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Migration Reports Season Summary
For the season of 2017-2018


Canada:

Name: Mike Hungle
Location: Regina, Saskatchewan
Notable Weather Changes/Differences This Season: Much drier and warmer than last season.
Winter Snow Summary: Virtually next to none. There was some snowfall in early November. That snow had melted and now there isn’t much more than a skiff in most areas around Regina.
Season Water Conditions: Poor
Overall Feeding Conditions: Very good – lots of areas to feed.
Duck Numbers Compared to Previous Years: Local numbers were lower due to dry conditions and most migrators from the north skipped over this area of the province and migrated south when the weather turned nasty.
Goose Numbers Compared to Previous Years: Local honker numbers were average as these birds were able to nest and hatch goslings before the water started to dry up. Also, many birds utilized the local lake as a brooding area. Most migrators from the north skipped over this area of the province and migrated south when the weather turned nasty.
Notable Duck Migrations: Poor
Notable Goose Migrations: Poor
Overall Hunting Report: The hunting for dark geese and ducks in my area was much slower this year than previous seasons. There were some opportunities for white geese mid-season but even those opportunities were not as good as previous years. We have had very little snow this fall and winter. Hopefully we get moisture soon.

Name: Angelo Casbarro
Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Notable Weather Changes/Differences This Season: This fall and early winter were particularly mild. Towards the end of December, we had a period of two weeks where the temperatures dropped well below record settings.
Winter Snow Summary: Snow cover was practically non-existent until the end of December.
Season Water Conditions: Most water was open until the deep freeze we had experienced towards the end of December.
Overall Feeding Conditions: All crops aside from corn were harvested by the end of November. Corn was standing until December and some areas are just harvesting their corn crops now.
Duck Numbers Compared to Previous Years: Duck numbers were higher than average this season.
Goose Numbers Compared to Previous Years: Much like previous seasons, goose numbers were plentiful this year.
Notable Duck Migrations: Duck migrations in the area were similar to last year, peaking mid-November.
Notable Goose Migrations: Goose migrations in the area were similar to last year, peaking early-November.
Overall Hunting Report: Hunters were able to take advantage of above average duck and goose numbers in the area.  Resident populations of geese remain high, which is advantageous to hunters looking to take advantage of the long waterfowl season.

Name: Brody Edmondson
Location: Winnipeg MB
Notable Weather Changes/Differences This Season: Was a fairly normal season until late mid-October when the weather turned unreasonable cold. It froze everything for 2 weeks straight, about a month early.
Winter Snow Summary: Very early snow at the end of Oct.
Season Water Conditions: Overall similar and decent.
Overall Feeding Conditions: Lots of crop and a great mid-season corn harvest.
Duck Numbers Compared to Previous Years: 80% down in our area due to them getting pushed south right past us when the cold weather hit.  
Goose Numbers Compared to Previous Years: Similar, great early season population. 
Notable Duck Migrations: One week hit or miss migration 3rd week to end of October.
Notable Goose Migrations: Fairly drawn out like always but the mid-season brought in fresh birds pretty much every other day.  
Overall Hunting Report: Geese were in fire but was my worst year for hunting ducks in 15 years. 

Pacific:

Name: Kent Contreras
Location: Newport, WA.
Notable Weather Changes/Differences This Season: Weather was warmer for the most part of the season with only one real cold snap at the end of December and early January. Snowfall was average and stayed on the valley floor for the months of December and January. No real dramatic changes except for the higher than normal temperatures.
Winter Snow Summary: Early snowfall came at the end of October blanketing the valley floor with up to a foot in places. This early snow melted off by the middle of November. Snow returned in December and stayed for the remainder of the season.
Season Water Conditions: River levels fluctuated pretty much on a daily basis with the local dams releasing or holding water back. There was never a consistent level through the whole season. Ponds, sloughs, and lakes froze up early in December and never really opened up enough to hunt the rest of the year.
Overall Feeding Conditions: Birds used fields and shallow waters to feed until the snow pushed them to the river; a typical cycle in the valley. Feeding conditions remained good through the whole year, as the birds would move to the river or open areas as they became available.
Duck Numbers Compared to Previous Years: Early season was good but the numbers dropped below average in November and for the remainder of the season.
Goose Numbers Compared to Previous Years: Goose numbers remained at average numbers through the whole year
Notable Duck Migrations: The best migrations occurred in middle November and late January.
Notable Goose Migrations: Late December there was a good push of birds to the area, other than that the goose numbers stayed pretty much at average.
Overall Hunting Report: Not a banner year but hunting was steady with birds being harvested on every hunt. Personal numbers were down from previous years but still beats not hunting at all!

Name: Allen Riggs
Location: Elk, WA
Notable Weather Changes/Differences This Season: The winter has been warmer than past winters. There was more snow this year, but it didn’t last long due to the warm temperatures and rain.
Winter Snow Summary:  Good amounts of snow fell, it just didn’t stick with the warm temperatures and rain.
Season Water Conditions: Water levels in the Pend Oreille River varied greatly this season. The Army Corp of Engineers lowered and raised the levels often, making set ups and hunting challenging at times.
Overall Feeding Conditions: Birds had good field feeding for much of the season. At times it snowed heavily, however, warm temperatures and rain helped decrease snow levels in the fields, which allowed the birds to feed.
Duck Numbers Compared to Previous Years: Puddle duck numbers were about average.
Goose Numbers Compared to Previous Years: Canada goose numbers were a little higher than years past.
Notable Duck Migrations: Diving ducks began migrating in towards the end of December.
Notable Goose Migrations: Canada geese migrated in throughout the season, with most showing up in November and December.
Overall Hunting Report: Hunting was good this year. Many hunters were happy with mixed bag limits. The Canada geese were a challenge, but perseverance paid off for those who stuck with the grind.

