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Migration Reports
For the week of October 16-October 20, 2017

Canada:

Name: Mike Hungle
Date: October 17, 2017
Location: Regina, Saskatchewan
Weather: Over the past weekend, overnight temperatures dropped to 12 degrees. However, this coming week, the overnight lows are forecasted to be in the mid-30’s with daytime highs pushing 70 degrees.
Snow Cover: None
Water Conditions: Poor and any water that is around is not frozen.
Feeding Conditions: Excellent
Species and Numbers: Still mostly local birds in the Regina and southern regions.
Migrations: Essentially no migrations this past week.
Season Stage: 7th week - season opened Sept 1, 2017
Hunting Report: The northern, central and western regions of the province are experiencing great hunting action with many multiple species hunts occurring.
Gossip: There is an intense low-pressure system forecast to hit Saskatchewan on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week, with winds reaching 60 miles per hour. Hopefully such a weather pattern gets birds moving from the north and down to the south.

Name: Chris Stoddart
Date: Oct 17, 2017
Location: Lac Nilgaut, QC
Weather: Mainly sunny with occasional showers.
Snow Cover: Nil
Water Conditions: Open
Feeding Conditions: Ducks still feeding in back bays and ponds, geese feeding
in corn fields.
Species and Numbers: Excellent numbers of Canada geese; moderate
numbers of mallards and black ducks, moderate numbers of ring-neck ducks.
Migrations: Canada geese are still trickling down daily from the north; ring-neck
ducks are migrating into the area.
Season Stage: Mid-season
Hunting Report: Very good for Canada geese, a little slow for ducks.
Gossip: Nothing at this time.        

Name: Angelo Casbarro
Date: Monday October 16th, 2017
Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Weather: Temperatures have been ranging from 2 to 18 degrees Celsius over the last week.
Snow Cover: N/A
Water Conditions: All water is open.
Feeding Conditions: Most fields, aside from corn, have been harvested.
Species and Numbers:  Both duck and goose populations are abundant.
Migrations: The recent drop in temperatures have started the first wave of migrations in the areas.  Duck numbers have increased dramatically.
Season Stage: Both duck and goose seasons are open.
Hunting Report: With the recent spike in duck numbers, hunters should be seeing an increase of mixed bag shoots in the field and water.
Gossip: The cold and crisp mornings are resulting in birds moving earlier than they have been in recent weeks.  Be sure to get up and out there early!

Name: Brody Edmondson
Date: Monday October 16th, 2017
Location: Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Weather: 0-12 degrees
Snow Cover: N/A
Water Conditions: Main roosts have water but otherwise dry.
Feeding Conditions: Corn is starting to be the number one choice.
Species and Numbers: Mid-season lull, geese are still here in numbers but there is starting to be only a few goods feeds around.
Migrations: Still pushing birds south. Low pressure system should push more down this week.
Season Stage: Mid-late season
Hunting Report: Corn is starting to produce the most successful hunts.   Lessers are pushing through making larger feeds.
Gossip: More corn is coming down by the day.

Name: Richard Pace Stead
Date: 10 Oct - 17 Oct 
Location: Hanna, Alberta 
Weather: Sunny 
Snow Cover: None 
Water Conditions: Dry 
Feeding Conditions: 
Species and Numbers: Snows/specks/ Canadas (lesser/greater)/mallards/pintails 
Migrations: Large number of specks, lessers are pushing out and greaters are moving in, on 15 Oct large flocks of snows started finally moving in, ducks have started to push out and mainly just great northern mallards coming in.
Season Stage: Mid-season 
Hunting Report: 260 birds in 4 days/4 people
Gossip: Nothing at this time.  

Pacific:

Name: Kent Contreras       
Date: 10/16/2017
Location: Newport, WA
Weather: Highs: Mid-60’s Lows: Mid 30’s. Fall like weather has returned with cooling temperatures. Cold front moving through the area Tuesday/Wednesday.
Snow Cover: Some snow fell in the higher elevations, nothing in the valley floor.
Water Conditions: Good, ponds and sloughs are holding water
Feeding Conditions: Good, birds are enjoying lots of sources for food on the river and fields.
Species and Numbers: Good numbers of puddle ducks, mallard, wigeon and gadwall seem to be the majority now with pintail, teal and wood ducks next. Canada geese are at average numbers.
Migrations: Not much moving through yet other than a flock or two of specks.
Season Stage: Beginning of the season.
Hunting Report: Everyone I talked to did very well on opening weekend. Limits of ducks were the norm and some bonus geese were taken in the area.
Gossip: Some specks were in the area, which is pretty rare for us.

