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tigerduck
Web Member

not 11-21-2010 18:40
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Have been a member for the past few years but unless reporting conditions & user participation improves….will be my last. Not sure why but I lay the blame on those hunters who don’t report cause they are hoping the next guy does. And when he doesn’t they just just move on to greener pastures until they find what they are looking for. Information is a major component in our sport-no information is the nail in the coffin of this web site…lets keep it around for a while.
Enuf said.

Posted By:
tigerduck
Web Member

Klamath Basin 10-31-2010 19:23
Cloudy, Light Rain & Drizzle – 40-45 Degrees
Is everyone out hunting & too busy to report in?

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tigerduck
Web Member

Klamath Basin 10-28-2010 12:56
Cloudy, Light Rain & Drizzle – 40-45 Degrees
Ok-guess I’ll kick it off. Windy conditions with periods of rain. Scouted Upper Klamath Lake & found numbers to be down despite current weather conditions. Seems the northern birds have yet to arrive but should not be long now as divers have already made their appearance, although not in great mumbers. Lake water levels have risen over a foot in the past week which have filled inland bays near Hanks Marsh. Opener is over & now its a grind…but it could be worse.
To the Hunt!

Posted By:
Casey-Huxoll
Field Editor

Boardman area 12-07-2009 12:35
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Sorry it has been a few weeks since my last post.

The birds are here. It has gotten very cold as i am sure everyone knows and it has pushed alot of birds into the are both ducks and geese.
Most of the ponds in the area are now freezing over.
Yesterday evening we hunted the local refuge and the slough is mostly froze over and i am sure with the forcast for the next week it will be froze up.
We had a small open hole and the birds really like it. lots of mallards and pintails flying in huge groups. couple hunred in each flock.

If you can find some open water or hunt the river you should have pretty good succes.
There geese have really showed up this week in big numbers. lots of small geese coming off the river right after day light and the honkers are waiting till mid morning like normal. I heard lots of shooting this weekend on the refuge fields .. I hear that they did pretty well on both ducks and geese.
Keep your coat on and shoot straight. should be a good time to get out there if you can brave the cold. Good luck.

Posted By:
CGIBSON
Guest

Prineville 11-22-2009 17:09
Cloudy, Snow Flurries – 30-34 Degrees – Open Water
Had a good hunt not many birds flying but ended up with one honker and five ducks.

Posted By:
CTIECKE
Guest

Umatilla Refuge 11-19-2009 14:06
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Three of us hunted yesterday, in my opinion there are fewer birds in the area than in years past at this time of year. Most of the birds seemed decoy shy and call shy. When a breeze would pick up the birds worked better. We stopped hunting at 2;00pm with 13 mallards, 1 pintail and 3 geese. Could of done worse. Always nice ot go over east.

Posted By:
Casey-Huxoll
Field Editor

Boardman area 11-16-2009 12:07
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Well had a pretty good weekend. Sat. hunted the local refuge and was 2nd to last pick almost all the blinds had been taken but i took a river blind anyways. i was only able to hunt till 10 and ended with 4 green heads a ringneck and 2 honkers. of course when i was picking up the mallards were startgin to really fly.

Sunday i had a field with about 100 geese in it the night before and decidedto go after them. they came in just as i had hoped and shot my limmit right off the bat then waited for 2 friends to shoot theres. 3 flocks later the ended with 1 each. total of 6 geese.

The mallards and the geese are really showing up now. i think with this weather staying the way it is should make for some good hunting in the weeks to come.
Good luck to everyone.

Posted By:
CGIBSON
Guest

prineville 11-15-2009 00:02
Sunny & Clear, Winds Calm – 30-34 Degrees – Open Water
Slow weekend to many people and not enough birds moving. Ended up withn one green head

Posted By:
CTIECKE
Guest

Pond Salem area 11-12-2009 14:42
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Only have beenout a couple times, been picking up some mallards and teal but IMO not as many birds around as in previous years. Headed to Umatilla next week hope to connect up there.

Posted By:
Paul-Cantrell
Field Editor

Mohawk Valley 11-11-2009 21:14
Cloudy, Light Rain & Drizzle – 45-50 Degrees
I haven’t had a lot of time to get into duck hunting yet this year, been real busy with deer season and have the coast elk season coming up this weekend. I have been watching the rivers down here and we seem to have good numbers of birds available. A guide friend of mine hit Siltcoos this past weekend and their were very good bird numbers. The Coho fisherman keep the birds moving on the lake this time of year so shooting should be good. One more week and big game is finished and the bird hunting kicks in full time. Can’t wait….

Paul Cantrell
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Posted By:
Casey-Huxoll
Field Editor

Boardman area 11-10-2009 11:57
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Well with elk season over i am back in the hunt for waterfowl. had pretty good success this weekend on geese in a private pasture.
The birds seem to be moving in now. I am seeing a good number of ducks cruising the river in the eveneing and have started to see small groups of geese cruising all day long. mainly in the morning and evening though. There are also a couple groups of snows around.
The geese seem to be hitting the disked corn fields in the area right now. so if you can find a field with birds in it and get permission should make for a good hunt. There have also been a few birds hitting the fields at the loacl refuge.

I think the migration is underway and should make for some good shooting in the weeks to come.

Good luck

Posted By:
Casey-Huxoll
Field Editor

Irrigon area refuge 10-19-2009 12:52
Sunny & Clear, Morning Fog – 50-60 Degrees
WEll hope everyone had a good opener. We hunted the river on sat with pretty good success. The ducks were working pretty good in the morning and wehad a 3 man limmit by noon. mixed bag with mallards, woodies, widgeon and teal. We stuck it out the rest of the day waiting for the geese to return to the river. we finished our goose limmit at about 4:30. ended with 21 ducks and 12 honkers.