Name: Jared Shepard
Location: Wenatchee, WA
Notable Weather Changes/Differences This Season: This season was a lot warmer than last season. It didn’t seem as if there was as much weather to the north of us pushing birds down. Unfortunately, the same weather pushing birds down hit our region too, causing many of the birds to continue moving.
Winter Snow Summary: We received a lot more rain and rain/snow mix this year than last year. Despite this, the majority of the birds here in the valley continued to feed mainly inside the city limits where they couldn’t be hunted.
Season Water Conditions: The Columbia was flowing well with no ice or slush but the water level was low compared to last year. Hunting from the bank was made difficult due to the low water levels most of the season.
Overall Feeding Conditions: Feeding conditions for the few birds we had were great, however, there aren’t many crops raised here in the valley other than fruit so their main diet was grass, mostly obtained from city parks and empty lots.
Duck Numbers Compared to Previous Years: Duck numbers were very low compared to last year. See above.
Goose Numbers Compared to Previous Years: Goose numbers were also very low compared to last year. See above.
Notable Duck Migrations: There was really only one noteworthy duck migration that comes to mind. This push occurred mid-season and brought a bunch of ducks that left almost immediately with the snow that followed. The one big push of birds was followed by the largest snowstorm of the season.
Notable Goose Migrations: Geese started arriving early this year and offered a promise of birds that fell far short of hopes. Geese came and went, only spending a few days here before leaving. Most of the birds for the majority of season were locals that know the safe zone boundaries.
Overall Hunting Report: Overall, waterfowl hunting here in the valley this season was lackluster. New birds came, and left just about as fast. We never did see the big flocks of wigeon this area is known for and the large rafts of divers usually seen mid river were absent. Most hunters here were starved for birds and forced to travel north or southeast for good hunts on or off the river.

Name: Tailor Sponcey
Location: Twin Falls, ID
Notable Weather Changes/Differences This Season: Very few weather events this season and very mild temperatures. This season was far above average for temperatures.
Winter Snow Summary: There was never more than an inch of snow accumulation for more than a couple days.
Season Water Conditions: River ran too high to hunt for the last 3 months of the season.
Overall Feeding Conditions: Good number of feed fields this year but river was too high and swift to allow birds to feed on.
Duck Numbers Compared to Previous Years: Average
Goose Numbers Compared to Previous Years: Average
Notable Duck Migrations: Had an earlier than normal push of mallards in mid-November.
Notable Goose Migrations: Most geese showed up at normal times during December.
Overall Hunting Report: Hunting this year was very tough and slow at most times. River hunting was nonexistent so opportunity was limited as well.

Name: Travis Madden
Location: Lehi, UT
Notable Weather Changes/Differences This Season: Unseasonably warm winter overall.
Winter Snow Summary:  Not much at all. Only 3 snow storms this winter.
Season Water Conditions: Water conditions were great due to last year’s snow pack
Overall Feeding Conditions: Feeding conditions were good as well due to the great water we had from last year’s snow pack.
Duck Numbers Compared to Previous Years: I would say more ducks this year than last year.
Goose Numbers Compared to Previous Years: Comparable to last year.
Notable Duck Migrations: Nothing notable due to the warm weather.
Notable Goose Migrations: Nothing notable due to the warm weather.
Overall Hunting Report: Hunting was good this year. Started off strong, birds got stale after a few weeks of being chased and no new birds due to nice weather.

Name: Chad Yamane
Location: Layton, Utah
Notable Weather Changes/Differences This Season: Utah had a very mild fall and winter. We have received very little snowfall this winter. We kept more birds all winter long than any winter I can ever remember. A lot of birds did not migrate and stayed here in Utah.
Winter Snow Summary: Very little snowfall. We are at about 80% here in northern Utah and the further south you go the bleaker our average snow pack is.
Season Water Conditions: Last year’s snow pack and wet spring made for great water conditions. The Great Salt Lake rose several feet this past spring and the marshes surrounding it were in great condition.
Overall Feeding Conditions: Great water conditions equal great feed.
Duck Numbers Compared to Previous Years: Locally we raised and kept birds here all season. At times we had good migrations of divers and some puddlers but most puddle ducks seemed to stay north this year.
Goose Numbers Compared to Previous Years: Canada goose numbers here locally did really well and hunters had a higher than usual success rate. In Canada this year we saw a huge number of juvenile snow geese, spring hunters should see great success.
Notable Duck Migrations: I don’t recall any big pushes of birds.
Notable Goose Migrations: This past week I have seen a huge push of migrating geese headed back north.
Overall Hunting Report: Hunting this year was great. We had success most days and spent very few looking at empty skies. The last time we had the water and the birds like this was 2012-13 season which was amazing. This year was nothing short of great!

Name: Gene Carter
Location: Yuba City, California
Notable Weather Changes/Differences This Season: December was very warm and no weather systems for that month, no rain fall in December.
Winter Snow Summary: No snow.
Season Water Conditions: Water conditions where good all year long.
Overall Feeding Conditions: Plenty of open rice fields in the areas that I hunt, overall feed was normal.
Duck Numbers Compared to Previous Years: The fall migration was a good 6 weeks off, or behind. A fair amount of ducks moved in starting December 29th. Very few widgeon … our normal widgeon harvest for December is over 100 birds (our blind), this year less than 20.
Goose Numbers Compared to Previous Years: Goose numbers, especially specks, seemed very high since the first part of the season. Seemed like we had a lot of young birds early in the season. Snow geese seemed about normal.  
Notable Duck Migrations: At least 6 weeks behind normal.
Notable Goose Migrations: Very strong all year.
Overall Hunting Report: Though the season was off from past years my overall season was very good, (hit the hunt days right).

Name: Jacob Emerling
Location: Martinez, California
Notable Weather Changes /Differences This Season: Started to see south winds later than usual. Typically, south wind in my area brings more birds in. We had a predominantly north wind this year. Also had more fog than past years.
Winter Snow Summary: N/A
Season Water Conditions: Water conditions were good all season.
Overall Feeding Conditions: Feeding conditions were the same as past years. Rice and corn harvest wear the same.
Duck Numbers Compared to Previous Years: Mallard numbers were great however I did see a lack of migrating wigeon, sprig, and teal.
Goose Numbers Compared to Previous Years: The geese seem to be around two to three weeks late this year. It starts with the Aleutians, then specks and then the snows come down. I noticed the Aleutians are hanging around a little later than usual. The goose numbers were strong.
Notable Duck Migrations: Pintails, wigeon, and teal are here heavy now.
Notable Goose Migrations: Some Aleutians are still here. Specks and snows are here heavy.
Overall Hunting Report: Hunting was very good, even with thick fog days the birds still came in nicely.

