December Migration Report

December Migration Report

A major winter weather event and plummeting temperatures have spurred migration activity across much of the United States. Find out where ducks and geese are on the move in your flyway.

2017-12-19T14:51:42+00:00

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  1. WILLIAM J BARTON December 14, 2017 at 7:45 am - Reply

    I HUNT THE MIDDLE ZONE IN MISSOURI WE STARTING SEEING THE MIGRATION STARTING AROUND THE WEEKEND OF OCTOBER THE 14 WITH SPECKS AND BLUE WINGS SHOVLERS PINTAILS WITH EVERY-PASSING COLD FRONT THE BIRDS FLEW 2 DAYS BEFORE THE FRONT JUST LIKE THEY ARE SUPPOSE TO DO THE FIRST WEEKEND OF OUR DUCK SEASON SATURDAY NOTHING FLEW BUT COME SUNDAY THE DUCKS AND SNOWS FLEW FOR 5 STRAIGHT DAYS THEN THE SEASON CLOSED DOWN FOR A WEEK AND THERE WERE 2 DAYS THE DUCKS FLEW THAT WEEK ALONG WITH THE SNOW GEESE… HAD A SMALL MIGRATION ON FRIDAY NOVEMBER THE 17 AND ANOTHER ONE ON NOVEMBER THE 19 I HAVE HUNTED EVERY COLD-FRONT SINCE AND NOTHING HAS FLEW AND THEY HAVE BEEN STRONG COLD-FRONTS,….. I AM COMPLETELY CONFUSED. NOW THIS HAPPENS EVERY YEAR WHAT SEEMS TO BE THE PROBLEM ARE THE DUCKS JUST STAYING PUT ON THE REFUGES IN THE NORTH ZONE AND NOT MIGRATING ANY MORE OR WHAT IS GOING ON…. PLENTY OF MIGRATING FROM THE SECOND WEEK OF OCTOBER THRU THE SECOND WEEK OF NOVEMBER THEN IT JUST SHUTS DOWN… NO MATTER HOW BAD THE WEATHER GETS… I HAVE BEEN A WATERFOWL HUNTING FOR 40 YEARS….. AND IAM THERE TO SEE WHAT HAPPENS ALONG WITH OTHER HUNTERS IN MY AREA..IN MY OWN THOUGHTS I BELIEVE THE REFUGES ARE KILLING ARE HUNTING AND THEY ARE JUST NOT COMPLETING THE MIGRATION .. ANY THOUGHTS THX FOR YOUR TIME……. JOE,BARTON

    • Arden Straw December 15, 2017 at 8:49 am - Reply

      I share your frustration! I took my 1st trip to Arkansas back in 94 and came home to Ind. with 1 teal. Have taken my son and grandson to St. Charles area of Arkansas the last 2 years for 3 day hunts coming home with hardly enough to share between us. Going to Clinton Mo. Dec. 17-18-19 this year but Guide already called and ask if we wanted to reschedule (kudos to him) he said ducks were holding about 3 hrs to the North which is pretty much what you were saying. Are the good old days gone or do we just have bad timing? Always hunted around xmas in hopes of catching a part of main migration. Getting to expensive for grandpa to keep sponsoring these trIps. Still able to make some memories but would like to have just one more of the good old days. Good luck Arden Straw

  2. Ed December 15, 2017 at 12:13 am - Reply

    Hunting Oregon’s Willamette valley. Pintails have arrived in good numbers, nice groups of widgeon and teal. First week of decent hunting. Cold weather has made some of the shallow water ponds freeze until 10 or11 am. Birds flying late morning early afternoon. Wind helps

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