degrees – Open Water
Lotsa’ birds all over the river, rafted up in big groups. Nothing to really get them moving, so the action is pretty slow all day. Will take some wind to get them up and moving around. We did find a cornfield that the birds were hitting hard and had a good shoot.

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Steve Eccard
Field Editor

Southwest 12-14-2008 23:18
Mostly Cloudy, No Precipitation – 30-34 Degrees – Ice
I have been out a few times and the birds are in. There is a lot of ducks and geese around the area. The big problem is being able to hunt them. Seee hundreds of geese out in middleton and star, every day on my way to work. I have talked to quit a bit of people saying that anywhere you can find open water that isnt big like a lake, has birds using it. Other people are saying the boisae is doing pretty good around star and middleton.

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lelyn
Web Member

Snake River downstream of Walters Ferry 12-08-2008 22:14
Sunny & Clear, Winds Calm – 30-34 Degrees – Open Water
Had a little activity just before and right at shooting hours in the morning. About 1-hour into the day, a group of migrator mallards, numbered in the 100’s descended on our spread. Never seen anything like it in recent times. We were literally covered up by mallards. Another group of 3 hunters downstream of us, bagged 16 mallards and filled out the balance of their bag with wigeons. By 9:30 AM it was all over. Nothing more flying.

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Steve Eccard
Field Editor

Snake River 11-28-2008 23:48
Sunny & Clear, Morning Fog – 30-34 Degrees – Open Water
Lots of birds moved in. Shot some this morning. Not very many mallards for this time of year. Lots of widgeon and goldeneye though. Its taking lots of decoys to get them to come in. Talked to a few people and the were saying the same thing.

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lelyn
Web Member

Snake River at Walters Ferry 11-26-2008 16:20
Sunny & Clear, Morning Fog – 35-40 Degrees
There seems to be a few birds on the river, but nothing much moving around. Were able to decoy a couple groups of wigeons and a couple small groups of mallards. The mallards were young birds, probably locals, that still had some juvenile coloring and feathers. We need some weather, preferably with wind to get the birds moving.

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Steve Eccard
Field Editor

Southwest 11-24-2008 19:21
Mostly Cloudy, No Precipitation – 35-40 Degrees
Lots of people killing ducks. Havent really heard much on geese, but there are lots around. The rivers are doing good as well as some small pasture ponds too.

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Steve Eccard
Field Editor

Southwest 11-17-2008 22:02
Sunny & Clear, Winds Calm – 40-45 Degrees
Not alot of birds in the area. I have been out a few times and have killed a few birds but not much flying around. Been talking to lots of people saying the same thing. I think its still a little early for the big migrants to be coming down. I have noticed alot more snows this year than I have in the past few years. Canada geese are slowly coming in. I have noticed a few more birds around that there was a week ago or so. But it still is early for them too. I have heard alot about lots of widgeon in the area. From what i have studied, Usually when the widgeon really start coming in, the rest of the birds are not that far from being here.

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Paddy Mac
Guest

CJ Strike Shallows 11-01-2008 10:38
Mostly Sunny, No Precipitation – 60-65 Degrees
Just an fyi, opening day was fair and not as good as last year at least for me. However there were some that did well further up into the river itself.

I hunted two weeks after opener and did a little better with the birds working the dec’s and call much better. Could use a fresh batch of birds though. I hear Wigeon but can’t get them down, mallards make up most of my bag with occasional Gads and teal mixed in.

[Edited By Paddy Mac on 2008-11-01 10:39]

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Posted By:
lelyn
Web Member

Snake River; Strike to Marsing 02-09-2008 16:08
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I agree JB with your overall assessment of the season. Though there were some really good days for us, there wasn’t much consistency. Hope we can get more week to week reporting next season. Be well.

Posted By:
Johnny Bravo
Guest

Upper Snake area 01-29-2008 15:58
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Overall a fairly slow season. Birds at times but very spotty. I hunted the Snake river the last day and shot a limit of drake goldeneyes and 1 greenhead. Dog had fun. COLD AS HECK!
Great time and I am thankful I have he opportunity to hunt!

Thanks everyone for the reporting and have a great winter.

