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higgin1225
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OFF SEASON 07-16-2008 18:30
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Planning a trip to Utah and looking for some info on places to go, guides, etc.
Any help would be appreciated.

You can email me at higginson@tds.net

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Joseph-Morzinski
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OFF – SEASON 07-04-2008 17:57
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Sorry there’s no one reading this site anymore; it always was fun and interesting…if anyone does, it would be nice for you to say something so I know anyone is out there…. scouting some areas around GSL have shown good looking vegetation, and birds are in the area…looking forward to the Fall… JOE

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Joseph-Morzinski
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East Shore GSL 01-14-2008 22:50
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WOW — WHERE DID THE YEAR GO???? ANOTHER DUCK HUNTING SEASON JUST ABOUT GONE..I HAD A REALLY GOOD EARLY PART AND MIDDLE PART OF THE SEASON, BUT IT’S BEEN SLOW FOR ME THE PAST TWO OR THREE WEEKS, AND I’VE HAD TO WORK MY BUTT OFF FOR JUST 2 OR 3 SHOTS ON AN OUTING…TRIED JUMPING A CREEK THIS A.M. WITH RESULTS BEING 1 DISTANT SHOT AT A FLEEING MALLARD, AND NO APPARENT DAMAGE… THEN ALL AFTERNOON LAYED OUT FOR GEESE WHERE I’D SCOUTED HUNDREDS A FEW DAYS EARLIER, AND NOTHING CAME ANYWHERE NEAR TODAY…BUT I DID GET STARTED ON A NEW LOUIS L’AMORE BOOK, AND THE SUN FELT GOOD, AND I GOT MY EXERCISE AGAIN…THAT’S HUNTING…TOO BAD NOBODY IS READING ANY OF THIS ANYMORE….USED TO BE A GOOD SITE…IF ANYBODY IS ON THIS PAGE, GOOD LUCK DURING THE “OFF SEASON” AND MAYBE I’LL “CUL” JOE..

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Joseph-Morzinski
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East Shore GSL 11-25-2007 11:20
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With all this freezing going on, many of our marshes are getting pretty tight on top, and it’s tough crunching through that ice…However, if you can find a nice opening or bust out some of thaT ICE for some dekes, there are still birds around that will rspond to a nice set and good calling….got a nice mixed-bag limit just yesterday…some very good days ahead yet… good luck and be careful!! — JOE

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Joseph-Morzinski
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Fmgtn Bay 10-31-2007 16:36
Mostly Cloudy, No Precipitation – 45-50 Degrees
Took some new guys out to the main dike at Fmgtn Bay this past Fri. and then again Mon. and we shot some nice divers, if you like divers…did good this A.M. on the East shore of GSL, three nice drake gadwalls…birds definitely around the area, just check the rest pond at North entrance to Farmington Bay…Good luck – JOE

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Joseph-Morzinski
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Farmington Bay 10-22-2007 13:49
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Hope you all got the “Opener” done right..friend and I each got a nice mixed bag limit that day, and of course it’s been somewhat slow the past few times out…I’m not seeing a lot of teal, mostly gadwall, pintail, and more widgeon than usual…Hunted at ogden Bay last Friday A.M. and we were in the right general area, but just not the right ‘spot’, but always fun to get out with good friends….good luck out there.. CUL — JOE

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Joseph-Morzinski
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Youth opener 09-24-2007 23:28
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Hey — Anybody home??? Dove hunts are done, and that went pretty good, once I learned to stay local instead of wasting my time way down South like I have in years past…Anyhow, blew a little dust out of my 20 ga, and my dog Maxie, enjoyed her first feathered retrieves in a while.. Farmington Bay looks good for the Youth Hunt this Sat…lots of birds around where I was scouting on the dikes…Hope you have your spots picked out and enjoy a morning helping to train our youth…Good luck..JOE

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Joseph-Morzinski
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08-12-2007 02:15
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Hey guys — finally got to check out the dikes at Fmgtn Bay today, biking for a couple hours… My usual ‘youth day’ and ‘general opener’ spot is completely dry, and lots of other places are also..I was mainly looking at areas around South entrance toward the East entrance dikes…did see a lot of birds moving, good mallard, pintail, and blue wing teal numbers over the bigger bodies of water…none of the secondary dikes I biked were mowed down, so biking (even hiking) is/will be difficult come hunt time…maybe that’s a good thing…past years these dikes were mowed in the Summer..maybe not this year…I want to check some of those areas (South) of the South entrance yet, sso I have a few more bike rides to do..CUL — JOE

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Joseph-Morzinski
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OFF-SEASON 07-26-2007 00:38
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Hey guys — hope someone is out there…August is right around the corner, meaning we can start roaming some of the dikes that we may have hunted in the past, and Sept. means we can brush up our shooting by chasing the tweety birds – the doves. They are challenging, and it’s just plain fun to get out early, after all this time not shooting at real birds — and they are mighty tasty – try it…don’t forget your license and HIP number..and plenty of liquids for re-hydration…Good luck on your scouting, and hope you’re finding some water where you have hunted before….Otherwise we may all be crowding each other on the same dike where some water will be controlled, all shooting at the same big-lipped shovellor that we can’t eat anyhow because of too much Mercury…anyhow, pray and dance for some serious rains!! JOE

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Joseph-Morzinski
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‘OFF-SEASON’ 07-02-2007 18:44
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Hey guys — Pray for rain!!! Things is a heatin’ up and a burnin’ up here in our state, not much we can do about that….Here’s hopin for a change in weather patterns — soon!!

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Joseph-Morzinski
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Off-Season 06-13-2007 14:23
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Well, we’re headed to the ‘dog days’ of Summer, but this is the time to review stuff that was good or bad about last season, do some scouting at old places or find some new ones, keep your eye in tune at the shotgun range, repair or buy new ‘duck stuff’, work with your dog, repair/work on blinds, practice your duck and goose calling, make notes on who to call for private land access, maybe line up some new hunting buddies for this season (and maybe drop that one that keeps skybusting and almost shot you last year)—anyhow, lots of fun stuff to think about and do this time of year — the OFF-SEASON..
CUL — JOE

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Joseph-Morzinski
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Off-Season 05-06-2007 18:22
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I’ve been seeing new gosling broods in different locations around the GSL…Anybody seen ducklings yet? I’ve already scouted out 2 new hunting locations for next season that may be promising—hope you guys are doing the same, as sometimes the ‘old places’ just aren’t the same, or maybe not even be there the next time…Good luck on your scouting, shooting, and preparation for this coming season in Utah’s Waterfowl World…JOE

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Joseph-Morzinski
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Off-Season 04-17-2007 00:07
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Hope you guys are able to get out this sprng for a little scouting…lots of activity on the eastern shores of the GSL marshes…water looks really nice right now, hope the rains come…..CUL …JOE

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Joseph-Morzinski
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01-27-2007 15:57
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So, is everybody fishing now, or what???