On sunday we ended up hunting a small cove off of a slough. the ducks worked alright but you could tell they had been shot ot the day before. We stopped hunting around 1. ended with 19 ducks again a mixed bag.

The ducks flew good at daylight then there would be down time then all of the sudden they would start flying again. made for a pretty good opener.

Now lets just hope we get some weather up north to start pushing some birds down. maybe they will just wait till after elk season.
Well my wife has a refuge pic for this wednesday so hopefully some of the birds will still be around.

Good luck to everyone.

Posted By:
CGIBSON
Guest

Summer lake 10-15-2009 18:40
Sunny & Clear, Winds Calm – 45-50 Degrees
Had one of the best openers this year. Hunted summer lake on sat. got away from the crowds and got a limit of ducks. Slept in sunday killed one right out of camp. New dog did real good had a good time.

Posted By:
Casey-Huxoll
Field Editor

Boardman Area 10-15-2009 10:57
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Well only 2 more days. the addiction starts.
There are a good number of ducks around here as well as geese. Ive seen about 200 snows in the area for the last week. wich tells me the front of the migration is starting.
I was down at the local refuge this morning and did see geese and ducks in most of the fields as well as on the slough. should make for a good opener as usuall.

Looks like it is supposed to warm up abit for the weekend with a chance of rain on Sat.

Good luck to all

Posted By:
Casey-Huxoll
Field Editor

Boardman Area 09-11-2009 09:35
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Well i havent posted in a while been pretty busy. Anyways i was able to get away this weekend and pound on some local Geese for the september season. Sat. we hunted some birds that we had been watching for a couple weeks working the river. we shot a 4 man limmit. We had ducks in the deocys all morning long made the time pass by while we were waiting for the geese to come back from the fields. We also saw a group of Specklbellys flying around.
On sunday i had a video crew come down and it didnt go as well. We were trafficing birds that had been using the neighbors field managed to get 5 for 5 guys.
I am surprised by how many birds that are around right now.

The best thing right now are the doves. There are a bunch of doves around right now and people have been doing pretty good on the public land around boardman and Irrigon. Doves are a good way to get the guns dusted off and get the dogs some much needed work. I am guessin one of my dogs have allready retrieved 45 doves.

Anyways good luck to all the archery hunters and lets all look forward to the regular season. Good to see they will let us shoot Canvasbacks and 2 pineys this year.

[Edited By Casey-Huxoll on 2009-09-11 09:41]

Posted By:
Casey-Huxoll
Field Editor

Boardman 01-26-2009 11:44
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Thats it put your guns down. waterfowl 08-09 season has come to an end here in Boardman.
Finished out the weekend strong with good goose shoots.
Friday, took the wife out(she mostly watches with a gun in her hands) and got my limmit of geese in an orchard grass field. Sat, took out 2 buddies and got 10 in a cover crop wheat field. the geese didnt want to be called at. when you would call the would just turn around and fly off. we just had to let them come on there own.
Sunday. hunted by myself. we got about 4 inches of snow over night so back on went then snow cover. hunted over about 3 dz decoys and got my 4 geese by 930. great way to end the season. finished off the day by making some goose peperoni and jerky.
Finished the season with about the same numbers as i have had the last 3 years. personally 90 geese 38 ducks. had a few more ducks last year. I have only broken the 100 goose mark once and that was 4 years ago got 107. As a group i think we ended somewhere with 300 geese and 120 ducks. will have to look back and make sure that is right.
Well already making plans for next year, new duck decoys, new waders, planning on getting my cases of shells bought with my tax return. I guess my mind just never shuts off the waterfowl part.
Time to get the boat ready and go after some sturgeon and walleye.

Good luck to everyone fishing and drawing those tags this year.

[Edited By Casey-Huxoll on 2009-01-26 11:47]

Posted By:
Kyle B
Guest

Willamette River Junction City area 01-25-2009 17:26
Cloudy, Light Rain & Drizzle – 40-45 Degrees
The last day we had lots of ducks. Mostly widgeon. We had 4 guys set up in 2 different areas on the same slough. Between all of us we got 22 ducks. Mixed bag of mallards, teal, ringneck and mostly widgeon. The year was fairly good. However during the month of December, it seemed very slow.

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Paul-Cantrell
Field Editor

Willamette River Below Harrisburg 01-25-2009 17:02
Mostly Cloudy, No Precipitation – 45-50 Degrees
Well we closed out the season with a very nice hunt. Didn’t get as many birds as we hoped but we literally saw thousands of Teal and Widgeon flying. The birds were dive bombing a cut corn field, and nothing was going to stop them from being there. We watched them move in and out of there all day. We ended up getting 2 Drake Teal and a very nice drake Widgeon. Overall the season was up and down for me. Had some great hunts, great experiences and I already can’t wait for next year.

Paul Cantrell
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Posted By:
Kyle B
Guest

Willamette RIver (Valley) 01-18-2009 13:29
Sunny & Clear, Morning Fog – 30-34 Degrees – Open Water
We had a great morning. Lots of ducks. mainly mallards. I haven’t been out for a while so it was nice getting a good hunt. We didn’t pull limits but I got 5 and my buddies got 4 and 3. Hopefully the season holds good for the last week.

