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Posted By:
Michael-Bride
Field Editor

Lake Champlain 11-22-2010 19:14
Mostly Cloudy, No Precipitation – 35-40 Degrees
I have no clue if anyone still reads this stuff or not but here we go…Sunday was one of the better outings thus far for the season…New birds winging about the area of Larabee’s…Saw some mid size flocks of Mallards and Blacks as well as some divers, mostly Whistlers…Very light goose acvtivity …Absolutely no hunting pressure in the area to speak of…Combined with the high water ducks are loafing about anywhere…Cold temps in the forecast for the latter part of the week may bring more new birds and that is a beautiful thing…

Good luck and keep swinging!Bubba…

[Edited By Michael-Bride on 2010-11-22 19:16]

Posted By:
Michael-Bride
Field Editor

Lake Cahmplain 11-01-2009 13:46
Cloudy, Winds Calm – 45-50 Degrees
Well no one had posted on here in a year…So I’ll break the ice and see what happens…

Made it over to the Lake today…Beautiful morning but very few birds seen…We are seeing a handful of Woodies and some Mallards and Blacks…Not a lot of activity overall in our area. Hunting pressure has been fairly light. Despite the big wind from yesterday debris didn’t seem to be much of a problem. But as always, if you are using Larabee’s northern launch, watch out for those old bridge posts. They are still well within reach of a lower unit and can ruin a good day in a hurry. I still have no clue why at least a couple cannot be marked for safety but apparently they need to be left untouched as a historical hazard. Other than that not much to report here…

Good luck

Posted By:
andy
Guest

Bennington 11-05-2008 09:27
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Not seeing nearly the ducks we have in the past. Woodies are waay down. Shot 3 blacks a mallard and one woody opeing day and a few ohters here and there. But again pops are down.
We have turned our attention to geese and are hammering those. Limits are the norm. Having fun but would like to shoot some more ducks.

Posted By:
Michael-Bride
Field Editor

Lake Champlain… 10-09-2008 16:39
Sunny & Clear, Winds Calm – 50-60 Degrees
Anybody out there? Hello….

Quite a few birds around for the opener. The shooting was great despite the fog. We saw a lot of Teal and Woodies and a few Mallards and Blacks around as well. Some guys said they even were seeing some flocks of divers. In all a good opener. Hope anyone reading this had as good of luck…

Posted By:
Michael-Bride
Field Editor

Lake champlain (Larabee’s) 11-27-2007 19:04
Mostly Sunny, No Precipitation – 30-34 Degrees – Ice
Man I feel bad this post is soooo late…Oh well…There were a ton of Mallards and Blacks winging around on Sunday…If I say through out the morning we saw a thousand, low flying, workable birds, it would be conservative. Just steady streams of birds in bunches of 10-100…It was really an awesome day. So if you’re looking for big puddlers, they were around Sunday…But where are all the divers at?

Posted By:
Msg&son
Guest

conticut river near maidstone 11-25-2007 08:08
Cloudy, Light Rain & Drizzle – 30-34 Degrees – Ice
well on thanksgiving day went out with son on the river had to break ice to set up decoys off a sand bar. and like the whole season only saw 6 ducks all day got a nice mallard thats all no geese to be seen or heard took a drive down the river and saw the same thing nothing with everything freezing up and no birds to speak off looks like it will be a early season this yr and a very bad one also i belive they have changed there routes to go south because of pressure not sure but has to be only thign i can thin off because everyone i talked to say the same thign no birds around again this yr oh well take care all

Posted By:
Pots
Guest

southern Champlain-Benson Landing 11-21-2007 19:14
Cloudy, Heavy Fog – 35-40 Degrees
Some rain mid-morning. No wind to speak of…Far fewer birds than 4 days ago. Mergansers (Hooded and Common) were the bird of the day with a few mallards but I mean “few”. Not a lot of birds moving. Not much hunting pressure in the area. Being from southern VT, tough trip! If I was local…still tough!

Posted By:
Michael-Bride
Field Editor

Lake champlain (Larabee’s) 11-21-2007 14:36
Cloudy, Light Rain & Drizzle – 35-40 Degrees
Sill no real changes in our area. There just doesn’t seem to be many birds around at all. A handful of big puddlers but no divers to speak of We took a little cruise up the creek to see what was what but we never jumped a single bird. Discouraged and disheartened, I believe tomorrow a.m. will be better spent catching up on sleep and perhaps coming out of a 5 year layoff from deer hunting…Man this season is a real bummer around here…

Good luck and keep swinging!Bubba…

Posted By:
Michael-Bride
Field Editor

Lake Champlain 11-19-2007 19:40
Sunny & Clear, Morning Fog – 10-20 Degrees – Ice
Well it’s been a while since I had much to post about. This season has been one of the strangest that I’ve seen. Duck numbers are low to say the least. If anyone is having any decent luck or steady shooting, They sure aren’t talkin about it. Any way. We did see a big push of Snow geese bugging out on Sunday. But were still lookin for the big flocks of Mallards and we’ve seen almost nothing for divers…In all a different year than what we’ve seen in recent years around the EastCreek area. Things are starting to freeze up in some spots around East Creek and on the main lake. Nothing that should bother as temps are supposed to rise a bit over the next few days. I wont be out again until Wed. and hopefully things will start to improve…

Good luck and keep swinging!Bubba…

Posted By:
Michael-Bride
Field Editor

East Creek 10-10-2007 18:19
Mostly Cloudy, No Precipitation – 50-60 Degrees
Well my father and I have seen slower season openers, but we don’t remember when. There where a fair number of birds a around, Woodies and Teal mostly, but they were mostly flying high and out of range of us. Other hunters I talked to were experiencing the same thing. Most everyone I talked to said they saw little Mallard activity. We did spot one Pintail hen so maybe they’re still around. Over all early morning gunning was ok in the right spot, but that ended within the hour and was spotty after that. One other thing of note. The lake is very low. As low as it’s been in years. Anyone using Larabee’s lower (Northern) boat launch, needs to be extremely careful of the old rail bridge. The posts are submerged about an inch under water and will give you a bad morning in a hurry. For safety sake they should mark and/or remove them from the main channel. But being a “historic site” I dont think it will happen any time soon. If you’re not familiar with those posts use the upper lanch. It’s steep and tougher to back into in the dark, but your lower unit will thank you later…

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Michael-Bride
Field Editor

none 10-09-2007 18:22
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The countdown is at zero people…We’re goin duckin….Good luck

Good luck and keep swinging!Bubba…

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Michael-Bride
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None 07-27-2007 05:00
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Waterfowl Meetings, Aug. 7 in Whitehall, NY — Aug. 8 in Burlington, VT

VERMONT AGENCY OF NATURAL RESOURCES
PRESS RELEASE

For Immediate Release: July 20, 2007

Media Contacts: Vermont – Bill Crenshaw (802) 878-1564; New York – John OConnor (518) 897-1291

Waterfowl Meetings, Aug. 7 in Whitehall, NY — Aug. 8 in Burlington, VT
Waterbury, VT  Public meetings to review and discuss the status of waterfowl populations and waterfowl hunting seasons for Lake Champlain in New York and all of Vermont will be held Tuesday, August 7, in Whitehall, New York, and Wednesday, August 8, in Burlington, Vermont. The annual meetings are being held by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources Fish & Wildlife Department.

The August 7th meeting will be held at Skenesburgh Rescue Squad building in Whitehall, New York, while the August 8th meeting will be held at the University of Vermonts Billings Student Center, Room 101. Both meetings will run from 7 – 9 p.m. Those attending the Burlington, Vermont meeting should park off Colchester Avenue.

Vermont and New York waterfowl hunters are encouraged to attend one of these meetings and share their recommendations and opinions with other waterfowl hunters, the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Board and Vermont and New York wildlife personnel.

The current Lake Champlain Waterfowl Zone, established in 1988, includes all of Lake Champlain and an additional narrow strip of shoreline in Vermont and New York. Under Federal regulations, waterfowl seasons, bag limits, and shooting hours in the Lake Champlain Zone must be uniform throughout the entire zone. Therefore, waterfowl seasons in New Yorks portion of the Lake Champlain Zone must be identical to the waterfowl season in Vermonts portion of the Zone.

