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Migration Reports For the week of December 11-December 15, 2017

Name: Angelo Casbarro
Date: Monday December 11, 2017
Location: Toronto, Ontario Canada
Weather: Temperatures have been ranging from -8 to 10 degrees Celsius this past week.
Snow Cover: Areas west of the city have received heavy snowfall.
Water Conditions: Most water is frozen. 
Feeding Conditions: All crops have been harvested.
Species and Numbers: Goose numbers have fallen and not many ducks let at all.
Migrations: The migration has ended in the area.
Season Stage: Both duck and goose seasons are closed.
Hunting Report: Good season overall.
Gossip: What geese remain are almost exclusively being found in winter wheat fields.

Name: Mike Hungle
Date: December 12, 2017
Location: Regina, Saskatchewan
Weather: It’s turned cold of late with substantial snowfall.
Snow Cover: Most of central and southern Saskatchewan has received new snow.
Water Conditions: Poor. Small potholes and sloughs have frozen over. Most big water lakes are frozen or freezing over.
Feeding Conditions: Good
Species and Numbers: The birds are basically gone.
Migrations: Not occurring
Season Stage: Season is closed now.
Hunting Report: There are reports of some honkers still remaining on the Saskatchewan River and some hunters have had some successful late season hunts.
Gossip: We need moisture for next year’s nesting season.

Name: Brody Edmondson
Date: December 11, 2017
Location: Winnipeg, MB
Weather: Cold weather has arrived and it may stay awhile.
Snow Cover: Around 6-8 inches roughly across the province.
Water Conditions: All frozen.
Feeding Conditions: Poor
Species and Numbers: The birds are gone.
Migrations: Not occurring.
Season Stage: Finished on Nov 30th.
Hunting Report: Nil


Name: Allen Riggs
Date: 12-11-17
Location: Elk, WA
Weather: Cooler temps with highs in the low thirties and lows in the low twenties. Cooler weather is forecasted for later this week.
Snow Cover: Snow is above the 2500’ level.
Water Conditions: Water is a little low in the river. Water temperatures are dropping once again and ice is forming along edges.
Feeding Conditions: Birds are feeding in bare fields and returning to bodies of water to loaf and feed.
Species and Numbers: Mallard, wigeon, and gadwall ducks are about average in numbers for this time of year. Canada goose numbers are starting to rise a little above average number now.
Migrations: Puddle ducks and geese are migrating into the area.
Season Stage: Week 9 of the season
Hunting Report: Hunters are doing well with both ducks and geese.
Gossip: Nothing at this time.

Name: Kent Contreras       
Date: 12/11/2017
Location: Newport, WA
Weather: Highs: low-30’s Lows: 16. Forecasts are showing a cooling trend with temps dropping and holding in the 30’s and overnight lows in the teens. Snow is forecast for the weekend with several inches on the valley floor predicted.
Snow Cover: Upper elevations (above 3,000 feet) have been receiving snow. Valley floor is now snow free with overnight low temps freezing everything up. Forecast shows snow coming by the weekend.
Water Conditions: Good, ponds and sloughs are freezing up again pushing birds onto the big river.
Feeding Conditions: Good, birds are enjoying lots of sources for food on the river; fields are freezing up but still providing a food source for those hearty geese.
Species and Numbers: Low numbers of puddle ducks; mallard, wigeon, and gadwall seem to be the majority but their numbers have dropped. Teal are sticking around but not in big numbers; diving ducks have started to show up. Canada geese are rising slightly in numbers, a little above average for this time of year.
Migrations: Haven’t really seen to many new birds. Divers are starting to come into the area but not in big numbers – could change with this cold snap.
Season Stage: 9th week of the season.
Hunting Report: It has slowed down for ducks; goose numbers are a little bit behind what we are used to seeing.
Gossip: Cold snap in the area – time to bundle up!

Name: Geff Duncan
Date: 12/11/2017    
Location: Chehalis, WA
Weather: Temperatures were colder than last week, highs were in the 40’s, lows were in the 20’s.
Snow Cover: N/A
Water Conditions: Water levels slowly dropping on rivers and flooded fields due to cold weather and no rain.
Feeding Conditions: Birds are feeding in flooded fields, mainly.
Species and Numbers: Ducks are scarce in some areas with the cold temperatures. Many have migrated out, but also a lot showing up in certain valleys.
Migrations: Birds are still coming down from Canada in high numbers! Started to see more pintail.           
Season Stage: Mid-season
Hunting Report: Good number of ducks being harvested in some areas, but other valleys are becoming scarce for birds. 
Gossip: Starting to see a lot of pintails which means the migration is in full swing.