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Joseph-Morzinski
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01-13-2007 19:29
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Hey guys–not much time left in the season (again) and I hope you’ve had a great year, with some success and free from accidents..I just had one of my best A.M. hunts, right after the recent snows and in our current cold spell..Most waters are tight, but if you have access to a creek or canal in a legal hunting area, you too may be in for some good shooting…shot 6 drake mallards and 1 drake pintail off a local open stream, lots of mallards around that day…maybe try once more…good scouting and good hunting to you..you may freeze your buns off, but it’s worth it this time of year…CUL — JOE

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Joseph-Morzinski
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East Shore GSL 01-07-2007 22:08
Cloudy, Accumulating Snow – 25-30 Degrees – Ice
Anybody out there doing any hunting? any good? Pretty much all my pond areas a frozen up tight now, but I can still shoot at a duck or three off creeks or canals that are open…My areas haven’t been producing any geese for the past 3 weeks, but I’ve still been seeing a few flocks, enough to put a few goose dekes out with the smaller impostors…Anybody hunting the bigger rivers, like the Weber or Ogden, or Bear??? Good luck out there…JOE

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Joseph-Morzinski
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East Shore Gsl 12-11-2006 23:47
Mostly Cloudy, No Precipitation – 30-34 Degrees – Open Water
Did make it out this A.M. for a couple hours..not many ducks in area, but shot 1 teal and 1 mallard..about 0830 some geese actually were flying in the area, and 3 actually saw my dekes and responded to my humble calling…2 shots = 2 huge Canadas, and my dog was in heaven, especially on the 100+ yd swimming cripple retrieve…that was fun to watch, especially when the goose dove 5 or 6 times before she caught it… that was a proud dog (and papa) as she brought it all that way back…Are you seeing geese, or ducks, where you are???

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Joseph-Morzinski
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East shore GSL 12-09-2006 23:33
Mostly Sunny, No Precipitation – 30-34 Degrees – Ice
Hey Ronster — Good to hear you’re out there…I haven’t seen many geese yet either, sure hope the “big” push hasn’t come through already, ‘cuz I would have missed it….Saw a few small flocks in my spot a week ago (shot 1) then last time out there didn’t see a one, but finally did get into a few mallards…so it was a good A.M.
but I do hope we’ll be seeing some geese pretty soon…I do think a lot of snow would help…I’ll be out Mon. A.M. for a little while…let you know what happens…CUL — JOE

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ronster
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South Shore Wetlands 12-09-2006 17:12
Sunny & Clear, Winds Calm – 10-20 Degrees – Ice
Duck shooting is slow on the south shore.
What baffles me is the lack of geese. We usually see and bag more geese than we have so far. If anyone has any information on goose numbers, I’d appreciate it.

Good luck, ronster

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Joseph-Morzinski
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East shore GSL 12-01-2006 22:24
Cloudy, Snow & Rain Mix – 30-34 Degrees – Ice
Anybody get out in the cold?? Looks like most of our marsh waters are frozen up, at least mine were as of this A.M. Did find an opening in my otherwise frozen pond, and bagged three ducks and 1 Canada goose..could’ve had a tundra swan if I had a tag as it flew by me twice at about 25yds, and then even landedfor awhile on the ice, til my dog’s whining scared it up again..any how, nice A.M. hunt, cold but productive….CUL — JOE

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Joseph-Morzinski
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Layton 11-25-2006 21:41
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Hey Ronster — good info on the snipes, and if they ain’t making that “scrape, scrape” sound, I DON’T SHOOT. I have seen biger flocks of the dowitchers, there definitely is a “peep, peep” sound to them..snipe are definitely worth trying for; formidable target, and mighty tasty on the table..
got out Thanksgiving A.M. and did alright in the wind on teal for a couple hours..no big birds, but the teal cooperated that morning, and my dog did well…hope you can get out next week Mon, Tues, or Wed, as I think we’d be in for a treat with the changing weather, if we could get out…anyhow, good luck and CUL — JOE

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ronster
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South Shore Wetlands 11-18-2006 17:34
Mostly Sunny, No Precipitation – 40-45 Degrees
Joe & All,

Probably you know this but I’ll mention it anyhow. I received a ticket many years ago from a Fed for shooting what I thought was a Snipe, but turned out to be a Dowitcher. He told me at the time that most people, including State Wardens, could not tell the difference. He just happened to have done his Masters Paper on the differences between the two. He said that in fact, he could not tell the difference on the wing except that Dowitchers usually fly in flocks and make a “Peep,peep,peep,” sound whereas Snipe are usually solitary or with one or two others, and make a low raspy chirp when flushed from the marsh. The two species are usually shown side by side in bird books and you cannot tell the difference. So, if it “peeps” or flies in a flock you would be wise not to shoot it. Don’t rely on the good will of a Federal Warden to give you a warning for an honest mistake. It’s been my experience that Feds do not have goodwill for hunters.
I have shot many snipe since then and I believe I can tell them on the wing now. Snipe seem to have their heads tucked in closer to their bodies in flight, whereas Dowitchers fly with the neck stretched more forward. It’s a subtle difference, but if you pay attention you’ll see what I mean. Snipe usually are alone or with one or two other birds at the most. You may already know these differences but I thought I would mention them in hopes of saving you a future ticket.

