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by Jim Niemic

Passionate about the sporting life, Jim Niemiec has spent his life enjoying the outdoors, hunting and fishing around the world and as a writer he’s just as passionate about  informing the public of opportunities. 

Niemiec has searched out the best destinations and reports conditions accurately, but he has also  dedicated countless hours to conservation groups (national and international) in hopes of “preserving our rights and opportunities to hunt for future generations.”
Canada geese pour in Cibola Valley
Timing is everything when either hunting or fishing, and now would be an excellent time to book a hunt at the Cibola Sportsman’s Club South Ranch or put in for drawing a goose pit blind at the Farm Fields of the Cibola National Wildlife Refuge. Severe winter weather across the Great Basin and below-freezing temps in the Columbia Basin to the east of Washington at the end of the month pushed thousands of Canada geese and white geese on a southerly migration.

Western Outdoor News had planned on hunting the South Ranch just after the last full moon in November, but a call from Cibola Sportsman’s Club co-owner Bob Corbett asked if I could hold off a week. Seems there were less than 1,000 honkers in Cibola Valley and very few ducks, said Corbett a week before coming over. It would be solo hunt this time around for this shooter, but there would be other goose hunters in hunt camp to hopefully make for a successful winter goose hunt.

HONKER SUCCESS AT SOUTH RANCH — David Barnes and Rich Overton, both of Phoenix were in the right blind at the South Ranch and bagged these nice big Canada geese. Guiding the hunters was expert caller “Budda” Fields. The geese were shot over decoys set around pit blinds. WON PHOTO BY JIM NIEMIEC

Prior to heading down the road to South Ranch, a stop at the Cibola National Wildlife Refuge was in my plans. The Goose Loop holding pond was loaded with honkers and fully feathered pintail. That pond was a mix of black and white and it looked like you could have walked across that pond on the backs of geese and ducks. The refuge was loaded with honkers and sprig and the sand hill crane population had to be well in excess of 600 birds.

The Wednesday shoot at the Farm Fields of the national wildlife refuge had produced 27 Canada geese, as newly arrived flocks of birds were hungry and eager to cup into decoys and rewarding those in pit blinds with excellent shooting over decoys. The weather outlook called for a massive storm front to move through the valley on Thursday, bringing heavy rain to the desert floor and strong winds when the front passed through. Unfortunately, day one of the hunt was on Thursday, a typical Cibola blue bird day and a bust for 7 shooters, even though some 5,000 Canada Geese, 3-4,000 white geese and some 500 cranes winged over the decoys during the morning hunt. One flock of some 30 honkers locked up with wings cupped, but passed over the decoy spread just out of shotgun range and headed north to the corn fields of the refuge, some 5 miles up the Lower Colorado River.

That evening hunters sat around a camp fire and watched flock after flock of Canada geese head to the Cibola Lake, where they would spend the night. Just prior to sunset, as we watched birds fly about 150 yards overhead, a long black cloud appeared off to the west and very high. It was a late evening migration of some 1,000 Canada geese that had just arrived in the valley and were also headed to Cibola Lake to rest up and then head out early the next morning to feed.

Newly arriving Canada geese are the key to the success of hunting at the Cibola Sportsman’s Club’s South Ranch or setting up in a refuge blind. Once geese become educated they are much harder to decoy, often flying up the river before dropping in on the corn and alfalfa fields of the federal refuge. Bob “Budda” Fields is master guide at the South Ranch and lets hunters know what they can expect on either a morning or afternoon shoot.

Most of the south ranch is planted in alfalfa, but there is also an abundance of Bermuda grass that offers up another native food source for hungry geese. All hunting is done out of big pit blinds with a huge decoy spread surrounding each blind site. One field to the south is all alfalfa, while the northern field is a mix of alfalfa and grass with three big duck ponds facing right into the traditional goose flyways. In addition to attracting geese to the pond pit blinds the fresh water is also ideal for attracting flights of sprig, widgeon, teal and some divers as they wing along the river.