Name: Jared Shepard
Date: 10/16/17
Location: Wenatchee, WA
Weather: Mostly sunny and cool again this past week with daytime highs in the upper 50’s to lower 60’s and overnight lows in the 30’s. Similar temperatures expected this week with rain forecasted for mid to late week.
Snow Cover: Higher elevations have begun to see snow but nothing in the valley yet.
Water Conditions: Normal amount of water in the Columbia River. No ice forming.
Feeding Conditions: Local birds are still consuming park and golf course grass with a few flying out to empty grass lots outside city limits.
Species and Numbers: Local Canada geese and mallards with more divers arriving this past week.
Migrations: Divers continue to arrive a few at a time. No major migrations yet though.
Season Stage: Duck and goose season opened this past weekend! Remember to check your location in the rulebook, as Goose Management Areas 2 and 4 are only open on Wednesday, Saturday, and Sundays for geese with a few exceptions around the holidays.
Hunting Report: No reports at this time.
Gossip: Local weather experts think we are looking at another hard winter with lots of snow. Expecting good bird numbers though!

Name: Allen Riggs
Date: 10-16-17
Location: Elk, WA
Weather: Clear skies, high temperatures in the upper 50s with low temperatures in the low 30s. Forecast calls for a brief warm up followed by a cool down.
Snow Cover: Snow is at the 3000-foot level.
Water Conditions: Water levels remain somewhat high in the Pend Oreille River. Water temperatures are cooling down with the lower temperatures.
Feeding Conditions: Birds have plenty of freshly harvested fields to feed in as well as bodies of water.
Species and Numbers: Mallard and wigeon numbers are about average, pintail and gadwall numbers are a little lower than average. Canada goose numbers remain about average.
Migrations: New birds are filtering in, haven’t seen the big push yet.
Season Stage: Week one of the season.
Hunting Report: Opening day was good for hunters. Lots of limits, especially ducks.
Gossip: Going to be a good year.

Name: Chad Yamane        
Date: 10/16/2017
Location: Layton, Utah
Weather: Average temps, 60-70 degrees with clear sunny skies.
Snow Cover: None
Water Conditions: Water inside diked impoundments is awesome. Lots of food was produced this summer. The surrounding marshes and GSL are in great condition. We have been getting some rain the past couple weeks which will only improve our marshes.
Feeding Conditions: Lots of pond growth for the birds. Farmers have harvested fall grains; corn harvest is under way and the geese have found those fields.
Species and Numbers: Local honkers are doing well. Mallards, pintails, gadwall numbers look good. Starting to see divers show up in small numbers.
Migrations: Nothing yet. We still have a few but very few cinnamon teal are left. Most seemed to have pushed south for the winter. The divers should be making a push down and there are reports of a few swans migrating in.
Season Stage: This is the second week of the general season.
Hunting Report: Hunters have mixed reports. Those putting in the work and getting away from the popular areas are doing better.
Gossip: It’s gonna be a banner year!

Name: Rob Friedel
Date: 10/17/2017
Location: Hooper, UT
Weather: Chilly mornings with warm windless afternoons.
Snow Cover: Still nothing.
Water Conditions: WMAs are still full. Reservoirs still have water to spare and have not been completely drawn down for the winter.
Feeding Conditions: Geese are enjoying the city life. The majority of ducks I’m seeing are thriving on alkali bulrush. Gadwall are stacking on the sago pondweed. Ducks are feeding all day not leaving unless pushed.
Species and Numbers: The colder mornings have depleted a lot of the cinnys.  Still a great number of pintail, gadwall, mallards and green-winged teal.
Migrations: Cinnamon teal have been leaving. I’m sure some ducks are new, but not in great force.
Season Stage: 10 days down.
Hunting Report: Scout!  The birds are hitting the October doldrums that we always get.  Warm and windless means they don’t have to move, and won’t move to the “normally” pressured spots. This time of year, look away from the normal honey hole.  When you set decoys, look different than everyone else.  Change up the combination of decoy types and locations. 
Gossip: Always pee downwind!

Name: Gene Carter
Date: 10/15/17
Location: Yuba City, California
Weather: Temp around 80 degrees north winds off and on all week.
Snow Cover: NA
Water Conditions: Water conditions for this upcoming season should be favorable for both the waterfowl and hunters.
Feeding Conditions: The upper Sacramento valley has plenty of rice fields for the waterfowl to eat, & rest.
Species and Numbers: Sutter National Wildlife Refuge borders my duck club.  The closed zone has the most water in it for this time of year that I have seen in the last 6 years. Saturday morning there were half as many birds as the previous week. Specks and pintails made up most of birds. Saw a few mallards, no wigeon or teal at this time. The birds are moving around, fresh water in harvested rice field’s means lots of left over grain floating on the water … a duck and goose restaurant.
Migrations: There are a lot of specks this year more than I have seen this early in quite a few years. Don’t know if the birds migrated early or there are more birds and just a great summer hatch.
Season Stage: Early fall.
Hunting Report: Balance of state not open as of yet (10-21/17).
Gossip: Talked with several hunters this week-all gearing up for this year’s season. 