JB

Posted By:
Steve-Eccard
Guest

Star/ Middleton 01-07-2008 22:58
Cloudy, Snow Flurries – 25-30 Degrees – Open Water
Lots of birds in the area. Nothing really willing to work into a spread. Went out this morning abd didnt hear much shooting going on. Lots of geese are here. The down side to them being here is they are hard to hunt. Not to many people willing to let you hunt their land, and the ones that will let you hunt, get hunted to much by people. Best bet around here is either have money to pay your way onto land or get to the river early and get a good spot.

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lelyn
Web Member

Snake river below C.J.Strike Reservoir 01-05-2008 22:30
Sunny & Clear, Winds Calm – 35-40 Degrees
Unbelievable weather for the 5th of January. It was almost as warm as opening day. No action whatsoever. Checked out the pool behind the Strike dam and it appeared that most of the ducks that were there a week ago have left the area.

The Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge (Lake Lowell) has gone from 100K ducks a week ago to 70K ducks counted during this most recent count as of 01/03/08.

Not sure what is going on, but it appears that a lot of our migrators have moved further south with the most recent wind storms. What say you?

Posted By:
smugdad
Web Member

Glenns Ferry area 01-01-2008 23:57
– – 40-45 Degrees
Weather fluctuated between cloudy early and sunny later on Sat and Sun, with calm winds Sat and higher winds Sun. Much better than it’s been for some time. Got quite a few mallards and widgeon trying to work, but wary. Best hunting of the year so far. Went to Grandview below Strike Dam last Thursday and never popped a cap. Lots of ducks but none working the river; all headed toward the cornfields. Big, high flocks. Not a lot of pressure.

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Steve-Eccard
Guest

Southwest 01-01-2008 21:48
– – 25-30 Degrees – Ice
Been hunting the boise the past week. Lots of high flocks and not very many of the willing to decoy. There is still a ton of birds in the area from Eagle to parma. With everything small being frozen they should start using the river more. Hopefully. I have been hearing that lots of people killing lots of ducks on the snake around the parma area. Lots of geese around, but they arent the easiest think to get to come in. Just gotta find were they are going and get permission to private land. If anyone knows if Cj Strike is frozen or not let me know.

Posted By:
lelyn
Web Member

Snake River downstream of C. J. Strike Reservoir 12-29-2007 20:18
Cloudy, Winds Calm – 25-30 Degrees – Open Water
Mallards were not working the river today. Lots of wigeons in flocks of a dozen or more, very willing to decoy. This is a difficult area of the Snake River to hunt, as the water level is fluctuated each morning at the C. J. Strike dam. Water level in the early morning is extremely low, making navigation in the dark treacherous. Once decoys are set, the water level will rise upwards of 2-FT by mid-morning, requiring decoys to be tended to. Lots of floating vegetation debris that hooks on to decoys and drags them off downstream. If you can hack all of these daily aggitations, the hunting can be good this time of year.

[Edited By lelyn on 2008-01-02 22:40]

Posted By:
lelyn
Web Member

Snake River upstream of Marsing, ID 12-26-2007 22:04
Cloudy, Snow Flurries – 25-30 Degrees – Open Water
Hunted the river today with a great location and decoy set. NO BIRDS. It really is unbelievably slow on this part of the river. Probably didn’t see any more than 2 or 3 dozen puddle ducks all morning. According to the USFWS, there is just under 80,000 ducks on Lake Lowell.

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Johnny Bravo
Guest

Henry’s Fork Snake River 12-26-2007 09:40
Cloudy, Accumulating Snow – 30-34 Degrees – Ice
SNOW!!
Over a foot on the ground now. The river is iced up and the birds are concentrated. Way too dangerous for me and my dog. A few geese staying around and some mallards. Lots of common goldeneye and a few Barrow’s goldeneye on the SF Snake River. All the fields are buried and the birds are stuck to the river.

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lelyn
Web Member

Snake River Walters Ferry Marsing Stretch 12-22-2007 23:40
Cloudy, Winds Calm – 25-30 Degrees – Open Water
Hunted several times this past week. Still not a lot of birds working the river. Most of the puddle ducks are holed up on Lake Lowell. If you stay out the entire day, you may be able to put together a limit. We need more ducks in SW Idaho and a good freeze.