Comments received at the August meetings, as well as input and recommendations from the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation will be reviewed by the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Board. The board will adopt the final waterfowl regulations and seasons for the Lake Champlain Zone at its regularly scheduled business meeting on August 15, in Montpelier, Vermont.

Posted By:
Zeke The Zen Puppy
Guest

Statewide 05-10-2007 19:01
Sunny & Clear, Winds Calm – Over 70 Degrees
For Immediate Release – Thur 10 May 2007

Heather Forcier Wins Vermont Duck Stamp Contest: Vermont Wildlife Photographer Provides Four Waterfowl Images for State Duck Stamps

Waterbury, Vermont – Heather Forcier of South Burlington, Vermont is the winner of the Vermont’s Fish & Wildlife Department’s duck stamp photo competition.

Four of Forcier’s photos of wild ducks will appear on Vermont’s State Duck Stamps from 2007 to 2010.

Wildlife biologists and a representative from the Vermont Waterfowl Advisory Committee chose the winning images earlier this spring from a field of 201 photos submitted by seven noted Vermont wildlife photographers.

Forcier will market limited edition photographic prints of the winning images with matching State Duck Stamps under a contract with the State.

The chosen photos are: ring-necked duck (2007), harlequin duck (2008), gadwall (2009), and wood duck (2010).

Heather Forcier’s interest in nature began with outdoor activities enjoyed throughout her youth in Vermont. In 2000 she acquired her first SLR camera, a Nikon F5, but she later transitioned to digital photography and now uses a Canon EOS 1D Mark II.

She has buttisted on photographic workshops throughout North America and co-founded the online nature photography resource < www.NatureScapes.Net> where she serves many functions, including Editor in Chief.

Her work is sold in several retail stores and has appeared in numerous publications, such as National Geographic Traveler, Audubon Magazine, Birder’s World, WildBird, the New York Times, and the Washington Post.

She has served as a photography judge for various organizations, including the American Birding Association for their Young Birder of the Year program. For more information, please visit her website at < www.heatherforcier.com. >

Vermont’s first stamp went on sale in 1986. For several years, when there was a strong market for State Duck Stamp Prints, the Fish & Wildlife Department generated over $3 million from the sale of prints and stamps, which went into a State Duck Stamp Fund to conserve and enhance waterfowl habitat. Proceeds from the sale of Vermont Duck Stamps continue to go to the fund.

To date, the fund has made it possible for the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department to complete 66 habitat projects protecting or enhancing 8,229 acres of Vermont wetlands and adjoining uplands through purchases, easements and habitat improvement projects.

# # #

Contact:
Bill Crenshaw
Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department
802-879-5699

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Zeke The Zen Puppy
Guest

Statewide 05-10-2007 09:02
Mostly Sunny, No Precipitation – 60-65 Degrees
[B]BRAKE FOR MOOSE: IT COULD SAVE YOUR LIFE[/B]

On the way home from the store last evening, I saw a near miss on I-89 in Bolton that saved the moose, but put the car into the median.

Vermont’s moose herd is approximately 6,000 strong. While the number of moose/vehicle collisions in Vermont has been stable at approximately 150 each year (250+ in NH) for the last ten years, that’s little comfort if you’re one of those involved in a collision.

Moose are an important and much loved part of Vermont, but it can be dangerous to encounter them on the road. Be aware of the danger of moose-vehicle collisions and how to reduce the chance of a moose collision or personal injury because of a collision, such as swerving into a tree or rock ledge.

By following a few simple rules, motorists can greatly reduce their chance of a moose/vehicle collision or the severity of personal injury if they do hit a moose.
* Moose vehicle collisions happen statewide on all types of roads.
* Be especially cautious in areas with “Moose Crossing” signs, as these signs are placed in areas with a history of collisions.
* Moose collisions happen most often from the months of May through November.
* While collisions can happen at any time of day, they occur most frequently at dusk and during the night.
* Moose are dark brown and hard to see against pavement.
* Don’t depend on ‘eye shine’ to alert you to a moose’s presence. Moose are often too tall for their eyes to brightly reflect in the beam of your headlights.

Vermont Fish & Wildlife offers these suggestions to reduce the chance of a collision – or the severity of occupant injury if you do hit a moose:
* Drive no faster than 65 mph, and wear your seatbelt;
* Scan the sides of the road;
* Be able to stop within the zone of your headlights;
* Use high beams whenever possible;
* If you see a moose, slow down or stop if necessary, until you have pbutted it or it has left the road.

We all love to see moose and enjoy sharing the state with these largest denizens of the forest. Make sure your moose encounters are safe for you and the moose.

Brake for Moose – It could save your life!

Posted By:
Zeke The Zen Puppy
Guest

Central Lake Champlain 04-26-2007 11:58
Mostly Sunny, No Precipitation – 45-50 Degrees
Ice-out on Malletts Bay and the Inland Sea should be an official holiday!

If you haven’t done it already, time to break out the fishing gear and make plans for a great season ahead.

This spring has been odd, that’s for sure. Rivers were at summer levels, then the rain/snow/sleet and floods came. Sure feels like we have been through that too many times in recent memory.

I have had some calls from anglers wondering about the fish in the rivers. No, they did not get flushed out — trout and salmon (and, in fact, all river-dwelling fish) are shaped to handle fast water.

The water on the surface of rivers and streams moves faster than water in the deeper depths. In times of high water, fish adapt to the changing conditions and seek refuge on the bottom, behind rocks and pools. No one knows for sure how much fish may be displaced by high, fast water. Throughout the year, trout and salmon move up and down our rivers and streams on their own. With that in mind, what’s the best strategy for fishing in these high-water conditions?

With the water still high but clearing up, I will focus on the pools first. Taking my time, I fish the edges first. The water may be slightly warmer at the edges — this is also where food (aquatic insects and worms) may have settled. I lean toward larger flies in early spring — black or olive woolly buggers and larger bead-head nymphs like the hare’s ear are definite “go to” flies right now. I’m not opposed to fishing a worm where it is legal — drifting a worm on a stream of my childhood still has a certain magic that has not faded.

Trout ponds opened last Saturday. I’d will mix it up fly fishing and spin fishing. Having both options will hopefully increase success.

I have a couple of trips planned for salmon fishing on the “Broad Lake.” From what I’ve been hearing, things are really rocking on central Lake Chaplain. This gets me fired up to hook up with a leaping salmon.

Mid-May, just a couple weeks away, brings pure excitement, from giant bluegills moving into the shallows of your favorite pond and bay to the explosive strikes of a northern pike! White perch will also be moving to spawn. When you find them you will have an opportunity not only for white perch, but yellow perch too. The yellow perch follow the schools of white perch so they can feast on their eggs. Big sunfish will also enjoy the feast.

Keep only what you can use, release the rest.

Tight lines!!!

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Zeke The Zen Puppy
Guest

Central Lake Champlain 04-19-2007 15:21
Sunny & Clear, High Winds – 40-45 Degrees
What a difference a year makes! Last year Champlain’s broad-lake anglers were treated to near complete ice-out conditions on the April opener, but this year, Mother Nature appears to have confused April with January (I guess She is getting even for the mild early winter!).

Although open water has been at a premium to date, a heavy northwest wind followed by a horrendous multiple-day Nor’easter (which we are still enjoying as of this writing on 4/19) has finally started to open things up, especially on the broad lake. Heavy winds, driving rain, and swelling tributary inflows have done their part to create considerably more room for angling from a variety of watercraft, with select launch areas opening up as well. However, until the remaining ice sheets are gone, word to the wise, be careful in planning your trip — changing wind directions and shifting ice sheets can cut you off from your original access point. With continued wind in the forecast and warmer, sunnier weather predicted for the weekend, open water availability will only increase and ice-out will not be far off on the bays.

Later temperature is hovering in the 38-degree F range — full ice-out usually occurs when the lake hits 40-degrees. Again though, wind direction, sun, and rain are all big players in the ice-out game.