Name: Eddie Upton
Date: 10-15-17
Location: Biggs, CA
Weather: Sunny, highs in the 80’s lows in the 50’s. Maybe some
Rain later in the week.
Snow Cover: NA
Water Conditions: Average
Feeding Conditions: Birds are feeding in cut fields and marsh areas.
Species and Numbers: Lots of specks, wigeon, mallards, and pintail sitting in the wildlife areas
Migrations: Lots of specks, wigeon, and pintail moved in.
Season Stage: NA
Hunting Report: NA
Gossip: Waiting for rice fields to flood to move birds out of marsh areas and wild life areas. Season starts in 6 days. Seems like they are a little behind on flooding the rice fields.

Name: Travis Lyle
Date: 10-16-17
Location: Fernley, NV
Weather: Warming up the first half of the week. Got a chance of some rain by Friday. 
Snow Cover: Have a few inches still holding from last storm above 7000 feet.
Water Conditions: Lots more water out there. Most areas are full or close to it.  Rivers are still running. Areas that haven’t had water in years are full now.
Feeding Conditions: Should have plenty of food in hunt areas and lots of corn. Some areas have some sego and bulrush.
Species and Numbers: Lots of local birds and it looks like we have had some early migrates show up. Teal are in good numbers along with pintails and wigeon, with few mallards. Geese are around but will be heading to town pretty quick.
Migrations: Locals are out, with a few new birds in some areas. Seem to have more this season.
Season Stage: Opener has passed now. Snow goose season is not open yet.
Hunting Report: With all bird seasons opened it seemed to pull some guys out of the marsh. 
Gossip: Fellas, hope the DD “wanna-be’s” are done for the season.

Name: David Harper
Date: 10/17/17
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Weather: Upper 70- mid 80’s, sunny. Cool down expected this weekend.
Snow Cover: None. 
Water Conditions: Water conditions are still high and doing well from the monsoon rains. 
Feeding Conditions: Plenty of aquatic foods still available with the mild temperatures around the region.  
Species and Numbers: Teal and gadwall are the primary birds right now, good local numbers.
Migrations: No major migrations yet.       
Season Stage: Just kicking off.
Hunting Report: We will see how the weekend goes.

Central:

Name: Culley Wilson
Date: 10/16/2017
Location: Bismarck, ND
Weather: Lows in lower 40’s with highs in upper 60’s – moderate winds.
Snow Cover: N/A
Water Conditions: Water levels are low, no precipitation, many sloughs are dry.
Feeding Conditions: Warmer temps are limiting strong feeds to afternoons for ducks.
Species and Numbers: Duck and dark geese numbers are good.
Migrations: Still some teal around (green and blue-wing) with new birds arriving on back side of full moon, some new big ducks arriving along with building numbers of white geese.
Season Stage: Opened 3 weeks ago.
Hunting Report: Hunting is good yet concentrated to areas of larger water, soybeans are still coming off and higher than normal number of ducks feeding in soybeans.

Name:​​ ​Bryce​ ​Eimers
Date:​​ ​October​ ​16th,​ ​2017
Location:​​ ​Madison,​ ​SD
Weather:​​ ​The​ ​weather​ ​is​ ​starting​ ​to​ ​cool​ ​down.​ ​The​ ​lows​ ​are​ ​in​ ​the​ ​mid-30s​ ​at night​ ​and​ ​the​ ​highs​ ​during​ ​the​ ​day​ ​are​ ​in​ ​the​ ​50s.​ ​Often​ ​frosty​ ​grass​ ​in​ ​the morning.
Snow​ ​Cover:​ ​​None. 
Water​ ​Conditions:​ ​​The​ ​water​ ​remains​ ​at​ ​a​ ​constant​ ​level.​ ​It​ ​is​ ​right​ ​where​ ​it​ ​is supposed​ ​to​ ​be​ ​at​ ​in​ ​the​ ​sloughs,​ ​lakes,​ ​and​ ​rivers,​ ​but​ ​the​ ​fields​ ​have​ ​tons​ ​of standing​ ​water​ ​in​ ​them.
Feeding​ ​Conditions​:​ ​Birds​ ​continue​ ​to​ ​feed​ ​in​ ​cut​ ​corn​ ​and​ ​silage,​ ​but​ ​corn​ ​and beans​ ​are​ ​starting​ ​to​ ​be​ ​combined.​ ​Look​ ​for​ ​them​ ​to​ ​be​ ​hitting​ ​the​ ​combined fields​ ​hard.
Species​ ​and​ ​Numbers:​ ​​Lots​ ​of​ ​mallards​ ​moving​ ​into​ ​the​ ​area​ ​from​ ​up​ ​north. Geese​ ​remain​ ​at​ ​a​ ​constant​ ​number,​ ​with​ ​many​ ​migrators​ ​heading​ ​right​ ​over​ ​top and​ ​not​ ​looking​ ​back. 
Migrations:​​ ​The​ ​ducks​ ​are​ ​here,​ ​and​ ​more​ ​are​ ​coming.​ ​The​ ​geese​ ​aren't​ ​here yet,​ ​but​ ​you​ ​do​ ​see​ ​a​ ​few​ ​that​ ​dont​ ​appear​ ​to​ ​be​ ​slowing​ ​down​ ​for​ ​any​ ​reason.  Season​ ​Stage:​​ ​Both​ ​duck​ ​and​ ​goose​ ​season​ ​are​ ​still​ ​in​ ​the​ ​early​ ​stage.​ ​Give​ ​it​ ​a good​ ​cold​ ​week,​ ​and​ ​we​ ​will​ ​be​ ​in​ ​full​ ​swing.
Hunting​ ​Report:​ ​​Hunting​ ​has​ ​been​ ​fantastic​ ​lately.​ ​Look​ ​for​ ​the​ ​flooded​ ​fields, and​ ​you​ ​are​ ​bound​ ​to​ ​find​ ​birds​ ​everywhere.​ ​Make​ ​sure​ ​you​ ​have​ ​a​ ​strong​ ​hide, and​ ​a​ ​good​ ​looking​ ​spread. 
Gossip:​​ ​No​ ​gossip​ ​this​ ​week.

