With arctic cold temperatures pushing south from Canada the entire northern half of the U.S. will see freezing temps. The central plains and Mississippi valley will see sustained lows well below freezing for the next 10 days. This weather system will change everything fast and major migration movements have already began from the Dakotas on south. Large numbers of snows and specks are being reported on the Mississippi and Central flyways along with increased hunter success for ducks in the past 24 hrs. This is was most of us have been waiting for!
Gus Laws reports from the Princeton, CA area “It has been a struggle with working specklebelly geese. There are tons of geese in the valley. They are not pattering like they should. They seem to be working more of the east side of the Sacramento River where there is more abundant dry and flooded rice. They also seem to be segregating themselves from the snow geese when I see them feeding, although there are a few bunches mixed in.”
Roland Cortez reports from Arkansas “There are still a lot of specklebellies around the Stuttgart area. Birds are being pressured a lot with the lack of ducks and hungry hunters. We are steadily getting new birds from the north and we have a lot of fresh rice and bean fields around. Specks are using the water, so using full body’s as well as floaters are helping along with using more clucking and ground moans on the call.”
Ricky Bourque reports from southern Louisiana “Well the speck numbers here are really increasing and the birds are settling in. they are stacking up in the fields adjacent to snows and can be seen laying down down in laser levels bean fields in the mud. our 2nd split should be great.”