[Edited By ronster on 2006-11-18 17:40]

[Edited By ronster on 2006-11-18 17:43]

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Joseph-Morzinski
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GSL – Layton 11-10-2006 13:03
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Got out last Sat. afternoon and then again this past Wed. afternoon again for late day shooting…not greatactivity, but some birds around for a few good shots..mostly larger birds: pintail, gadwall, and of course, some teal..but not many mallards in this area..lots of snipe, which I love trying to shoot on my hike out, if I have time…they are great eating if you haven’t ever tried them..size of a dove, but harder to hit..I use #7 steel for them. Some nice weather coming in, good luck til I CUL–JOE

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ronster
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South Shore Wetlands 10-29-2006 13:18
Sunny & Clear, Winds Calm – 50-60 Degrees
Hi Joe – thanks for the welcome. I posted a report but somehow erased it, and I don’t have time to re-do it as I am going hunting. I’ll try to post something tomorrow.

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ronster
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South Shore Wetlands 10-29-2006 13:04
Sunny & Clear, Winds Calm – 50-60 Degrees
A major migration arrived on the South Shore
midweek. Those hunting Wednesday afternoon reported easy limits and many birds on the move. I received two Swan Reports. Some small numbers on the South Shore and bigger numbers west of Corrine. Many Canvasback have been seen and scads of Widgeon. You can walk across the Airport Mitigation Area on the backs of resting waterfowl. Disturbed waterfowl rise up in clouds and fly short distances before settling back down. Friday morning was excellent. Saturday morning was slow, with shooting picking up in the afternoon. Very few geese in the area yet.
A bit of weather should produce great gunning. Hi Joe, thanks for your kind welcome.

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ronster
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10-29-2006 12:44
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Joseph-Morzinski
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Bear River 10-26-2006 21:26
Cloudy, High Winds – 35-40 Degrees
Ronster — good to hear from you, and you’re right on about wind vs rain. I got out yesterday (Wed) for afternoon shooting, same place as last Fri. and it was pretty much the same…when winds were calm, not too much activity, when storm rolled in and winds picked up, lots of activity..Lots of teal in this area, along with pintail and too many shovellors, and not many mallards. But a fun shoot..Good luck out there. JOE

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ronster
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South Shore Wetlands 10-24-2006 13:16
Cloudy, Light Rain & Drizzle – 50-60 Degrees
Opening day was generally poor to fair on the South Shore Wetlands averaging 3/4 birds per hunter according to Tom Aldrich (head of waterfowl DWR) who manned the gate and counted birds. 2005 average was about 3 1/2 birds per hunter. Go figure. The major factor was undoubtedly the ill-timed front that moved many small ducks right before the opener and the steady rain which caused the birds to sit. Rain does not move birds. Wind does. Weekend of 20th – 21st was just fair. Best movement came on Saturday afternoon. Mornings were slow.

[Edited By ronster on 2006-10-24 13:23]

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Joseph-Morzinski
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Bear River 10-23-2006 23:58
Cloudy, High Winds – 35-40 Degrees
GOOD TO HEAR SOMEONE ELSE DID OK AT FMGTN BAY, AND HOPE TO HEAR SOME MORE POST FROM YOU…..I GOT OUT LAST FRI AFTERNOON, WENT TO BEAR RIVER AREA. SUNNY AND FEW CLOUDS AS WE GOT THERE, BUT SOON CLOUDS AND WINDS PICKED UP REALLY GOOD, AND IT GOT COLD..THE BIRDS FLEW, MY BUDDY AND I EACH GOT A NICE MIXED BAG LIMIT..NICE AREA, BUT THE NATURAL VEGETATION HAD BEEN TRAMPLED OR CHEWED UP BY COWS PRETTY BAD, SO NEXT TIME I MAY TAKE A LAY OUT BLIND..TONS OF PINTAIL THERE, SO YOU HAVE TO WATCH IT CLOSE AFTER ONE..
BRADEN, I AM HUNTING NEAR THE TURPIN UNIT AT FMGTN BAY,SOME LITTLE PONDS OFF THAT UNIT. THIS YEAR THERE’S ACTUALLY WATER IN SOME AREAS THAT THERE HASN’T BEEN FOR YEARS, BUT I ALSO HUNT NEAR THE BTFL DUMP, AND HAVE BEEN TO THE HUNTABLE SIDE OF UNIT 1 AND DONE GOOD THERE ALSO..I’D LIKE TO TRY THE CRYSTAL UNIT, JUST HAVEN’T HAD THE GUTS TO DO IT YET…CUL — JOE

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talkingsmack
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Farmington Bay 10-19-2006 22:15
Cloudy, Winds Calm – 45-50 Degrees
Evening Hunt started at 4:30 shot 1 Pintal, 1 Green wing, and 2 female shovlers fair hunt flying last 45 minutes of the hunt.

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Braden-Mitchell
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Albertsons Pharmacy in Layton 10-16-2006 23:30
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Joe – I am jealous. I was stuck at work today. I could see the people coming in covered with rain and complaining about the wind and I knew that the birds would be flying. I have not had any problems with the lower case letters. I have not been out since the opener, but I am hoping to slip out soon. It is good to hear that I am not the only one that seems to have less than spectacular openers. I am a big fan of moving the youth hunt to 2 weeks before the regular season. I am not very familiar with Farmington bay. I have been there a few times. Where do you hunt out there?

Take care and keep your face down,Braden

[Edited By Braden-Mitchell on 2006-10-16 23:31]

[Edited By Braden-Mitchell on 2006-10-16 23:32]

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Joseph-Morzinski
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Fmngtn Bay 10-16-2006 19:18
Cloudy, Light Rain & Drizzle – 45-50 Degrees
Got to play out in the rain and wind and mud this a.m. Got 2 mallards early on, then not much going on, so chased snipe around for a while.. Almost decided to leave when the winds started, and then the birds flew pretty good. Ended up with six nice birds and a snipe. My dog, Maxie, thoroughly enjoyed the retrieves, and there were 2 that I wouldn’t have found that she did..Hard morning with the rain and hail and winds, but worth the effort….CUL -JOE