Speaking of the weather, no matter what the conditions may seem like “at home,” when angling by shore or boat in the early season on VT’s big lakes, dress for ice fishing conditions — you will be glad you did.

Converse Bay has been an early season bright spot. Landlocked salmon action was pretty hot. Some salmon in particular will not be in prime condition in this locale, given their relative lack of forage existence, but offer decent action nonetheless.

All the recent rain/snow/melting has heavy flows dumping out of the lakes. This should translate to another extended, banner year for shore anglers in the above and similar river locations, as more fish will continue to drop down and conditions should remain suitable further into the spring.

[Edited By WP-Sullivan on 2007-04-19 15:47]

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Zeke The Zen Puppy
Guest

Vermont, by Jeezum 01-26-2007 12:37
Arctic Blast – Below Zero
there s generally good ice thruout the valleyand cerianly in the NE Kingdom, but the ice is not uniform in its thickness.

Free Press 01-26-07
SUV Falls Through Ice

MILTON, Vt. – A Milton man, who drove his vehicle out onto Lake Arrowhead, had to climb out the window to safety as his SUV plunged into the ice.

Police said Robert Emery, 21, and Ethan Rose, 21, both of Milton, went out onto the ice and drilled holes to see how thick the ice was.

Emery then drove his 1994 Ford Explorer around a snow bank and onto the ice. About 150 yards into the ice, Emery felt the ice break and the vehicle started to slowly sink.

Numerous police and environmental agencies are making a collaborated effort to remove the vehicle from the lake. Police say Emery could face up to $500 in fines for numerous fines assessed by the Agency of Natural Resources. Emery will also have to pay any fees during the removal of the SUV.

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Zeke The Zen Puppy
Guest

Lake Champlain 01-19-2007 16:21
Cloudy, Snow Flurries – 25-30 Degrees – Ice
CHECK BEFORE YOU GO OUT ON ANY ICE

Winter has made its appearance in the Champlain Valley at last, but the warm weather and uneven temperatures that have prevailed in the state so far this season mean the condition of ice on Lake Champlain and the valley ponds is unpredictable at best and could be treacherous. Play it safe and check ice carefully before venturing onto ice-covered waters.

Always test the ice — don’t just head out blindly across a lake. How can you tell if ice is safe? There are no guarantees. Always consider ice potentially dangerous. Assess ice safety by using an ice chisel to chop a hole in the ice to determine its thickness and condition. Make sure you continue to do this as you go further out on to the ice, because the thickness of the ice will not be uniform all over the pond or lake.

The Cold Region Research Laboratory in Hanover, NH offers a “rule of thumb” on ice thickness, suggesting that there should be a minimum of six inches of hard ice before individual foot travel, and eight to ten inches of hard ice for snow machine or ATV travel.

Don’t rely totally on these guidelines this year, though. Ice may be thick, but not strong, because of varying weather conditions. Warming trends can break down the ice, and the slushy surface then freezes, forming weaker ice.

Ice can be especially treacherous for children. NEVER allow children to go out on the ice by themselves. And don’t ever let children venture onto the ice on rivers and streams, because the current makes the ice so unpredictable.

Ponds and lakes can present areas of unsafe ice as well, especially in places with current, like inlets, outlets and spring holes, where the ice can be dangerously thin.

[Edited By WP-Sullivan on 2007-01-19 16:25]

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Zeke The Zen Puppy
Guest

12-30-2006 09:20
Cloudy, Snow Flurries – 25-30 Degrees – Ice
Malletts Bay (inner) has started to freeze over.

Reports of ice fishing already (perch) on South Bay of Memphremagog.

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Zeke The Zen Puppy
Guest

Isle La Motte 12-10-2006 14:31
Mostly Cloudy, No Precipitation – 30-34 Degrees – Open Water
Limited out in 45 minutes: 2 buck bills, 2 buck whistlers, two redleg green heads.

Birds swung in from center channel over the decoys.

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Zeke The Zen Puppy
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Button Bay 12-09-2006 08:54
Cloudy, Snow Flurries – 30-34 Degrees – Ice
Classic diver hunt, and cooperative birds.

Lots and lots of divers and (finally) redleg mallards.

Launched from Arnold’s Bay.

Posted By:
Michael-Bride
Field Editor

Lake Champlain/ East Creek 11-19-2006 15:26
Cloudy, Winds Calm – 35-40 Degrees
Well due to the lack of changes in waterfowling around my hunting area I’ve been keeping my posts limited. I’m sure nobody wants to read about my every outing and attempt at a bag limit. To be honest the last few weeks have been so spotty as far as duck go I havent had much to talk about except the excellent breakfast up at the Halfway House on 22A. Today however did show some potential changes for the time. My father and I noticed several hundred birds that seemed to be in atleast a light push. Mostly geese but some ducks were seen flying with the north wind to there backs way above the radar. So with any luck this may be the begining of the end of the midseason lull we were stuck in. Colder air on its way to our area over the next week will hopefully tighten up some of the potholes and get some new birds moving around. Other than that the lake is quite high and you can put a boat anywhere you want on East Creek. Just beware of debris. We’ve broke a couple of shear pins this year. And to some degree thats lucky for us.

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Zeke The Zen Puppy
Guest

South end of Lake Champlain 11-07-2006 07:04
Mostly Sunny, No Precipitation – 30-34 Degrees – Open Water
This past weekend I experienced diver hunting like the best of the olden days of Lake Champlain.

My partner Big Jim and I hunted from his 14′ TDB – aka: a “Bean Boat – anchored 20 feet from the shoreline, over 3 doz decoys.
We were joined by my 2 yrs old MLB “Zeke” and Big Jim’s 7 yr old MBL “Woodie”.

On both SAT and SUN mornings, we had ‘bills landing in the decoys as we were setting them. After we bagged our limit of ‘bills, we had hundreds – and hundreds – of additional scaup buzzing us and landing in the decoys. We took advantage of this abundance of ‘live decoys’ to limit out on whistlers, red heads, and mallards drawn to our spread.

After picking up both mornings, we saw many, many more divers working the rafts of divers roosted mid-lake.

Both mornings, we were wrapping our cold hands around a steaming cup of coffee by 0930 hrs at the Bridge Restaurant, waiting for the staff to serve up their famous “Hunters Breakfast.”

Posted By:
Michael-Bride
Field Editor

Lake Champlain 11-06-2006 15:26
Mostly Sunny, No Precipitation – 35-40 Degrees
Well we hunted the big lake over the weekend and did pretty well. Saturday was a good day all round. We saw plenty of birds flying low around the lake. The full spectrum of divers was seen winging about and we bagged our share of them. Some puddlers about but not as many as I would like to see. They are no doubt enjoying our flood and high water situation and are content not being around the area my father and I hunt. Sunday was a slower day by far. Not many birds seen around and very few shots heard in the area. The bird we did see were very cautious and reluctant to come in. Alot of the puddlers we saw were ozoners and seemed to be content flying well above the radar. Freezing temps may help put more birds on the lake just so long as they dont simply bug out. Na too early for that…I hope….

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Zeke The Zen Puppy
Guest

Otter Valley 11-01-2006 13:05
Sunny & Clear, Winds Calm – 40-45 Degrees
The farm fields in Addison and Rutland County have a lot of water on them, with lots of hi-pro feed for waterfowl.

The Otter, the Lemon Faire, and East Creek are high and holding ducks.

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Zeke The Zen Puppy
Guest

Champlain Valley 10-31-2006 16:01
Cloudy, High Winds – 35-40 Degrees
The inland farm fields and remote wetlands are filled with ducks.

Yesterday I toured the Winooski Valley and from East Montpelier to Burlington, and today the Lamoille valley from Morrisville down.

Hay/alfalfa fields and harvested cornfields are very wet with big “ponds” of standing water. Many of them are filled with feeding and sleeping ducks.

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Zeke The Zen Puppy
Guest

Mallets Bay and Sandbar 10-27-2006 18:09
Cloudy, High Winds – 30-34 Degrees – Open Water
If you plan to hunt The Lake Saturday, bring your own Coast Guard, because the USCG ain’t going out after you …

Heavy rain, small craft warnings, ESE winds topping 35-40 MPS.

Good day to do something else.

