Sitting here at the Sportsman's Club listening to snows and honkers fly over south to Cibola Lake. Not sure if they are new birds or birds from the loafing area on Cibola NWR. It was a tough hunt today, only 1 pin and a mallard shot by the kids. The geese are flying high and are not looking much at the spreads. The Sportsman's Club is hosting junior hunters on the South Ranch and North Ranch. 54 kids here. The NWR and guides say about 4K-5K honkers and maybe 1K of snows in the valley. Friday morning we had maybe 1K honkers go over us at the south ranch and 4 mallards. Today maybe 800 honkers went over in the morning. This year they are running 10 duck blinds on the Island Unit of Cibola NWR along with the Farm Unit where they are set up for geese.
Some of the local guides say they flooded up some stubble fields over by the Palos Verde dump (Ca side of river) and that where all the ducks are. I haven't been able to go check but I did see a huge cloud of mallards get up on the Goose Loop Tour in the corn on Cibola NWR around 2pm today. It was one of the biggest clouds of mallards I've seen in the west. Some of the hunters I've talked to who have been here all week are seeing some mallards and widgeon but it's been real slow they said. I heard some shooting on the river but not much, maybe 8 shots all morning. Swan's is shooting a bit, the private fields just east the Cibola NWR boundary.
After this morning hunt the kids had lunch and then some trap shooting, duck calling classes, bow shooting and more. The wind came up later in the day and was gusting up near 50 with the flags straight out. Temps have been a lot warmer than last year with lows around 46 and highs in the 60s. Last year was cold with the lows in the 20s. Supper was topped off with some dutch oven apple and peach cobbler. Yum. The raffle was after supper and the kids score all kinds of bling like Buck Gardner duck calls, Mad Dog and Avery blind bags and gun cases, GHG decoys, Kent Ammo and more
The kids get one more crack at the ducks and geese tomorrow morning. We hope they get some shots but I think they are having a great time judging by all the smiles around the campfires.