Posted By:
Casey-Huxoll
Field Editor

McCormick Slough 01-15-2009 09:30
Cloudy, High Winds – 30-34 Degrees – Open Water
Got out yesterday and hunted McCormcick slough. We had a reservation and ended up i think about 10th pick. got a pretty good blind and had a fun shoot. 10 mallards for 2 of us and plenty of missed oppurtunities.
There wasnt as many ducks around as there was a couple weeks ago but there are still a good number around. pretty steady duck action all morning. Lots of groups of 20+mallards buzzing around.
Still alot of geese in the area. I am seeing bug groups of small canadas. they are balling up and hitting alfalfa and grass fields in big numbers. Also about 1000 snow geese in the area. seem to following these big groups of small canadas.

For the weather. They are calling for an Air stagnation advisory through sunday, so not alot of wind. It has been a little foggy in the morning then clearing by mid morning. temps for the weekend are calling for a low of 32 at night and a high of 38 during the day. Should make for some pretty ducky feeling weather. we will have to see what happens.
Only 2 weekends left i hope everyone gets out there and knock a few more birds out of the sky before it is time to start putting everything back in the garage. Good luck and shoot em with there feet down.(If you can)

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Posted By:
Paul-Cantrell
Field Editor

Sauvie Island 01-14-2009 22:34
Cloudy, Winds Calm – 30-34 Degrees – Open Water
I got to hunt Charlton Kennels Century Farm today. For years I’ve trained on their concept ponds but the duck club was off limits. Today I got to go as a guest and we had a great time. Unfortunatly once we busted the birds off the ponds getting to the blinds, they birds didn’t really return. I managed to scratch out a couple of Wood ducks but the shooting was a bit slow. Club members mentioned that the afternoon shoots have been much better as the birds come in to roost for the night. The last big day was Jan 1 when the club shot 54 birds. Regardless of the shooting, just the oppertunity to hunt a classic duck club, stay in the club house and sit in the same fields that have been hunted for 100 years was true priveledge and I thank Kelly Charlton for allowing me to visit.

Paul Cantrell
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Posted By:
CGIBSON
Guest

central oregon 01-11-2009 18:20
Mostly Sunny, No Precipitation – 40-45 Degrees
Hunted this morning went out for ducks and ended up with two smaller geese one cack and one tav. Dont usually get the smaller geese over here but I have seen a few since the big freeze. No ducks seen only three small flocks of mallards flying high. Two weeks to go.

Posted By:
Paul-Cantrell
Field Editor

Willamette Valley 01-10-2009 23:48
Sunny & Clear, Winds Calm – 40-45 Degrees
Wow, i’m a few reports behind. Good news is its because I’ve been hunting. Hunting for new places to hunt, hunting for new people to go with and hunting for new recipe’s to try. Over the holiday break I hit the river hard, hit Fern Ridge hard and got some oppertunities to hunt some private farms around Corvallis. Lets get to what I’ve been seeing….

I’ll start with Fern Ridge. Over the past two weeks I’ve had better success with the Widgeon primarily. Good numbers of birds, good early morning shooting. Royal/Fisher Butte units have been good, didn’t do so well up around Kirk pond.

Willamette River. The river around Irish Bend was doing pretty well, seeing lots of birds, getting some good shoots in. Since the flooding though I haven’t been able to get on the river. I just don’t trust my 17′ boat on the river right now.

Mohawk Valley. – The amount of birds in the valley has really increased since the snow/freeze a few weeks back. Shooting is good early then very hit and miss the rest of the day.

Today I got to hunt some private property outside Corvallis and I have to say, I now know where the birds are. We had geese on us till noon and I think all the ducks in the valley are living there. Amazing time today. Heck, in a place like this I could quickly convince myself that I can blow a duck call.

We got a few weeks left, make the most of it. Have fun….

Paul Cantrell
Black Ice Retrievers

Posted By:
Casey-Huxoll
Field Editor

Boardman Area 01-08-2009 17:46
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Well it sure warmed up here the last couple days. been in the 50s for the last 2 days.
I havent got the chance to get out much and look around but what i can see from my farm there is still a good amount of geese around. Not seeing as many ducks as ive seen in the last couple weeks.
A few days ago i saw big groups of ducks getting high and looking like they were moving out. again i havent been on the river since it has warmed they just dont need to go to the fields as much.
Anyways good luck to everyone this weekend.
Too bad Bill wont make it down.

Posted By:
CTIECKE
Guest

Salem area, pond 01-07-2009 14:20
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This report is a few days late but last Friday the blind did well with most of the birds being mallards with a few gadwalls and woodies thrown in the mix. Sunday PM we took 4 big geese. I hope the next few weeks are as good.

Posted By:
Casey-Huxoll
Field Editor

Boardman area 01-05-2009 09:41
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well i havent been doing a very good job at gettting posts up. so here we go.

Over the weekend the hunting was very good. thursday- 21 mallards friday- 19 geese 1 mallard, sat. 9 geese 4 mallards, sunday 8 geese.
Lots of geese in the area and a pile of ducks.
The ducks seem to be cruising around all day long in big groups. If you can find the corn they are hitting try and get permission and you will have a good time. other wise find a good spot on the river and stick it out. they are working all day.

WE just got a fresh 1-2 inches of snow this morning wich should keep these birds moving and looking for food.
McCormick slough is still froze up tight but the river blinds have been producing pretty good numbers. The fields have been having a lot of ducks working them but i do not think they have been killing alot.

On the Washington side- Patterson slough still has a lot of ice on it. I have heard there is only a few blinds that are huntable.

Also i have noticed that in past year as season starts to come to an end and the geese have picked through most of the corn around that they turn to grass field and pastures. Could also be that most of the geese around now are big birds and they just natruarly feed in smaller groups in little fields. But look for pockets of geese in private pastures. Some of these birds are easier to hunt as they normaly will use the same field for days before you hunt them and they come in with there feet down.