SHOT HIS FIRST EVER CANADA GOOSE IN CIBOLA — Darr Colburn of Phoenix was mighty proud to show off his first Canada goose shot last week at the Cibola Sportsman’s Club. WON PHOTO BY JIM NIEMIEC

That night the storm hit the valley with fury. Knocking out electricity and filling the parking lot with a couple of inches of rain water and creating a gooey-muddy mess…but hey that’s good waterfowl hunting weather.

Eight hunters would set with Budda, while this shooter opted for the pond blinds along with my yellow Lab Sierra. Geese on Hart Mine Marsh and down at Cibola lake must have also spent a restless night, with all that wind and rain, and were eager to head to green fields early that morning. Geese few close enough to hear the calling and see the flags waving like wings of a goose setting into a decoy spread. This shooter bagged two 12-pound honkers before 7 a.m. shooting Federal Premium Black Cloud BBB ammo and left the blind so as not to burn it out as other flocks looked over the spread well within shotgun range. The field blinds to the south then got into action as large Canada geese decoyed well and fell hard to blasts of 3-inch BB’s.

After the morning hunt WON had sat down with Budda to talk over what the rest of the season looks like based on his many years of guiding Canada goose hunters at South Ranch.

“I think the rest of the season will produce good Canada goose hunting over decoys. There are more birds in the valley right now that there has been in a number of years and we can still look to the last migration of big honkers to take place during the full moon phase later this month. I don’t think we will have much trouble in getting geese to decoy into our fields and it’s just about time for big puddle ducks to show up,” said Fields.

It would be the recommendation of this WON hunting editor to book at least two days of hunting at Cibola Sportsman’s Club’s South Ranch (702-355-8784, or info@ The reason to book back-to-back days is to up your odds of enjoying a successful Canada goose hunt. Hunters can rent a fully equipped cabin, rent a bed in the bunk house or bring an RV onto ranch property. Coffee and sweet rolls are served every morning and there are barbeques in the patio area to prepare lunches or tri-tip or carne asada evening meals. Non-resident waterfowl daily licenses, yearly licenses and Arizona waterfowl stamps are available on line or at the South Ranch club house.

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It’s show time for SCI Hunters’ Convention
Hunters, shooting sports enthusiasts and outdoor folks should make plans to attend the Safari Club International Hunters’ Convention that will be held in the Reno-Sparks Convention Center for the dates of January 9-12, 2019. This show will attract upwards of 24,000 world wide sportsmen and the 452,000 square foot center will be jammed packed with booths show casing the finest rifles and shotguns being produced in the US and around the world. In addition, there will be outfitters, guides, hunting destinations, taxidermy and great wildlife art to check out.

A SCI HUNTER’S CONVENTION SHOW STOPPER — This life-like mannequin of Teddy Roosevelt riding a camel got a lot of attention at last year’s SCI Convention. In addition to wildlife taxidermy, the SCI show features great hunting destinations, lots of fine rifles and shotguns and general information on shooting sports. WON PHOTO BY JIM NIEMIEC

Safari Club International – First for Hunters is the leader in protecting the freedom to hunt and in promoting wildlife conservation. SCI has 200 chapters worldwide and its members represent all 50 of the United States as well as 106 other countries. According to Kevin Howard, who handles the Public Relations for this convention, SCI’s proactive leadership in a host of cooperative wildlife conservation, outdoor education and humanitarian programs empowers sportsmen to be contributing community members and participants in sound wildlife management and conservation.

The Hunters’ Convention represents the largest and most successful event to raise money for advocacy to protect hunters’ rights.

This event is a must attend for those who hunt big game animals, upland game birds, waterfowl, exotics or sportsmen who are looking to book a hunting or fishing destination around the world. There will be over 1,100 exhibiting companies manning elaborate booths at this convention in addition to wildlife taxidermy and exhibits featuring some of the finest shotguns and big game rifles made. This show is not only a great place to see the latest in firearms and hunting accessories, but being able to talk to outfitters about booking a hunt of a lifetime makes attending the show a great value.

