The Sacramento valley is starting to fill up with specks. Pro Staff Gus Laws took some pictures the last couple of days out scouting. Also, reports from Canada, Midwest and South.
Early Season preparation tip: tune/practice speck calling situations, clean decoys, start cleaning blinds, muddling layouts (If needed), begin scouting areas and look for patterns. Early Season the specks enjoy cut flooded rice fields, later in the year they will go to dry rice and ultimately into green grass areas.
Video on this first day of fall, showing the return of large numbers of ducks and geese to our valley.
Scenes from today at the Colusa National Wildlife Refuge.
Shane Chesson reports down in Winnie TX. The teal have been really consistent. We thought the flooding that we had would really scatter our birds or make them move on. Most of the hunts were very good running several groups a day. Had a few days that the birds moved out and had a few slow hunts. We had another push of birds come after the Louisiana season opener and hunting went back to really good. Also started seeing pintails on a consistent basis.
In Illinois the teal season has came and went just like the large numbers of blue winged teal. They weren’t around for long and once hunting pressure was felt the public land birds disappeared. Combines are rolling out and with little to no rain in the past 6 weeks the crops are ready. This dry period has lowered many ponds and backwater areas are dry and producing natural feed, BUT if things don’t change the midwest will struggle having and water to control.
Up North, there have been several of our Pro Staff heading up to Canada over the past few weeks with great success. In the past week one of our crews have been shooting over 50 birds a day focusing mostly on Snow geese in Saskatchewan. The specks have been thin but the birds they have found were very huntable.
Dan Gannaway – Speck Warehouse, Media Coordinator