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Joseph-Morzinski
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Fmgtn Bay and Kaysville area 10-11-2006 00:00
Cloudy, Light Rain & Drizzle – 45-50 Degrees
Hey BRADEN — MAYBE IT’S JUST YOU AND ME…YOUTH HUNT WAS GREAT, TONS OF BIRDS FOR THE KIDS TO TRY TO SHOOT..THEN REG. OPENER, SAME SPOT, NOT MUCH GOING ON.. LAST YEAR IT WAS SUPER IN THE SAME AREA..GO FIGURE..I STILL THINK WE NEED 2 WEEKS BETWEEN YOUTH HUNT AND REG OPENER…PICKED UP A NICE PINTAIL AND SNIPE AT KAYSVILLE THIS AFTERNOON, MY DOG ENJOYED BOTH RETRIEVES, HER FIRST WATERFOWL OF THE SEASON..I’M WRITING IN UPPER CASE BECAUSE THIS SITE SEEMS TO HAVE SOME PROBLEM WITH SLURRED LETTERS IN LOWER CASE… ARE YOU SEEING THAT TOO? This is lower case again..Anyhow, I’ll keep posting, and I hope you do too. WE NEED TO TRY GETTING TOGETHER THIS SEASON.. CUL — JOE

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Braden-Mitchell
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Willard Spur 10-09-2006 16:58
Cloudy, Rain & Thunderstorms – 40-45 Degrees
We split into 2 groups and hunted about 10 miles out on the opening day. The group I was in had problems because the wind kept blowing the water away and we would have to pick up and move the decoys. We finally ended up over in the dog ears of the Bear River Refuge. The birds were flying, but something was wrong with our spread. Finally we moved like 100 yards away from our decoys and were able to pick up a few birds pass shooting. Very strange opener. The other group shot about 18 ducks between the 3 of them. They shot a nice mixed bag of Mallards, Wigeon, Teal, Spoonies, Redheads, and Pintails. We headed in about 2pm. I am excited to get back out and see if the birds have calmed down so that we can start to pattern them.

Take care and keep your face down,Braden

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Braden-Mitchell
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Willard Spur 10-04-2006 23:27
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We went out for a preseason ride in the airboat on the Willard spur. The water levels look great. I saw more birds than in years past. We were out last Saturday observing the youth hunt. Unfortunately we couldn’t round any one up to take and be the gunner. I have a daughter that I am working on for next year. I really feel like the conditions are better this year than they have been in the past years. The problem is I have a bad habit of starting to lie to myself about this time every year. Only Saturday will tell. Stay tuned for updates.

Stay safe and keep your face down
Braden

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Joseph-Morzinski
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10-03-2006 22:53
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Hey All — It’s here, best of luck and safety to all..Hope to hear from you after some of your hunts…JOE

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Joseph-Morzinski
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09-15-2006 23:09
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Tana — My ‘puter has been goofy, thought I replied to your last already, but here again — I talked to Rich Hansen on 9-11-06 at the Farminton Bay youth day clinic.. He’s the manager out there (801-451-7386)and said that all previously huntable areas East of the Fmgtn Bay boundary dike (West of our Centerville area) are now closed to hunting and shooting, except the west half of the big pond that sits just North of the dump…and there’s not much reason to hunt the west half of that pond, IMO…So we are basically screwed from here on out in that area, thanks especially to local politicians from places like North Salt Lake, West Bountiful, Bountiful, Centerville, and Farmington…they felt we just couldn’t live without another highway in our lives..And I was out there just a week ago training with my dog (don’t know how long before I can’t do that either) and YUP – the marshes just North of the big pond were full of mallards…. JOE

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tana
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09-11-2006 16:58
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Thanks for the reply. I know that area really well. I have hunted there my whole life. Grew up in that area. I know that lake you are talking about really well and if they close some of that area I might be in some real trouble this year…..Well I guess we will have to take our chances or just play it by ear….If you hear anything let us know…Thanks

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Joseph-Morzinski
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09-07-2006 00:22
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Please note — Delta Waterfowl personnel are conducting a clinic out at Fmgtn Bay this Sat starting 9:00 a.m.Supposed to be aimed mainly at youth, and the Utah Airboat Association will also be there for giving rides…you can’t beat that!! Hope to see you there…CUL — JOE

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Joseph-Morzinski
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09-03-2006 16:21
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Tana — I discussed this area with DWR C.O. Keith Fullencamp and he said no more hunting or target shooting this whole area West of that gravel frontage road (they call it the sheep road) You know this area? Anyhow, apparently the East entrance to Fmgtn Bay will still be open for now, as will the South entrance..but once they start digging and dynamiting things will be different….he said the boundary will cut that big pond (just North of the dump) right thru the middle, and the line will meet up with the Fmngtn Bay boundary dike somewhere North of that pond… So I asked if we could hunt part of that area, and he said he didn’t think there would be a problem, since the exact border line is in question…So I guess we’re on our own as to try hunting there or not..I know Im not going to be there this year for the opener, as I don’t want to take the chance. If you hear anything more, let us all know…. I guess you know I hate the Legacy Highway project…Good luck –Joe

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tana
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Area west of Farmington Bay closed? 08-31-2006 12:03
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I was reading one of the posts and apparently they have closed the area in Centerville through Farmington for the Legacy project. Not only does that suck but it is going to change my opening day plans…Are some of the entrances that lead to the bay closed?
Another issue…..lots of geese. Getting excited.

Looking forward to Cabelas this weekend.

[Edited By tana on 2006-08-31 12:09]

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Joseph-Morzinski
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08-30-2006 00:43
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Hey Braden, Kurt–some water out in Farmington Bay looks good, but really dry in areas there also..Maybe we could recomment they release some chukars or pheasants out in some of the units that are dry and they could start promoting some upland bird hunting.. any water in the areas you guys are scouting?? Lots of teal and some bigger birds also in part of unit 2…And the Legacy Highway Jerks finally did their treachery–closing all the area west of Centerville up to Fmgtn Bay’s property..This was an area I’ve hunted and enjoyed for many years, took many youth to, shot my first banded bird at, and my dog did her first duck retrieve at…Many local hunters were robbed..Legacy stinks..Amen
I’ll still take some kids ou for the youth opener, but not there again..and yes, I would favor some type of early teal season, even if it’s just the kids getting a chance at them by having their day 2 weeks earlier than ours, instead of 1 week like it is now..Good luck on the dove opener..things are starting now..CUL –JOE

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Braden-Mitchell
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Early teal season 08-26-2006 22:25
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I am all for an early teal season in September. I also really like Joe’s idea of having the youth hunt 2 weeks before the regular opener instead of just 1 week. I don’t know if it is a coincidence or not, but the openers I have been on for about the last 5 years have been poorer than I remember. It may have just been because of the drought. Either way, I have high hopes for this years opener.