Name: Jared Shepard
Date: 12/10/17
Location: Wenatchee, WA
Weather: Temperatures steady in the 30’s this past week with no precipitation or new fronts moving in. The same weather is expected for this coming week. 
Snow Cover: No snow at this time.
Water Conditions: Water levels have risen to a normal depth in the Columbia. Warm weather around the region means no freezing water yet.
Feeding Conditions: Due to warmer weather, the few birds in the area are still consuming grass inside city limits for the most part.
Species and Numbers: Local Canada geese, mallards, and wigeon plus a few bufflehead, goldeneye, and blue-bills. Low bird numbers here in the valley.
Migrations: The only movement has been birds leaving the area.
Season Stage: Two months into duck and goose season. Remember to check your location in the rulebook, as Goose Management Areas 2 and 4 are only open on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday’s for geese with a few exceptions around the holidays.
Hunting Report: SLOW! A few reports of some divers being shot but not many puddle ducks or geese.
Gossip: This season is off to a really slow start.

Name: Tailor Sponcey       
Date: 12/11/17
Location: Twin Falls, Idaho
Weather: Highs are in the 30’s with lows dipping down into the teens at night.
Snow Cover: 0
Water Conditions: River and creeks are the only open water and the river is flowing much higher than normal.
Feeding Conditions: Mallards are feeding heavily in threshed corn fields. Geese are feeding in larger groups now in corn fields.
Species and Numbers: Mallard numbers are high as well as Canada geese. Divers and widgeon numbers have increased substantially in the last week.
Migrations: Mallards and Canada goose migration is here early this year. Wigeon and divers have arrived as well.
Season Stage: 1/2 through the season.
Hunting Report: Hunting on the river has picked up as well as in the fields. Birds are feeding during the day more.
Gossip: 0

Name: Rob Friedel
Date: ​12/11/2017
Location: ​Hooper, UT
Weather: ​Cold overnight, lows getting to the mid-teens. Daytime warming to mid-30s.  Inversion is setting in a bit.
Snow Cover: ​Still none!
Water Conditions: ​Most of the water in the WMA’s is nearly walkable. I say nearly, so use caution.  
Feeding Conditions: ​Birds are waiting for the warmer part of the day to move and eat.  Still feeding on alkalide, pond weed, and sal cornia.
Species and Numbers: ​I’m not sure the GWT have left, I think they have moved to the salt. Hopefully we’ll find them soon! Divers were here and number have been declining daily. Still a lot of pintail in the area as well as gads, wigeon, and mallards.
Migrations:  I don’t feel we’ve had an increase in numbers, I think they have been more concentrated with the ice. Swans are departing and divers are leaving with them.
Season Stage: ​Just over a month left.
Hunting Report: ​Find water, find ducks! Been good for the guys that are getting after it.

Name: Chad Yamane​
Date: 12/11/2017
Location: Layton, Utah
Weather: COLD. We have been having overnight lows in the upper teens and not getting above 40 in the days. With that we have a strong inversion which makes it feel even colder as the sun cannot penetrate through that layer.
Snow Cover: No valley snow cover. The higher mountains have a couple feet is all.
Water Conditions: A lot of our water is now frozen.
Feeding Conditions: Look for birds to move into feeding areas mid-afternoon as the ice is melting.
Species and Numbers: Pintails, green-winged teal, wigeon, gadwalls, divers and swans are abundant.
Migrations: We have pushed a lot of our birds south with no new push of birds.
Season Stage: We are about midway through the general season.
Hunting Report: If you found open water this past week hunting was very good. Continue to find open water and have a great hunt.
Gossip: Now is when most hunters start to hang up their waders. Get out there, find water and shoot a pile!