I think that we are in for a good last couple weeks of season.
good luck

[Edited By Casey-Huxoll on 2009-01-05 09:51]

Posted By:
CGIBSON
Guest

central oregon 01-03-2009 19:46
Sunny & Clear, Winds Calm – 45-50 Degrees
Hunted today public spot two of us got seven ducks weather was a little to nice. Hunted the same area a week and a half ago shot a limit of mallards and three honks.Hoping for some more of that nasty weahther

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Kyle B
Guest

Siuslaw estuary ( Cushmans area) 12-28-2008 16:14
Cloudy, Light Rain & Drizzle – 45-50 Degrees
Tried a new area today, not very good. Went with a buddy and hunted the Siuslaw River estuaries looking for a mixed bag. I got a 14 lb basin and 1 scaup. that was it. The river is very high do to snow melt. The rain has created sheet water everywhere making it hard to pull ducks from those areas. I think I will stick to the Willamette River where it has been ok

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Paul-Cantrell
Field Editor

Willamette River – Albany 12-23-2008 19:50
Cloudy, Occassional Rain Showers – 30-34 Degrees – Ice
Wow, what a week. Finally seeing some birds in large numbers. We had a couple of big teal flocks come into our spread. Mallards in good numbers and some widgeon. Can’t wait to get back out in the morning.

Paul

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Kyle B
Guest

Willamette River (valley) 12-23-2008 14:55
Cloudy, Snow & Rain Mix – 30-34 Degrees – Open Water
Hunting has picked up. In general good numbers of mallards and widgeon. We have been hunting with groups of 2 and 3 and we are getting limits or very close to limits daily. Also the goose hunting has been good. Large flocks of cacklers. if you have access to fields try them. Try and find fields with ditches in them. the green fields are difficult to hide in. Layout blinds are good, but are difficult to conceal.

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Posted By:
Casey-Huxoll
Field Editor

Boardman 12-16-2008 18:01
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Cold…. It got cold over the weekend and we even got a little snow.. Should make for some good hunting in the weeks to come.
Didnt have as good of a weekend as i hoped but that is hunting. you cant kill them all all the time.

McCormick seems to be a little froze right now as well as the river blinds. Just glassing off of my farm looks like the ice is out about 100 yards from the shore. And with the forcast being colder and more snow wed. night and thursday i think it will be almost not worth a hunt down there. The ducks should be going to corn if you can find a field with ducks hitting it should be a pretty good hunt.

Geese seem to be hitting green fields. alfalfa mainly on my farm could be because that is the only thing that sticks up over the snow. We dont have much corn still standing or they may be there.

Good luck to everyone and stay warm.

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Kyle B
Guest

Willamette River (Valley) 12-14-2008 19:10
Cloudy, Snow & Rain Mix – 30-34 Degrees – Open Water
Not as many birds as we would have liked, pulled 2 limits in about 4 hrs of hunting. Had to work. The river is very low, so running a jet boat is very dangerous. Be carefull. Mostly mallards. We are getting snow, so hope this fires things up.

Posted By:
CGIBSON
Guest

Reedsport 12-14-2008 18:39
Cloudy, Snow & Rain Mix – 40-45 Degrees
Hunted all morning three of us shot six ducks and one cackler. Not many birds down here yet either hoping this weather will get some new birds.

Posted By:
Paul-Cantrell
Field Editor

Mid – Valley 12-14-2008 10:28
Mostly Cloudy, No Precipitation – 45-50 Degrees
Well we’re finally getting some cold weather. Up to know its been fairly slow for me. A fe birds here and there, scratching out one of two but nothing to really get excited about. I was really hoping for cold and snow this morning just to break up the boredom. Most exciting thing I’ve done is regrass my boat. Too bad its sitting in the barn.

Paul

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CGIBSON
Guest

Central Oregon 12-07-2008 11:33
Sunny & Clear, Winds Calm – 45-50 Degrees
Same thing week after week to nice of weather. Went out yesterday with a buddy of mine hunted until about eleven seen birds early before shooting and very few after. Ended up with a mallard, gw teal, woody and a hooded merganser. Usually let the fish ducks live but the dog needed to get another retreive.

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Paul-Cantrell
Field Editor

Willamette River 12-01-2008 22:50
Sunny & Clear, Morning Fog – 50-60 Degrees
Well, we hit the river in the boat this past weekend. Since we haven’t had much weather I didn’t expect many birds. I was pleasantly surprised. We hunted 3 days in row over the holiday and did surprisingly well. There was quite a few birds on the river, mostly Mallards and Widgeon. Lots of valley geese flying. I can’t wait to get back too it this week. On a side note, check out Cabela’s, they got a great sale going. I just ordered a new blind for the boat, can’t wait for it to arrive. Have fun out there….

Paul Cantrell
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Posted By:
Casey-Huxoll
Field Editor

Boardman area 12-01-2008 17:35
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Huntedd around my farm the last 5 days with pretty good success Limmited out every day but Saturday. the darn fog just wouldnt give us a break.

But i have been seeing tons of geese. More than normal for this time of year. Usually i am picking up a few here and there but it has been just outstanding.

Hopefully the birds will keep moving down through the basin and hopefully we will get some good hunting weather(rain snow cold)

Well i think it is a good time to get out there and kill limmits before ponds start feezing up in the next few weeks.

For goose hunting look to the fields. Geese ar hitting the corn pretty hard right now. I expect if it warms up they will go back to the winter wheat. but if it turns off cold they will continue hitting the corn through the end of season.

good luck and shootem with there legs down.

