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January 17, 2002 – Migration Update


Canada goose numbers remain high in most areas of Washington with diver numbers fair to good in open water. Oregon hunters continue to struggle with the bulk of ducks and geese resting on private lands and little pressure to move them in to accessible areas. Ice has taken its toll on hunter success in Utah and Idaho as ducks numbers drop and goose activity varies form poor to good in some areas.

Goose numbers are on the rise in Northern and Central California but success is poor in most areas due to wary educated birds. Teal, wigeon and mallards numbers are consistent to previous weeks in California but harvest is low due to nocturnal feeding activity. Arizona is slow on geese and ducks are flying but decoying is difficult at best. Continue reading

January 10, 2002 – Migration Update


In Washington mallard number continue to increase with lesser and greater Canada goose numbers good to excellent in most areas. In Oregon, wigeon, pintail and lesser Canada goose numbers are fair to good in most areas with the best harvest reports coming from the northwestern ranges and Valley floor in the southeast. Duck and goose numbers remain strong in Idaho in open reservoirs and active feeding fields. Hunting in Utah remains spotty despite increasing numbers of widgeon, pintail gadwall and redhead.

In northern and central California activity is spotty with larger ducks working well in remote, low-pressure areas. Goose are fair to good in Nevada with ducks low. To the south Arizona and southern California hunters struggle as most birds have moved south of the border over the past week. Continue reading

January 2, 2002 – Migration Update


With rain still falling as far north as Vancouver, its tough prospecting for ducks and geese in the Pacific Northwest as northern birds remain north. Washington hunters report a fair increase of duck and goose numbers but only a nominal increase in hunter success in coastal regions. Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife reports few new arrivals in the state with the bulk of birds resting safely on private lands. Hunter success is fair north of Klamath District — where birds continue to bypass the refuge into Northern California. Ducks and geese are widely dispersed through northern and central California. No-burn restrictions continue to complicate California Waterfowling conditions with ample forage and safe haven for migrating birds. Recent weather systems have increased bird harvests over previous weeks with teal hunting good to excellent in the south. Duck and goose numbers remain strong in open water areas of Idaho and Utah. Hunter success is good to excellent in areas holding birds. In Arizona and Nevada, hunting is slow. Continue reading

December 27, 2001 – Migration Update


As ice build in the northern portion of the flyway, goose and duck hunting action has slowed considerably in Washington and Idaho over the past week. Goose action in western Montana is poor in most areas. Puddle duck action remain fair to goose in most of the central portion of the flyway. Utah hunters continue to experience the best harvest of the season as Northern California and Nevada Hunters struggle with educated, dispersed flocks. Hunting action in Southern California was excellent over the weekend with an influx of new ducks and geese from Wister east to the Colorado River. Hunting in Arizona was good to excellent in most areas with good reports on all species with overwhelming numbers of Gadwall. Continue reading

December 19, 2001 – Migration Update


Waterfowling action continues to Washington, Idaho and western Montana — with goose hunting best. With snow falling in higher elevations and ice building in the eastern portion of the flyway, good could become poor with the flip of a switch. Utah hunters — go hunting now or forever hold your peace. The first waves of ducks have been arriving since the 15th and with ice building in some areas the peak of the season could come and go in a hurry. Waterfowl numbers are steady in northern and central California. Few new arrivals have made hunting educated fowl a tough prospect at best. In Nevada ducks are fair and goose hunting presents waterfowlers the best opportunity for success. To the south, Arizona and southern California hunters will find the best opportunities along the Colorado River corridor. Continue reading

December 11, 2001 – Migration Update


As the next storm system moves into the Pacific Northwest, duck and goose hunting remains good to excellent in most of Washington and Idaho. Duck activity has slowed in western Montana and goose hunting is fair to good in most areas. Hunter success in Utah is improving but remains poor to fair in most areas. In Californian, hunter success is limited to new arrivals. Lingering masses of pintail, mallards and gadwall have resorted to extreme nocturnal schedules to avoid hunting pressure. Hunter success is best in areas with the least pressured and educated birds. Hunting improved dramatically for Arizona hunters over the past week with an influx of disoriented arrivals including mallards, gadwall, wigeon and teal. Continue reading

December 3, 2001 – Migration Update


If you are in Washington, Oregon, Idaho or northern Nevada it\’s time to get out and go hunting. Hunters in the northern portion of the Pacific Flyway have experienced the most consistent mallard shooting of the season over the past 4 days. Goose hunting remains consistent in most areas with new geese arriving daily.

In Utah, hunting remains slow and pre-freeze panic is not uncommon among hunters in the state. In all likelihood new birds will arrive as hunting pressure increases to the north. If the next front brings ice along with it, expect a rapid here today and gone tomorrow peak season in Utah. Continue reading

November 27, 2001 – Migration Update

Pacific Flyway:

Washington hunters continue to struggle on ducks and goose action has tapered off considerably in the northern portion of the flyway. Snow in Idaho and Western Montana has produced the best mallard hunting of the season but birds have yet to move into northern portions of Utah. The hotspot of the flyway continues to be northern California and Nevada as hunters maintain consistent bags of teal, widgeon, sprig and geese. To the south, Southern California hunters continue to see an influx of snows and the recent weather has kept birds moving in front of the gun. Sprig numbers are good and all others fair. Arizona, of course, needs water and ducks. Continue reading