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smugdad
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Glenns Ferry area 12-17-2007 09:02
Sunny & Clear, Winds Calm – 45-50 Degrees
Wind came up as clouds came in later in the day. VERY slow. Got a few passing shots at Goldeneyes. Saw lots of birds simply rafted up around the islands, but nothing moving to speak of. Not hearing other shots, either. When we left Boise it was 31, but down there it was between 43 and 48 all day.

Posted By:
ReTodd
Web Member

Caldwell 12-13-2007 08:06
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Texas boy went hunting there last week shot lots of Mallards. Saw tons of geese coming off the lake we just weren’t on the x that day.

Really enjoyed your state awesome people and beautiful scenery you guys are blessed.

Posted By:
Steve-Eccard
Guest

Southwestern Idaho 12-10-2007 23:59
Cloudy, Snow Flurries – 10-20 Degrees – Ice
Been hunting the past four days. Lots of birds in the area. Lake Lowell is holding a little over 37,000 ducks right now and its not bad hunting either if you can get a spot and people dont set up right next to you and ruin every flock that comes in. Went out to Parma today. There was nothing. Shot a few pheasants cause the ducks werent flying worth the crap. I have heard that the snake river is doing good all over. Anyone have info on the snake? Leet me know.

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Johnny Bravo
Guest

Henry’s Fork Snake River 12-08-2007 09:24
Cloudy, Occassional Rain Showers – 35-40 Degrees
It is amazing what a few days can do. Earlier in the week there were thousands of ducks and geese and last night I saw very few. Shot a few greenheads and passed on hundreds of Common Goldeneyes. No snow, no ice, and suddenly no birds!! BUMMER!!

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Johnny Bravo
Guest

Henry’s Fork Snake River 12-06-2007 11:02
Mostly Sunny, No Precipitation – 30-34 Degrees – Open Water
The birds are here!!! I saw thousands of ducks and geese in a corn field and they were very easy to decoy. I picked my nephew up from school and let him do most the shooting. He shot a box of shells in an hour. Great fun!!!!

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Steve-Eccard
Guest

Snake river 12-04-2007 01:15
Cloudy, High Winds – 25-30 Degrees – Ice
Went hunting the past weekend. Shot a few but nothing real special. Lots oif birds have moved in with this front that has pushed in the past week. Saw a huge increase on the numbers of ducks, but the geese numbers are increasing rapidly. Sunday morning we saw probable around 15,000 geese in some fields we scouted. Seems like the birds are using grass and weat fields more than corn right now. So if you got fields like that hunt em up, and if you need someone to go with you I am always willing to hunt with new people. So send me a private message or reply to this if you want to join me or have me join you.

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Steve-Eccard
Guest

Parma 12-01-2007 13:18
Cloudy, Winds Calm – 10-20 Degrees – Ice
Does anyone ever work anymore. Me and a friend went to Old Fort Boise on tuesday of all days. We got there and 5 am and there was at least 7 cars there. Also this goes out to people hunting out there. STOP shooting at ducks that are like 100 yards out there. All you are doing is teaching them to fly higher and not come into other people that try to get them in close. Also I think that hunting off that road that runs along the front of the WMA by the refuge should be band. All people do on that shoot at everything that flies over no matter how high or how far they are. All I am trying to say is that go somewhere and ski bust. Also one more thing to ad. if you wound a bird try to find it. I am sick of watching people shoot birds and the will glide a little bit then they dont even go try to find them. Other than all my ranting for not, Parma has froze so birds are moving to the river. Best bet out that way is on the Boise or the Snake.

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Johnny Bravo
Guest

American Falls Res 11-26-2007 11:47
Sunny & Clear, Winds Calm – 35-40 Degrees
There are tons of birds on the big water but the weather was too good. Lots of geese but the northern ‘big’ push has not shown up yet. The upper snake river is holding some ducks but more geese. Trumpeter swan numbers are high on the Henry’s Fork and all still water is frozen solid.