Name: Travis Lyle
Date: 12/11/17
Location: Fernley, NV
Weather: Got a cool down this week.  We’ll be in the teens for a low.  Finally!!
Snow Cover: The upper elevations received some snow but nothing down low. Got a few fresh inches up on top over weekend.
Water Conditions: Lots more water out there. Most areas are full or close to it.  Rivers have slowed down a bit but still have water. Areas that haven’t had water in years are full now. 
Feeding Conditions: Should have plenty of food in hunting areas. There’s a lot of corn and some areas have sego and bulrush.
Species and Numbers: Still have spoons, teal, and more widgeons have shown up. Gads showed up in good numbers as well.  More snow geese now and the swans moved in. Mallards are showing up, but not in big numbers yet. More honkers out as well.
Migrations: Saw lots of wigeons, gads, and teal this weekend with swans moving in as well. There are more mallards and pintails. Snow geese are showing up in some areas.
Season Stage: It’s on now fella’s. Running till January. 
Hunting Report: Hoping this cooler weather will get the birds moving. 
Gossip: Birds are holding till dark. Wind helps but not much forecasted.

Name: David Harper
Date: 12/11/2017
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Weather: Daytime temperatures around 65 and sunshine in the valley. Cooler at the refuges and WMA’s. Lows at those locations near freezing at night. 
Snow Cover: None anywhere. 
Water Conditions: Water is still plentiful and open in all locations. 
Feeding Conditions: Ponds in the area are looking good for feed as well as grain fields and pastures still have food available.
Species and Numbers: Good numbers of green-winged teal, pintails, and divers in the area. 
Migrations: Getting trickles of new birds in every day. 
Season Stage: About 6 weeks left to go. 
Hunting Report: Hunting is getting better and better so get out and get after it. 
Gossip: Put in the time and the birds are yours. 


Name: Adam Frick
Date: 12/11/2017
Location: Yankton, SD
Weather: Mild temperatures forecasted all week with highs in the upper 30’s to upper 40’s and lows only dipping down into the mid 20’s to mid-30’s. Forecast calling for a little precipitation (rain) this Tuesday, but overall dry.  
Snow Cover: Very little snow left other then what was drifted along roads and fence lines. Snow should be gone by mid-week.
Water Conditions: Small ponds are frozen over, however temperatures and wind may partially open them back up if they are as advertised for the rest of the week. Boat ramps and the Missouri river remain open with little icing seen over the past weekend.
Feeding Conditions: Picked corn fields are getting hit with feeding waterfowl, and there is certainly no shortage of food to find with no snow cover.
Species and Numbers: Mostly mallards, snow, and Canada geese remain here with fewer and fewer numbers of other species hanging around.
Migrations: Many flocks of migrating snow and Canada geese arrived over the weekend.
Season Stage: Late. Duck season ends December 26th.
Hunting Report: Hunting pressure and success rates both picking up in and along the river, with lower pressure reported for field hunting.
Gossip:  One of the few years the boat ramps have stayed open enough to launch boats this late into the season. Numbers of birds finally making it here from the northern part of the state. With milder temperatures forecasted, expect hunting pressure to remain high, but provide good opportunities into the end of the season.

Name: Carter Klatt
Date: 12/10/2017
Location: Vermillion, SD
Weather: Temperatures are above normal for the week and are predicted in the 40’s with lows in the upper 20’s to low 30’s for the week.  Some northern winds are expected.
Snow Cover: Small patches here and there but most has either melted of blown off.
Water Conditions: Rivers are still open. Most of the big bodies of water and sloughs up north froze last weekend. Be careful while walking on ice with warmer temperatures this week.
Feeding Conditions: Birds have been feeding later in the day and 
going into harvested grain fields.
Species and Numbers: Still decent numbers of mallards and snows along the river. Resident honkers in average numbers as well.  
Migrations: Had some birds push out especially after the cold last week. Still a few small pockets of snows up near Brookings.
Season Stage: Late season
Hunting Report: Groups having some success hunting along the river as well as in grain fields. Breaking open ice holes in small sloughs has been great for us as of recently.
Gossip: Be careful on the ice this week with higher than normal temperatures. No bird or fish is worth a man or dog’s life. Stay safe and have fun!

Name: Nicholas Ballard
Date: 12/11/2017
Location: Niobrara, Nebraska
Weather: Colder temperatures around 32° to 40° during the day at night temps dropping into the teens.
Snow Cover: Very light snow cover.
Water Conditions: 26° with clear water.
Feeding Conditions: Plenty of corn on the ground and still corn to be harvested.
Species and Numbers: Fair amounts of Canadas, no new duck movement at all.
Migrations: Haven’t seen any sign of bird movement with the colder temperatures. You would think that birds will start moving but I do believe that they might have flew over on the 60 mile an hour wind days and clear skies at night with full moon
Season Stage: Just keep hunting hard and the birds will show up one of these days.
Hunting Report: Hunting’s been really rough over the last month hoping that this cold front will push in more birds. I’ve heard a few good reports from Kansas so I’ll be heading down there in the next three weeks.
Gossip: Nothing at this time.

