Hunting Report

Northeastern waterfowl opener a limit-only affair!

BY PHIL BROWN/WON Field ReporterPublished: Oct 12, 2017

TULELAKE — Bangin’ in the Basin has begun! The Northeast waterfowl zone in California and Oregon season opened Oct. 7, and the fall migration is definitely on.

The birds have been loading up on the refuges and marshes around the Klamath Basin, and it seems like there are more birds around than last year, which provided great action for the long awaited, memory making opening day.

THE NORTHEASTERN CALIFORNIA and Oregon waterfowl season opened Saturday, and action was fast on Saturday when Jess, Mark, George, Lani, Justin and Ken from Bakersfield hit the Oregon side of Klamath marsh on opening day with Wild Times Guide Service. They shot limits of ducks and 2 geese, and Sunday was slower but steady, with limits of ducks and 14 honkers.

The opener was a blast as always, and hunters on Lower Klamath and Tule had crowded conditions but Saturday was wide open, with most hunters in the marsh areas scoring limits, although the action slowed on Sunday.

It looks like there will be a little more water for the refuge this year, but it is slow in getting there. I think mid-November on should be really good, but if you don’t mind a little extra work there is some good hunting to be had now!

We are still facing the issue of the Klamath Water War, and there are not many places to hunt just yet. On the Lower Klamath side they are starting to put some water in the hunt area and Unit 6a has been flooding and the ducks, and the hunters, have been hitting it. Unit 6b1 is a walk-in or motorless area that is getting pretty full, and with the fresh flooded food the duck have been loading up in there.

On the Tule Lake side, the Lake itself has been fair and there are a few birds out there for the careful scouter. Sump 1b has seen the best action for ducks and a few geese. The spaced blind area has been slow but there are a very few geese around and the harvest is going slow, so there has not been any new fields flooded.

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