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Steve-Eccard
Guest

Southern Idaho 11-25-2007 18:57
– – 10-20 Degrees – Ice
Been hunting the past few days. Lots of birds have moved into the area but conditions are getting tough. Rivers remain open while small ponds and sloughs are freezing. Hopefully geese start moving in soon. There has been a few but not enought to excite me. If anyone knows where the geese are at or even some decent diver action let me know either by replying to this or through a private message. Thanks and good luck to all.

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Steve-Eccard
Guest

Idaho 11-13-2007 20:16
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Thats awesome. i am planning to go over that way in the spring for the spring snows. I hope the birds start coming here shortly. On a good note me and my brother went hunting this weekend and shot a few snows and speckle bellies on the snake outside of mountain home. Saw a few big flocks of wigeons and mallards but I couldnt tell if they were coming in or going out.

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Johnny Bravo
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South Dakota 11-13-2007 13:07
Mostly Sunny, No Precipitation – 50-60 Degrees
General_Steve,

Just got back from SD pheasant hunt. AWESOME!! And the birds are stacking in up there. We saw over 10,000 mallards, snows, and canada geese tornado into a small 100 acre pond. INCREDIBLE!

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Steve-Eccard
Guest

Lake Lowel 11-06-2007 13:53
Sunny & Clear, Winds Calm – 30-34 Degrees – Open Water
Hunted lowel last weekend. Lots on the north side but nothing decoyed in on the southside. Anyone know where all the birds are at.

Posted By:
fall flight
Web Member

11-02-2007 12:00
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New to the forum and the website, interested in hunting with people on reservation and any info on it apparently was in wrong area yesterday and got a warning for it not very good instructions from wildlife management area where obtained permit, not as many birds on the river as thought there would be. to that effect not many anywhere.

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Johnny Bravo
Guest

N. Fork Snake River 10-26-2007 16:15
Sunny & Clear, Winds Calm – 50-60 Degrees
Well, tried 3 times in the last week and finally found birds willing to decoy today. There are thousands of mallards flying high after shooting hours. They are headin to fields and there are lots of places to roost and loaf. Today the birds seemed easier to decoy in the loafing areas and now I know why. I shot a banded drake mallard today and I would dare bet it is a northern. One large flight of tundra swans flew over and I heard cranes 3 different times. They too were very high, meaning new birds are coming in.

GET READY!!!! THE FLIGHT IS COMING!!!

JB

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Johnny Bravo
Guest

Mud Lake 10-11-2007 13:34
Cloudy, Rain & Thunderstorms – 40-45 Degrees
Forgot to mention the youth opener. Not much action. Great duck hunting weather. THe birds were flying but not wanting to decoy. The kids shot at a few passing over but could not get many to finish. They shot a few boxes of shells and had good food and hot drinks. Lots of fun and worth every minute.
TAKE A KID DUCK HUNTING!!! It means the future to our passion!!

JR

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Johnny Bravo
Guest

North Fork Snake River 10-11-2007 13:31
Cloudy, Snow & Rain Mix – 40-45 Degrees
What an opener!!!
3 of us hunted on Public lands and limited in 2.5 hours. I love to limit but that is not important or why I go. The bird action was amazing. Large groups (up to 50 birds) were diving in and working through the clouds and rain/snow. I harvested one goose and 6 mallards, , 8 widgeon, 3 gadwalls, 3 GW teal, and 1 bull pintail. Great fun and I am seeing a ton of birds flying today (10/11/07).
HAPPY HUNTING!

Posted By:
MUDDOG
Guest

09-18-2007 10:45
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DuckCollar great to see you up and going. You have our respect and I think I can speak for everyone here in saying that. Way to go, brother.

Posted By:
DuckCollar
Guest

09-16-2007 20:42
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Season is getting close! Yeah that was me that posted the pictures of me getting in my boat.

Scouting Report: I don’t like to give my spots up so I’ll just say that we were on the Snake between Twin Falls and Marsing. We started running upriver around 9:00 a.m. we were just seeing big groups of coots at first. Nothing to get that excited about. As we got closer to our spot we started seeing small groups of blue winged teal. The farther we got the more we saw, around every bend was a group of at least 10 or 15. Kind of unusual to see this many but I’m sure they’ll all be gone before the opener. After we went a couple miles we approached some agricultural fields. On this stretch of river we started seeing groups of mallards and larger ducks. I don’t think they were feeding here in these fields because they’re all still green, I think they were just sitting on this stretch of river. Altogether we ran about 5 miles up there and I’m guessing we saw about 50 mallards and 75 or a hundred teal. We didn’t see any geese but that’s not uncommon for this area.