Name: Travis Lyle  
Location: Fernley, NV
Notable Weather Changes/Differences This Season:  We had a lot less winter weather this season, very few ducky days. Most days were sunny with very little wind. No snow days to speak of.  Last year we had the wettest winter in recorded history. This year is below average.  
Winter Snow Summary: Below average right now. Not even close to last season. 
Season Water Conditions: Places had water that haven’t in 20 years. Most areas were full or overflowing. Some ducks never saw a human all season long.
Overall Feeding Conditions: Lots of corn and better wild growth of bulrush, wigeon grass, and sego. Helped to keep the ducks around for most of the season.
Duck Numbers Compared to Previous Years: Still had good amount of wigeon, gadwalls, and teal. Mallards showed up late in the year.
Goose Numbers Compared to Previous Years: Normal year on the honkers, but the snows really never showed up in force.  It was kind of a slow year for geese.
Notable Duck Migrations: Had ducks all season, but with so much water they stayed in areas that were not accessible to hunt.
Notable Goose Migrations: Goose hunting was about the same. Snows were a little slower this year. 
Overall Hunting Report: Tons of hunters started off the season with high hopes only to be let down with the closure of some areas and water distribution in others. If you played your cards right you should have had a great season.  Last thoughts on this season: “Fella’s you don’t always have to pass shoot.  Scout and hunt where the birds are, and use hunter’s etiquette”.

Name: David Harper
Location: Las Vegas, NV
Notable Weather Changes/Differences This Season: Record dry streak of 112 days without rainfall in the valley. Record high temperatures as well.
Winter Snow Summary: Very little snow
Season Water Conditions: Water in the refuge and WMA areas remained good all season despite a record run with no rain.
Overall Feed Conditions: With mild temps all winter, feed remained abundant both in the water and on dry land. 
Duck Numbers Compared to Previous Years: Average numbers.
Goose Numbers Compared to Previous Years: Average numbers 
Notable Duck Migrations: Mid-season we had one good push of ducks.
Notable Goose Migrations: No large pushes of geese.
Overall Hunting Report: Moderate success for most hunters in valley this year. Though with the weather we experienced this winter, not too bad. 

Central:

Name: Carter Klatt
Location: Sioux Falls, SD
Notable Weather Changes/Differences This Season: Relatively mild temperatures for a majority of the season.  Had a noticeable cold snap around late October then a warm up and another cold snap late November which locked up a lot of the water.
Winter Snow Summary: Most of the eastern part of the state was snow free until the last few weekends in December where there was 2-6 inches.  A lot of snow has melted off with the recent temperatures being in the 30’s and 40’s but Sioux Falls did receive some snow Saturday night.
Season Water Conditions: In the southern half of eastern SD there was plenty of water throughout the entire year. Areas around Lake Poinsett received some late rainfalls and provided excellent hunting in flooded fields.  Water seemed to be open slightly longer this season than normal.
Overall Feeding Conditions: Wet field conditions delayed harvest a bit from normal times this season but once the crops were out birds were all over them.  Shot birds over numerous types of grain including wheat, beans and corn as well as an alfalfa field.
Duck Numbers Compared to Previous Years: We saw more ducks total this year than in previous years, especially pintail.  Previous years seem to have offered larger concentrations as the ducks migrated on a timelier fashion.
Goose Numbers Compared to Previous Years: Goose numbers appeared to be about the same as past years.
Notable Duck Migrations: Due to the mild weather, we never had extremely large concentrations of birds like normal but it seemed like every week or two a noticeable push of birds would move in and keep things fresh.
Notable Goose Migrations: Geese seemed to migrate normally and had steady pushes throughout the fall. The Pierre area was holding a larger than normal amount of geese around Christmas time. The Sioux Falls area has decent numbers of birds right now.
Overall Hunting Report: 2017-18 was a banner year for us. Lots of water in our normal hunting areas as well as small but steady pushes of birds provided excellent opportunities for our group. We primarily focused on mallards while hunting in small groups (2-4 guys) throughout the season and we had constant success; like always, scouting was key for us. New season dates and limits for certain birds are expected for the 2018-19 season. Good luck to everyone chasing spring snows and here is to a great season!

Name: Adam Frick
Location: Yankton, SD
Notable Weather Changes/Differences This Season: Weather stayed warmer through the end of the season creating opportunities into the end of the season on the river not seen in past years.
Winter Snow Summary: Normal
Season Water Conditions: Boat ramps stayed open through the end of the season creating opportunities for hunting.
Overall Feeding Conditions: Large numbers of geese and ducks were dealt nice feeding conditions with little to no snow cover through the end of the season.
Duck Numbers Compared to Previous Years: Average 
Goose Numbers Compared to Previous Years: Average
Notable Duck Migrations: Larger than normal numbers of pintails was seen this year.
Notable Goose Migrations: Snow goose staging continues to get larger each year.
Overall Hunting Report: Overall hunting was good. Larger than normal numbers of pintails were a good sign and it looks like limits on those are going up next season. Next season dates for this area will open a couple weeks later, and run into the first part of 2019, something not seen around here before for ducks. River hunters will face challenges if boat ramps freeze over early, while it may provide more opportunities for field hunters to shoot ducks into 2019 as they make their migration south. Many hunters in the area have been finding the past few years that the ducks hold north of here later each year, and the hope is the extension of the season will provide more opportunities when the large majority of ducks are around.

Name: Kirk Steffensen
Location: Lincoln, NE
Notable Weather Changes/Differences This Season: Highly variable temperatures as temperatures were abnormally warm during the early part of the season then very cyclic. One week would barely get into the teens then the next would be in the 50’s. We had lots of rain in mid-September thought early-October then no precipitation until some snow in late-December.    
Winter Snow Summary: Very little snow during the waterfowl seasons, most of the “big” forecasted snows missed our area.
Season Water Conditions: Good water conditions in ponds and lakes but the low-laying basins were mostly dry. 
Overall Feeding Conditions: Above average, lots of corn and bean fields in the area and farmers got them picked on time but early-October rains and high winds kept farmers out of the field while knocking over corn stocks.
Duck Numbers Compared to Previous Years: Below average, I still don’t understand when ducks pushed through the area.  We had one major duck migration over us in early-November.
Goose Numbers Compared to Previous Years: Dark goose numbers seem to increase annually. City limits were holding thousands and thousands of birds.
Notable Duck Migrations: One main migration pushed lots of ducks through the area in early-November but still don’t understand when-where the mallards and divers pushed.  A lot of our big winds were northeast so I speculate ducks likely pushed into Iowa. 
Notable Goose Migrations: Similar to the duck migration but more geese hung around.  Never saw the mass snow goose migration.
Overall Hunting Report: Overall, our duck numbers were slightly down from previous years. Early teal and early brown duck numbers were good but late season mallards were well below average. Goose hunting has been average chasing them in the fields late.