Name: Cody Bower
Date: 12/11/2017
Location: Lawton, Oklahoma
Weather: Thursday- Saturday morning we finally had some colder weather with a low of 21 degrees and got the opportunity to crack the ice on the ducks. Sunday-Monday it was in the 70’s so the weather has been inconsistent. Winds were in spurts of 5-15 mph. from the north.
Snow Cover: None at this time.
Water Conditions: Smaller area waters are frozen and they would refreeze if not deep enough. Weather started to heat up and the ice was only applicable Saturday, with little ice in the morning Sunday. Wind was 5-15 all weekend so water was calm in the small pockets and cuts in the middle of the trees.
Feeding Conditions: Ducks and geese are both using fields heavily now and with the weather usually through the mid-morning to late afternoon. Geese are all over with a few specks and snows in the mix as well.
Species and Numbers: Large numbers of most every species of duck can be found now along the Red River and surrounding wildlife management areas of the southwest of Oklahoma.
Migrations: There are a lot of new birds in the area and they continued to move in Friday-Saturday. Sunday some of the birds pushed out but there was a lot of new activity and new birds.
Season Stage: About five weeks left for ducks and Canada geese.
Hunting Report: Scout before you go out, a lot of people excited to get out after the split and had great weather for some birds to push in. Getting the cuts in the trees of the open water areas, giving the bigger birds some more confidence coming into the spread.
Gossip: Decent number of limits were shot this weekend, especially on Saturday with the new influx of birds.


Name: Rick Turch 
Date: 12-10-2017
Location: Saint Cloud, Minnesota
Weather: Cold this past week.
Snow Cover: None
Water Conditions: If not frozen they are trying to but it's been windy.
Feeding Conditions: Frozen
Species and Numbers: A lot of geese around.
Migrations: A lot of geese in the area.
Hunting Report: I am surprised the geese stuck out this cold week. I thought many would move on but over the weekend there seemed to still be piles of geese in the area. Of course, this time of year the geese don’t get in a routine. It pays to stay in the blind all day when it gets late in the season!

Name: Will Harvey
Date: 12/11/17
Location: Glenwood, MN
Weather: Slightly above average temps. 
Snow Cover: Around 1”
Water Conditions: Mostly frozen. Some ponds and lakes opened up last week and seem to be staying open despite well below freezing temps last week. Really weird.
Feeding Conditions: Great, fields are out, lots didn’t get tilled and hardly any snow to bury the feed.
Species and Numbers: Still plenty of geese around, with the temps in the forecast they’ll probably be here for a while.
Migrations: A trickle of geese coming south as water freezes up north of us, but the big push is done here.
Season Stage: Late, goose only.
Hunting Report: The only thing I did any hunting for this weekend was to hunt down a few walleyes on early ice. From what I heard, geese still aren’t going out to feed until almost the end of legal shooting time. Needs to get colder and a little more snow!

Name: Richard Shamla
Date: 12/11/17
Location: Clara City, MN
Weather: Overcast and windy with highs just above freezing and lows in the 20's.
Snow Cover: No measurable amount of snow on the ground.
Water Conditions: Most water is frozen except rivers and a few small pockets on large bodies of water.
Feeding Conditions: Waterfowl are feeding in harvested corn fields.
Species and Numbers: Good numbers of Canada geese and mallards still exist in the area.
Migrations: We lost some birds with the cold. Canada geese numbers are still good.
Season Stage: Late goose season. Duck season is closed.
Hunting Report: Limits of Canada geese are being taken by those still hunting. The cold windy weather helped the geese decoy better.
Gossip: Enough ice has formed for foot traffic to start ice fishing.