Only about another month to go and we can start dropping the hammer. Well I won’t but my friends and family will, but I will be doing all of the calling and running the jerk string. And of course making Lakota take a straight line. He saw a flock of geese the other day flying towards us and instinctively came and heeled by my side. Just making me proud.

Posted By:
CEST- BON
Web Member

09-12-2007 13:19
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Did you post some pictures of you getting in your boat a few weeks ago? Lad to see ya back!

Posted By:
BillyGoatPete
Web Member

09-12-2007 13:09
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Great news DuckCollar!!! Check into the forums from time to time and let us know how your season shapes up!!!

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DuckCollar
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Just getting ready 09-06-2007 15:07
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Well I haven’t posted on here in almost a year. I was looking back and I see my buddy posted about my accident that took place on the opening day of duck season October 14th. I was going to ask if anyone saw my picture on the front of the Idaho statesman. It is a picture of me and my buddy with three limits of ducks and my black lab. I’m in a wheelchair right now but I’m not going to let that keep me from going hunting. I bought a Lowe Roughneck at the beginning of last season, this is going to be the easiest way for me to get out. I’m currently putting a cabelas marsh grass blind on it and my dad has built me a ramp so it’s easier for me to get in and out of the boat. I will mostly be hunting the Snake River and some of the big reservoirs. I’ll be sure to post my hunting reports. Let’s all have a good safe season.

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Johnny Bravo
Guest

Fort hall bottoms 07-26-2007 12:45
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I can’t believe what I did…. I bought a Fort Hall Bottoms (American Falls area) Reservation permit for this year. This should be great fun. My lab is in her prime and I am ready to rock!!! Anyone else that has this permit should look me up and we can discuss a possible hunt. Last year the late season goose hunting was unreal. Some guys I know said they shot limits of Canada Geese and greenheads within a few hours. WOWZERSS!!!!

Posted By:
Joseph-Morzinski
Guest

05-06-2007 18:45
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Atten: Jonny Bravo and RNT caller —
Just for the fun of it I am checking your state for member input, and I see UTAH (my state) has been worse than Idaho this past season..I’ve enjoyed being a Field Editor for this site for about 4 years, but our input from other hunters also has dwindled to “not much”…We used to have 5 Field Editors, then last season only 2, and it looks like you guys don’t have any right now. I don’t know what gives, but I sure love this ‘Passtime’ of Waterfowling, and have passed on a lot of info on my area…Maybe I’ll have to check your state more often and look you up to do a hunt up in Idaho…I have a buddy that hunts on the Snake once in a while, but I haven’t been there yet for a hunt…Hope you don’t give up here on your site…Good luck — JOE

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Johnny Bravo
Guest

N.F. Snake River 02-05-2007 15:41
Cloudy, Winds Calm – 35-40 Degrees
Boy I wish the season was still open! This morning I saw over 500 mallards taking flight headin for a field somewhere. Still lots of snow but at least it is warming up. There are also geese heading back this way. I have noticed a bunch of pairs on the river.

RNT,
I agree about no one posting to this website. I posted a report about a waterfowl flight I did in early January and no one asked about it. Not sure what the deal is. Oh well, good luck preparing for next year.
JB

Posted By:
rntcaller
Guest

buhl/ Mountain HOME 01-27-2007 11:22
Sunny & Clear, Winds Calm – 35-40 Degrees
Well we went out for the last two days of the season. Thurs. 4 of us hit the river and were able to shoot 16, malllards and widgon and two pintails. The shooting was good the birds are just really educated. It was a good end to a duck season. Friday we hit the fields for one more shot at geese. The same story as the ducks the geese were hard ti finish. 3 of us were able to get 8 but we had to hunt bolth morning and evening flights. Well i hope everyone had a good season. I don’t think i will be useing this site next year because no one seems to be using the site anymore. It’s to bad because if anyone would have asked i could have put them on some good duck and goose spots. plus i am always looking for some one to go goose hunting with me.