Name: Bill Schaefer
Date: 10/17/17
Location: Grand Junction, Colorado
Weather: Fall temperatures and weather conditions have settled in! Lows have been consistently in the upper 20’s with highs in the mid-60s. This recent cold snap combined with freshly harvested corn should have local waterfowl feeding more consistently and aggressively.
Snow Cover: None.Only snow accumulation has been in mountain areas (above 6,000 feet).
Water Conditions: All bodies of water remain open.
Feeding Conditions: Corn harvest for silage is complete and picking corn harvest is beginning in some areas. Currently, most Canada geese are feeding in silage corn or picked corn. Some mallards observed in corn as well.  
Species and Numbers: Primary species in the area are Canada geese and mallards. Mostly resident birds.
Migrations: No significant migrations of waterfowl observed yet however, some beginning migrations of sandhill cranes observed.       
Season Stage: This is our “first split” which is still considered the early season for ducks and geese.
Hunting Report: Not large quantities of birds to hunt at this time which can make hunting success varied and difficult.

Name: Kirk Steffensen
Date: 16-October-2017
Location: Lincoln, NE
Weather: Slightly below average temperature with some rain but a warmer, dry week is currently forecasted.
Snow Cover: None
Water Conditions: Very good! Recent rains filled the area lakes and ponds and reports of the Rainwater Basins have good water too.
Feeding Conditions: Farmers are just getting started again picking corn and beans after all the rain, some corn and beans are out but most remain.
Species and Numbers: More big ducks (mainly gadwall and pintail) in the area with good number of specks in the area.
Migrations: Lots of new big ducks moved into and through the area early last week with lots of specks moving but not many specks staying in the area.
Season Stage: Duck zones 2 and 4 opened on 7-October and dark goose season doesn’t start until late October.
Hunting Report: Spotty, good number of ducks in the Rainwater Basin but doesn’t seem to be as many in eastern Nebraska.
Gossip: Nothing at this time.

Name: Hunter Armstrong  
Date: 10/16/17
Location: Lubbock, Texas
Weather: Sunny with lows of 40 and highs of 85.
Snow Cover: N/A
Water Conditions: Water levels are slowly receding.
Feeding Conditions: Plenty of good crops growing.
Species and Numbers: Mallards are starting to come in, lots of teal, seeing a few divers, sandhill crane are beginning to appear, and there is an increasing number of pintails.
Migrations: Edging closer to the larger migration. Saturday’s cold front seemed to bring more birds.
Season Stage: Yet to start.
Hunting Report: N/A
Gossip: Shaping up to be a good season!

Name: Derek Rambo
Date: 10/16/17
Location: Grand Prairie, Texas
Weather: Cool in mornings and warm afternoons….fall is upon us!
Snow Cover: None
Water Conditions: Good
Feeding Conditions: Very good. Lots of moist soil volunteer plants/seed will be available for ducks this fall. Crops in the west are being harvested as we speak.
Species and Numbers: Wood ducks (spotty) and resident Canadas (see a few everywhere but not in big groups). Reports of cranes and specks showing up in small groups.
Migrations: Small trickles of ducks, geese, and cranes. Colder weather up north this week is sure to push more down.
Season Stage: Closed for all.
Hunting Report: N/A
Gossip: Seeing milo, peanut, and corn fields being harvested makes the opening day that much closer! Won’t be long now!!

Mississippi:

Name: Samantha Andrews 
Date: 10/16/17
Location: Big Lake, MN
Weather: Cooler with plenty of rain.
Snow Cover: N/A
Water Conditions: Good as rain consistently falls.
Feeding Conditions: As crops come out, fields are providing more feeding options.
Species and Numbers: Seeing plenty of geese flying – seeing a mixed variety of ducks; mallard, teal, wood ducks.
Migrations: Seeing new birds in the area 
Season Stage: Regular waterfowl season is open.  
Hunting Report: For those that are heading out, they seem to be having good luck. 
Gossip: Nothing at this time.