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Kyle B
Guest

Willamette River (valley) 12-01-2008 10:36
Mostly Sunny, No Precipitation – 35-40 Degrees
Hunted thanksgiving as we had a great morning. 14 birds for 2 guys in about 45 minutes. I thought that would be the turning point. Mostly widgeon. we did get a few ringneck. Saturday the 29th. warm 60 degrees. Not good. we scraped 13 birds between 3 guys. We did not see lots of birds, the ones we did died. We need cold weather to arrive soon.

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CGIBSON
Guest

Central Oregon 11-29-2008 16:30
Sunny & Clear, Winds Calm – 45-50 Degrees
Went out this morning same area as last post shot a pair of mallards and missed on other. This weather is killing me it is almost December and you can wear a t shirt most of the day. Very few birds flying again just hoping for some nasy weather.

Posted By:
Casey-Huxoll
Field Editor

Boardman area 11-25-2008 11:51
– – 30-34 Degrees – Open Water
Just got back from a ND pheasant trip and put a goose hunt together on sat. 3 of us ended with 2 specks 6 cans 7 snows and a Greenhead.

Seems while i was gone a bunch of new birds have moved into the area. I think the migration is on. I hear a good amount of shooting from McCormick slough on sat as well as sun.
There is still a big group of snow hanging around wich is unusual for this time of year. But i have been seeing more snow every year. I guess this is why they are letting us shoot 6 each.

Well i think as long as it stays cold and the fog moves on. We have been in a fog bank since sunday morning. it should make for a very succesfull thanksgiving weekend.

Good luck to everyone and happy holidays.

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Posted By:
Kyle B
Guest

Willamette River (valley) 11-24-2008 18:23
– – 35-40 Degrees
Hunting this morning was good. River hunting has been hit and miss. Limit of Widgeon. the numbers of birds seems down, should pick up as temps drop. Hopefully. We didn’t see lots of duck, the ones we did died.

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CGIBSON
Guest

Central Oregon 11-15-2008 14:39
Sunny & Clear, Winds Calm – 45-50 Degrees
Hunted private spot this morning ended up shooting three drake mallards one hen and a mature speck only. Not many birds moving this morning. The ones that were moving died.

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CGIBSON
Guest

Prineville area private 11-09-2008 20:29
Cloudy, Light Rain & Drizzle – 45-50 Degrees
Hunted some private last sunday by myself shot a limit of mallards teal and a gadwall Not much around yet but just enough. Went out today different spot on public shot three green wings and a woody hen. Cant wait until the big freeze.

Posted By:
crsjhawk
Guest

Sauvie Island Private Land 10-29-2008 18:46
Sunny & Clear, Winds Calm – Over 70 Degrees
I went out Sunday afternoon with very low expectaions which were greatly exceeded. We had numerous flocks of Mallards and Pintails work between 3:30 and the end of shooting. Three of us ended with around 12 birds with three or four in the bush. Nice afternoon. The birds are definetly on the island.

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Casey-Huxoll
Field Editor

McCormick Slough 10-22-2008 17:23
Sunny & Clear, Winds Calm – 30-34 Degrees – Open Water
Hunted McCormick this morning with pretty good succes. I took my wife out and we ended with 8 between the 2 of us. We passed on alot of GW teal simply because those darn things come in and go out so fast. it is hard to get an inexpierenced hunter used to pulling up and shooting that fast.

Anyways there was not a huge amount of ducks on the slough but there was enough to keep you entertained. Few mallards. a few pintails. mostly GW teal and widgeon.

[Edited By Casey-Huxoll on 2008-10-22 17:24]

Posted By:
crsjhawk
Guest

Aldridge Point Lewis and Clark NWR 10-13-2008 22:43
Sunny & Clear, Morning Fog – 50-60 Degrees
Got five with three in the bush and a banded hen mallard. We could not get our until 10AM. Watch the tides. Since it was low tide about an hour before shooting time we could not launch. The river is low and they lost the bottom three feet of concrete. Some guys were backing out into the mud and lifting the boat off at the edge of the water. My boat is too big for that. We saw quite a few ducks but not as many as last year.

Posted By:
Casey-Huxoll
Field Editor

Boardman area 10-13-2008 10:39
Sunny & Clear, Winds Calm – 35-40 Degrees
Well hope everyone had a good opener.
Sat i set up by myself in a cow pasture near boardman that was holding about 50 geese. got 3 big honkers and 1 speckelbelly.

Sunday went down to McCormick and got a river blind. lots of duck movement and lots more geese than i expected to see. huge groups of snow i would guess over 4000 snows got up and went north. we ended up shooting 12 geese and 14 ducks for 3 of us. hell of a sunday hunt for the refuge.

there seems to be a lot of new birds in the area. should make for a good first couple of weekends. doesnt seem like there will be much pheasant hunting going on for me.

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tigerduck
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Klamath Falls 10-09-2008 20:11
Mostly Sunny, No Precipitation – 40-45 Degrees
eing good numbers of puddle ducks along Upper Klamath Lake. State line road also has good numbers of Spec’s adjacent to Lower Klamath Wildlife Refuge. Weather is definetly dropping off with high today around 42 with n/w winds picking up. This morning low in the 30’s and expected to continue to drop off. Has been some years since these numbers have been seen this early..weather definetly the factor.

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Casey-Huxoll
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Boardman area 10-08-2008 12:40
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well it is almost here. sat is the opener.

I was down at McCormick this morning and picked up a new map. They have shut down the East slough(The one that runs to the hunter check station) and have added 4 blinds on the river to the north west side of the fields. I was told that some of these were pits. They have also added blind 31 wich is just east of blind 32 from last year. there is no water there yet but should fill up as season goes on.

On the fields the 2 corn fields are closd right now as we are still in the process of getting those harvested should be done by next week. might even get one done by this weekend.