Western Outdoor News has attended and covered SCI conventions for the past quarter of a century and each year there are new exhibitors and vendors that make this a truly great venue to attend. Over the year’s this WON hunting editor has booked a number of hunts and fishing trips to great destinations around the world. Having wished to harvest a variety of waterfowl, enjoy perdiz upland game bird hunts and shoot 100s of dove and pigeons during their evening flight it all came together in an Argentina combo adventure booked with Argentina BigHunting,, at SCI’s Hunters’ Convention.

It’s totally impossible to check out all the great firearms booths and wildlife exhibits in one day so plan on booking a couple of days at one of the many hotels in Reno. Not only can you talk directly with outfitters or booking agents, there are many great seminars to attend and learn from experts on where, when and how to hunt successfully all around the world.

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KENT HAS A NEW TUNGSTEN TURKEY LOAD FOR 2019 — Kent Cartridge Co. announced the addition of new tungsten turkey load, TK7 Penetrator, shotgun ammo. This new ammo is available for both 12 and 20-gauge shotguns in #7 tungsten shot with a muzzle velocity of 1100 fps.

Turkey hunting in California has grown tremendously over the past two decades and for good reason…there are more Rio Grande, Merriam’s and hybrid Merriam’s turkey all over the state. While northern California produces the most turkey harvested during both the spring and fall hunting season, ranches along the Central Coast hold very huntable numbers of Rio Grande birds with a high hunter success for those booking a guided hunt. While there are wild turkeys found in many of our national forests’ hunter success is low when compared to nearly 100 per cent success for those on a guided hunt.

Turkey hunters need to check out Kent Cartridge’s new high-performance turkey load. This new shotgun shell ammo for 2019, is named TF7 Penetrator. These new loads are an ultra-high-performance tungsten turkey load.

The loads feature #7 tungsten pellets with a density of 15 G/CC, 38 percent greater than lead, to deliver superior retained energy and knockdown power. In addition, the #7 pellets provide 60 percent more pellets than #6 pellets of equal payload. TF7 Penetrator loads feature buffered shot and a proprietary loading process to deliver extremely dense cores at all distances.

Kent’s new turkey loads will be offered in 12 and 20-gauge, 3- inch shells with loads available in 1 5/8 oz. and 1 3/8 oz. and a muzzle velocity of 1100 fps. These shells are packaged 5 rounds per box and will be available at independent retailers in time for the 2019 spring turkey season. (Editor’s note: This new tungsten pellet load from Kent Cartridge is legal to shoot, as it is a non-toxic load that conforms with new California DFW regulations.)

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When a combo hunt all comes together
The invite from master guide Clayton Grant, of Bitterwater Outfitters (805-610-4521) to come up to the Central Coast for a combo fall turkey, wild boar and perhaps some upland game bird hunting was just too much to pass up on. The drive up the 101 Freeway showed the devastation of those wildfires that blew through Southern California last week. In mark difference to a smoke-filled sky, hills along the freeway were cold black in contrast to the bright blue waters of the Pacific Ocean.

Clayton had called to talk about how good the pig hunting was in the coastal region, that he had a couple of ranches that had flocks of turkey and that perhaps there might be time on a one-day hunt to top it all off with a little hunt for either dove or California valley quail, as the second season for dove and turkey had just opened.

bitterwaeroutfittersBITTERWATER OUTFITTERS HUNTS HOGS — Wild pig hunting has been outstanding along the central coast. Pictured above is master guide Clayton Grant and WON hunting editor Jim Niemiec with a nice boar shot at the end of a combo hunt day. The shot was just over 100 yards and the 160-pound hog fell to one Barnes copper bullet from Niemiec’s Weatherby Mark V 7mm Mag. PHOTO COURTESY BITTERWATER OUTFITTERS

The plan was to meet up outside of Atascadero and head over to a nearby cattle ranch and vineyard.

“Our clients enjoyed a great deer season on this ranch with some nice bucks harvested. The largest buck taken was a 4X5 thick antlered blacktail buck along with some nice wide 3x3s. While out scouting and hunting deer, we bumped lots of turkey and late in the evening hogs would come out of heavy cover to feed on an abundant acorn crop that was on the ground. I would think that you should have no problem in getting your Thanksgiving Day gobbler and then we can spend the rest of afternoon waiting for pigs to start moving around. We’ll probably see a few of the bucks we passed on this past season, as they are out in the open feeding under oaks for dropped acorns,” said Grant.