Name: Rick Turch 
Date: 10-15-2017
Location: Saint Cloud, Minnesota
Weather: Average temperatures
Snow Cover: N/A
Water Conditions: High
Feeding Conditions: Wet/muddy
Species and Numbers: New geese and ducks showing up.
Migrations: More and more ducks. We received more rain again which has kept areas flooded and the ducks are everywhere.
Season Stage: Regular season
Hunting Report: Hunting remains good. Other than an increase in ducks the geese seem to be on par for this time of year. New crops being taken down almost daily in the area so scouting is key!

Name: Richard Shamla
Date: 10/16/17
Location: Clara City, MN
Weather: Sunny and clear with highs in the 60's and lows in the 40's.
Snow Cover:  None
Water Conditions: High, rivers are in flood stage and sheet water is still present in crop fields.
Feeding Conditions: Waterfowl are feeding in harvested bean and some corn fields. The best fields are the flooded beans and corn.
Species and Numbers: Duck numbers remain strong and goose numbers are good as well.
Migrations: Several flocks of white-fronted geese coming through our area this week.
Season Stage: Mid-season.
Hunting Report: The duck hunting remains strong on sheet water in crop fields. 
Gossip: Nothing at this time.

Name: Ben Cade
Date: October 15, 2017
Location: Eau Claire, WI
Weather: Cooler with NW winds. Rain ending. 
Snow Cover: None
Water Conditions: Very good
Feeding Conditions: Improving. Silage fields are out and more coming down. 
Species and Numbers: Good goose numbers. A few mallards and wood ducks around. 
Migrations: Good push of new geese on Sunday the 15th. 
Season Stage: Mid
Hunting Report: Hunting was average with geese becoming more difficult to decoy. 
Gossip: Nothing at this time.

Name: Jakob Felkner
Date: October 14, 2017
Location: Oconomowoc, Wisconsin
Weather: Rainy, southeast/east winds
Snow Cover: None
Water Conditions: Lakes are full, some flooded fields around. 
Feeding Conditions: Fresh cut cornfields are the primary feeding locations.
Species and Numbers: Wood ducks and mallards
Migrations: Starting
Season Stage: Early
Hunting Report: Not all showed in interest in feeding in the corn, some flew from water to water in the morning around 6:40 am until 7:10 am.
Gossip: Nothing at this time.   

Name: Gerry Mazur
Date: October 17,2017
Location: Perrysburg, Ohio
Weather: Windy with highs in the 60’s. A sunny dry spell coming for the rest of the week.
Snow Cover: No 
Water Conditions: Water levels fluctuating a little with the strong southwest winds over the weekend. Level drop noticed in the bay and along the ramps.
Feeding Conditions: The grass buffet is in full swing and at golf courses it’s the same. The Bass Pro Refuge is offering a great loafing area along the turnpike and I-75.
Species and Numbers: Canada geese are in really good numbers but hard to find any ducks. 
Migrations: We should start to pick up some birds as we get a full moon.  
Season Stage: Lake Erie Marsh Zone is open and the north zone will open this weekend.
Hunting Report: 38 trailers by my house this weekend on the opener and all is quiet except for guys yelling at each other being too close and “I was here first”. It is so great when the circus comes to town.

Name: Bill Grabe
Date: 10/16/2017
Location: Swisher, Iowa
Weather: Mild 60's during the day, 40's at night.
Snow Cover: None
Water Conditions: Average
Feeding Conditions: Mostly water based, no dry fields yet.
Species and Numbers: 3-4K ducks, 20-30% mallards.
Migrations: Some teal and smaller ducks have started to show up.
Season Stage: Opener is this weekend for south zone. No reports from north.
Hunting Report: None.
Gossip: None.

Name: Carter Klatt
Date: 10/17/2017
Location: Sioux City, IA
Weather: Sunny and warm this week, highs range between the upper 60’s and lower 70’s, lows around the mid 40’s.
Snow Cover: None
Water Conditions: Recent rains have kept water levels up and have provided some new feeding areas for ducks especially in flooded fields.
Feeding Conditions: Harvest is starting to pick up with some bean fields coming out as well as cut silage. Ducks are still mainly feeding in the sloughs as well as in newly flooded fields. Local geese have been hitting cut fields as well as silage.
Species and Numbers: Still lots of wood ducks around as well as local honkers. Some medium sized ducks such as gadwall and wigeon have moved into the area. Not many mallards around yet.
Migrations: The migration is still in its early stages. Most of the birds around are locals still. Colder temps in the Dakotas last week pushed a few early migrators into the area but with a lack of cut fields the bigger ducks have no reason to move further south.
Season Stage:  Early season
Hunting Report: The north zone opened this past weekend and the south/Missouri zone open this coming weekend.  We hunted back in the home state of SD near Yankton and ended the morning with a mixed 4-man limit. Not many big ducks around that far south besides locally hatched birds but still made for a great weekend.
Gossip: Some friends at SDSU report of mallards starting to move into the Brookings area of South Dakota as well numerous opportunities to hunt flooded fields.