One of the wheat stubble fields had around 100 snow gees and about the same canandas. Whoever gets that blind opening morning should have a good shoot. I have also been seeing 3 groups of Specks flying around. a few have ended up on my farm but i am sure that there is some down at the refuge as well.

There are a lot of local and early migrator ducks on the slough and river and should make for a good opener.

Good luck to everyone and i will be at McCormick sunday morning with a #12 pick…

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Paul-Cantrell
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Fern Ridge 09-27-2008 19:10
Cloudy, Winds Calm – 60-65 Degrees
So I took a young man out for the youth hunt today. Great morning. Hiked in and setup on large pond that was holding a ton of birds. He limited out by 8:45. Ton a mallards, widgeon the lake. Great time today just helping teach setting up the decoys, calling for birds and running dogs. I can’t wait for my turn….

/Paul

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Home 09-24-2008 00:59
Sunny & Clear, Winds Calm – Over 70 Degrees
So I’m sitting watching the river roll by last night and here comes a flock of 25-30 greenheads flying up the river. The season is just about here, I can smell it in the air…..getting excited now…

/Paul

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Paul-Cantrell
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New Season 09-21-2008 10:34
Cloudy, Winds Calm – Over 70 Degrees
Our season is fast approaching. Next weekend is the youth hunt. Time to break out the new gear, clean up the old gear and clean the calls….

September goose was pretty good to me. Lots of geese in the valley and had flights daily coming up the river. I’m disappointed in the bluebill limits but there is always next year.

Have fun….

/Paul

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Casey-Huxoll
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Boardman area 08-21-2008 18:09
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Well here we go again. It all starts next weekend for me. Archery opener on sat 30th. Dove opener on monday 1st, and sept goose on the 6th.

Hope everyone has there dogs ready and stocked up on shells for dove season

Now to waterfowl….
There have been a big group of geese hitting a wheat stubble field on the neighbors property now for about 3 weeks. 1000+ birds. going to try and talk my way on to that field for sept hunt. Other than haveing some private land with geese on it your options for sept. goose are limited.

As for the main season they are going to open it up a week earlier this year. normaly the opener is the week after they open quail season and opens the same day as pheasant. This year as i am sure you know they ar opening goose and duck on Oct. 11 and pheasant Oct. 18, they are also going to let us kill 6 of the white ones this year (Snow geese). That is a good thing i have been seeing more and more every year.

Well i hope everyone gets out there and dust the guns off and kill a few doves.

Also dont forget to put in for reservations for McCormick slough by Sept. 5th.. good luck

[Edited By Casey-Huxoll on 2008-08-21 18:12]

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Casey-Huxoll
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Boardman 03-19-2008 10:06
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WEll there are still alot of geese using the farm.. mostly small cans and also a group of about 1000 snow geese have been here since the end of the season.. one day there on our farm the next there down at McCormick.
I have kinda moved into fishing mode and have been catching a few walleye and sturgeon..
Then i got dragged back into waterfowl mode yesterday when i orderd my new decoy trailer. 7x 16 enclosed now it is time to start building shelfs and get some decals on it. well i guess i am never done goose hunting..

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Casey-Huxoll
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Boardman 01-28-2008 11:03
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Thats it… put your guns down.. seasons over here. hope everyone had a good season.
We finished out the season on Sunday in a blizzard…..
Had a really good shoot in a corn field.
2 of us limmited out on mallards and got one little bonus goose that couldnt resist us.. we were standing in the decoys.. 2 big brown spots in the middle of a snow field and he just fell in.. luckily i had a gun in my hands.
As for the ducks they were coming in big groups.. 100+. fun shoot.. .my buddy got his first ever limmit on ducks….
Well i guess we will start saving up and getting ready for next year.

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Casey-Huxoll
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Boardman 01-24-2008 10:35
Sunny & Clear, Winds Calm – 10-20 Degrees – Open Water
Had a great shoot last night. decided to take the afternoon off and set up in a corn field that there had been a few ducks and geese working for the last couple days…
Got set up about 1pm and had a limit of both geese and ducks by about 330.
all big geese and 6 Green heads and 1 Drake Pitail.
This cold weather is really forcing the ducks to head to corn to feed. should make for a great last weekend to the season…

As for water around here. it is all frozen. I went to McCormick yesterday moring and no one was hunting the slough. it is froze up. there were some peole hunting the fields for geese but i am not sure how they did.. i cant imagine they did great this late in season out of pits that have been hunted all season long… who knows might surprise me…
Well good luck the last weekend.

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Casey-Huxoll
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Boardman 01-21-2008 12:04
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Sunday was great . We got some good goose hunting weather, snow wind nasty …. just perfect.
We hunted a corn field and 3 of us limited on geese. as soon as it started to snow the ducks startedd to come.
There was some pretty poor shooting but we ended up with 14 ducks. moslty mallards but we did pick up a pintail a piece.

This week looks like it is going to stay cold. hopefully we can get some clouds to move in and make it good for the weekend.

Good luck on our last week of hunting.

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Paul-Cantrell
Field Editor

Lower Valley 01-20-2008 22:20
Mostly Cloudy, No Precipitation – 30-34 Degrees – Open Water
Been a bit slow in the valley down here. I have started seeing more mallards the past few days and the typical geese flocks. I’m ramping up for the final week. Knock em dead out there.

/Paul

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Casey-Huxoll
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Boardman Area 01-19-2008 16:27
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Hunted a corn field this morning. Geese worked really well and had 3 limits by about 930. great shoot had all big geese and one little bonus duck.
Looks like the wind today is going to push in some clouds. hopefully it will keep the birds low in the moring.
Lets all hope for a good shoot.

