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#1 BJJ223

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Posted 27 November 2017 - 01:35 PM

Yesterday, Wister had a 0.19 bird average.  It was a Sunday.  But, Dang!  That is bad. 

 

I have been hunting Wister for 10 years now.  I can't remember things worse at this time of year. 

 

Is this the new normal?

 

Hot temperatures in SLC and Klamath.  Salton Sea issues.

 

December is make it or break it because my experience has been that January is usually underwhelming. 



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Posted 27 November 2017 - 01:46 PM

I blame a lot of it on the shrinking of the sea myself.  landscapes change flight patterns change with them


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Posted 27 November 2017 - 01:54 PM

Lots of areas to the north are hitting record high temps too. 

 

Shoot, this time last year we were just about frozen solid here in CO. We still have not got a great push of birds, SD is too warm. 



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Posted 27 November 2017 - 02:44 PM

Global warming!😄
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Posted 27 November 2017 - 02:46 PM

It's Bushes fault, both of them.



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Posted 27 November 2017 - 03:06 PM

Its not just Wister/Socal....

 

We're all waiting for a migration.  Snows just starting to show in the Grasslands.  I'll try and send some of them on down.  :smiley-wnk-yellow:    But ducks?  We're all waiting 


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Posted 27 November 2017 - 03:19 PM

the IV feels like the weather is about to turn, hope it brings some geese to my spot. I'm going all out, this is my year to scratch that sucker off of the bucket list.



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Posted 27 November 2017 - 03:22 PM

Was in Oregon for the holiday and hunted 3 days, son hunted 6 days. Saw one teal and still shooting Widg. and large flights of pintail. Plenty of water in Oregon, rained every day.



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Posted 27 November 2017 - 03:27 PM

Would it be in poor form to shoot greenheads over golfers at the golf course?



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Posted 27 November 2017 - 03:55 PM

I the last 2 weeks I have hunted on two top 10 reservations at two of the best refuges in the state, hands down.

 

The average birds per hunter for those two hunts is 1.7.

 

Pretty tough.


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Posted 27 November 2017 - 04:01 PM

Plenty on the 2 ac,s....just paid sweet peas second half of college tuition..thanks duckers!!stay the course..thier comin!

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Posted 27 November 2017 - 04:06 PM

Just talked to my cousin in Montana.....65 yesterday....Their refuges close on Dec 1st, because they're normally frozen solid.....Not this year, nothing but open water.

 

I think I heard that San J had a .05 bird average Saturday.....Not good.

 

Looked at Henshaw the last 3 days....I don't think I saw 50 ducks on the whole place.....Opens Wednesday


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Posted 27 November 2017 - 04:17 PM

May be slow but still way better than last year for my crew. 


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Posted 27 November 2017 - 05:27 PM

Weekend was pretty hot a the Wiz; woke up this morning to cloudy skies and a nice breeze blowing. Fiqures !!



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Posted 27 November 2017 - 05:31 PM

I was up at Big Bear for Thanksgiving and the bays were covered with ducks. Lots of big divers, gadwalls, and mallards. The air temps were record too, 72 to 75 deg. Pretty distracting to see that many birds when you are used to watching coots at Wister ! Old Quack 49




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