Name: Bill Schaefer
Location: Grand Junction, Colorado
Notable Weather Changes/Differences This Season: This was one of the driest, most mild winters we have experienced in observable history. Much of the state is lacking significant (or normal) levels of snow accumulation. This lack of precipitation resulted in relatively dry and warm hunting conditions.
Winter Snow Summary:  Again, the majority of the state is lacking significant (or normal) levels of snow accumulation. This lack of precipitation resulted in relatively dry and warm hunting conditions and could result in severe drought conditions this coming spring/summer. 
Season Water Conditions: Most mid-sized to large bodies of standing water remained unfrozen this winter, resulting in multiple roosting/loafing opportunities for waterfowl.
Overall Feeding Conditions: With the lack of snow accumulation, there was ample availability in food sources for feeding waterfowl.
Duck Numbers Compared to Previous Years: Observed peak duck migration numbers were stable and seemed to be at average levels.       
Goose Numbers Compared to Previous Years: Observed peak goose migration numbers were consistent throughout the season but overall staging numbers seemed slightly below average.
Notable Duck Migrations: Several large “calendar migration” events of mallards were observed in mid-October, late-November, and finally in late-December. 
Notable Goose Migrations: Several significant goose migrations were observed during a full moon phase or following cold and snowy northern weather events; the most significant occurring in late-November and again in mid/late-December.
Overall Hunting Report: Hunting conditions were less than ideal given dry, windless, and relatively warm conditions across much of the state. Clear, warm, windless, sunny days made decoying birds (especially ducks) difficult. That said, warmer weather allowed many waterbodies to remain open for migrating waterfowl. Hunting was difficult on average with many pressured birds.

Name: Shane Lemons      
Location: Lone Grove, Oklahoma
Notable Weather Changes/Differences This Season: Colder than last season
Winter Snow Summary:  No snow to speak of.
Season Water Conditions: Water remained pretty consistent despite very dry conditions. Texoma started at 618.8 and ended at 616.6 which is right in line with last year.
Overall Feeding Conditions: There was less food on the flats this year because of the lack of millet.
Duck Numbers Compared to Previous Years: Duck numbers were good at the lake early in the season…we began to see a significant drop as the temps got colder my theory is the lack of a food. Guys that had those food sources tore them up.  
Goose Numbers Compared to Previous Years: Goose number remained about the same. We don’t get near the amount of geese we use to get due to the lack of row crops.
Notable Duck Migrations: Ducks migrated in early and left when temperatures took a big dive. 
Notable Goose Migrations: They migrated similar to last season, steady numbers throughout the year. 
Overall Hunting Report: Overall a pretty decent season we are up in number of birds from last year. We had the food last year we just didn’t have the birds, this year we had the birds but no food. We are totally at the mercy of water levels on the flats. If the water recedes enough the state can plant. Otherwise, you get years like this one.

Mississippi:

Name: Rick Turch 
Location: Saint Cloud, Minnesota
Notable Weather Changes/Differences This Season: Fairly typical fall…colder more than usual toward the end of duck season. Not much snow during the late goose hunt.
Winter Snow Summary: Snowfall below average.
Season Water Conditions: Pretty wet fall and water conditions were high.
Overall Feeding Conditions: Wet
Duck Numbers Compared to Previous Years: More ducks around than previous year.
Goose Numbers Compared to Previous Years: More geese around late in the season than I’ve seen in quite a few years.
Notable Duck Migrations: Ducks seemed to come through at typical time and due to cold snap toward the end of the season they pushed out.
Notable Goose Migrations: Big push of geese late in the season.
Overall Hunting Report: Another great year to watch, harvest and marvel at the migration. Seems as though the more water in the fall the more ducks we see (makes sense). A local lake had more geese on it late in the year before freeze than I’ve ever seen in the 2 decades I’ve been waterfowl hunting.  Already looking forward to what next season has in store!

Name: Ben Cade
Location: Alexandria, MN
Notable Weather Changes/Differences This Season: Cold temps set in quickly this year, although birds remained in the area through the majority of the hunting season. 
Winter Snow Summary: Some late season snow.   
Season Water Conditions: Excellent. Many flooded fields and wetlands were full. 
Overall Feeding Conditions: Very good. Plenty of feeding areas for birds. 
Duck Numbers Compared to Previous Years: One of the best I can recall. Excellent numbers of mallards feeding in fields during most of the season. 
Goose Numbers Compared to Previous Years: Above average numbers. 
Notable Duck Migrations: We held good numbers of mallards up until freeze up occurred in November. Ducks were available most of the season this year and presented very good hunting opportunities. 
Notable Goose Migrations: Geese were available during the entire season. Still, even in late January there are good numbers of birds anywhere near open water. 
Overall Hunting Report: Hunting was excellent for the season! 

Name: Will Harvey
Location: Glenwood, MN
Notable Weather Changes/Differences This Season: Not terribly different than the last few falls other than being pretty wet for a lot of the fall. Weather was once again unseasonably warm for the most part of the season
Winter Snow Summary: Hasn’t been much snow here this year. It's going to be a rough spring for farmers and nesting areas if we don’t get some snow.
Season Water Conditions: Water levels were good through the season, above average if anything.
Overall Feeding Conditions: Conditions were good, crops came out a little slow, but there wasn’t really a push before that.
Duck Numbers Compared to Previous Years: Low
Goose Numbers Compared to Previous Years: Low
Notable Duck Migrations: Not much happened until the last couple weeks of the season. Arctic cold front rolled through and froze us out. 
Notable Goose Migrations: Same as above.
Overall Hunting Report: Once again a slow season for most of it. Birds were tough to find and the few that were around were very smart after being chased around.  Late season goose hunting was good at the end of the year when I traveled to other parts of the state.

 

Name: Richard Shamla
Location: Clara City, MN
Notable Weather Changes/Differences This Season: Wetter conditions to begin the season. The water was above average all season. Timely cold north of us pushed good numbers into our area.
Winter Snow Summary: Below average snowfall so far.
Season Water Conditions: We started the year with sheet water in the crop fields which created excellent hunts.
Overall Feeding Conditions: Good normal harvest with plenty of food for waterfowl.
Duck Numbers Compared to Previous Years: The best numbers of ducks I can remember in western Minnesota.
Goose Numbers Compared to Previous Years: Numbers of geese were about normal.  A lot of geese stayed north of us this year.
Notable Duck Migrations: We had good number of ducks most of the season.  Around the end of October, a big push of mallards came into our area and never left.
Notable Goose Migrations: Goose season was average we had some good numbers late into the season.
Overall Hunting Report: Best year of duck hunting in the last ten years!