Have a safe summer

RNTCALLER

Posted By:
rntcaller
Guest

01-14-2007 21:11
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does ayone youse this anymore? for reports

Posted By:
rntcaller
Guest

01-10-2007 09:28
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Cj is really slow for ducks but has a good # of geese usig the res. and the river. as of last weeks scoutig. Sorry i have no idea about lake lowell.

Posted By:
Steve-Eccard
Guest

????????????? 01-09-2007 15:23
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Does anyone know how Lake Lowell or CJ Strike is doing right now?

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rntcaller
Guest

mountain home 01-08-2007 11:12
Cloudy, Heavy Fog – 30-34 Degrees – Ice
hunted geese on sat. and shot 6 between 3 hunters. The geese wouldn’t finish. Seems to be alot of geese in the area.

Posted By:
rntcaller
Guest

01-04-2007 23:23
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what is going on is every one done hunting for the year.

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Johnny Bravo
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Northeastern Idaho 01-04-2007 12:15
Mostly Cloudy, No Precipitation – 30-34 Degrees – Ice
I did a waterfowl survey flight over all water bodies in northeastern Idaho yesterday. Snake River (N. and S. Fork), Teton River (N. and S. Fork), Mud lake, Market Lake, Island Park Res, Sheridan Res, Ashton Res, Buffalo River. I saw over 10,000 ducks and geese. Most the birds are in areas with little or no access. If the area does not have boat access (between diversion dams, etc.) it is loaded w/ waterfowl. Long spans of river with private surrounding are holding 100’s of greenheads and honkers.

Too bad nobody talks on this field report. I have some great information for people that would just ask.

JB

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rntcaller
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12-28-2006 21:48
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I am looking some seriouse goose hunters. I am going to start a goose club. We want to find some hunter that like to hunt together for the love of hunting geese the way that we love to. we don’t have the acess to the land we all need to have for good goose hunting and fun hunting together. I want to make this affodable for the goose hunters that don’t make millions. We are looking for hunters that might have acess to land or land as a group we might be able to access between minidoka dam and mountian home. i am looking forward to hearing form you all. i am looking forward to hearing from you guys so we can have a meeting in the spring. we need to see the flight pattern in the peek of the season so we know what field to try and get ahold of. we will use the membership dues for payment on leases for land owners. If you have any ? contact me

well guys let me know
contact # 208-481-0994
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[Edited By rntcaller on 2006-12-28 21:52]

[Edited By rntcaller on 2006-12-29 09:49]

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Johnny Bravo
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Mallard kill info 12-27-2006 12:51
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This is from the Idaho Fish and Game news release:

Ducks died of fungal infection

State and federal officials have confirmed that about 2,500 mallard ducks found dead southeast of Burley, died of an acute fungus infection.

The official cause of death is acute aspergillosis, a respiratory tract infection caused by a fungus commonly found in soil, dead leaves, moldy grain, compost piles, or in other decaying vegetation.

Test results from University of Idaho’s Caine Veterinary Teaching Center in Caldwell confirmed the presence of the fungus in tissue samples taken from the ducks this week. The results confirm preliminary diagnoses at two other wildlife health labs in Washington and Wisconsin.

The fungus can cause respiratory tract infections in birds that inhale the spores. The most likely source of the spores for these ducks is moldy grain, but no specific site has been found as the source.

Waterfowl die-offs are common and many happen in the United States every year. During the past six months, 16 events each involving more than 1,000 birds occurred. Testing for diseases is a routine part of the investigation of waterfowl die-offs.

The first dead ducks were found by a hunter Friday, December 8, along Land Creek Springs near Oakley. Idaho Department of Fish and Game was notified, and conservation officers found 10 dead ducks near the spring and along the stream’s edge.

Officers returned to the area on December 10 to find more than 500 dead ducks. By the end of clean-up operations Thursday morning, the number had grown to about 2,500. Though a small proportion of the duck population in Idaho or the United States, the number of dead birds in this die-off is unusual for Idaho.

Officials initially considered it unlikely that avian influenza was the cause of this die-off. Widespread testing of waterfowl in fall of 2006 has not found the highly pathogenic avian influenza strain H5N1 in the United States.

