Snow geese flying by the hundreds over the dikes today, primarily at the Skagit Hunt club area by North Fork. I don't know what the membership fees are, but I'd a had an easy limit today if I were a member. Nobody was hunting there as well. Can you believe it? There were ducks, mostly mallards, rafting out in the bay. Enjoyed the sounds of the marsh with hawks, blue heron, snipe, snow geese, and ducks making their presence known. Them snipes sure do startle you when walking out to the marsh at 6:30am. You practically step on 'em ...... and woooosh!
Lastly, took a scouting trip to a QH (Quality Hunt per WDFW) sight called 'The Channel' which was about 6 miles due north along Channel Drive. First time I'd ever been there. There are 2 hunt spots there called Channel 1 and Channel 2. You park in the same location for both. My printed copy only specified 1, so that was learned. It looked ok, except the folks there living next to the slough/channel are within 150 yards of the blinds. I don't think they'd appreciate the sounds of shotguns going off at shooting time. At least, one would think not. Never did the walk to the blind, but it was clearly visible from the parking lot. The road actually dead ends there, too. I don't know, but I just don't think I could hunt there comfortably with the location so close to civilization. My two cents.
Sure hope they open up a few QH spots in the future down south of the city. Anyone hear or read of any? I'm sure some of our members would like that.
"decoyless, pass, jump, and sneak hunting ..... falling to earth and getting your face dirty"