Name: Gerry Mazur
Location: Toledo Ohio
Notable Weather Changes/Differences This Season: The northwest Ohio area is noted for the extreme weather patterns and quick transitions. This season proved again that anything is possible. Extreme early freeze put Lake Erie into solid ice and locked up local marshes and refuges for an extended period. Of course, the weather went to the warm side with major melts from unseasonable high temps and creating mush for fields. Harvest times for farmers fell way behind from rains that made things undriveable.
Winter Snow Summary: We have had our share of the white stuff but not really a crippling snow to shut things down. Forecasts were all over the place on several fronts moving in from the Chicago area and just didn’t put up the numbers they were supposed to. Smaller fronts with the 1-4-inch range have dotted the area and we have lost that snow from abnormal highs for a few days.
Season Water Conditions: The usual up and downs here as the strong southwest winds play havoc along the western basin of Lake Erie. Levels at the ramp hear the house can go from floatable to all mud in several hours.
Overall Feeding Conditions: Food in the fields was late from the harvest timetable and much never was eaten because of birds leaving ahead of the deep freeze.
Duck Numbers Compared to Previous Years: I saw several days of good numbers on the lake but ducks never really filtered in to the Maumee River and its tributaries where most people hunt.
Goose Numbers Compared to Previous Years: We were on a good start again until the deep freeze hit. Birds that did stay were on commercial property and golf courses where it was safe and quiet. Overall just not the large groups you would see normally.
Notable Duck Migrations: At this end of the lake compared to reports towards Cleveland it was low numbers overall.
Notable Goose Migrations: Same story here, and the DNR reports back this up along with the poor totals in the refuge hunts.
Overall Hunting Report: Just not a good year.

Name: Brett McMains
Location: Missouri Valley, Iowa
Notable Weather Changes/Differences This Season: This season the weather had a major effect on the hunting in our area. The weather went from warm, to negative temperatures in a short amount of time. 
Winter Snow Summary:  We had normal amounts of snow during the season. 
Season Water Conditions: Water froze up much earlier than most years. The Missouri River had more ice coming down much earlier than normal this season.
Overall Feeding Conditions: Feeding conditions were good. Even though we had some snow, birds remained in the area and were able to find food.
Duck Numbers Compared to Previous Years: Duck numbers seemed to be higher than previous years. However, the majority of ducks did not show up until after season was closed.
Goose Numbers Compared to Previous Years: Goose numbers seemed to be higher than previous years. More geese remained in the area and roosted in multiple places, giving us different options for hunting.
Notable Duck Migrations: We had some large migration days after season closed in Iowa. This seems to happen every year. A week or two after Iowa season closed, large numbers showed up and stayed for multiple weeks.
Notable Goose Migrations: A lot of migrators showed up late in the Iowa season and after goose season ended. This has happened in the previous years as well. It is January 29th, and we currently have more geese in the area than we have had all year.
Overall Hunting Report: Hunting this season was below average. We had some good days and some bad days. The drastic weather changes made it a struggle some days. The main push of mallards did not show up until after season was closed. Canada hunting was decent this year. Hoping Iowa will adjust season dates to the current migration patterns. 

Name: Kip Strickland
Location: Baxter, Iowa
Notable Weather Changes/Differences This Season: This season was another strange weather season for us in central Iowa. Dry conditions to start with, and warm weather moved to extreme freezing temps toward the end of the season with relatively no snow cover.
Winter Snow Summary:  We have had several small snow events, but nothing over about 3” here in the Des Moines area this year.
Season Water Conditions: The season started pretty dry. We did get a few rain events that helped things, but overall this would be considered a dry year and still dry.
Overall Feeding Conditions: Moist soil feeding conditions in the area were poor, and dry field conditions were good this season.
Duck Numbers Compared to Previous Years: Low
Goose Numbers Compared to Previous Years: Low
Notable Duck Migrations: I don’t recall any notable migrations this season; it seemed to be the trickle effect…if anything.
Notable Goose Migrations: I really didn’t notice any major goose migrations that affected numbers here locally. We have a large resident population so at times it’s hard to tell.
Overall Hunting Report: Hunters had extremely mixed results this year, but I think most would say it was a tough year

Name: Christian Kwikkel
Location: Spencer, IA
Notable Weather Changes/Differences This Season: The year started off very warm and stayed warm a large chunk of the season. The cold did not come until the very back end of duck season.
Winter Snow Summary: During duck season we only encountered a light dusting of snow. The end of goose season provided a fair amount of snow to hunt from.
Season Water Conditions: Started with a great amount of standing water early, as the season progressed the amount of precipitation kept diminishing. This dried up a few of our flooded potholes. The water stayed open pretty much through the entire duck season. However, when it got cold, it got very cold very quick and locked up a lot of small ponds suddenly.
Overall Feeding Conditions: Fields came out at about the same time frame as the last few years. The small amount of snow we received made it easy for birds to pick and choose their daily meals!
Duck Numbers Compared to Previous Years: Teal season started slow. However, early duck and first several weeks of regular duck season provided some of the best hunts in recent years. The variety of species all year long was incredible!
Goose Numbers Compared to Previous Years: Overall, the goose numbers seemed to pretty consistent to previous years. We did have more light geese around later in the year than in the past.
Notable Duck Migrations: Like normal, our duck migration, especially for big ducks, came very late into the season. However, we did have a decent push about 4 weeks before the end of season of several thousand ducks.
Notable Goose Migrations: The geese just kept coming! It was a very steady flow of birds this year. Arguably, more around the entire season than seasons past. They never had a big reason to leave until very late in the year, which helped tremendously when it came to hunting them.
Overall Hunting Report: Duck season provided a much better year than we experienced last year, from early to late. Goose season stayed pretty normal, but still ended up being an excellent year for most waterfowlers in our region. Hoping for a great spring conservation season this year!

Name: Justin Bomia
Location: Onslow, Iowa
Notable Weather Changes/Differences This Season: Wet spring this year with flooding to area, which meant there were no crops in the refuges on along the Mississippi River. This made it tough to keep migrating waterfowl in the area.
Winter Snow Summary: Snow did not affect duck season but there were a couple inches after closing.
Season Water Conditions: Water was normal for hunting season this year.
Overall Feeding Conditions: Overall feeding conditions were good, harvest was completed ahead of schedule this year with warm temps and not much rain.
Duck Numbers Compared to Previous Years: Duck numbers were down a little bit compared to the previous season.
Goose Numbers Compared to Previous Years: Goose numbers were similar to previous years.
Notable Duck Migrations: This year I noticed the ducks migrating a little earlier than normal and then stalled out with warm temps, then a few migrations after the season had closed in the north zone.
Notable Goose Migrations: Goose migrations were similar to the ducks with a stall out from the warm temps, and then picked up again in mid-December.
Overall Hunting Report: Have to take the good with the bad in this area, Mother Nature is never predictable. All in all, a decent year.