The ranch hunted was loaded with ancient oak trees, with hill-sides a golden mix of native grass and star thistle. This region hadn’t received much rain and was pretty much bone dry, but there were plenty of stock tanks, springs and wells that provided much needed drinking water for the abundant wildlife on the ranch. As we drove around looking for a satellite flock of toms to try and make a move on, we saw at least 4 big flocks of hens that numbered between 30 to as many as 75 turkeys. This hunter’s goal was to harvest a nice gobbler, but would opt to shoot a jake IF we could not locate a huntable flock of toms.

The vineyards of this ranch were being harvested which made the turkeys kind of edgy and difficult to stalk. The larger flocks were mostly all hens and jennies, with a few young jakes kind of hanging around, but there were no adult gobblers mixed in with any of those big flocks that were spotted. Trying to make a sneak up on a pretty tight flock of birds was difficult in the vineyards and the turkeys could easily move about under the canopy of vines, irrigation tubes, wire and stakes.

One setup on a group of 7 toms was a wait and see what happens and we were hopeful that the birds would move across an open area that would offer up a shot. Patience is required when hunting the fall turkey season, and finally a small flock stepped out and were fast trotting in our direction. The lead bird had a nice 10-inch beard and the rest of the flock was too grouped up to offer a safe shot of just shooting one turkey. This shooter opted to try for the lead tom as it was running and about ready to take flight. The shot taken was behind that bird, and the flock lifted off into the air like busting into a covey of quail.

thanksgivinggobblerTHANKSGIVING GOBBLER — It was a lucky shot after a long day of fall turkey hunting, but WON staffer Jim Niemiec harvested this big Rio Grande gobbler on a guided hunt with master guide Clayton Grant of Bitterwater Outfitters. This tom was hit with a load of #4 steel Federal Premium shotgun ammo and weighed 22.5 pounds. PHOTO COURTESY OF BITTERWATER OUTFITTERS

It was getting late in the afternoon and there were dove winging across the ranch, but we hadn’t harvested a turkey yet so we opted to pass on the dove in hopes of locating another workable flock of mature toms. Grant felt we still had time to locate another group of gobblers and hopefully end the day with an opportunity at shooting a boar.

We spotted a group of toms working up a ridgeline. The plan was to get ahead of them and hope that they would be within shotgun range as we topped that ridge. We were a tad late and half the flock spotted us and took off running, but fortunately two toms held back for some reason allowing this hunter time to shoulder my Benelli M2, loaded up a Federal Premium #4 steel ammo, with a muzzle velocity of 1600 fps. The shot was on target and that tom just flipped over on its back, while the second tom just stood there until it got nervous and headed down a chaparral covered draw.

The turkey was a 2-year old gobbler that weighed 22.5 pounds and sported a 9-inch beard and 1-inch spurs. It was a head shot so no meat was ruined on its breast or thighs.

It was getting late but Grant said we had another 25 minutes to hunt as we crossed from one section of the ranch to another. Just after clearing a cattle gate, we spotted a group of 15 hogs coming out a nearby creek bottom. With the vehicle stopped, I stepped out to take a shot, but those pigs scattered down into thick brush. After clearing the chamber of my Weatherby Mark V 7mm Mag, we moved ahead a short distance and spotted two black hogs feeding under an oak tree. Seemingly they had acorns on their mind rather that being spooked by the SUV affording time to step around the vehicle, shoulder the rifle to take a 100-yard shot. The Barnes 140 grain, Triple Shock copper bullet was true to its target and that boar just dropped in its tracks. It was the right kind of pig to harvest being that it was jet black, weighed about 160 pounds and Grant estimated that the hog was maybe a 1.5 or 2-year-old tusker… just perfect for eating.

It was the ending to a perfect day of hunting along the central coast and even though we passed on hunting dove or quail, the hunt did produce a big gobbler for Thanksgiving and a fat boar to share with hunting buddies at the duck club, which made for a perfect combo hunt.

