I will start the end of year ratings for the Southwest part of the state for ducks...
The year stared off fast with ducks that came and went due to the low water. River hunting was hard around here because the water was so low. The local ponds that I usually get tons of birds were terrible by about three weeks into the season. The birds left as fast as they came. However, I landed two new ponds and a creek on private property.
Last half of duck season was a total bust for me. I skunked out from late December on. I only saw a few high flying migrators. Overall, I shot as many ducks as the previous two years combined, so I have to say the season was an improvement over the last two horrible years!
Goose season has been completely worthless this year around Marshfield. There is a little time left, but it looks like I will only get a couple more hunts in. There has only been one real push of lessers and they left two days after getting here because of the freeze. However, it is hard to complain when you get your second band in 15 years of hunting. But, I can't eat bands, so overall the goose season has been the worst I have ever had. The drought left little to no food and the freeze just moved the birds south.
Ducks Unlimited hit this season's predictions for success on the mark. They said birds would be scarce for most hunters due to low water and little food but, hunters fortunate enough to have both would have the best season of their life.
How did everyone else do?