Name: Nicholas Ballard
Location: Ankeny, IA
Notable Weather Changes/Differences This Season:
Winter Snow Summary: We didn’t receive must in snowfall this year like years past.
Season Water Conditions: Water Levels were down this year compared to recent years.
Overall Feeding Conditions: Plenty of food for the birds, but they just never showed up.
Duck Numbers Compared to Previous Years: Duck numbers were way down due to warmer conditions north of us.
Goose Numbers Compared to Previous Years: Goose numbers were about average, they tended to migrate better than the ducks did this year.
Notable Duck Migrations: Slim to none this year.
Notable Goose Migrations: We saw a lot of goose migrations this year sitting on the Missouri. I would say one day was probably the most I’ve seen in years.
Overall Hunting Report: Overall hunting report for this year was fairly decent. It was a rough go early in November and got better towards the end of November into December, and we finished the year out in January pretty slow as well.

Name: Shaun Patrick
Location: Troy, MO
Notable Weather Changes/Differences This Season: We were extremely dry at the start of the season, and really didn’t have much precipitation as the season went on. We also went through a warm period mid-season, coupled with a super moon, which made it very difficult for quite some time.
Winter Snow Summary: We were lighter than normal on this year’s snowfall.
Season Water Conditions: Water conditions were low this year due to the late summer/fall draught we experienced. We also locked up with several of the long old snaps we got late in the season.
Overall Feeding Conditions: Good food throughout the area.
Duck Numbers Compared to Previous Years: We had about an average number of ducks in our area throughout the year, the problem was most of them were flying before and after shooting time for much of the season.
Goose Numbers Compared to Previous Years: Good numbers of Canada geese in the area this season. The several arctic blasts we got helped push birds into the area.
Notable Duck Migrations: The biggest push we had all season was during our youth season this year. Most of our birds seemed to trickle into the area with no major pushes.
Notable Goose Migrations: Geese were very similar to ducks, in that the numbers in the area seemed to gradually increase, as states north of us seemed to get colder.
Overall Hunting Report: Hunting in the area was extremely difficult this season. It seemed like certain spots had the best season they have ever had, while others struggled. We were in the struggling category. Our ducks got on the full moon pattern extremely quickly, and never seemed to get off of that; with the mid-season warm weather, they never left the area and we had a ton of very stale, very educated birds. Overall a very difficult season.

Name: Ralph Harr
Location: Saint Charles MO
Notable Weather Changes/Differences This Season: This Season was a head scratcher.  The early to mid-season was above average for temperatures, with very little wind to speak of. The late part of the season produced extreme cold, very little moisture resulting in everything freezing up.   
Winter Snow Summary: The area had one snowfall that produced enough to cover the ground 2-3 inches tops. 
Season Water Conditions: The area had to rely on pumped water to flood all the bottoms as much of the state is in a moderate drought. Very few rain systems came through the area and still to this day it is very dry. 
Overall Feeding Conditions: The feeding conditions were great all year. The bottoms had tons of corn which was could have caused birds to be less active. They didn’t have to go far to find food. 
Duck Numbers Compared to Previous Years: Duck numbers seemed to be average. No significant decrease and no significant increase. The weather was the major factor as some birds hung around way too long and then once it was cold enough it got too cold too fast and pushed the masses south. 
Goose Numbers Compared to Previous Years: Average
Notable Duck Migrations: We had 3-4 notable migrations in the early part of the season but then where left to see only trickles of ducks moving in and out of the area. 
Notable Goose Migrations: About the same or geese, they came early. 
Overall Hunting Report: The overall hunting report of myself was that it was tough. On days that I thought we would do very well it was the opposite and days when I didn’t have high hopes we did ok. It seemed that ducks became very smart very fast. I log every hunt, and now have a couple years to look back in these bottoms. I hope I can make changes faster in the season when I think that the patterns are shifting. I hope everyone had a safe and successful season. Only 10 months till the season opens again and I am already excited!  

Name: Hunter Parrish
Location: Chillicothe, MO
Notable Weather Changes/Differences This Season: Had normal temps until the week of Thanksgiving. It really warmed up into the 60’s and 70’s. Few weeks later it got really cold and started locking up water.
Winter Snow Summary: Had a small snow at Christmas and again in January.
Season Water Conditions: Overall water conditions were very good for us this year. It was a very dry fall/winter. Probably could’ve pumped again at beginning of December, but overall good.
Overall Feeding Conditions: Food was outstanding this year at our place. We had the best stand of smartweed and other moist soil plants we’ve ever had. Corn fields were hot late in the season as well.
Duck Numbers Compared to Previous Years: Duck numbers were well above average until after Thanksgiving for us. We were holding thousands of birds, and then lost them right after Thanksgiving. Hunting was pretty poor after that because birds became stale.
Goose Numbers Compared to Previous Years: We didn’t shoot any geese this year. But we saw more geese in our area than we have in past seasons.
Notable Duck Migrations: We had a flight day during youth weekend, which was the last weekend in October. Other than that, it was small pushes here and there. Had a good push right before Christmas with the really cold temps setting in up north.
Notable Goose Migrations: Had some good pushes in the beginning of December. Late December and most of January there were quite a few geese around. Seemed like numbers kept increasing until middle of January.
Overall Hunting Report: Overall, we had a very good duck season even though the second half wasn’t great. Before Thanksgiving it was lights out. We were holding roughly 10K on our property. Once the ducks learned where the safe areas were and its warmed up with a full moon, it was very tough hunting. Ice got to thick just before Christmas so we had to pull the boats and that brought our season to an end. This season was 100x better than last year. Already looking forward to 2018 season!

Name: Ken Myers
Location: Dermot, AR       
Notable Weather Changes/Differences This Season: Drought for first half of season with extended freeze for 3 weeks.
Winter Snow Summary: 2 days
Season Water Conditions: Below normal water levels.
Overall Feeding Conditions: Large goose feed early in season caused low feeding conditions.
Duck Numbers Compared to Previous Years: 50% less harvested due to not being able to hunt because of heavy icing.
Goose Numbers Compared to Previous Years: Slight increase in goose harvest due to lack of water and concentration on hunting geese.
Notable Duck Migrations: Large groups of teal and pintails but a noticeable decrease in mallards.
Notable Goose Migrations: Good concentration of geese early in the year on feeds but moved to smaller groups late in the season.
Overall Hunting Report: Hunting numbers down due to drought and freeze.