Take care and keep your face down
Braden

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Kurt-Case
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08-26-2006 09:21
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Early Season Teal Hunt
What do you guys think of a early season Teal hunt in Utah. If we had a 4 day season Teal only in the first week of September, we would loose 4 days in January, or we could have a split season like with Geese and take 4 days out in the middle of the season. That would give us 4 days to kill Blue Wings that are long gone when our season starts.
Let me know your opinion. Kurt

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Joseph-Morzinski
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08-25-2006 00:49
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Hey Kurt — Sounds like fun..Sep.9th is also a youth day out at Farmington Bay, with some Delta people there for training, and some airboaters are supposed to be there for rides also..sure hope you have some good people there for the work, as that sounds like a very legit project. Good luck — JOE

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Kurt-Case
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Ouray Refuge 08-20-2006 11:08
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Hunters if you are interested in a way to giveback to the sport you love, and help improve hunting here is your chance!!! The Ouray Valley chapter of Ducks Unlimited is setting up 8 floating hunting blinds for public use at the Ouray Refuge. Come with Waders Saturday September 9th at 8 A.M.we will meet at the refuge office and seperate from there. If you have any questions please feel free to give me a call Kurt Case 435-828-6083

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Joseph-Morzinski
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08-13-2006 23:44
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Hey Braden and Kurt–Good to know you’re still out there, don’t know where everyone else is..Maybe we can stay in touch and actually do a hunt together this year…I think both the youth hunt and gen. opener should be a week earlier. If they can’t do the gen. opener a week earlier, I think at least the youth may have a better chance at some bw teal, and then we’d have 2 full weeks for the bird population to settle down again. That’s what I’d really like to see, as the Youth Hunt tends to send the bw teal packing, and I don’t think there’s any way they’d put the youth hunt at the end of the season like they do in some other states…..You guys been to any Utah Waterfowl Association meetings or events this Summer? ,,,CUL — JOE

“LEARN TO IDENTIFY THE BIRDS”

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Kurt-Case
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08-09-2006 12:05
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A Friend To Waterfowl
Doug Miller of Doug Miller Outdoors TV show is in intensive care lets all hope and pray for him and his family. He has been a great friend to the Ducks and other game in the great State Of Utah. For updated info log on at KUTV.COM.
Kurt

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Braden-Mitchell
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Dog days of summer 08-03-2006 23:51
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I completely agree with opening the season a week earlier. Blue wings are a great game bird that we all but miss out on most years. It might just be me, but as the season goes into January, it seems that the birds and open water are very few and far between. I think it would be much better to use that week when there are more birds in the area.

Take care and keep your face down
Braden

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Kurt-Case
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Utah Waterfowl Season 07-28-2006 15:45
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Season dates are set. Liberal framework which means 107 days in the marsh and 7 birds per day. With a starting date of October 7 most of the Blue Wings will already be gone what is your opinion of moving things back one week so we have a shot at the Blue Wing Teal. One week is as far back as we can move but that would give us one week to shoot at the 5.4 Million Blues before they move south. What are your thoughts. Kurt

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Joseph-Morzinski
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07-21-2006 00:01
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Hey Guys — Anybody out there?? Anybody getting that itchy feeling, looking forward to the cool (sometimes) of Fall?? Hope you’re Summer activites includes some good duck hunting improvement type activites, like; blind improvement, decoy cleaning or re-painting, practicing on calling, some trips to the trap or skeet range, working with your dog, early season scouting, or just looking at maps, checking notes from last season to see what really worked well or not, watching some videos or computer programs that help with bird identification, etc. You know the routine. You love it. So do I. Our season is almost here again, it’s like being re-born…..Good luck and CUL.. JOE

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Just scouting 05-05-2006 23:41
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Anybody doing any looking around? I do it all the time, when I can. Water is looking nice, and looks like lots of geese have their new little families already, dodging the predators. Hope they survive all that’s thrown at them, except a little steel in the fall or winter. Utah Waterfowl Association did a nice duck nest project about a month ago out in Turpin area of Fmntn Bay..If any of you hunts there you’ll see the;m, as we put out over 100 hen houses, based on the Delta Waterfowl idea. Hope that works, as the predator problem inFarmington Bay area is really bad, not giving the hens or eggs a chance. If it works, we’ll do more. All duck and goose hunters in Utah should join Utah Waterfowl Association. Not expensive, and everything is done for Utah. To join, call Jeff Richards @ 292-8542…CUL..keep scouting, JOE

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Nowhere!!! 02-13-2006 21:27
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Hey, anybody out there?? I hope you guys will come back sometime to maybe share an experience or two, maybae something that really worked well or something that just plain didn’t. — The goofy weather changes really screwed up my last couple weeks duck hunting, and then the last 2 extra weeks of goose hunting didn’t amount to much (harvest wise) either. Like I’ll always say, it’s always great to get out. I learned that you’ll probably get more shooting without your dog, but you’ll probably have 25 to 35% wounding loss just like the average waterfowler throughout the country. (every 10 birds you bring home, 2 or 3 are left out there wounded to die) My dog made a huge difference on the birds I shot, I just have more training to do so I can take her along on all hunt situations..I learned to not waste my time or shells on an overhead goose with a duck load..I found a new area near Willard Bay this past season, and hope to scout it out more next season..I learned that little pineapple chunks go really well with each bite of duck or goose…. Man, I could keep going..Overall I had a great waterfowling season, and hope you guys did too…CUL –JOE

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Joseph-Morzinski
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01-18-2006 14:31
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Hey Kurt et al — Way to go with your pup! They sure add a new dimmension to waterfowl hunting, as this was my first year with my lab, and also her first hunting year. She did well, but definitely not a polished retriever yet…we’ve got time to work on that..but she did retrieve 13 doves for me, 2 snipe, 23 ducks, and 4 geese. I’m still trying to figure out a portable stand for herwhen I’m standing in 1 or 2 feet of water, any ideas???? 0 ducks past 2 weeks, they just took off in this area of GSL, Hope to get into another goose or 2 yet, but only time will tell…good luck!! CUL — JOE