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Zeke The Zen Puppy
Guest

South Hero 10-25-2006 17:12
Cloudy, Occassional Rain Showers – 35-40 Degrees
Hunted off South Hero this morning. Saw fewer birds than I expected.

Boat ride into the NW wind this morning was “interesting . ”

Lots of trucks at the Lamoille River state launch.

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Zeke The Zen Puppy
Guest

Dead Creek 10-10-2006 16:39
Sunny & Clear, Winds Calm – 35-40 Degrees
My son hunted the first public session of the year at the Dead Creek GMA on MON 09 OCT. No shots fired.

Not a lot of snows in evidence, and Canada’s are not open yet.

In fact, only one hunter bagged one one goose.

Ben witnessed it fall and feels it was a lucky skybust anyway.

Posted By:
Michael-Bride
Field Editor

Lake Champlain 10-09-2006 11:56
Sunny & Clear, Morning Fog – 60-65 Degrees
Even though we had the heavy fog of doom the season opener seemed to be pretty decent around the East Creek area. Shots were heard steadily on all parts of the lake and up and down East Creek. Birds were on and gone most of the morning as visibility was only about 20 yards or so. Inspite of the conditions many hunters I spoke to did well. Some even shot there limit including both my father and myself. Strange as it is we both got 2 Woodies 2 Teal (1 Bluewing) and 2 Mallards each. Most birds were drakes except the teal. Tons of Woodies around. Decent size flocks of Bluewings around. And some Mallards and Blacks . Sunday was a much slower day entirely. Not as many birds flying around us. Shots on East Creek were steady but everywhere else seemed spotty.

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Michael-Bride
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Lake Champlain (scouting) 10-02-2006 04:55
Sunny & Clear, Winds Calm – 45-50 Degrees
Satuday morning my father and I made our way over to the lake to have one last look befor the opener. In all it was a great outing. We saw a whole variety of puddlers in pockets of 2 or 3 and from 20 to 30. In all a fair amount of birds. The Blue wings we saw are what caught my attention. Those have managed to elude me where we hunt so with any luck they’ll still be around next week.

The lake is pretty low. If you use the north launch at Larabee’s be aware that the old bridge posts are about 10 inches below the water.

Good luck and keep swinging!Bubba…

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Michael-Bride
Field Editor

Vermont 2006….. 08-27-2006 11:45
Cloudy, Light Rain & Drizzle – Over 70 Degrees
The Vermont 2006 syllybus is posted so check it out for those of you wanting to plan your vacation on the lake…..

http://www.vtfishandwildlife.com/library/reports_and_documents/Hunting_and_trapping/Migratory_Waterfowl_laws.pdf

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Michael-Bride
Field Editor

None 08-21-2006 05:01
Mostly Sunny, No Precipitation – Over 70 Degrees
Well folks it’s almost that time again. Time to get the critter droppings out of the boat and cobwebs out of the shotgun. September goose hunting is around the corner followed by ducks in October. After a hot late summer there has recently been a cool bite in the air first thing in the morning and it’s starting to get my blood flowin again. This summer has flown by but will be replaced shortly by the best time of year. Waterfowl season….

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Zeke The Zen Puppy
Guest

08-20-2006 21:41
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Event Details: Central Vermont Chapter
When: Friday, September 08, 2006 6:00 p.m.
Event Type: Banquet
Location: Montpelier Elks Club

Contact Name: Vicki Jasman
Phone: (802)229-4275

We’re having our 32nd dinner fundraiser on Sept. 8th, 2006, at the Montpelier Elks Club.

6:00p.m. cocktails and 7:00p.m. dinner.

Membership w/dinner is $50
Member w/Guest is $70
Greenwing is $25
Sponsorship w/2 dinners is $275

For 8 sponsors we are raffling off a .44 Mag. Ruger pistol. For the next 5 sponsors we’ll have a Omega 50 Cal. Blackpowder Rifle. Then the next 5 we’ll have a Nikon Buckmaster gun scope.

Tickets can be purchased by calling either Diane Keith @ 802-728-4352 or Vicki Jasman at 802-229-4275.

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Zeke The Zen Puppy
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Lake Champlain Waterfowling Zome 07-30-2006 09:13
Arctic Blast – Over 70 Degrees
For Immediate Release: July 25, 2006

Waterfowl Meetings

— Aug. 8 Skenesburgh Rescue Squad building, Whitehall, NY 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

— Aug. 9 University of Vermont’s Billings Student Center – Burlington, VT, Room 101. 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

WATERBURY, VT – The public meetings to review and discuss the status of waterfowl populations and waterfowl hunting seasons for the Lake Champlain and Interior Vermont Zones will be held Tuesday, August 8, in Whitehall, New York, and Wednesday, August 9, in Burlington, Vermont.

The annual meetings are being held by the New York Department of Environmental Conservation and Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department.

The August 8th meeting will be held at Skenesburgh Rescue Squad building in Whitehall, New York, while the August 9th meeting will be held at the University of Vermont’s Billings Student Center, Room 101. Both meetings will run from 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. Those attending the Vermont meeting should park off Colchester Avenue.

Vermont and New York waterfowl hunters are encouraged to attend one of these meetings and share their recommendations and opinions with other waterfowl hunters, the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Board and Vermont and New York wildlife personnel.

The current Lake Champlain Waterfowl Zone, established in 1988, includes all of Lake Champlain and an additional narrow strip of shoreline in both Vermont and New York. Under Federal regulations, waterfowl seasons, bag limits, and shooting hours in the Lake Champlain Zone must be uniform throughout the entire zone. Therefore, waterfowl seasons in New York’s portion of the Lake Champlain Zone must be identical to the waterfowl season in Vermont’s portion of the Zone.

Comments received at the August meetings, as well as input and recommendations from the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department and the New York Department of Environmental Conservation will be reviewed by the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Board, a 14-member board appointed by the Governor of Vermont. The board will adopt the final waterfowl regulations and seasons for the Lake Champlain Zone at its regularly scheduled business meeting on August 15, in Montpelier, Vermont.

For Further Information please contact: Bill Crenshaw at 802-878-1564

Media contact:
Bill Crenshaw (802) 878-1564
Ron Regan 802-241-3700

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Zeke The Zen Puppy
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Central Lake Champlain 05-10-2006 07:36
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Walleye reports are tricking in: water is low, fewhuge fish reported. Even the best walleye anglers are not boating numbers.

Smallmouth are biting viciously in some locations with the season two weeks away.

Reports that salmon and lakers are moving into deeper waters, but planer board fishermen are still doing okay in 5-12 feet.

Canada gosling are making an appearance. Woodies busy on the nest.

W.P. Sullivan
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“Dance with the one that brung ya” – Ducks Unlimited. More habitat on the ground means more ducks in the sky.

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Zeke The Zen Puppy
Guest

04-17-2006 21:27
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Boat fishermen reporting salmon and lakers still feeding eagerly near the surface. Planer boards seem to be the way to go.

Reports of salmon being taken on chunked frozen smelt in “The Culvert” off the main road in Sandbar State Park.

W.P. Sullivan
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“Dance with the one that brung ya” – Ducks Unlimited. More habitat on the ground means more ducks in the sky.

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Zeke The Zen Puppy
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Mallets Bay and Sandbar 04-01-2006 23:47
– – 30-34 Degrees – Open Water
The ice in Mallet’s Bay broke up in a strong wind and pushed off into the south facing bays. Mallets Bay is open, wit just a little ice debris in the area around mallets Creek’s outlet.

Despite the wind and rain, we had many guys tell us they and their buddies were chunk-baiting frozen smelt along South Hero, Grand Isle and the Causeway and catching nice salmon in 4-10 ft of water in the shallow. We sold out of frozen smelt by 5 pm and had to get restocked for tomorrow morning. I could only find a dozen packets for the store’s freezer.

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Zeke The Zen Puppy
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Mallets Bay 04-01-2006 04:51
Cloudy, Light Rain & Drizzle – 30-34 Degrees – Ice
Anglers catching salmon from the shoreline on the Champlain Islands. Frozen smelt fished on the bottom.