Name: Dan Goetz
Location: Walnut Ridge, Arkansas
Notable Weather Changes/Differences This Season: Weather was brutally cold for most of the season. Causing us to battle ice most of the season.
Winter Snow Summary: None
Season Water Conditions: Water was low in the Black River bottoms all year.
Lack of rain added pressure to the ducks all season long.
Overall Feeding Conditions: When we were hit with the big freeze the birds did
not feed far off of the rest lake and would return and sit on the lake.
Duck Numbers Compared to Previous Years: Duck numbers were lower then
in years past. Lack of water made it tough for the ducks to stick around and many
flew right straight south.
Goose Numbers Compared to Previous Years: Specklebelly numbers were
average this year in northeast Arkansas
Notable Duck Migrations: The last week of season we saw lots of birds
returning from the south which made hunting excellent
Notable Goose Migrations: Lots of snow geese were riding the south wind and
warm up the past few weeks of season as well.
Overall Hunting Report: Hunting overall this year was below average. The low
water and cold brutal winter made hunting difficult throughout the entire season.

Name: John Gordon
Location: Chatham, MS
Notable Weather Changes/Differences This Season: Multiple arctic fronts pushed temperatures down into the single digits several times, very rare for Mississippi.
Winter Snow Summary: Uncharacteristically, it snowed multiple times, one day in January saw several inches of accumulation.   
Season Water Conditions: Started out dry but that changed rapidly by late December. Several rain events filled low areas and brought lake levels to normal.
Overall Feeding Conditions: Good, there was significant moist soil grass growth over the summer which lead to prime feeding conditions. 
Duck Numbers Compared to Previous Years: Up significantly over the previous three seasons. Especially mallards, we finally saw large numbers of them. Ring-necks were abundant and the wood duck numbers were very high.   
Goose Numbers Compared to Previous Years: More snows and specks in the area than last season, more than we have ever seen.
Notable Duck Migrations: Good numbers around by mid-November and they continued to build as the season progressed.   
Notable Goose Migrations: Mid-January saw a big influx of snows, many thousands.
Overall Hunting Report: It was the best season we have had in the central Delta in some time. Most hunts were great and some birds were harvested on every hunt. We can only hope for colder weather again this fall and winter! 

Atlantic:

Name: Robert Vellucci
Location: Clinton, NJ
Notable Weather Changes/Differences This Season:  We actually had a winter this year. In fact, temperatures were extreme the last month.
Winter Snow Summary: We had a few small storms with no more than four inches of snow at any one time. Snow wasn’t really a factor this year.
Season Water Conditions: The extreme cold caused almost all bodies of water, even rivers and streams. This made finding huntable numbers of birds difficult.
Overall Feeding Conditions:  Good. Nothing prevented birds from finding food.
Duck Numbers Compared to Previous Years: Down from last year.
Goose Numbers Compared to Previous Years: Numbers were about the same at times. Other times they were much lower.
Notable Duck Migrations: It’s rare we can see duck migrations in this flyway.
Notable Goose Migrations: The usual migration in late September and early October.
Overall Hunting Report: Hunting was difficult during the last month of the season. Arctic air and froze water which pushed most of the birds out. We had a warm up right after the season closed and birds were everywhere. If temperatures would have moderated a few weeks earlier the perennial best weeks of the season would have been great.

Name: Dave Weidner
Location: Hamilton Square, New Jersey
Notable Weather Changes/Differences This Season: Much colder and more ice.
Winter Snow Summary: Approximately 2 ft. thus far.
Season Water Conditions: Below normal
Overall Feeding Conditions: Good
Duck Numbers Compared to Previous Years:  Lower
Goose Numbers Compared to Previous Years:  Lower
Notable Duck Migrations: None
Notable Goose Migrations: One, back in October – they flew all day and night.
Overall Hunting Report: I have a debate in my mind as to the number of ducks vs. the number of ducks that we shot due to better overall hunting conditions.  We had some severe cut offs in weather conditions due to the extreme cold and ice. This resulted in better than average hunting compared to previous years, but also was difficult because at times, open water was hard to locate.

Name: Sean M. Fritzges
Location: Jarrettsville, Maryland
Notable Weather Changes/Differences This Season: This season has been a rollercoaster of up’s and down’s regarding weather. From the start, September resident season brought unseasonably cool temperatures. Goose hunting on September 1st required rain gear and fleece under layers. Thanksgiving week, the first split of the Atlantic season brought warm temps which kept the geese hunkered all day around easy feeding ponds despite the abundance of freshly harvested crop fields. Christmas time, the temps plummeted, frigid cold temps and thick ice encapsulated the region. Cold temps and ice conditions lasted into the third week of January. With all the cold, very little snow accumulation to speak of.
Winter Snow Summary: In our region, no significant snow to speak of this season. 
Season Water Conditions: Fresh water conditions normal. Second week of December, most fresh water locations froze over with thick ice. North Chesapeake Bay from Bay Bridge north also frozen with vessel restrictions in place from USCG. 
Overall Feeding Conditions: Weather this season allowed farmers to harvest corn and soybean crop fields on schedule.
Duck Numbers Compared to Previous Years: Although we do not typically get into the ducks on our farms, we did see an increase in sightings of puddle ducks this season. It seems the cold temps and freezing of the Susquehanna River pushed a lot of ducks inland.
Goose Numbers Compared to Previous Years: Canada goose numbers were amazing this season. I feel this is largely in part because of the early season cold temperatures which forced the large push of Canada geese from the northern parts of the flyway.
Notable Duck Migrations: Unfortunately, no duck migration was noticed on our farm. We are too far inland and do not offer any water/ponds for ducks to feed and rest.
Notable Goose Migrations: Canada goose migration was amazing and a sight to see. I’ve never seen a migration like this season since I was a kid in the mid/late 80’s.
Overall Hunting Report: Overall, I think this season was a huge success!! We consistently harvested geese on all our farms covering the north region of the county. I believe we are over 300+ Canada geese in the bag and we still have six days remaining to close the season. Future wise, it’s going to be tough to top this season!!!!