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ELLSWINGER
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01-17-2008 22:06
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casey,

i hunt just north of you on columbia crest’s farm. weve been shooting geese out of corn. the cacks and snows seem to be hitting the winter wheat in the morning. but mid day and evening has been the ticket for big geese. they are flooding in here. last saturday we had limits early because the weather FINALLY cooperated.
well good luck!

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Boardman 01-17-2008 18:24
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It has gotten a little colder this week. Looks like it will be cold this weekend as well with a chance of snow sat. night and sunday. lets cross our fingers and hope for that.
The last few days the geese have not been working any of my fields in the morning but in the evening is a different story. There are 2000+ geese in 3 different fields this evening. I am not sure what the difference is. I am wondering if they are going north in the morning off of the river then coming south in the evening. that is all i can figure….
Looks like there might be some afternoon sets going on this weekend.. just makes it hard to scout for the next day.

Well lets all do a snow dance and hope for some clouds over the weekend.

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langell valley–miamonkey report???? 01-16-2008 17:16
Cloudy, Heavy Fog – 30-34 Degrees – Ice
miamonkey….a while ago you asked about some property that you were going to purchase in the langell valley of southern oregon, around klamath falls…..did you ever do so?….you had other questions about the area, etc…..drop me a line at: salton sea man or pfrey101@hotmail.com and we may talk further about such….this area has a lot of potential and there are some good goose areas….have you hunted the land lately?????….advise….

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Boardman 01-15-2008 09:28
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Well the hunting was ok over last weekend. we shot a limit of geese on sat. and only got one bird on sunday. seems like they are getting a little wise to the decoys.
As for this week, yesterday there were geese all over my farm. thousands of the darn things. even a coule thousand snows.
Hopefully they will stay around for this coming weekend.
Sounds like the rest of the week it is going to stay cold in the 30’s with some fog. Lets cross our fingers and try to end the season with a couple good weekends.
Good luck.

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Casey-Huxoll
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Boardman 01-10-2008 09:23
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Well i feel like i have not posted forever. The Goose hunting has been pretty good not excelent. It is all about scouting. you have to find where the birds have been and still want to be. We have a little weather hitting us we have been getting rain almost everynight with the occasionl snow flury. has not been cold enough to stick however.
This weekend should be good, there have been a lot of geese even some snows starting to use some of my corn fields. we will just have to get out there and see if the things want to come in.
Good luck to everyone this weekend.

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Paul-Cantrell
Field Editor

Siltcoos 01-05-2008 21:22
Cloudy, Rain & Thunderstorms – 30-34 Degrees – Open Water
We hunted Siltcoos today. Pretty stiff wind had some guys waiting at the dock to launch and with lightning and thunderstorms it was a pretty hair raising ride out to the south end. The temp was cold, at one point we had hail so thick it looked like snow on the ground. The wind was out of the south and the birds were flying in really strange patterns. There was a huge number of guys on the lake today, more than I can remember in a long time and the birds were pretty spooky. The pass shooting was ok, but very few birds actually attempted to land in the decoys. We did some some cans, but for the most part it was Bluebills. We ended up with 2 limits of Drakes and for the most part pass shooting was the name of the game. Many guys at the dock all had the same story to tell, hard to get them to decoy and avoiding the points of land. It rained hard on us today and for the first time all season, I really felt like I was duck hunting old school weather wise. Had a great time, saw some old friends on the dock and can’t wait to go back.

Paul Cantrell
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CTIECKE
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Salem/Dayton 01-04-2008 16:18
Cloudy, High Winds – 40-45 Degrees
Thursday hunted around the Dayton area for a afternoon hunt, ended up with 2 teal and 1 mallard, not many birds moving. Today we hunted around Salem ended up with 2 mallards, 4 widgeon, 1 woody and 3 sponnies. Either the wind had a few moving or some new birds may have come into the area.We have not shot many widgeon or spoonies this year.

[Edited By CTIECKE on 2008-01-04 16:20]

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Salem/Dayton area 12-28-2007 16:18
Cloudy, Snow & Rain Mix – 35-40 Degrees
Thursday (Salem outside dusky zone)two of us shot 2 mallards, 1 widgeon, 4 woodies and two geese, today (Dayton) we shot 1 teal and 1 mallard. Not much going on seen some flocks high and traveling with no intention of staying around here.

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Paul-Cantrell
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Willamette Valley 12-28-2007 12:36
Cloudy, Light Rain & Drizzle – 35-40 Degrees
Well, I’ve a bummer week. Hunted 3 times this week in the valley and it was pretty slow. I scratched out one bird, Widgeon. Hope folks are having a better week than I am. Heading for the coast in the morning, I hear good things about the bluebills and Canvasback are flying around as well.

For those interested I posted retriever training tips in the forum. Happy hunting.

Paul Cantrell
Black Ice Retrievers

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Casey-Huxoll
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Boardman 12-17-2007 09:17
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Hope everyone had a good weekend.
Mine started out on friday. We hunted a corn field and limited out on geese and got 11 mallards between 2 of us. It was perfect weather. overcast and a little breeze.
On saturday it was a different story. Sunny and bright. Only got 3 geese. Most of the geese would lock up and circle and fly on by. no flares just not very interested. They almost seem like they are a little educated.
Sunday almost the same thing. 2 geese in the morning. then i took my wife out in the afternoon and we managed to get 3 more geese and a few mallards.

Looks like weather is going to warm back up this week and we will get some rain. Might slow the birds down for this next weekend.
Hopefully they will get another big front to come through up north and keep pushing the birds down.
Good luck to everyone that gets to go out this week.