Mallets Bay itself is still almost completely ice covered. But, the ice is rotten and slushy — STAY OFF!

Our new store – Dockside Outdoor Supply – opened our doors at Mallets Bay this morning at 0500 hrs. Not an auspicious start. — The ice chest broke down. We got it cheap, but I still spent the evening in Sears buying a new one before the bulk ice melted. Reinforcing once again the Vermont proverb: You want cheap – you get cheap; you want it bad – you get it bad.
— The bulk of the inventory was shipped from Moorhead City, NC on TUE and had not arrived by 7 pm (1900 hrs) on FRI. UPS will not deliver on Saturdays, so we lose the weekend.

— The pegboard hardware and hooks were in hat order.

— The credit card machine installation guy did not arrive. (What? You only accept cash and checks? What are you, communists?!?)

— The bait-scooping net, bait containers and inventory of live bait buckets did not arrive.

— The Town has still not approved the sign permit for the storefront façade. The Pepsi distributor whipped up some cheap plastic temporary signs for the 4×8 window.

The bank did not process our request for a small line of credit for the store – $12,000 – because ‘Dockside Outdoor Supply’ has no credit history (it hasn’t opened yet), and Sullivan Industries, LLC has only a short history since we converted Ben’s business into an S-corp on 01 JAN 2006. We have money to open, buy the emergency fund would make us feel better until the receipts start when we open.

— And worst of all … the coffee pot stopped working.

We decided to open anyway to sell our live bait, crawlers and worms and frozen smelt. Besides, we have a line of Rawhide Game Call Company turkey calls and wing bone strikers on the shelf. We have cold soda and water, salty snacks and candy bars. I cab also catch the minners with my bare hands and hope the customer has his own bait pail.

“Other than that, Mrs. Lincoln …. How was the play?”

[Edited By WP-Sullivan on 2006-04-01 04:53]

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Zeke The Zen Puppy
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People’s Republic of Montpelier 02-01-2006 16:15
Arctic Blast – Over 70 Degrees
Publisher rates Vermont as brightest state
Vermonters are the smartest people in America.

No, really you are. In fact, according to a recently released list of the brightest states in the country, Vermont was ranked at the top. It outranked college-rich Massachusetts (No. 3), tech-savvy California (No. 46) and overachieving New York (No. 10).

“Vermont shines in many key areas of education,” said Scott Morgan, president of Morgan Quitno Press, which publishes, among other things, compilations of safest, healthiest, most dangerous and most improved states. “A high percentage of its students excel in reading, writing and math. In addition, schools in Vermont have smaller class sizes. excellent college board scores, very little violence, and lower pupil-teacher ratios than in most other states.”

Those are among the 21 factors used by the publisher in its annual “Education State Rankings” reference when it compiles the list.

The award was bestowed — as usual — in a quiet, almost unnoticed fashion a little more than a week ago. And, as was the case two years ago when Vermont was named second-smartest state — state officials were at a loss to fully explain the secret for scholastic success.

Or reasons why bottom-ranked Arizona, or next-to-the-bottom Mississippi, remain the country’s not-smartest, year after year.

While Vermonters may be basking in all of their brainy-istic glory, they have more reason to celebrate.

The same group that calls Vermont the “smartest” also says Vermont is third most livable (behind New Hampshire and Minnesota). They say Vermont is healthiest (just ahead of New Hampshire and Massachusetts). And, believe it or not, we are the second-safest, just behind North Dakota.

Vermonters can take solace, however, in the fact that Vermont is the fourth-best place to work in the nation, according to a recent study by the University of Massachusetts.

We have the country’s 93rd-best university (University of Vermont) according to U.S. News & World Report.

You could look it up.

Of course, being as smart as you are, you probably already knew that.
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If the spirit of liberty should vanish in other parts of the Union and support of our institutions should languish, it could all be replenished from the generous store held by the people of this brave little state of Vermont. — President Calvin Coolidge

[Edited By WP-Sullivan on 2006-02-01 16:16]

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Zeke The Zen Puppy
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01-28-2006 22:22
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That’s true, Al. I bet I’ve banded a dozen “mexican ducks” with John in the last five summers.

John is perhaps the most-respected wetland biologist specializing in high desert wetlands. Spend a day hunting with him and you’ll feel like you received a one-day BA in duck-ology!

He is an excellent shot, BTW. I will miss hunting with John.

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desert drake
Guest

Rio Grande 01-28-2006 05:13
Sunny & Clear, Winds Calm – 60-65 Degrees
Hey, Sully—–I stopped at Bosque Del Apache to meet John Vradenburg who is now the chief waterfowl biologist there. What a great young man! Anyway, I was showing him my Mexican hybrid that was banded and he said, “I’ll bet I banded it.” Well, the lady at Laurel, MD, told me on the phone yesterday that it was banded in CO. I’ll fill you in on the details when I receive the certificate. John wanted to make sure that I said, “HI” to you. He told me that you two had a lot of great hunts together. Al

“A true duck hunter has quite a list of unwritten rules. This is what makes that person great, not only in hunting but also in life!”

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Zeke The Zen Puppy
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Button bay 12-15-2005 10:34
Arctic Blast – Froze Out
Put away the floaters, drag out the fields geese…. and the ice fishing gear.

W.P. Sullivan
Montpelier
navilluswp@netscape.net
______________________
It ain’t age that makes me look this way,
It ain’t the years, boy — it’s the miles.
– Chris Ledoux

[Edited By WP-Sullivan on 2005-12-15 10:35]

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teal tumbler
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lake champlain 12-10-2005 10:08
Cloudy, Snow Flurries – 25-30 Degrees – Open Water
Man, you’re giving up to early. There is still plenty of huntable open water. Though I’d agree with your overall accessment of the ducks. We did see some large flocks of mallards/ big ducks winging south yesterday afternoon. We’ve been working a 60 mile stretch of the lake north and south that is. And for the area we have covered this is the least amount of ducks we’ve ever harvested. Though the recent freeze up is promising to finish out the last week. On an otherwise enjoyable but slow, hard hunted season.

Posted By:
Michael-Bride
Field Editor

Lake Champlain 12-10-2005 07:47
Cloudy, Accumulating Snow – 25-30 Degrees – Ice
Well I took a ride over to Larabee’s Point yestserday afternoon to see what I had been dreading. One great big frozen lake. As far as you can see north and south and from
Vermont to New York frozen solid. Just one little bit of open water remains in the very center. So with a very heavy heart my decoys and waders are being replaced by tip-ups and creepers waiting for the ice to be safe enough for fishing. I really don’t know how thick the ice is,because it’s under a blanket of fresh snow,but it’s more than enough to end our season early around there. It’s been a really poor season for us. The puddlers were very spotty and the divers were just barely trickling through. Oh well thats hunting. I’ll just be that much more intense when October rolls around next year.
Best of luck to anyone who finds some hunting and Happy Holidays.

Good luck and keep swinging!Bubba…

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Zeke The Zen Puppy
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South Bay – Memphremagog 11-27-2005 18:32
Mostly Sunny, No Precipitation – 10-20 Degrees – Ice
Getting pretty well iced up, but after a 8 year absence, I just had to try a ‘Magog hunt for Old Times Sake, at least once this year.

Icy, COLD and V.F.W. – “very few waterfowl” in range. Bagged two drake whistlers and Zeke made two handsome retrieves. He’s still adjusting to hunting from a boat.

‘Magog should ice over pretty solid soon.

PS: no bucks crossed thru my crosshairs again this year. Ended my rifle season in Peacham and Groton.

W.P. Sullivan
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“Dance with the one that brung ya” – Ducks Unlimited. More habitat on the ground means more ducks in the sky.