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Whole Dam State 01-16-2006 13:51
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Hunted my guts out on the final day of Duck Season, seen alot of birds these birds have been hunted hard. Had a few groups respound to a call came home with 2 Mallard Drakes could have shot a limit of goldeneye but you need to be a hard liquor drinker to handle goldeneye when it comes to table fodder. This season was TOUGH HUNTING in the Uintah Basin area. We can always hope for a better season next year.
The bright spots for me this season came on Youth Hunt when I watched my rookie son limit out on Mallard Drakes. And watching my Lab Puppy turn into a reliable gun dog in one season, her final retrieve this season she had to swim across the Green River and make a blind Retrieve on a bird that had landed in heavy cover on the opposite bank. Not bad for a first year dog.
Good Luck on Geese the next 2 weeks.
Kurt

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Joseph-Morzinski
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East Shore GSL area 01-08-2006 22:13
Mostly Sunny, No Precipitation – 40-45 Degrees
Hey guys -If you stick to it long enough, once in a whileyou hit it just right…just couple days ago I set up early for ducks and 5 goose floaters in a small thawed pond, and at 0730 my goose hunt was done..One nice flock of 11 or 12 came over the tullies, saw my dekes and after a few toots they came right in and about 30 yds out and 8 feet high, 2 shots and 3 came down.My dog was thrilled that I finally did something right, and she had a great time retrieving her first geese. I was mostly thrilled by watching her, and revelled in our success for a spell before thinking of how hard it was going to be to pack out 3 big geese, plus 1 widgeon. I ended up dragging them out the mile and a half like a deer, with lots of breaks on the way. Labor of love, you bet!! I’ve never shot a limit of geese, so this was quite the landmark for me. One got plucked, and it’s going in my new turkey frier. I’ll let you know how that turns out later. Birds were 7.5, 9.5, and 11.0 lbs…Hope they’re around for awhile.. Good luck, CUL– JOE

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Farmington Bay 01-03-2006 23:07
Cloudy, Rain & Thunderstorms – 30-34 Degrees – Open Water
We took the airboat out to Farmington Bay on Monday. We have never been there before so we just set up close by the large rafts of ducks. The birds were flying like crazy. We had trouble hitting them because the waves were rocking our coffins so hard, and the rain was pelting our faces. There are still quite a few birds in the area. We hunted from 10am to 12pm, and the birds flew steadily the whole time. We finally had to leave when the water became too deep. I hope I can get out there 1 more time before the season ends.

Take care and keep your face down, Braden

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wtrdog2003
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northern gsl area 12-28-2005 10:21
Cloudy, Winds Calm – 40-45 Degrees
hunted corinne area tuesday. everything thawing out, especially the fields. mud about 4 inches deep by noon. made everything a mess. spring conditions. as for birds, very few ducks but some geese in the area. still some good goose hunting but i’m afraid the ducks are gone, except an occasional diver.

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Joseph-Morzinski
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12-27-2005 20:50
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Hey guys — warmer temps have definitely changed the ducks habits again, as they are no longer in previous areas..probably out in the ‘big water’ again, so I would imagine that air boaters are doing really well again.Kicked up a few singles yesterday, shot 2 drakes, one with a band simply marked with the number 384 on it. Nothing else, and the Laurel, Md bird band people don’t have any info on it..Anybody here have any ideas??
Anyhow, hope you guys are finding a few birds around, we’re running out or time! (again) Seems the season just gets going, and then it’s over way too quick. Maybe the extended goose season will work for all of us…here’s hoping!! CUL — JOE

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East GSL areas 12-19-2005 23:34
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Hey Silverkitten — why don’t you apply to be one of Utah’s volunteer field rep;orters..You can keep doing some reporting like you have been, plus you’ll get your membership free.. I’ve heard some guys say other sites are being used more, but I don’t have time to check looking all over, so I’m planning on staying here, hope you do too..as you may remember, we used to have 6 reporters, so jump in…….
I hit Willard Bay area a couple weeks ago and did OK, but I was informed that I was there about 2 hours too late (got there 3 o’clock) guess I hit the tail end of the days movement. It was still fun and my dog got 3 nice retrieves. Friend and I hit Layton area and Kaysville marshes last week and did pretty good on mallards and teal. Maxie did 7 retrieves that day including 1 snipe..So she’s been doing pretty good..She’s in heat right now, so another week or so before I’ll take her out again. (poor little emotional girl!)
Got out this A.M. to the Kaysville marshes. Friend got 2 mallards and a teal, I got a mallard and a nice, almost 10 lb honker, my first of the season. That was fun.. I was just set up for ducks with a spinner and 5 dekes, and I think this 10-bird flock was intrigued by the spinner, as I had no goose call or goose dekes, but I did manage to squeeze in 2 goose loads just before they got to me..about 25 yds, 20 ga. Kent Impact #3. 1 shot just killed this goose. That stuff is potent. I’ve used the Impact in 12 ga. also, and have busted bones at 60+ yds on geese..It’s good stuff. Not sure how this warmer weather will affect our jump shooting…may have to change tactics again…Hope to hear how you guys are doing…good luck and CUL — JOE

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Sounds like lot’s Of Northerners in Idaho 12-14-2005 12:53
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Was just looking at the reports from Idaho. Sounds like they have a bunch of new Mallards they are seeing in their area. Not sure what it will take to get them into Utah.

My membership expires tomorrow. Not sure I am going to renew as the Utah hunters are not posting on here any more like thay have in years past.

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Braden-Mitchell
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Locomotive Springs 12-07-2005 19:33
Cloudy, Winds Calm – 10-20 Degrees – Ice
We made the trek to Locomotive Springs on Tuesday morning. We jumped large flocks of ducks and geese off of one of the springs. All of the ducks and some of the geese actually jumped first, but we could still hear some geese so we kept sneaking. The geese jumped at about 50 or 60 yards. I was shooting Hevi-shot, so I decided to try to bring one down. After shooting 3 times unsuccessfully, a small group of the geese broke off and came right over us at about 35 yards. I was cursing my empty gun. Other springs that normally produce were empty. Both of the lakes are completely dry. We did jump one other group of ducks off a small canal while driving. The springs were actually more open than I expected. This cold weather will really shrink the springs down and make it easier to pinpoint where the birds are sitting. I will try again Friday or Saturday.