Name: Gerry Mazur
Date: December 12, 2017 
Location: Toledo, Ohio
Weather: Cold with flurries but a storm front coming across Lake Michigan will move into northwest Ohio Wednesday afternoon and into Thursday bringing up to 4 inches of snow.
Snow Cover: Varies from several inches to the north from Detroit to just a dusting across the state border for now.  
Water Conditions: Open water on the Bay and Lake but along the shore is now locked up with ice from the west winds and freezing night temps.
Feeding Conditions: Good grass and food source everywhere, but birds are feeding in the city. No need to go anywhere else.
Species and Numbers: Canada geese are bunching up with a few ducks mixed in with them. Maumee River holding some ducks but they are in the Metropark. 
Migrations: Waiting and waiting and waiting.  
Season Stage: Ohio is open along the lake until the 24th. 
Hunting Report: You can hardly find anyone hunting let alone bagging. 

Name: Carter Klatt
Date: 12/10/2017
Location: Sioux City, IA
Weather: Temperatures are above normal for the week and are predicted in the upper 40’s with lows in the upper 20’s to low 30’s for the week. Some northern winds are expected.
Snow Cover: None, all the snow that we had has melted off.
Water Conditions: River is open and free of ice. Most potholes are iced over.
Feeding Conditions: Birds have been feeding later in the day and 
going into harvested grain fields.
Species and Numbers: Snows high up and headed south. Decent numbers of mallards and honker pockets spread up and down the river. Decatur and DeSoto are both holding nice numbers of birds.  
Migrations: Have had some mallards and dark geese push into the area along the river.  Snows are high flying and headed south.
Season Stage: Late season. North zone closed for ducks, south zone closes on the 14th and Missouri zone closes next weekend. Goose season extends into January for all zones.
Hunting Report: Hunters having good luck shooting honkers up and down the river and in the area in general. Geese fed after sunset yesterday and might continue to do so with warmer temperatures this week.
Gossip: Nothing at this time.

Name: Kip Strickland
Date: 12/11/17
Location: Baxter, Iowa
Weather: Cooler, windy from the NW the last several days.
Snow Cover: None
Water Conditions: Partially frozen areas, shallow water is frozen unless it has current.
Feeding Conditions: Good
Species and Numbers: Good numbers of Canada geese to hunt, as well as mallards in the south zone.
Migrations: We have had some bird movement the past week with major cold weather moving in last week. 
Season Stage: Late season for ducks, south zone closes this Thursday the 14th. Goose is still in mid-season stage.
Hunting Report: Hunters are having success in dry fields due to the colder weather and frozen areas congregating birds on open water.
Gossip: As in most years, the mallards show up in Iowa with only a week left to hunt them…die-hard hunters still wish for a later season date.

Name: Kory Pohlman
Date: 12/10/17
Location: Des Moines, IA
Weather: Sunny 32 degrees, NW wind.
Snow Cover: N/A
Water Conditions: Most of the water is locking up.
Feeding Conditions: Plenty of corn available.
Species and Numbers: Increasing mallard numbers as well as Canada geese
Migrations: Birds moving with every front.
Season Stage: Late
Hunting Report: New ducks are finally dry feeding in the cornfields during shooting hours.  
Gossip: Nothing at this time.

Name: Brett McMains
Date: December 12, 2017
Location: Missouri Valley, Iowa
Weather: Temperatures have been in the 10-20’s overnight. Temperatures during the day range from 30-40 degrees.
Snow Cover: No snow yet.
Water Conditions: Good. Small ponds are iced over. Birds are keeping some areas open.
Feeding Conditions: Most of the crops are picked and conditions are good. Farmers are plowing some fields, making it hard to hide in some places. Birds are feeding once a day.
Species and Numbers: Over the weekend, a nice number of ducks were in the area.  Fair amounts of Canadas were in the area as well. 
Migrations: A good number of ducks and geese remain in the area. Over the weekend a lot of snow geese were migrating. 
Season Stage: One week left of duck season depending on zone. Dark geese are open until middle of January for our zones.
Hunting Report: A lot of birds staying on the Desoto Bend Refuge. Birds are still flying after shooting hours if it is a clear day. If it is cloudy, the birds will leave the refuge a little earlier to feed.
Gossip: A lot of hunters are having the same issues with birds feeding after shooting hours. This upcoming weekend is the last weekend for ducks in our zone and we have only seen the tip of the migration. 