[Edited By WP-Sullivan on 2005-11-28 06:12]

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Michael-Bride
Field Editor

Lake Champlain 11-26-2005 16:24
Cloudy, Winds Calm – 10-20 Degrees – Ice
You know it’s kind of ironic that you can have one of your worst days in the blind but still have the best day you can recall. That is if you measure success by shooting a limit of birds. Since October I’ve been waiting for this cold weather to move some bird and today I got my wish. I’m not sure my father and I even pulled up to shoot. Nothing was in range but if I say we saw five to six hundred puddlers and twice that many Snow geese It would be a conservative guess. From first light until we left at around 10:30 it was one flock after another heading down the partially frozen lake. The biggest amount of ducks I can remember seeing in that area. We saw mabey 30 or so divers around and all the rest we puddlers. Some were up in the ozone and others were dropping out of the sky to join others resting on the open water. I would dare say the big push is on. Hopefully when we set up tomorrow we’ll have a bunch of new birds to work on but if not we still had the most successful hunt of the year on a day when we never fired a shot.
To anyone who hunts around East Creek. As you might expect the Creek is skimmed over and the launch is getting slick so be careful.

Good luck and keep swinging!Bubba…

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Zeke The Zen Puppy
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Central VT ponds 11-25-2005 22:00
Cloudy, Accumulating Snow – 30-34 Degrees – Ice
Marshfield Dam produced a black duck and four mallards for me and Ben on Thanksgiving morning. Passed on a nice drake hoodie.

Woodbury and North Montpelier Pond are pretty well frozen up, but holding ducks in th open water out in the middle. Most of the farm ponds in the upper Onion River Valley between Peple’s Republic of Montpelier and Woodbury are frozen, as of today.

Saw a bunch of puddle ducks on the Winooski by Middlesex.

Posted By:
Michael-Bride
Field Editor

Lake Champlain 11-20-2005 07:07
Mostly Cloudy, No Precipitation – 25-30 Degrees – Open Water
I can’t say there has been any big changes over on the lake. If anything thr water is higher than it has been. We did see a few nice flocks of puddlers winging around the stratosphere and got bombarded by some Whistlers at a range of about 10 feet but nothing for the boat. We spent some time talking to a couple of hunters in the same area and they saw about the same thing. One hunter stopped by the launch, after making his way down from Charlotte on a scouting mission, and said he saw very little activity as well. We really need some cold air to freeze up some of the flooded backwater. That will hopefully help move some birds down and certainly get them where we can hunt them. On a higher note my father went on a goose hunt in Rutland county on Thursday with some friends where they all limited out on Canadas and bagged five big puddlers. It was a partially flooded corn field and they saw about five hundred geese ten or twenty at a time and about two hundred ducks. Sounds like heaven to me. So with an ever increasing honey-do list I’ve decided to take a break to get things done and prepare for next weeks four day chase starting on Thanksgiving morning.

Good luck and keep swinging!Bubba…

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Michael-Bride
Field Editor

Lake Champlain 11-13-2005 14:05
Sunny & Clear, Winds Calm – 35-40 Degrees
Some slight changes over on the lake this past weekend. After some fairly cold temps, from Thursday and into Friday we finally saw some of the calmest of backwater skim over with ice. This seemed to move a few puddlers onto the main lake. Or atleast the skies over it. Instead of one here and two there, as in the past couple of weeks, it was more like ten here and twenty there. They still did a pretty good job of staying out of range of even the best S.A.M. system but it was still nice to see them winging merrily along. Sunday brought us milder temps and way less puddlers but a few impressive waves and vollies of Whistlers fell all over themselves to land in our spread of Bluebill blocks. We did bust afew of them and I learned yet again that I must be packing slugs. Nobody could possibly miss a bird at 35 yards sitting on open water other wise. Could they? In all a good time both days. The lake is still high. Hunting pressure is still low. And I’m going for the record of most consecutive misses. But whats a few boxes of shells when you’re achieving hunting greatness.

Good luck and keep swinging!Bubba…

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Michael-Bride
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Lake Champlain 11-07-2005 05:09
Mostly Sunny, No Precipitation – 60-65 Degrees
Some seriously ssslllooowww huntig over the past couple days. Water is still way too high. The ducks can and will be anywhere they want and with the warm weather and no wind they seem pretty content just loafing around. We managed to get a couple Canadas on Saturday that happened to pass through. And after a slight adjustment yesterday we got 1 Greenwing. We seem to be in our beloved midseason lull. Alot of the locals have bugged out. And no decent cold weather has brought us any new birds. But I’m sure we’ll be ready when summer does finally end.

Good luck and keep swinging!Bubba…

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Addison, Dead Creek 10-30-2005 15:50
Sunny & Clear, Winds Calm – 45-50 Degrees
Weather was too nice, and the water was too much. With all the recent rain, the creeks and rivers are high. But manage to take a couple, Green Wing Teal. Ducks are scattered, because of the high water, they are able to land in places that they have never, been before.

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Richard-Foxx
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Bad News for the Atlantic FLyway 10-20-2005 09:14
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As most of you know, I was Sea Duck Hunting with a few members of this site the last 2 days.

As hunting goes, during lulls in the action conversation starts. We talked about a variety of topics one of which was the direction and the recommendations of the Atlantic Flyway Council.

Some of the recommendations that they wanted to implement this year was “Hunter’s Choice”. I can guarantee you that this will be a hot topic again next year.

Hunter’s Choice would be this. We will have a 4 bird limit. This could be all “4 limit birds” like Mallards.However, there would be no restrictions on hen Mallards so theoretically you could shoot 4 Hen Mallards. Teal, Gadwall’s, Wigeon and Shoveler’s would also fit into this category.

A bird with a 2 bird limit like Bluebills, Wood Ducks and Red Heads would effect you like this. You shoot 2 Bluebills. No more 2 bird limit specie’s. No Red Heads. No Wood Ducks. Now you can only shoot 2 Mallards, both of which could be Hens. You could also finish off this limit with the other 4 bird specie’s, Wigeon, Gadwall’s etc. Or, Merganser’s.

Your 1 bird limit specie’s, Canvasback’s, Black Duck’s and Pintails. Shoot a Can, no Pintail. Shoot a Pintail, no Can. Shoot a Black, no Pinatail or Can. You now have three birds left to fill you bag.

One of the disturbing things to happen this year is that Merganser’s now count against your daily bag limit.

The Flyway Council Rep from Ontario wants to increase and ease restrictions on Snow Geese as they are destroying their breeding habitat, farmers crops and marsh’s. For some reason, there is tremendous opposition to this from this Council. Why?

We have only a few strong voices for the hunters, one of whom is Paul Castelli the Head Biologist from New Jersey who is their Flyway Council Representative.

There are a few other hunters on the Flyway Council but none who speaks with the knowledge of the resource and conviction to work with hunters like Paul.

We need to fight this trend to restrict our hunting rights. If this is implemented next year it will decidely impact your hunt and make up of your bag.

This type of Daily Bag Limit will severly restrict yours and my hunting rights and opportunities.

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Michael-Bride
Field Editor

Proctor/waterfowl observation 10-13-2005 16:20
Cloudy, Light Rain & Drizzle – 45-50 Degrees
A bunch of new geese have been flying around the area over the past couple of days. On Monday atleast 2-3 hundred Canadas flew over my house around 6:00 pm. Since then it has been a regular thing to see them in local corn fields. About 200 Canadas were sitting in a local corn field with 1 Snow goose in the middle of them. Do you he think felt at least a little uncomfortable?

Good luck and keep swinging!Bubba…

[Edited By Michael-Bride on 2005-10-13 16:21]

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Michael-Bride
Field Editor

Interrior Zone 10-09-2005 17:34
Cloudy, Light Rain & Drizzle – 45-50 Degrees
Well due to some pretty decent sustained winds on Champlain we thought our time would be served better on some smaller waters. Both Saturday and Sunday we spent some time on a small pond a few miles from the lake with some moderate success. Only two ducks bagged both days but there was a fair amount of birds flying around. Birds flew well on Saturday and seemed interested in our spread only to shy away just out of range. We were also blind sided by some hot rod Woodies that seemed to have the timing down of when to fly in when nature calls. On Sunday a few less ducks in the air but more Canadas than I can begin to count. Big flocks that resembled transient flights new to the area. Most likely coming down on the wind out of the north. With geese on the increase over the past couple days ducks should follow suit and the reopener on Champlain could be excellent. I know I’m looking forward to it.

