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Waterfowlers wait for weather, water

BY BILL KARR/WON Staff WriterPublished: Nov 09, 2018

WILLOWS — Waterfowlers statewide are mostly still waiting for ponds to flood up so they can get to their blinds, and mild weather is keeping the bulk of migrating waterfowl up north—after all, there hasn’t been much sign of winter yet.

BUTTE BIRDS — Tiffany Kramer of Dixon hunted with a friend off Aguas Frias Road in Butte County on Tuesday and had a good 12 mph north wind blowing. They ended their morning with nine ducks, (gadwall and widgeon), plus two specks.

According to WON Field Reporter Andre Fontenot, “There still aren’t many reports flowing, but here’s what I got:

Taylor Kramer of Dixon hunted off Aguas Frias Rd. with a friend on Tuesday and told me they had a good north wind blowing around 12 mph. It helped to get the birds moving, as they bagged 9 ducks (gadwall and wigeon) and 2 specks. Kevin Eck of Discovery Bay hunted Delevan Refuge on both Saturday and Sunday and limited both days. On Saturday he also got a speck. Kevin mentioned both days he got his bull sprig and the other birds were spoonies and gadwalls. Randy Burrows of San Bruno hunted his private club near Sacramento Refugee on both Saturday and Sunday. On Saturday he shot once at a high-flying goose. Sunday was even worse and Randy said he never lifted his gun.”

According to guide/owner Casey Stafford of CICC Outdoor Adventures, “I had one guide blind ready last week and the remaining 5 guide blinds will be up and running this week. Hunting was hit and miss Monday through Wednesday. We averaged 7 birds a morning with the exception of 17 birds Tuesday in the big wind. Saturday was super slow because of no wind on the west side until 9:00 and by then the birds had quit flying. There are tons of birds in the area, feeding the rice all night and straight to the refuge prior to shoot time. With the projected winds this week I expect we will get a few good speck shoots if nothing else.”

For Cameron Tucker of Tucker’s Guide Service, “My fields are just beginning to take water. We will start guiding mid-November. The books have been filling up and it’s time for those who haven’t got on the books to give me a call. I’ll be hunting the Sutter Bypass and Colusa for ducks, and we have a bunch of goose fields for dry field goose hunts throughout the Valley.”

Guide John Owen of Northern Flight Duck Club said his club in the Butte City Area is hammering newly arrived specks, but that it is “pretty slow” on ducks so far.

midweekmallardsMIDWEEK MALLARDS — The Wednesday after the opening was good at Cal Farms Duck Club on Grizzly Island, where Byron Hisey and Frank Johnson shot a bunch of mallards for a great shoot.

openingayattheOPENING DAY AT the Hollister Gun Club in the North Grasslands was as good as it usually is, excellent, and member Byron Hisey shot his limit of 5 mallards and 2 sprig with the help of his trusty yellow Labrador.

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