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bordman /crow bute 12-16-2007 20:34
Cloudy, Winds Calm – 30-34 Degrees – Open Water
four mallards on friday no birds flying here not enough punishment so I went back but down by power lines on oregon side one mallard on saterday no birds talked to others my freinds hunted hat rock on sat also a bust word I got was birds at tri citys?

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Siltcoos 12-15-2007 18:38
Cloudy, Light Rain & Drizzle – 40-45 Degrees
Well, the birds arrived. Good numbers of Bluebills on the lake today and plenty of movement to keep them flying. We limited pretty easily today. some friends hunted the east side of the lake and pulled 3 limits and hit some Canvasback as well. Great weather with just a small squall come through and the water conditions were perfect.

/Paul

Bluebills – 6
Bufflehead – 1
Temp 44
Calm water, NW wind
Overcast with patch sun

[Edited By Paul-Cantrell on 2007-12-15 18:39]

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Casey-Huxoll
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Boardman 12-10-2007 09:23
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Hunted Geese on saturday with some different results. We hunted the morning in a corn field and every group of geese that got off the river went straight north. we saw maybe 100 geese come our way in the morning. we decided to stay set up and see what happen. at about 230pm it was like someone opened the valve. non stop shooting till the end of shooting light.

Sunday was more normal. it cooledd down and the birds came off like they were supposed to. had a limit by 9am on all big geese.
Last night brought a little snow to the area. hopefully it will stay cool and this will stick around.
I guess we will see what happens this weekend.

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Paul-Cantrell
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Siltcoos 12-09-2007 09:46
Sunny & Clear, Winds Calm – 45-50 Degrees
It was a very nice day at Siltcoos, for relaxing. 🙂 There wasn’t a lot of birds on the lake, at least at our end on the south. We only had a few birds come into the decoys all day. In fact I even pulled the rig and moved, something I’ve never done there. In the end we scraped out 5 birds but it was very slow. Cruising around the lake we just didn’t see the big flocks that we normally see.

Weather – Sunny Warm
Water – Calm
Wind – NE 5mph
Temp 45-50
Bird Count – Low
Other Hunters – Good number of other hunters on the lake. There was a lot of shooing up in the north end of the lake

/Paul

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bordman/hat rock 12-07-2007 14:46
Cloudy, Winds Calm – 40-45 Degrees
slow last saterday shot a double bannded drake mallard .CASEY HUXOLL can you help me decide what to do saterday the 8 i have three and 1/2 brand new avery full flock goose decoys and blinds wear to go please help 503-753-4784 541-922-2358 or jsdod04@aol.com i lost your email

[Edited By jsdod04 on 2007-12-07 14:48]

[Edited By jsdod04 on 2007-12-07 15:24]

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Casey-Huxoll
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Boardman 12-05-2007 18:38
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A big warm front moved in late sunday with temps reaching in the 60s yesterday. I had been cooped up sick for the last couple days. and i got out this morning on a scouting drive and hardly saw any geese on the farm. Thought the warm weather made them spread out.
This evening went for another drive and saw thousands of ducks and geese. Mostly small birds i am thinking there is a storm coming in from the north and the temps are supposed to be dropping over the next couple of days.
I have noticed in the past when the small birds start showing up that the hunting gets pretty hot and heavy.
If it cools down like it is supposed to we should have a pretty good weekend.
Shoot’em with there feet down.

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Casey-Huxoll
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Boardman Area 12-03-2007 09:23
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Lots of birds on the move over the weekend. We had snow on monday night and the geese grouped up . everything came off the river in big groups. theyu were easy to decoy with everything being white. Had a group of over 1000 cans and 500 snows come in at one time. Let about 500 touch the ground. I had to video tape this because i was by myself and figured no one would believe me.
Sun. Wind came out of the south and it warmed up and melted everything off. Birds still worked good 3 of us limited early.

This morning it is raining and it is calling for wind for the next couple of days.
This will keep the birds changing there patterns as long as the weather keeps changing.
They just started hitting green fields this last week. Up until this point all of our hunting had been in the corn.
Well good luck to everyone.

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Casey-Huxoll
Field Editor

Boardman 11-29-2007 09:08
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Weve got SNOW!!! woke up this moring to enough snow to make the ground white. almost had to call in sick for work. nothing like getting out there and hunting the first snow of the year. seems to make the birds very easy to hunt.
Hopefully it will stay cool and we can get some more white on the ground by sat. if not i will have to take tomorrow off.
Good luck.

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Paul-Cantrell
Field Editor

Fern Ridge Royal Unit 11-28-2007 14:39
Cloudy, Winds Calm – 45-50 Degrees
Hit Fern Ridge this morning. Pretty slow, few ducks flying but few and far between. Even Coyote units where quiet. Did get some shots at Geese on some adjoining property but apparently I have jerk in the end of my barrel cuz the shot fell way short. 🙂

/Paul

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Kwack Wacker
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willamete 11-27-2007 13:59
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hunting buddies did well on Willamete this weekend, ducks and geese.

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Boardman 11-26-2007 10:41
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Hope everyone had a good holiday weekend.
A good number of birds have moved in with the cold front that came through on wed.
I hunted McCormick slough on wed. afternoon and shot a limmit of ducks by about 2pm. mixed bag of mallards, Green wing, widgeon, pintail.
Thanksgiving day killed a few geese. as well as friday.
Sat took out a group and got them a limit of geese in a corn field.
Made for a pretty good weekend. all in all 9 ducks 16 geese and 3 quail. I know who isnt going to go hungry this winter.
Looks like it is going to stay cooler this week and the snow level will be dropping, should push more birds down. I think we should be set for pretty much the rest of the season.
Stay out there and shoot straight.

[Edited By Casey-Huxoll on 2007-11-26 10:41]

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