Take care and keep your face down, Braden

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Braden-Mitchell
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Northern Utah jump shooting hot spots 12-04-2005 23:44
Mostly Cloudy, No Precipitation – 30-34 Degrees – Open Water
I went jump-shooting Thursday morning. We shot a nice bag of mallards. I am always amazed at how rusty I am during that first sneak of the year. We had seen the birds from the road, so we knew they were there, but we still made many mistakes. The jumps later in the season get progressively better. We actually only got to shoot at one group of birds, but I was amazed at how many birds were in the area. Every small piece of open water seemed to have birds on it. It is getting even colder now, and should continue to concentrate the birds. I am going to Locomotive Springs Tuesday morning and will try to post a report soon after.

Take care and keep your face down, Braden

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Braden-Mitchell
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Ogden bay and Harold Crane 11-29-2005 08:47
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Joe, I haven’t had a chance to go to Locomotive this year yet. I am going to have to take my scouts out there as well. There is something about that area I just love.

On Thanksgiving we went out on the Great Salt Lake from the 12th street launch at Ogden Bay. Lots of ducks flew out west early in the morning, but shooting was pretty slow. My brother and Dad both bagged swans at Harold Crane that morning. My other brother bagged his swan Thanksgiving evening.
On friday I made the long trek out to Harold crane again, but the swans all flew out about 10 minutes before it opened. Both lakes were starting to get a small layer of ice.
On Monday 11/28, I rode my bike out Harold crane for the evening hunt. The swans are way down. Both lakes now have a solid layer of ice on them. Their were a few ducks flying around looking for open spots in the reeds north toward the Willard sput. Don’t bother with a bike if you go. The mud and snow make riding pretty treacherous and slow.
It is good to hear that everyone is doing well. Jereme congrats on the oldsquaw. I wouldn’t have even considered anyone would ever shoot one of those in Utah. I guess that is what keeps us all going. You just never know what you are going to see.

Take care and keep your face down
Braden

[Edited By Braden-Mitchell on 2005-11-29 08:48]

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Joseph-Morzinski
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11-28-2005 22:43
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Hey Guys — Jereme, way to go on the Oldsquaw! That had to be a thrill… Gooseguts, good to hear from you, heard a little about your goose chasing from Yellow Dog..it’s always great to be out, even if just for the sights and exercise….tried Centerville marshes for the last hour today, but hardly any open water. Ducks had an opening covered out in the middle, a hundred yards from me, and they didn’t want to move. So my little spread didn’t attract anything, except it was fun watching 3 grebes swimming and diving around my dekes…saw lots of huge flocks, but all high flyers with places to go. Maybe Wed. I’ll look at Layton again…Good Luck..JOE

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gooseguts
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davis county 11-28-2005 21:52
Cloudy, Accumulating Snow – 25-30 Degrees – Ice
yup, I’am still here, sounds like everbodys doing some good.We went out fri-sat.Friday was suppose to be the duck day but we took one goose and saturday was suppose to be the goose day and we shot pintails, they where thick they were comin by the 50s but that don’t do much good when you can only take one.We did have 3 snow geese deke in saturday but I was out of the spread and my buddys thought they where seagulls till they passed by.Oh well maybe next year.As joe said the ponds in the layton areas are freezing hard we had an half inch friday and i’ll bet 90 percent of the ducks have left this area.
Good luck, and don’t shoot till the feet come down!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Goose Guts

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jereme
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Willard 11-28-2005 17:16
Cloudy, High Winds – 35-40 Degrees
Well I hope everyone had a good Thanksgiving. I went out on Willard Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

For the most part shooting was slow and steady. By the end of each day most of us had a couple ducks. Lots of swans were flying around each evening. I still haven’t filled my tag. We didn’t see many geese until Sunday and it seemed they were definitely starting to come in.

By Sunday part of the bay was just starting to freeze (mostly slushy).

This storm also pushed some abnormal birds our way. Somehow fate was smiling on me and I managed to shoot a drake Oldsquaw. The Audubon Society records sightings in the state and as far as harvesting one of these beauties I found the following information.

All confirmed harvestings in the state are noted below.

22 Nov 1996 – Bear River Marshes, Box Elder Co., (two females taken)

Dec 1995 – Fish Springs NWR, Juab Co., reported by Jay Banta (shot by hunter)

24 Nov 1950 – Bear River MBR, Box Elder Co., reported by Wilson and Norr (specimen collected)

11 Nov 1949 – Bear River MBR, Box Elder Co., reported by Wilson and Norr (specimen collected)

Fall 1948 – Ogden Bay, Weber Co., reported by Van den Akker (two seen; two more taken by hunters)

Nov 1927 – mouth of Weber River, Weber Co., by Hull (male specimen collected)

Link to photos

http://search.yahoo.com/search?p=oldsquaw+photo&ei=UTF-8&fr=FP-tab-web-t&fl=0&x=wrt

This guy has a couple of pin feathers that would make a pheasant jealous. My taxidermist has been notified that I am on my way over.

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jereme
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Fish Springs Refuge 11-28-2005 17:14
Sunny & Clear, Winds Calm – 40-45 Degrees
I went out to Fish Springs Friday 18th and Saturday 19th. I had never been there before. What an awesome little oasis in the desert. Two of my buddies drew goose tags for Saturday. Before we even go to the refuge we ran into about 20 geese on the dirt road.

All units are very accessible by foot or small boat. We shot lots of Widgeons and Gadwalls (no geese ha ha). Great place just to go down and take some pictures.

You can camp right off the refuge next to the mountain overlooking all the units. I will be making at least an annual trip that way from now on.

We also did some rabbit hunting (off the refuge), collected some topaz and tried to find geodes in the geode beds. It was a good little outing.

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Joseph-Morzinski
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11-27-2005 13:58
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Hey Spooner- tks for the info on Locomotive area. We tend to take our scouts pretty close to home this time of year–do you live in Northern Utah? I’ve been in Scouting for a good 15 years now, in different capacities, and have really enjoyed it, especially the camping part. Keep taking them out….Still some nice mallards at Centerville marshes..this is the area that will be put to much better use as our Legacy Highway..hate having those ducks around…..long hiking out to my Layton area, but it is usually worth it..should get better as it gets colder…Hiked the dikes at Fmgtn Bay for a bit this A.M. Friend and I each shot one..lots of snipe out there, next time I’m bringing my #6 or 7 steel along. Tried a few futile shots with my #3’s.
That was a waste, but fun trying. If you guys ever shoot some, they are excellent eating.—-CUL— JOE

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11-24-2005 11:42
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Happy Thanksgiving to all, especially those that are either serving abroad or have family that are serving abroad. Thank You to you all for what you are doing for our freedoms!!!

