View Full Version : Were are all the Ducks
12-31-2003, 09:05 PM
Were have all the the ducks gone. I have been duck hunting for about 13years now and i think this is the worst year i have ever seen. I am hunting near Kesterson NWR. I keep saying the birds are still up in Sac. doesnt seem like anyones seeing much up that way either. I think DFG and NWS has bought up so many duck clubs and close zones that no matter what the weather is the ducks are tied up in there little save havens never to be seen by us license buying citizens. I might have heard 30 shots this morning. We are approaching January not October. This sucks. http://www.jesseshunting.com/forums/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/smiley-soapbox.gif
12-31-2003, 10:31 PM
I feel your pain http://www.jesseshunting.com/forums/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/thumbs-down-little.gif
01-01-2004, 06:28 AM
Tell me about it! I went to a rest area yesterday and only saw about 50 ducks. The place is normally covered up this time of year.
You are right, IMO, about the resting areas and duck clubs. The ducks know where it's safe and stay there. The refuges need to rotate every 2 or 3 years. (The huntable areas around refuges need to be refuges every 2 or 3 years and open up some refuge areas. Rotate.)
01-01-2004, 07:10 AM
I hear ya Dan. I started hunting this part of the valley in 2000 when I moved here. I'm definately not seeing the numbers of birds @ the San Luis complex that I did since moving down here.
S. Frietas has been downright worse than slow. I was out there Monday during the major storm....should have been birds everywhere...nadda. I managed to call a few in but hardly anything was flying compared to 'usual'.
In spite of a couple of okay shoots, it still hasn't really 'turned on' like I've grown accustomed to. San Luis has only had 1 day since opening weekend where the average has been over 3 this year. And many more 1 bird average days are posted on the board than the last few years.
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