Name: Kip Strickland
Date: 10/17/17
Location: Baxter, Iowa
Weather: Seasonal, warmer this week with lows in the 40’s and highs around 70.
Snow Cover: None
Water Conditions: We have had some decent rain the last two weeks; water conditions are improving.
Feeding Conditions: Good
Species and Numbers: Good numbers of Canada geese, low duck numbers.
Migrations: None to speak of.
Season Stage: North zone is open as of 10/14, and south zone opens 10/21 for ducks. Dark geese are the same dates.
Hunting Report: Haven’t heard any reports from the north zone opener last weekend yet, and with the south zone closed there is nothing to report.
Gossip: Nothing at this time.   

Name: Justin Bomia
Date: 10-16-17
Location: Onslow, IA
Weather: 60's and 70's forecasted for the rest of the week.
Snow Cover: None
Water Conditions: Water levels are up, good amounts of rain over the last 5 days.
Feeding Conditions: Feeding conditions are good at this time.
Species and Numbers: Fair numbers of all puddle ducks for this time of year, goose numbers have increased slightly as well.
Migrations: Small trickle of new birds on the 15th with the strong NW winds.
Season Stage: Early
Hunting Report: Good wind on Sunday the 15th after the rainstorms, had a few small groups of mallards and other puddle ducks do it right.
Gossip: Warm temps are back.

Name: Frank Bacon
Date: 10/17/17
Location: Greenville, KY
Weather: Clear/cool
Snow Cover: None
Water Conditions: Much cooler temps arrived with lows in the high 30’s.
Feeding Conditions: Fall harvest of corn and beans is in full swing.
Species and Numbers: Migration in progress of early ducks, pintails and specks seen in numbers.
Migrations: Numerous pintails, specks, and snow geese seen on the move.
Season Stage: Regular seasons here will not begin until Thanksgiving. Just returned from another great week in Saskatchewan. Great numbers of ducks and snow geese were present, Canada goose numbers were spotty.
Hunting Report: NA, we will not begin here until Thanksgiving.
Gossip: Nothing at this time.

Name: Ralph Harr
Date: 10/17/17
Location: Saint Peters, MO
Weather: During the week the weather has been nice with highs in the 70’s and lows in the mid-50’s. We did have a nice cold front that pushed through sat night into Sunday. If the forecast holds we should have a similar front this coming weekend (10/20).
Snow Cover: N/A
Water Conditions: Good- most of the clubs in the area have a good amount of water already with 2.5 weeks till the season starts.
Feeding Conditions: Great
Species and Numbers: Teal and pintails are the majority of what is in the area with low numbers of mixed dabblers. 
Migrations: Saturday 10/14 and Sunday 10/15 we picked up more of the same. Nice little push of birds. 
Season Stage: 2.5 weeks till opener 
Hunting Report: N/A 
Gossip: Nothing at this time. 

Name: Shaun Patrick
Date: 10/18/17
Location: Troy, MO
Weather: Lows in the 40’s Highs in the upper 60’s.
Snow Cover: N/A
Water Conditions: Good, recent rains have helped out water levels around the area.
Feeding Conditions: Good, harvest is still underway, but feeding conditions appear strong.
Species and Numbers: Been getting good pushes of birds frequently over the past few days. Numbers are continuing to increase. Mostly seems like pintails and teal.
Migrations: There is a decent number of birds moving into and through the area over the past week. Cooler temps, and the shortening of the daylight hours has birds on the move.
Season Stage: Season begins Nov 5th.
Hunting Report: N/A
Gossip: Hearing reports of good numbers of birds moving into the Illinois River Valley, as well as northeast Arkansas. It appears they are on the move, and has hunters in the area pretty excited. Now this just needs to keep going!!!

Name: Scott Turpen                       
Date: 10/17/2017
Location: Clarksville, TN
Weather: Cooler lows in upper 40’s highs in lower to mid-70’s.
Snow Cover: N/A
Water Conditions: Adequate
Feeding Conditions: Birds hitting local corn fields.
Species and Numbers: Gadwall and a few wood ducks.
Migrations: A few early ducks have been spotted.  
Season Stage: Oct goose season is open thru Oct 31st.  
Hunting Report: N/A
Gossip: Most blinds are brushed and setting on go on area WMA’s. Not much else going just waiting and watching.  