Darren….daz3825@comcast.net

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spooner
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Locomotive Springs 11-21-2005 09:37
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Joe –

Don’t go to Locomotive Springs – I took my scouts out there camping a week ago. Did not even see a duck. – Save yourself a drive.

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Joseph-Morzinski
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11-20-2005 22:39
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Hey Braden — Nice info on the Willard spur area, I hear about it often, but have never made it there. Have you gotten up to Locomotive Springs this year? Or is it just not worth the long trip? I haven’t taken my annual trip to Salt Creek area yet either–have you been there yet this season? Seeing ice? Layton and Centerville marshes had a lot of ice already, mostly thin, but some areas were a good 3/4 in. thick and hard walking thru. Hard on the waders and my dog; that’s hunting. –CUL –JOE

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North side of Harold Crane 11-19-2005 17:33
Sunny & Clear, Winds Calm – 35-40 Degrees
I walked out the North dike at Harold Crane on Thursday evening looking for swans. There were only a few swans that flew during shooting hours and they were too high. The mallards were flying all over out towards the Willard spur. The swans really started to fly about 20 minutes after it closed, but they were still flying pretty high. I hope they have not already been educated.
We went out on the Willard spur in the airboat today. We arrived at about 10:00. Some of the other hunters said that the primary flight times were around 1:00pm. We sat and saw nothing for over 2 hours, but then sure enough the birds started to fly. We shot a few but some other hunters set up a little too close and ended up flaring several more of the birds we probably could have had. My brothers set up north and west, and said the teal were flying steady at 1:00. Overall it was a good shoot and I am excited to get the birds figured out.

Take care and keep your face down,
Braden

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Layton, Centerville marshes 11-18-2005 23:28
Sunny & Clear, Winds Calm – 30-34 Degrees – Ice
Hey Kurt — sounds like your buddy was just way too successful last year..that’s an awful lot of ducks. I work pretty hard every year for my birds — total 16 birds this year, but that’s 12 times out, and limiting out on the opener, well, you can figure out the rest of my days..but I love just being out there, now mostly with my young dog, trying to get her trained up right. It’s fun to shoot ducks, but maybe I’m just too far past the ‘shoot all you can shoot’ stage.
This is my first year sending in duck wings, but I’m pretty proud of the 16 I’ve sent them, cuz I, too, have worked pretty hard for all of them, especially the 2 my dog retrieved for me today……
Did see lots of mallards at Centerville marshes today, not much going on at Layton…..CUL — JOE

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Tough Tough Tough 11-16-2005 23:57
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I have hunted harder this year than any year in recent memory. Conditions are Tough and so are the birds. Bird arnt looking at decoys and they dont like a call. Bird numbers are low HOPEFULLY the weather change will change hunting success. One of my hunting partners is on the federal wing program and last year he shot 212 ducks this year he had 3 hunts in a row that not a single shot was fired. That will give you a idea of what things are like in the Uintah Basin so far this season.
Good Luck Boys Kurt

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Joseph-Morzinski
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11-15-2005 22:17
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Hey guys — surprise, I’m not dead, just felt like it the past few weeks with the flu. hOPE NONE OF YOU GET IT ! Anyhow, I feel like I’ve lost friends by not being on line here for such a long time. I haven’t felt like hunting much the past month, but think I’ll be back soon…… My dog Maxie was stolen just a little over a month ago, and if you guys have dogs you’ve raised from pups, you know how devastated I was. I can’t tell the whole story, but my wife and I were heartbroken for a whole week before we got word of her whereabouts, and finally got her back. It took a week to get her back to normal; she was pretty stressed also.
Then on Nov.2 I was able to take her hunting and she did 2 beautiful 30 and 50 yard water retrieves for me. Man, I was a proud papa, and we were a team again. She’s still young and learning, but what a great dog. Maybe you can imagine my thrill having her back….then the flu hit, but it’s almost gone, and Maxie and I will be crouched down in some marsh anxiously awaiting the whistling wings of incoming birds…soon.
So hopefully I’ll be back up and reporting again real soon..In the meantime it’s sure been nice reading all your reports. Thanks guys…CUL — JOE

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uinta basin 11-06-2005 10:41
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was out in the uinta basin for a day hunt yesterday, the day started off with a group of hunters that started shooting at 7:30 instead of the 8 am start per the pheasant hunt! anyways the hunt turned out pretty well, my bag consisted of 2 redheads, a blue wing, ringneck, widgeon, and a crowd favorite spooner.

did see a flock of 6 big snows that circled the spread a couple of times before deciding on safer landing zones.

Darren….daz3825@comcast.net

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cut emnova
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11-03-2005 23:57
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swan count was done yesterday, 17,864 in the GSL area.

http://www.wildlife.utah.gov/waterfowl/swan/swansurvey.html

Darren….daz3825@comcast.net

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Braden-Mitchell
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Harold Crane 11-03-2005 21:56
Mostly Sunny, No Precipitation – 45-50 Degrees
I went out after swans tonight at Harold Crane. There seems to be many birds in the area, but I did not get any to come right over. We did bag a pintail and a gadwall. The ducks were flying amazingly low right over the dikes. The swans flew from North to South steadily for about the last hour. Jereme, I tried to get over to the open blocks of the bird refuge earlier this year, but I ran into mud. I used to have the corners of each block marked in my GPS, but my brother lost the GPS. I hate it when that happens. Anyway let me know what you find. I saw tons of birds flying out on the Willard spur. We need to get the airboat back out there.

Take care and keep your face down,
Braden

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gooseguts
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all over 11-02-2005 22:21
Cloudy, Heavy Fog – 40-45 Degrees
Hey, guys looks like everbodys doin well
I think this has been one of the better years i’ve seen in a long while.There are plenty of ducks out there, seems like the gadwalls are plentiful for every one I would have to agree and the pintails also seem to be providing, and there’s always the geese I don’t know if it’s just me but there either dumber this year or where getting to be better hunters cuz they gotta have it and the black feet are comin down. Well good luck everbody I think ole goose guts is going to be hanging out at the du site come december.

Don’t shoot tell the feet come down!!!!!!
Goose Guts

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