Good luck and keep swinging!Bubba…

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Michael-Bride
Field Editor

Lake Champlain 10-05-2005 13:05
Mostly Sunny, No Precipitation – Over 70 Degrees
What an awesome early morning show of birds this morning over on Champlain. For about the first hour you couldn’t look in any direction and not see small flocks of birds winging around. Shotguns could be heard steadily all morning up and down East Creek and just never seemed to slow down. We even managed to get some shots in amongst the chaos. We only boated one nice Woodie drake but not due to lack of action. All I can say is location,location,location. The preferred flight path was about 75 yards outside of our set up. With the hunting pressure around we were kind of stuck where we were but thats why they call it hunting and not shooting. Not the most favorable weather for hunting but a ton of birds around right now. In all an awesome opener.

Good luck and keep swinging!Bubba…

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Michael-Bride
Field Editor

None 10-03-2005 06:32
Sunny & Clear, Winds Calm – Over 70 Degrees
Just two more days and we will be at it again. I cannot believe how quickly this year flew by. I’ve been seeing pretty good numbers of birds around so I can hardly wait to see what the opener is like.

Good luck and keep swinging!Bubba…

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Michael-Bride
Field Editor

None 08-31-2005 19:10
Cloudy, Rain & Thunderstorms – Over 70 Degrees
Well here we go again. The countdown to our first part of the waterfowl season has begun. On September 6 the resident Canada season will be under way. And just a short time after that it will be time to chase those beloved, feathered creatures that seem to take up all our time and thoughts. On our state sight the rules and reg are up. So if you want to take some time off you can see when to do it.

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Zeke The Zen Puppy
Guest

02-03-2005 12:08
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Bubba: That traditionally been a good bluebill spot — they feed on the submergent vegetatiom there – water celery.

It is also a really good smallmouth bass spot. Thru the ice as well as in spring and summer. I used to cast white grub gigs there. Wew banged rapalas’s off the southern rock face at the mouth of East Creek, especially just at sunset.

Posted By:
glitterperegrine
Supporting Member

01-23-2005 00:26
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Michael-Bride
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Lake Champlain 12-09-2004 15:49
Mostly Cloudy, No Precipitation – 30-34 Degrees – Open Water
W.P.
Sorry I haven’t posted something sooner but I’ve been so darn buisy I just couldn’t make the time until now.
If you’re at Larabee’s point standing on the south facing boat launch (not the one that has the old supports under water)looking south toward the mouth of East creek we have been setting up on the point of the last bay befor the creek as well as the point on the end of Mount Independence. The numbers of birds we have seen increased dramaticly over the past weekend. New puddlers as well as divers were seen steadily both days and it looked like alot of geese were on the move as well. The big push of birds we’ve been waiting for looked to be under way. The unfortunate part is we only have about a week left to “git r done”. With snow and other nastiness in the forecast I’ll surely be maintainig roads atleast on Saturday so best of luck to whoever manages to get out there.It’s sure to be interesting.

Good luck and keep swinging!Bubba…

[Edited By Michael-Bride on 2004-12-09 15:51]

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Zeke The Zen Puppy
Guest

11-30-2004 15:32
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Mike: Larrabee’s Point at the ferry? Or Larrabee’s Point Station (the old railroad tracks and old plywood factory)?

We hunted Hands’s Cove and Beadle’s Cove a lot for whistlers and blue bills.

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Michael-Bride
Field Editor

Lake Champlain 11-27-2004 16:46
Cloudy, Winds Calm – 30-34 Degrees – Open Water
Divers, divers, and more divers.
We hunted the point that is just south of Larabee’s boat launch near the mouth of the creek this morning. Prety much the same area we always hunt. We set up on this spot with a few extra puddler dekes because we have seen quite a few puddlers in the area and figured this would be as good a place as any. I guess the best tactic for divers is to set up for puddlers. We saw abut thirty or so big puddlers, most likely Mallards. And five to ten times that many divers. Whistlers, bills, butterballs, mergs. You name it and we saw them. A handfull of Buebills gave us a chance but I guess I must have loaded my gun with slugs or something. I can’t be that bad of a shot. Anyway that was our only shooting so I guess it’s left over turkey for dinner tonight. In all a fair number of divers around. We need some cold air. The best day we’ve had since the reopener was a couple of weeks ago when the bays and the creek were skimmed over with ice. The bad thing is there isn’t any real cold air coming for at least the next few days. As it stands right now we only have a couple more weekends left. This season has just ripped by.
We did do some scouting around in search of our missing puddlers. We came up empty but if anybody else finds them please let me know. I’m really starting to miss them.

Good luck and keep swinging!Bubba…

Posted By:
Michael-Bride
Field Editor

Lake Champlain/East Creek 11-23-2004 19:45
Cloudy, Winds Calm – 40-45 Degrees
We hunted the same area over the weekend with no real big changes from the past couple of weeks. With most every part of the lake and the creek open, from the previous weeks brief freeze, the birds were able to be anywhere they wanted. Saturday we noticed a bunch of ducks heading up the creek so we did a little scouting around and found where they were landing. Sunday we tried to set up on them but we just couldn’t pull them in close enough. The place where the birds were landing was all but impossible to get a boat into so we ended up just bird watching. I will say however I did get to witness a pretty awesome vortex of Mallards and Blacks while we struggled to try to get hidden. At certain points there was easily one hundred ducks plus all trying to land where we couldn’t get to. As frustrating as it was I was still very impressed. The numbers of puddlers we saw around us was like nothing we’ve seen this year. The ducks are around if you can find them. Only next time I need to be sure I can get set up to hunt them.

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Michael-Bride
Field Editor

None 11-18-2004 15:16
Cloudy, Winds Calm – 40-45 Degrees
Awesome! Thanks guys. It’s been pretty quiet on the Vermont site so I wasn’t sure who was reading this stuff. It really makes you realize what a cool resource this is when hunters from across the country respond to what is going on over in this area. This area is only one small piece of a huge picture but Lake Champlain can see some major amount of birds. We may not see as many as other places on the flyway but it has it’s days when it can be more than enough to keep your heart pounding.

Thanks again and best of luck!!!
Bubba…

Posted By:
tomg
Web Member

Pennsylvania 11-18-2004 13:19
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M-B,
Keep the posts coming .I enjoy reading them. I lived in S. Hero, Vermont for a while.
I really miss the place.

Posted By:
Zeke The Zen Puppy
Guest

Colorado 11-17-2004 11:31
Cloudy, Winds Calm – 35-40 Degrees
Bubba: I’m reading your field reports, envisioning the spots to which you refer.

I hunted the VT side from Orwell to the Islands and Missisquoi, and the Otter and Lemon Fair, with my buddies and my son from 1977-2000.

Veteran’s Day reminded me of all the times Ben and I hunted Youth Days at Dead Creek.

I miss hunting whistlers in the Islands and the DAR in West Addison, and blue bills from Plumies Point, Howlettes, Kellogg’s …

FYI: You should consider buying a NY license. When it gets slow, you should consider hunting Bulwagga, Wood Creek, and all the little inlets and between and Port Henry and Plattsburgh. Good launch sites all up and down the lake. Also, when the launches in VT get snotty, sometimes you can launch much more smoothly across the lake at Ti, Port Henry, Crown Point, etc.

– Sully

[Edited By WP-Sullivan on 2004-11-17 16:04]

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Michael-Bride
Field Editor

Lake Champlain 11-15-2004 15:01
Sunny & Clear, Winds Calm – 25-30 Degrees – Ice
Lots of birds flying around the lake Sunday. We could have had a great day of shooting if we were just alittle more on the ball. As we set up right at legal shooting time we had about fifteen Mallards buzz right through our decoys followed five minutes later by about thirty Bluebills. Finally all the camo was up and a lone Woodie came through when we were ready and we boated him. Dozens of other ducks, both puddlers and divers, came through and got shot at and left. We just had another one of those days where everything was going right but we weren’t paying any attention. If we were on the ball we could have done very well. I guess with the exception of some poor shooting and wandering minds it was still the best day of duck hunting this year. Frozen bays had all the ducks scrambling all morning for a safe place to be. As it turns out the way I was shooting they were plenty safe with me.

P.S. Is anybody else out there reading this stuff?