Bitterwater Outfitters,, hunts big game, exotics and upland game birds on over 320,000 acres of ranch land in San Luis Obispo and Monterey counties. Based on the number of hens we saw that day, perhaps some 250 birds, those three groups of satellite gobblers numbering from 7 to a dozen long beards, now would be a good time to book a spring turkey hunt with Grant and why not make it a combo hunt by taking an extra day hunting for a trophy boar.

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Time to move up to high velocity and bigger shot ammo
The southerly migration is now in progress and this portion of the Pacific flyway is seeing more northern ducks and geese, as winter weather settles in on the Columbia valley of eastern Washington and the western Great Basin region of the Rockies. Waterfowl now arriving are mature birds and pretty well feathered up as pin-feathers have grown out and the addition of comforting down.

An example of the need to switch over to a heavier payload in shotgun ammo was a drake widgeon that this hunter harvested this past week while gunning out of duck blind in Prado Basin. There were not a lot of ducks on the ponds but at lift-off, a pair of widgeons winged overhead some 30 yards out. I was still shooting a 20 ga. O/U Charles Daly loaded with Federal #4 copper-plated steel shot. A single pellet downed that very mature widgeon, probably the largest of that species this shooter has ever killed. It was a lucky shot for sure and Sierra did a fine job of retrieving that duck, which was as big as a mallard with striking colorful feathers.

ONE HUGE CANADA GOOSE — Canada geese that are now arriving in this portion of the Pacific flyway are pretty much fully feathered up along with a layer of down packed around their body. Heavier shot size, with a higher velocity, is important when hunting geese out of a pit blind or pass shooting as these big birds fly overhead. WON would suggest moving up to BBB or T shot when hunting Canada geese for the rest of the waterfowl season. Pictured above is a big honker that was harvested by Capt. Buzz Brizendine of San Diego during a late December hunt last year at the Cibola Sportsman’s Club’s South Ranch location. WON PHOTO BY JIM NIEMIEC

Now it’s time to move up to a 12 ga. autoloader and replace that lighter 20 ga. load with 3-inch, high velocity, #3 shot ammo. This heavier load not only will be pushing steel shot out the muzzle at 1550 fps, but it will have better down range knock-down energy and pellet penetration through feathers and down, and hopefully will produce more ducks on the game strap.

Upland game bird hunters should also take note of moving up to a larger shot selection and at least high-base ammo. Most all game birds out there will be pretty much feathered up, even those hunted on game farms and hunting with small shot will likely only result in a dusted bird as it wings off. There was a pretty good hatch of valley quail along the coastal region, but by now this year’s hatch has pretty much matured up into adult birds. The same holds true for any flocks of mourning dove still hanging around, as their flight feathers have darkened with the changing of the seasons. While #8 shot was good enough to kill quail and dove during the early fall, now would be the ideal time to move up to high-base #7.5 shot or even better yet it wouldn’t be a bad idea to back up #7.5 shot with copper-plated #6 shot.

There are only a couple of weeks left in the fall wild turkey season and hunting these now flocked-up birds is going to be really difficult. Just locating a moving flock of turkeys is going to be a great accomplishment, but getting into effective shotgun range is even going be tougher. Now is no time to be loaded up with # 5 shot, expecting a close in target, as with the spring season. In the fall, if a hunter can locate a moving flock of turkeys, likely a shot will be at a minimum of 35 to 40 yards. The maximum shot size for turkey hunting is #2 non-toxic shot. Having been on a number of successful fall turkey hunts over the years, this hunting editor’s choice would be Federal Premium #4 shot as the first load in the chamber, backed up by #2’s, as the shot will most likely be from the side or back-side of a turkey moving away. The heavier feathers of a mature turkey are extremely difficult to penetrate and trying for a head shot during the late season almost never happens.

Western Outdoor News has just learned that the Lone Pine Pheasant Club is temporarily closed due to a health issue. According to co-owner Denny Ponso, the club will remain closed, but will back in business as soon as the medical problem is taken care of. “We are hopeful of being able to re-open sometime this upland game bird season, but for sure we will be back in business next season. The club and its fields are being taken care of during this hopefully brief interruption to our upland game bird hunting program,” said Ponso.