Name: Justin Bomia
Date: 12-12-2017
Location: Onslow, Iowa
Weather: Cold, low temps and northwest winds the last few days, slight warm up coming at the end of the week.
Snow Cover: Trace of snow to the north.  
Water Conditions: Most small bodies of water are frozen; rivers remain open with a little bit of chunk ice.  
Feeding Conditions: Feeding conditions remain good in the area.
Species and Numbers: Mostly mallards and geese present in fair numbers.
Migrations: Few new northern mallards to the area with the cold front.
Season Stage: North zone is closed with a few days remaining in the south zone.
Hunting Report: None
Gossip: None

Name: Shaun Patrick
Date: 12-12-17
Location: Troy, MO
Weather: Highs in the 30’s lows in the 20’s.
Snow Cover: N/A
Water Conditions: Shallower waters are beginning to freeze.
Feeding Conditions: Good
Species and Numbers: Still good amounts of birds in the area but we have lost quite a few after last week’s cold snap.
Migrations: We haven’t seen a noticeable push of birds in several weeks.
Season Stage: Mid-Season
Hunting Report: Hunting in the area has been very tough. Birds are concentrated in certain areas. There are some places that are having some good hunts but it’s been somewhat sporadic.
Gossip: The big cold front last week failed to move large amounts of birds into the area, but it did break them from their nocturnal pattern a little bit.

Name: Hunter Parrish
Date: December 12, 2017
Location: Chillicothe, MO
Weather: Cold! Finally got the temps we normally have this time of year. Warmer weather coming again though.
Snow Cover: None
Water Conditions: Very good. Even with almost no rain this season the levels have stayed strong. Had ice Friday thru Sunday. Got warm Sunday afternoon and yesterday and it opened most water back up.
Feeding Conditions: Good. Saw ducks starting to hit some cornfields.
Species and Numbers: Numbers have dropped significantly. Over the last two weeks we had one refuge lose 85+ thousand ducks. Full moon hurt us then the cold front must have pushed them out.
Migrations: None have come in, most have left. Got to think there are still some north of us, just not sure how many.
Season Stage: Mid to late season in north zone. Roughly 3 weeks of season left.
Hunting Report: Not much success for most people out there.
Gossip: Most thought last week would be really good with the cold temps and bitter cold up north. Didn’t turn out that way. This season has been one of our top seasons regardless of how these last few weeks turn out.

Name: Trapper Padgett     
Date: 12/12/17
Location: Lonoke, AR
Weather: Sunny, windy, cold, lows in 30-20’s and highs 40-50’s.
Snow Cover: N/A
Water Conditions: Once again the water levels are extremely low. No rain in the 15-day forecast and what water we did receive back a few days ago is dried out and gone.
Feeding Conditions: Feeding conditions are great in dry fields and in flooded fields. Not much water in green timber, but what does have water there’s a great source of food. Hopefully if rain comes we will only increase feed areas in the state.
Species and Numbers: Lots of snow and specks in the state, ducks are around I’d say below average numbers across the board on species.
Migrations: Had a cold front move in the state back end of last week. Will have another move through tonight so we should see new birds with it but not much water to hold them. What water there is will hunted not leaving many resting areas for them to go.
Season Stage: We are in the second season of ducks and geese are wide open.
Hunting Report: Goose hunting has been excellent because of all the food and areas for them to go. Duck hunting has been good on private but public is only fair.
Gossip: Lots of folks will be sleeping in or will try to goose hunt with conditions the way they are. Not much relief with water issue. If something doesn’t change it will be one of the worst seasons I’ve ever seen.

Name: Cody Grisanti
Date: 12/11/2017
Location: Wynne, AR
Weather: Low’s in mid-20’s/low 30’s with the high reaching mid 50’s to 60’s. 
Snow Cover: None
Water Conditions: This is the driest I have seen Arkansas in a long time. Most fields that are pumped are slowly losing water back into the ground creating a headache for hunters that can’t afford to pump all year. L’Anguille River might as well be a dry creek.
Feeding Conditions: Most ducks are found feeding at night due to pressure. Fields are being eaten out thanks to large number of geese in the air.     
Species and Numbers: Finally, we are beginning to see large numbers of mallards, gadwall, pintail, etc.  
Migrations: The “Artic Blast” pushed a lot of birds into the area, unfortunately, due to the lack of water… every piece of water has hunters on them so we are essentially hunting late season birds in early December.
Season Stage: Middle 2nd Split. 
Hunting Report: Birds in the fields are already call shy and pit shy, most big ducks are acting like late season birds in December.
Gossip: Mississippi State football is looking promising with the hire of a new head coach and Ole Miss is squandering so I have that to look forward to next season! Hunting is slow so I look forward to a Greg & Jim’s breakfast after each morning hunt.  