Name: James Staten
Date: October 16, 2017
Location: Russellville, AR
Weather: Cool. We had a decent front push through over the weekend and brought some needed rain and cooler temps.
Snow Cover: None
Water Conditions: We are low right now everywhere. We are in need of some true rainfall.
Feeding Conditions: Local honkers feeding in pastures and some on remaining cut crops.
Species and Numbers: Our teal have finally showed up now that we are a month past the season. Resident wood ducks and geese are around as well.
Migrations: I heard the first groups of specks and snows flying yesterday evening after the front. So, our migration has started.
Season Stage: We are a month out from duck season opener.
Hunting Report: None right now. 
Gossip: Most guys are busy either deer hunting or getting their blinds ready for season. Most the crops have been cut other than some of the beans. Everyone is praying for some real rainfall before duck season!

Name: Cody Grisanti
Date: 10/14/2017
Location: Wynne, AR
Weather: Cool mornings warming to upper 80’s / low 90’s.
Snow Cover: None
Water Conditions: Bone dry!
Feeding Conditions: Good morning feeds in dry fields.
Species and Numbers: First wave of specks is beginning to show up, saw 14 different groups between Memphis and Wynne. Came across 1 field holding close to 400 specks. 
Migrations: First push of specks moving through.
Season Stage: Pre-Season
Hunting Report: N/A
Gossip: None

Name: Trapper Padgett     
Date: 10/16/17
Location: Lonoke, AR
Weather: Cold mornings in the low 40s, windy with lots of sunshine and warming up during the day to 70s.
Snow Cover: N/A
Water Conditions: Once again water levels are still extremely low. Not much rain in the forecast for the next few weeks. Slight chances here and there, this past weekend, rain soaked up within hours and dried up not showing much sign of relief.
Feeding Conditions: Lots of dry fields for feeding with more being cut each passing day. More and more being worked up for next year’s growing season with the dry weather conditions. Very few rice fields left to harvest, river valley area is almost completely done with harvest while eastern portion of the state is cutting beans.
Species and Numbers: Specks moving in with north wind and cold front. Seeing a few puddle ducks around, low numbers. Resident geese are still around and hanging out as always.
Migrations: Specks and early season birds (teal, spoonbills, and gadwalls) are around not a high enough level to say there’s a big push of ducks yet.
Season Stage: Pre- season
Hunting Report: Headed to Canada the rest of the month to get some shooting in before the state season opens up.
Gossip: Deer hunters are out and about with waterfowl season still not open. Cool weather has people getting in gear for season approaching within the next month.

Name: Devin Singleton                 
Date: 10/15/17
Location: Parkdale, Arkansas     
Weather: 76 N Wind
Snow Cover: None
Water Conditions: Changing with cold front coming in.
Feeding Conditions: Optimal
Species and Numbers: Specklebelly geese/few hundred
Migrations: Have heard geese all day. Coming in with north wind.
Season Stage: Closed
Hunting Report: N/A
Gossip: Central AR has many specklebellies staging there already.

Name: Josh Beckham                   
Date: 10/15/17
Location: Lake Village, AR
Weather: High 85, low 60
Snow Cover: None
Water Conditions: Rivers/Lakes are optimal, some farms have started pumping waste grain fields.
Feeding Conditions: Lakes/sloughs are providing feed from natural vegetation for the few puddle ducks in the area, mainly blue-winged teal. Waste grain fields are providing prime feed for migrating specks.
Species and Numbers: Specks
Migrations: Specklebelly geese increasing.
Season Stage: 33 days until duck season!
Hunting Report: N/A
Gossip: N/A

Name: Ken Myers               
Date: 10/15/17
Location: Pecan Island, LA
Weather: 91 and sunny. No wind.
Snow Cover: None
Water Conditions: Lots of water on Hwy 82 towards Cameron in the marsh.
Feeding Conditions: N/A
Species and Numbers: 4 Teal.  
Migrations: Didn’t see any large number of birds anywhere along the 15 miles stretch.
Season Stage: Pre-Season.
Hunting Report: Didn’t Hunt       
Gossip: Nothing at this time.

Name: Chris Huckabay
Date: 10-16-2017
Location: Jones, Louisiana
Weather: Low 70s, high 90s.
Snow Cover: N/A
Water Conditions: Low, could use an inch or two of rainfall.
Feeding Conditions: All fields are harvested and most rice fields are disc or burned off – plenty of food.
Species and Numbers: Specklebelly geese – 1000’s – passed a lot of fields in Jones, LA, that were loaded with specks! Dove numbers came back this weekend with high temps as well.
Migrations: Specks on the move, along with gadwall and pintail.
Season Stage: All closed.
Hunting Report: N/A
Gossip: Nothing at this time.  

Name: Jay Hayter               
Date: 10/16/17
Location: El Dorado, Arkansas
Weather: First decent cold front of fall.
Snow Cover: None
Water Conditions: Dry, farmers should begin pumping in next few weeks.
Feeding Conditions: Good crops out of fields.
Species and Numbers: Specks starting to show up.  
Migrations: Specks on the move.
Season Stage: 1 month out!
Hunting Report: N/A
Gossip: Nothing at this time.