Good luck and keep swinging!Bubba…

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Michael-Bride
Field Editor

Lake Champlain 11-13-2004 12:37
Sunny & Clear, High Winds – 25-30 Degrees – Open Water
Another morning spent watching birds today at the lake. It looked as though the cold air moved some birds down but nothing to swat at. We did see alot of Mallards sitting happily on the far shoreline. We also saw several dozen ozoners of unknown identification. In all a fair amount of movement but nothing that wanted our spot. With the wind blowing fairly hard out of the north and whitecaps on the increase, we decided our time was better spent off the lake doing some scouting. So we took a ride up by the bridge to look around and saw very little activity. A quick ride by the goose management area showed no geese. Atleast not when we went by. So my thought is there are quite a few birds around but as usual it’s all about location.

Good luck and keep swinging!Bubba…

Posted By:
Michael-Bride
Field Editor

Rutland county 11-09-2004 15:08
Arctic Blast – –
It looks like the first artic express has arrived in the area. The coldest temps we’ve seen all year and a steady wind blowing out of the north hopefully will have brought down some newbies. Although I have to somehow wait until Saturday to find out for myself. I’m sure to have some good info by later in the week. If this Northern air is anything like early November of last year we’re gonna have some fun!

Good luck and keep swinging!Bubba

[Edited By Michael-Bride on 2004-11-09 15:10]

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Michael-Bride
Field Editor

Lake Champlain 11-07-2004 18:42
Cloudy, High Winds – 40-45 Degrees
It’s been a while since my last post but thats because there hasn’t been much to post. It looked like a midseason lull last weekend with fairly empty skies around the boat launch at Larabee’s. The birds we did see were reluctant to land with real ducks resting off shore. They would make several passes only to land a hundred yards away and swim in very cautiously. Overall the numbers were low to say the least. With some cooler air in place to the north it looked like some new birds may have been around early last week as well as the past two days. We were seeing small flocks of ten or so puddlers and also medium flocks of twenty or so divers. We saw the first Bluebills and Whistlers of the year. As luck would have it we only had a couple of Black ducks decoy for us and I guess I must have grabbed some of the defective shells from last year. I know that they forgot to put any shot in them. But they’re better ducks for it. Needless to say we haven’t been able to boat any birds in the past couple outings. They’re out there I just need to stop these shoot and release tactics.

Good luck and keep swinging!Bubba…

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Michael-Bride
Field Editor

Lake Champlain 10-24-2004 18:01
Cloudy, Winds Calm – 45-50 Degrees
Where are all the birds? This weekend the area near the mouth of East Creek was very quiet. Not a great deal of shooting going on south of the boat launch at Larabee’s point. Some steady gunning going on around the ferry both days but I never got to speak to anyone about bird numbers. As for myself the number of ducks in my view has declined in a big way.The woodies we saw so many of just two weeks ago have all but gone and the mallards as well. Even though I’m not looking forward to winter, I would welcome some colder weather to the north to push some birds down. I hope other hunters are seeing more than I did in the last couple of days. But to me there is still no such thing as a bad day of duck hunting.

Good luck and keep swinging!Bubba…

Posted By:
Michael-Bride
Field Editor

Dead Creek G.M.A. 10-16-2004 17:56
Cloudy, Occassional Rain Showers – 50-60 Degrees
Well we made our trip to Dead Creek on Friday and had a really good day. Not because of the number of geese we got, (zero), but more because of the high numbers of Snows that are at the preserve. Late last week through the weekend there were only 3000-4000 birds. Over the past few days, including Friday, the number of birds has grown to between 10,000-12,000 and will no doubt continue to rise. As the geese move down I would expect a good number of new ducks could be in the area just in time for next Saturday when the Champlain zone reopens for both ducks and Canada’s.

Good luck and keep swinging! Bubba…

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Isaac514
Guest

Alberta 10-11-2004 17:04
Sunny & Clear, Winds Calm – 45-50 Degrees
To the gentleman I spoke to on 9-25-04 in Deerfield,MA at the mobil gas station, I just got back from Alberta and the total was 191 geese in 3 mornings on our hunt with Sean Mann. Canadas,Snows Specks,Mallards,Pintails. With out a doubt the best trip we have had so far, VERY FEW juvie snows.Send me a Private message if you want more info or if you are going to be down here again to set up a hunt. E-mail me at Scoots514@aol.com if you want also.

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Michael-Bride
Field Editor

Champlain Zone/East Creek 10-09-2004 16:44
Mostly Sunny, No Precipitation – 50-60 Degrees
Well right now we’re already one day away from the season split over on Champlain and all in all it’s been very impressive. The duck numbers in the area have been very good. So far we’ve seen a ton of woodies that have been seeking refuge in a large pothole just south of the boat launch at Larabee’s point. Good numbers of greenwings and mallards have been winging around as well. I’ve also connected with a couple of what can only be described as black/mallards. From the air these ducks look like greenheads in an early color phase, or mabey like a hen with a green/yellow bill. But in hand and side by side with hen mallards they are slightly darker like a black. The speculum on them is bordered in white but slightly different than the mallards. I assume that most every greenhead should be in full, or near full, color at this point so unless I’m wrong these must be blallards.(no I’m not on any medication)
I’ve also heard reports from the area of pintails and bluewings but no divers. Tomorrow we’ll be headed in the same area to try our luck again before our two week break from the big lake. Hopefully, after a goose chase on friday at dead creek, we’ll concentrate our efforts on the interior zone. Even if it is short lived.

Good luck and keep swinging! Bubba…

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Milton 10-06-2004 17:11
Sunny & Clear, Winds Calm – 40-45 Degrees
First time posting here, but I’ve been a reader for awhile…thought I share this time. Went out with a friend (Brian) this morning for the duck opener. Action started right at legal time. Plenty of teal (both blue and green) winging their way through our spread. Most often they’d slip past unnoticed until we’d realize that one of the decoys looked a little too real. Probably 7 to 8 different groups of teal, a few more mallards, and what I’m pretty sure were shovelers…it’s my second season and it was Brian’s first day ever. Overall the action was heavy until 8:00 then died down. We ended up with one mallard and one green winged teal. The marksmanship (particularly on my part) was pathetic…definitely cleaning the cobwebs out. Really a wonderful start to the season! Just watching sunrise over the marsh is enough to keep me coming back for more.

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Conn. River 09-19-2004 17:29
Mostly Cloudy, No Precipitation – 50-60 Degrees
Another long afternoon steam north from Wilder to Piermont. Small numbers of teal, woodies and mallards. Put up a flock of 40+ geese loafing in a setback south of Orford. Getting much colder tonight- might start to move some birds down. All local birds so far. Will hunt Friday 9/24 on the River for the last day of resident geese. Would love to hear what other people are seeing.

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Interior Zone 09-18-2004 23:35
Cloudy, Rain & Thunderstorms – 60-65 Degrees
The Arse End of Ivan- Early morning scouting on a few farm fields and interior marsh areas for geese. The usual un-shootable suspects. Corn is still up just about everywhere. Not much to be seen yet. Even the big flock of resident geese I’ve been watching way up in the hills were nowhere to be seen??? Heard shots late Saturday up the valley. Hopefully a pale full of geese for someone. Going to scout the CT River (S) again tomorrow.

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Michael-Bride
Field Editor

09-06-2004 15:42
Cloudy, Winds Calm – 50-60 Degrees
Today we made our first trip over to Champlain this year for the sole purpose of waterfowl.Today was the annual”pick a place for a blind day”.And as usual we celebrated it a couple of days later than everyone else. No matter we’re going to be in pretty much the same place we have always been. Our spot is just outside of the mouth of East creek.
This morning was a great morning over there. We spent some time watching birds and what we were seeing was very encouraging. Several small groups of puddlers speeding around without a care in the world. Plenty of Mallards,Blacks,and Woodies. In all we saw around 25-30 birds and that was more than enough to keep me awake all night on October 5th. I’ll be going back over to that general area a few more times between now and the opener so I’ll report anything I see that I think will be helpful to you.
Good luck to everyone thats going to be chasing geese this week.

Good luck and keep swinging! Bubba…

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08-30-2004 15:49
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