Name: Kenny Gray 
Location: Chestertown, MD
Notable Weather Changes/Differences This Season: This was the season of the weather. We finally got cold temperatures early in the season, then some warm ups and then colder. This dictated when the birds arrived, when they flew and how our season went more than any other factor in my opinion. 
Winter Snow Summary: Two decent snow storms events, helped keep birds concentrated in our area. 
Season Water Conditions: Season started out with good water, started to dry up with a dry spell, then increase and finally froze. These changing water conditions along with the weather helped keep birds concentrated where we could get to them. 
Overall Feeding Conditions: Unlike years past with warm temperatures, the geese were forced off of feeding on grass around the roost and had to move to grain fields on a consistent basis.  
Duck Numbers Compared to Previous Years: Duck numbers were up from past years.
Goose Numbers Compared to Previous Years: Goose numbers appeared to be steady from last year, the big difference was the weather and birds moving in and out of the area at the right times. 
Notable Duck Migrations: Three to four good pushes of ducks throughout the season. 
Notable Goose Migrations: Three to four good pushes of geese with almost a small trickle of birds the whole season. 
Overall Hunting Report: On several of our farms, we had a record season, on other farms we were at average numbers. Overall our harvest numbers were up and our time in the field was down. In my opinion, this is because we had hot farms and were able to stay on them all season. Another great season with family and friends. 

Name: Marshall Starkey
Location: Essex MD
Notable Weather Changes/Differences This Season: The biggest weather story of the season was definitely the prolonged cold that lasted from around Christmas until mid-January brought a lot of waterfowl and a lot of ice.
The birds definitely showed this year once we finally got the cold weather.
Winter Snow Summary: Two different snow events so far that left snow cover for an extended period.
Season Water Conditions: Water levels were average for the year and we battled a good bit of I've for about three weeks from just after Christmas until mid-January.
Overall Feeding Conditions: Cut agricultural fields and winter wheat ruled the day.
Duck Numbers Compared to Previous Years: More divers this year than in quite a few.
Goose Numbers Compared to Previous Years: Goose numbers were up also across the board.
Notable Duck Migrations: There was a big push of divers in December and they pretty much stayed all season. Puddle ducks were spread in and out of certain areas, here today gone tomorrow.
Notable Goose Migrations: There was a big push on geese in December really boosting the numbers that were already here.
Overall Hunting Report: This year was some of the best waterfowl hunting in at least five or six years. The biggest obvious difference was the cold weather. It got cold and the birds were here.

Name: Jeff Kreit
Location: Baltimore, MD
Notable Weather Changes/Differences This Season: This year is the first in many it got cold and stayed cold to push the birds down to us.
Winter Snow Summary:  Not much snow.
Season Water Conditions: It has been dry this year.
Overall Feeding Conditions: Lots of grain was cut late.
Duck Numbers Compared to Previous Years: Most ducks in years, primarily divers.  
Goose Numbers Compared to Previous Years: Dark geese numbers doubled this year.
Notable Duck Migrations: Ducks are moving back.
Notable Goose Migrations: Lots of goose migrations.
Overall Hunting Report: Best year in a while!

Name: Bryn Witmier
Location: Strausstown, PA
Notable Weather Changes/Differences This Season: This year was extremely cold. Unlike the past few years which were abnormally warm.
Winter Snow Summary: We haven’t had that much snow this year. No more than 3-4 inches at any one time.
Season Water Conditions: The cold snap that started in December was extreme and froze almost all the water in my area, moving water included.
Overall Feeding Conditions: Good. Birds had food all year long.
Duck Numbers Compared to Previous Years: Duck numbers were down.
Goose Numbers Compared to Previous Years: Goose number were average early in the season. Once the arctic air moved in, a bunch of geese left.
Notable Duck Migrations: None
Notable Goose Migrations: We received the normal push in October and then a few pushes as New York and Canada froze.
Overall Hunting Report: Hunting was poor at times due to a lack of open water.  I reduced my waterfowl hunting effort and focused on some other things this season.

Name: Kevin Addy
Location: Morgantown, PA
Notable Weather Changes/Differences This Season: Had a few weeks of cold weather that set records. Lots of thick ice.
Winter Snow Summary:  We had less snow then normal and when we did get snow it didn’t stay around long.
Season Water Conditions: Lots of thick ice mid-way through the season which moved birds south and concentrated the birds that remained.
Overall Feeding Conditions: The feeding conditions we very good. Lots of cover crop and corn available with little snow to deal with.
Duck Numbers Compared to Previous Years: Duck numbers were down. We had way above average numbers in Oct but by the 2nd split it was tough finding numbers. It got better when we got the cold spell but still was behind previous years.
Goose Numbers Compared to Previous Years: The numbers were up all year. We had a ton of birds around and they were easy to decoy.
Notable Duck Migrations: Nice push a few days and during the 1st split in Oct.
Notable Goose Migrations: There was no huge migration but it seemed like every other day there were birds moving down in Nov. As NY started freezing in Dec we had more birds come down.
Overall Hunting Report: Overall, I had a great season in PA and the other states I hunted. It was much different than last year. We had a big variety of ducks in Oct. We had more teal than mallards in Nov. and then Dec we had mallards and some pintails. The goose hunting was solid from Sept 1st until the end. The divers and sea ducks in other states were good and got even better after the thaw.

Name: Mike Schulman
Location: Charlottesville, VA
Notable Weather Changes/Differences This Season: Last ¾ of the season had huge shifts in weather. We went from single digits, to 60 degrees, and back to the 30s.
Winter Snow Summary: Possibly a combined foot, total. Less than usual.  
Season Water Conditions: Normal. Started out with lower water levels, but caught back up to normal as the season progressed.
Overall Feeding Conditions: Normal.
Duck Numbers Compared to Previous Years: Slightly higher.
Goose Numbers Compared to Previous Years: Higher (Canada geese).
Notable Duck Migrations: None to report.
Notable Goose Migrations: Seemed to be a higher than normal amount of “smaller” flocks in the area. Geese became very wary towards the end of the season- more than normal.
Overall Hunting Report: Great season. Looking forward to next year!

Name: Matthew Fields
Location: Chapin, South Carolina
Notable Weather Changes/Differences This Season: Considerably colder than last season.
Winter Snow Summary: Some snow but a week of sub-freezing temps.   
Season Water Conditions: Low
Overall Feeding Conditions: Only acorns
Duck Numbers Compared to Previous Years: More numbers than last year and species.
Goose Numbers Compared to Previous Years: Same, no migratory geese in the area.
Notable Duck Migrations: The freeze pushed down a lot more ducks that we would not normally see.
Notable Goose Migrations: None
Overall Hunting Report: Much better year than last but still had to rely on wood ducks to make any bag numbers.