Atlantic:

Name: Robert Vellucci
Date: 10/16/2017
Location: Clinton, NJ
Weather: A cold front came in today.  Finally, some seasonal temperatures.
Snow Cover: None
Water Conditions: Average
Feeding Conditions: Average
Species and Numbers: Definitely more geese around. Duck numbers remain the same.
Migrations: Some geese were migrating last night.
Season Stage:  Early duck season is open this week.
Hunting Report: Found a few wood ducks and hunted them Saturday. Flight was fast and a few woodies were brought home.

Name: Sean M. Fritzges 
Date: 13 October 2017    
Location: Abingdon, Maryland
Weather: Warm 65-70’s
Snow Cover: None 
Water Conditions: Rain showers this past weekend; fresh water ponds remain average in elevation. Chesapeake Bay tide levels normal.
Feeding Conditions: Dark geese feeding in grass pastures and freshly cut corn fields. No soybean cutting to date.
Species and Numbers: Canada goose numbers very good.     
Migrations: Migrating geese continue to arrive to northern MD.
Season Stage: Canada goose season closed.
Hunting Report: Deer archery hunters looking forward to the rut. 
Gossip: No gossip.

Name: Marshall Starkey
Date: 10/16/17
Location: Essex, MD
Weather: Fall temps give way to upper 70’s as the weekend approaches.
Snow Cover: None
Water Conditions: Above average for the year but dry as of late. The rain last week helped out.
Feeding Conditions: Cut agricultural fields.
Species and Numbers: Mostly resident geese with a few new birds.
Migrations: Seems to be a few new birds around.
Season Stage: Early duck runs until Saturday.
Hunting Report: Most guys that did their homework are doing well with wood ducks.
Gossip: Early muzzleloader season starts Thursday and runs through Saturday. Saturday also ends the early duck season.

Name: Kenny Gray 
Date: October 16, 2017
Location: Chestertown, MD
Weather: Seasonal
Snow Cover: None at this time.
Water Conditions: A few rainy days in the past week, but still hasn’t made up for the drought towards the end of the summer.
Feeding Conditions: Corn is 80% cut, beans are just starting to be picked.  Goose are concentrated on cut corn and grassy edges of roosts. 
Species and Numbers: Behind last year, but I suspect weather is driving that.
Migrations: Another good wave of geese have pushed in the last few days. 
Season Stage: We are in the middle of our first of three splits. This split is only a week. 
Hunting Report: Reports from opening day were good if you had wood ducks.  Most other locations were very slow. 
Gossip: With forecasts calling for lower temps and the first of three splits coming to an end this weekend, everyone’s hopes are for more birds and lower temps are still possible. 

Name: Jeff Kreit
Date: 10/16/17
Location: Baltimore, MD
Weather: Highs in 70’s, lows in 50’s.
Snow Cover: N/A
Water Conditions: Been dry, little or no rain.
Feeding Conditions: Lots of corn still standing.
Species and Numbers: Ducks, mainly mallards with a few pintails and gadwall.
Migrations: Had one two weeks ago nothing since then.
Season Stage: 1st duck split.
Hunting Report: None
Gossip: None

Name: Bryn Witmier
Date: 10/18/2017
Location: Strausstown, PA
Weather: Seasonal temperatures the past two days.  Looks like above average temperatures are on their way again.
Snow Cover: N/A
Water Conditions: Average.
Feeding Conditions: Crops continue to come down. Still tons of mast available.
Species and Numbers:  A few mallards, a bunch of woodies, and more geese.
Migrations: Geese were migrating Monday night.
Season Stage: Early duck season is open in the south zone this week.
Hunting Report:  I hunted a small creek for wood ducks. It was fun trying to hit the twisting woodies through the trees.
Gossip: More hot weather on the way.

Name: Kevin Addy
Date: 10/16/2017
Location: Morgantown, PA
Weather: Above average temps and overcast. 
Snow Cover: None
Water Conditions: Water levels are good with the recent rains.
Feeding Conditions: Getting better every week but the harvest is behind from previous years.
Species and Numbers: Canada goose numbers are on the rise and we did get a little push of ducks on Friday into Saturday.
Migrations: Canadas continue to trickle in and we did get some new ducks.
Season Stage: North zone duck opened 10/7, the south zone opened on the 14th and will close on the 21st.
Hunting Report: Hunting was really good with a big variety.  We had pintails, mallards, gadwall, blacks, blue-wings, wigeon, and wood ducks in the bag Saturday.
Gossip: It’s going to be another strange year!

Name: Justin Baublitz
Date: October 15, 2017
Location: Cochran, Georgia
Weather: Hot and humid!
Snow Cover: None
Water Conditions: Low
Feeding Conditions: Woodies feeding on mast.
Species and Numbers: Local wood ducks.
Migrations: None yet
Season Stage: Beginning before season opens.
Hunting Report: No hunting report.
Gossip:  Local woodies and geese only. Going out to a spot in the morning to sit and watch and hopefully see some fresh birds soon.