WON readers, with an inventory of lead shot ammo, should again be reminded that come July of 2019 regulations will require all bird hunting, including dove, quail and snipe, will be allowed only with non-toxic shoot. Now, and through the end of the upland game bird seasons would be the most opportune time to shoot up lead ammo. Lead ammo might still be okay to shoot at trap, skeet and sporting clay ranges, but there could be restrictions coming on line in the near future about busting clay birds with lead shot.

Currently, other than waterfowl hunting, adjoining states and Mexico still allow upland game birds and big game to be hunted with lead bullets or pellets. No word has come across this hunting editor’s computer that restrictive bullets and pellets will be required by our neighbors in the near future.

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White geese expected to make timely arrival in Imperial Valley
Snow and Ross’ goose hunters should enjoy another successful season of hunting on the south end of the Salton Sea. Last year produced pretty good gunning at Wister Wildlife Refuge, and the Union Tract also had a couple of good days of goose gunning.

Western Outdoor News checked in with wildlife biologist Tom Anderson, who heads up operations at the Sonny Bono National Wildlife Refuge (760-348-5278) to get his take on the upcoming white goose season that begins on Nov. 3 for all of Imperial county. The late white goose hunting season will begin on Feb. 2, 2019 and run through Feb. 18.

SNOW GEESE HEADING SOUTH — Huge flocks of snow and Ross’ geese are now beginning their southerly migration to wintering grounds in the Imperial and Sacramento valleys. This flock of some 10,000 mixed white geese were just moving out of Canada during an early October trip into Canada with master guide Don McCrea of Saskatoon Waterfowl Outfitters. WON PHOTO BY JIM NIEMIEC

“Last week there were only about 100 white geese on this refuge and this week another 500 geese arrived. I would believe that after this month’s full moon phase that bunches of white geese will arrive on the refuge. Last year the final count on white geese stood in excess of 30,000 geese and I would have to think that will be about the same number that will be staying on the refuge over this winter,” said Anderson.

Anderson went on to add, “Our fields are in great shape, the ponds are already flooded with fresh water and there is plenty of feed available in the ponds to feed the hungry birds as they begin to arrive in the valley. The Union Tract should shoot pretty good this season again, as we have farmed around blind sites and the fields look good. With a steady irrigation system and the right amounts of fertilizer, feed has really come up strong this year. There should be plenty of green crops available to hold the geese right up to the start of their northerly migration, which traditionally kicks off towards the middle of February.”

Next on WON’s contact list was Rick Francis, Wildlife Habitat Supervisor I, for Wister, who filed the following report.

“There are very few snow geese on Wister at this time. Even over this past week’s full moon phase, we are only seeing a couple dozen white geese on this refuge. The refuge staff has planted 50 acres of the Y14 closed zone with rye grass and they are currently planting another 50 acres, which should be completed by the end of the week. In addition, hunt unit 115B2 was planted with rye grass and hunt site T10 has wheat coming up as its main food source for waterfowl, and is scheduled for additional planting of rye grass. Other hunting sites that are on target for planting rye grass are: U10-2 and U10-4 was also planted with wheat and then these two sites will also be planted with more rye grass,” said Francis.

Francis went on to add, “As to where the best white goose hunting might take place, based on last year’s production and the status of hunt sites, hunters should consider the above list of crop planted fields and hunt site S10, as the dominate goose hunting sites early in the season. By late in the season the best goose hunting should take place in hunt units 413 west, 312B, 115B, as the bulrush is heavy in these areas and will be used daily by both snow and Ross’ geese.

Word from Cibola Valley is that only a few white geese have showed up on the Cibola National Wildlife Refuge and some Canada geese are finally starting to trickle in. Bob Corbett, co-owner of the Cibola Sportsman’s Club (702-835-0529), called in to report that he hasn’t seen much in the way of newly arriving geese yet, but expects there should be a huntable population in the valley by the first week of November.

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