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Ducks fall in Klamath Basin when the wind blows

BY PHIL BROWN/WON Field ReporterPublished: Nov 30, 2018

TULELAKE — Winter weather finally hit the Klamath Basin and we had a three day run of wind and rain and the birds went crazy. It did not last long, but it sure was nice to have some duck hunting weather.

It has been a tough year for the Klamath basin refuges, water deliveries have not come through, and we are having the mildest fall/winter I have ever seen. There are still a fair number of ducks here, but now the weather has returned to warm and sunny, with a full moon and the birds are sitting tight.


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THE FIRST STORM of the season for the Klamath Basin resulted in limits of ducks, 3 snow geese and a honker for Ray Monti and Mark Kutlick of Novato while hunting Tule Lake National Wildlife Refuge with Wild Times Guide Service.


It does seem like the migration is still behind schedule, since we still have shorebirds and sandhill cranes in the basin, which are usually gone by the first week of November. It looks like there are some more storms on the way, so hopefully there will be some new birds headed to the basin.


Right now the best action has been on the lower Klamath side, but it takes some scouting to find the birds. On the Tule side, the lake is still low so the only place to run a boat is in Sump 1B.


Pheasant hunting has been good on Lower Klamath, and with the lack of water this year there are a lot of dry spots to walk for pheasants, there was a great hatch this year and there are lots of roosters around


Over on the Tule Lake side, there have not been any new fields or marshes flooded in awhile and the action has slowed up compared to the first part of the season. For ducks, the Sump 1b is always the best bet, but most of the birds in the Basin are on the Lower Klamath side.


The goose hunting has also dropped off considerably, as many of the birds have moved south and the remaining birds have figured out how to avoid the hunting areas.


It looks like we will have some good hunting for the remainder of November. The temperatures are mild, we have not had any ice yet, and there are still lots of birds up north that should be headed our way soon.


WON Field Reporter Phil Brown is owner of Wild Times Guide Service in the Klamath Basin and can be reached for hunting information or dates at (530) 925-1415.



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