Name: Brock Perry
Date: 12/11/17
Location: Stuttgart, AR
Weather: 30-70
Snow Cover: None
Water Conditions: Low, and getting lower each week with no rain. 
Feeding Conditions: Good
Species and Numbers: 200k in geese, 25k in ducks.
Migrations: None, ducks holding due to rising temps.
Season Stage: 2nd season
Hunting Report: Fair, birds that are here are highly pressured.  
Gossip: No new birds as of yet.

Name: Ken Myers
Date: 12/10/17
Location: Dermott, Arkansas
Weather: Clear and sunny and low 30 degrees. Wind from 1-2 out of the SW.
Snow Cover: None
Water Conditions: Minimal water in fields due to drought.
Feeding Conditions: May be low due to early geese feeding.
Species and Numbers: Very few ducks observed. Very few waterfowl at all.
Migrations: Did not observe any ducks migrating.
Season Stage: Opening weekend of second split.
Hunting Report: Hunted until 11AM with one mallard harvested.
Gossip:  Word on the street was very few ducks harvested from Jonesboro, Arkansas to south Arkansas. Even the well-known clubs had poor hunts.

Name: Chris Huckabay
Date: Dec. 7th
Location: Lake Village, Arkansas
Weather: Mid 30’s mornings -  50’s high / sunshine.
Snow Cover: None
Water Conditions: Pumped up fields – but finally had a rain come through.
Feeding Conditions: Rice stubble
Species and Numbers: Geese numbers remain very good – few mallards, gadwall, and teal.
Migrations: No migration – local birds only right now. 
Season Stage: 2nd split opener for Arkansas.
Hunting Report: Killed some geese – but duck hunting was very slow.

Name: Jay Hayter
Date: 12/11/17
Location: Lake Village, AR
Weather: 30-50s
Snow Cover: None
Water Conditions: Fields minimally flooded, rain needed.
Feeding Conditions: Good, crops out of fields.
Species and numbers: Specklebellies- fair, ducks-poor.
Migrations: None observed
Hunting report: Poor, very uncharacteristic of second split opener.
Gossip: Need rain!

Name: Devin Singleton
Date: December 11, 2017
Location: El Dorado, AR
Weather: 39 for morning low, rising to mid-50’s later in the day.
Snow Cover: None
Water Conditions: No water, no significant rainfall in the last 30 days.
Feeding Conditions: Dismal, very little water has ducks leaving the area.  
Species and Numbers: No ducks!
Migrations: None 
Season Stage: Second season opener.
Hunting Report: N/A
Gossip: Loose lips, sink ships.

Name: John Gordon
Date: 12/12/2017
Location: Chatham, MS
Weather: Cold over the weekend with lows in the upper 20’s. Temps leveling out later with clear skies.    
Snow Cover: None but it did snow to the south of us in the Jackson area.
Water Conditions: Very low, very little rain in the past few months has everything dry.
Feeding Conditions: Good, birds hitting vegetation and aquatics.
Species and Numbers: Gadwall, wood ducks, mallards, with some snows and specks around.
Migrations: Good push last week, especially on gadwall.
Season Stage: Still early, we run through the end of January.
Hunting Report: Much better hunting in the area once the gadwall arrived.
Gossip: Cowboys clinging to playoff hopes but must win out.   


Name: Robert Vellucci
Date: 12/11/2017
Location: Clinton, NJ
Weather: We received about 4 inches of snow on Saturday. Big deep freeze coming the rest of the week. 
Snow Cover: 4 inches
Water Conditions: Most small ponds are frozen. Hopefully more water bodies freeze up this week.
Feeding Conditions: Still good. 
Species and Numbers: Good numbers of geese around looking for corn with the cold weather. Ducks are still scattered.
Migrations: I saw some high snows this weekend.
Season Stage: About a month left.
Hunting Report: Duck hunting on the north zone was slow on Saturday.
Gossip: Hoping this cold snap turns the duck hunting on.

Name: Dave Weidner
Date: 12/11/17
Location: Hamilton Square, New Jersey
Weather: Seasonal
Snow Cover: 5 inches
Water Conditions: Low
Feeding Conditions: Good
Species and Numbers: Canada geese/ mallards
Migrations: None
Season Stage: Mid-season
Hunting Report: Local ponds are starting to freeze and with the coming of low double-digit temperatures this week, we should get some good ice.  Not many out this past week as it was gun season for deer. Coastal hunts yielded black ducks, brant, and few mallards.
Gossip: Hoping for a great December!