Tissue samples from dead birds were not consistent with avian influenza, but as a precaution samples were sent to U.S. Geological Survey’s National Wildlife Health Center in Wisconsin for testing.

Results from the first group of ducks tested confirmed that they did not have the highly pathogenic avian influenza strain H5N1 that is currently of concern in Asia, Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Results from additional tests are pending.

The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality, Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service helped with the investigation of this outbreak.

Hunters are advised not to kill any obviously sick animals, including ducks and other waterfowl.

Posted By:
HAWAIIAN NENE
Web Member

12-24-2006 20:48
Cloudy, Snow Flurries – Froze Out
Has anyone heard what killed those mallards about Two weeks ago ?
I’m interested to know.

Thanks.

Hawaiian NeNE

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Johnny Bravo
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N.F. Snake 12-20-2006 08:55
Sunny & Clear, Winds Calm – 25-30 Degrees – Open Water
New birds moved into the area. I saw a couple hundred mallards and a few pintails on the River. Shot 4 last night. I little decoy shy but calling was the ticket!
Not too bad.

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Johnny Bravo
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N.F. Snake 12-19-2006 10:08
Mostly Sunny, No Precipitation – 25-30 Degrees – Open Water
Hunted the River on Saturday. Shot 1 wounded goose and 3 of us shot 6 mallards. We broke ice and the birds decoyed very well. Just not that many ducks left. Tons of geese but they did not want to be where we were. VERY cold now. The river was froze and then it opened up. Now it is locking back up. Still no snow so the geese are sticking around as long as there are fields to eat in.

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hnt4fun
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Boise river 12-18-2006 18:25
Mostly Sunny, No Precipitation – 30-34 Degrees – Open Water
Cant say i know where the birds are but we did manage to jump some ditches and my 13 year old did get one nice big northern drake. There are still lots of geese using the area just have to do your homework.

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rntcaller
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buhl 12-17-2006 12:06
Sunny & Clear, Winds Calm – 10-20 Degrees – Open Water
Well we went down to the river yesterday and 3 of us killed 12 mallards and that was it. Where have all of the birds gone that were here last week. We had to make every shot count. Went out for geese today and we killed 12 3 man limit in 2hr. But it was cold!!!!!! We were in a fiends field south of bellevue. Think we are going to go out for ducks again in the am before work at niagra and see what happens

be safe
RNTcaller

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payette river man
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TWIN FALLS AREA 12-13-2006 23:12
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Twin Falls area hunters: Hey I don’t know if u guys heard about those ducks dying down there or not, but I figured I would post something so u were aware of it. I guess they found 2000 dead mallards around Oakley. They appear to have died from some sort of bacteria and hunters have been warned not to eat any of the ducks in the area. You can read more about it on the Fish and Game website under news releases. Hopefully it is just a concentrated area of birds, but who knows. Good luck and be safe out there.

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Pudeldog
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Ontario Malhuer River 12-12-2006 10:51
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Saw a ton of birds on Saturday. NO TAKERS. (shot 4 ducks on passing shots) Group after group flying high in both directions. Heard they were killing a bunch on the Snake towards Brownlee. Looks like more open water is making it tuff again. Had some freinds do OK on the Boise near Star.

[Edited By Pudeldog on 2006-12-12 10:52]

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Posted By:
honkercrazy
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Lake Lowell 12-08-2006 19:59
Mostly Sunny, No Precipitation – 30-34 Degrees – Ice
There are plenty of Mallards using Lake Lowell. It is pretty well frozen over where i was at. But it looks like the ducks and geese have kept an open hole of water out in the middle. I tried standing on the ice and pass shooting as they headed out to the fields to feed. But since there was no wind and no fog to keep them down most of them were too high even for heavy shot. I did get a couple of shots at a few that came out lower than the rest but unfortunately i missed. It appears that there are alot more ducks on the lake this year than there was at this time last year. I was impressed with the number of ducks i saw and have been seeing at the lake this year. Hopefully the next time i decide to head out to the lake the weather will have the ducks flying lower. Well aim for their oxygen masks as long as the weather stays the way it is now. Good luck.