Name: Sean M. Fritzges 
Date: 11 December 2017    
Location: Abingdon, Maryland 
Weather: Cool with the first snow storm for this year on Saturday. Approx. 5” fell in our region. 
Snow Cover: 5” with not much lingering over the weekend. 
Water Conditions: Chesapeake Bay tide levels normal.
Feeding Conditions: Geese feeding in corn and soybean fields.
Species and Numbers: Numbers are increasing as colder temps push through the northern states. 
Migrations: Geese steadily arriving, numbers are good.
Season Stage: 15 December starts second split of the ladder season.
Hunting Report: Deer firearms season is finally over!!! Everyone looking forward to goose opener this Friday 15th. 

Name: Kenny Gray
Date: December 11, 2017
Location: Chestertown, MD
Weather: A winter storm over the weekend produced are first snow fall of the year, but after 2 days in the low 40’s most of the snow is gone. Another cold front scheduled to push through later this week.
Snow Cover: Spotty coverage, but most of the event from over the weekend is gone.
Water Conditions: Water levels are average.
Feeding Conditions: Geese are feeding on cut corn and soybeans. Ducks are feeding in flooded impoundments throughout the area. 
Species and Numbers: Dark goose numbers are steady and duck numbers appear to be increasing. 
Migrations: No new migrations this past week, although birds appear to be more concentrated than normal this time of year.
Season Stage: Except for sea ducks and snow geese, Maryland’s waterfowl seasons are currently closed.  Seasons reopen on Friday.
Hunting Report: Season re-opens on Friday, hopes are high.    

Name: Jeffrey Kreit
Date: 12/11/17
Location: Baltimore, MD
Weather: Cold. Lows it teens highs in the 40’s.
Snow Cover: 1 to 7 in
Water Conditions: Dry
Feeding Conditions: Geese are hitting corn fields.
Species and Numbers: More geese in the last week.
Migrations: Some new birds.
Season Stage: Duck opening tomorrow, geese on Friday.
Hunting Report: We will see on Friday.

Name: Marshall Starkey
Date: 12/11/17
Location: Essex, MD
Weather: Highs in the 30’s after Tuesday is our first sustained cold weather this year.
Snow Cover: A winter event from the weekend left most of the state with at least an inch or two.
Water Conditions: Probably about average for the year.
Feeding Conditions: Cut agricultural fields.
Species and Numbers: Canada goose numbers seem average to maybe a little below for this point of the year.
Migrations: With steady north winds this week I expect to see a big push of new birds.
Season Stage: Duck season opens 12/12 and the last split of AP goose begins 12/15.
Hunting Report: Deer firearms season just wrapped up and the best part of waterfowl season should be starting.
Gossip: This is the time of year we all wait for!!

Name: Bryn Witmier
Date: 12/12/2017
Location: Strausstown, PA
Weather: Cold and snowy. Big deep freeze coming this week.
Snow Cover: 2 inches over the weekend that has all but melted.
Water Conditions: Most small waters are freezing overnight and half melting during the day. I think most will lock solid this week.
Feeding Conditions: Good. Still some crops to be harvested.
Species and Numbers: Goose numbers remain strong. Duck numbers are still low.
Migrations: Some Canadas moved in and out. Snows migrated over this past week.
Season Stage: Mid-season.
Hunting Report:  Now that deer season is over its time to concentrate on waterfowl.  This should be the best time of year to hunt,
Gossip: The big cold front we have been waiting for is here!

Name: Kevin Addy
Date: 12/11/2017
Location: Morgantown, PA
Weather: Highs in the low 50’s and lows in the upper 20’s but colder temps forecasted this week.
Snow Cover: 3” on Sat but a lot melted yesterday and most fields have exposed ground.
Water Conditions: Skim ice on a lot of small shallow water.
Feeding Conditions: Good – harvested corn, beans and cover crop field are abundant
Species and Numbers: A few more Canadas arrived but the puddle ducks are missing.
Migrations: Some snows and Canadas moved ahead of the storm.
Season Stage: AP geese open on Dec 16. Ducks remain open until the end.
Hunting Report: Ducks have been slow.
Gossip: Everyone is hoping this cold front pushes some ducks in to the area.