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bwarren
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Snake, Homedale 12-08-2006 17:08
Cloudy, Winds Calm – 25-30 Degrees – Ice
Where in the world have all the birds gone, I just wanted to post to see if you guys out there are seeing any birds this week. I’m seeing more geese than I have seen in years….what happened to our mallards. 1 week ago there were thousands now they are hundreds? Has anyone checked the lake out? I know that this last week the mallards have been hitting the fields hard at night because of the full moon, thats what makes me think that theyre hanging out on the lake and flying out at night, its been cold but theres no way we’ve lost that many birds.Just wanting to see what all you gentlemen out there are seeing.

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Johnny Bravo
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South Fork Snake River 12-05-2006 09:14
Mostly Sunny, No Precipitation – 10-20 Degrees – Open Water
Not as many ducks as there should be. The cold blast sent most packin’. We shot 10 between two of us. Had to make the shots count. Geese flying high.There area quite a few geese hitting some fields. Way too many high dollars coming in this area and locking up large chunks of land to hunt. DARN CALIFORNICATION!!!
This cold weather may have closed the chapter for this years waterfowl hunting in the Upper Snake River Valley.

Any reports on American Falls Reservoir?

Shoot em up’!

Posted By:
PETA
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Snake, Nyssa-Homedale 12-03-2006 11:01
Sunny & Clear, Winds Calm – 10-20 Degrees – Open Water
Hunted Wed, Thur, Fri and Sat. Birds were thick Wed, Thur and Friday. They were gone on Sat.

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Pudeldog
Guest

Malheur River/ just across border near Ontario 12-01-2006 16:00
Arctic Blast – 10-20 Degrees – Open Water
COLD! Been a little slim on the River till today. Must have been 1000plus ducks roosting on the water in a 1 mile stretch. Had a good shoot mostly greenheads. Northerns are definatly here. Happy hunting. Treasure Valley should be hot this weekend.

Posted By:
rntcaller
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buhl 11-29-2006 22:36
Sunny & Clear, Morning Fog – 35-40 Degrees
hunted fri. sat. sun. we limited out all three days. the ducks are down and in good numbers. they are hitting the corn fields over nere filer really hard. if you have acess to corn in that direction then you should have some great shooting. be wary about putting spinning wing decoys out. i watched a group down river from us hunt with them and the duck would flare about 50yards out. we didn’t have any out and had no problem finishing the ducks.

well good luck and be safe out there the roads are getting slick.

rntcaller

Posted By:
payette river man
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Snake River 11-28-2006 23:05
Cloudy, Snow & Rain Mix – 25-30 Degrees – Ice
The ducks are here! They are starting to come in by the thousands!!! I can’t wait to get out this weekend. Hunted Thursday, Friday, and Sunday with little success. Ended up with 6 ducks total and had to work my butt off for them. There were a ton and I mean a ton of Goldeneye’s flying. Good luck to all and be safe.

Posted By:
Johnny Bravo
Guest

Upper Snake River 11-28-2006 12:13
Cloudy, Snow Flurries – 10-20 Degrees – Ice
Everything is locking up! The river has slush starting to run down it and any small water body that is not moving is frozen solid. I saw mallards landing in canals looking for open water today. If you know where there is warm water sloughs the hunting would be unbelievable right now. There are lots of birds in the valley and now is the time to shoot ’em up!!

JB

Posted By:
rntcaller
Guest

buhl 11-18-2006 12:07
Cloudy, Light Rain & Drizzle – 40-45 Degrees
hunted this morning and 4 of us shot 28 birds. 23 mallards and the rest were widgon. The shooting looks good and we are goig to hunt geese tomorrow. Looks like the geese came down with the ducks. well good luck and shoot straigt.

RNTCALLER

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payette river man
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Fruitland-Weiser 11-15-2006 21:35
Mostly Cloudy, No Precipitation – 40-45 Degrees
Hunted both days over the weekend and it was awesome. The birds are finally starting to get here! Limited out both days and the birds were decoying nice. Went out to see how many birds were hanging out around Lake Lowell and was shocked. Thousands of birds were flying into the lake and I saw a pot load of Pintails. Looked like a cool place to hunt, but I don’t see how people do it with so many people hunting it. It looked tempting, but I’ll stick to my river spots.

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