Here in E Idaho, we send our local birds both straight south to Utah, but to a larger degree west, down the Snake river, and on to the Columbia, and then south to the central valley of California.
I'm still hearing reports of large takes of Blue Winged Teal locally, as of last weekend, but weather turned cold day before yesterday with wind and mixed snow & rain. Should make a difference soon!
Many years ago, ('60s) I hunted county land that now hosts a large park (Shoreline lake), and the main Google Inc, just west of a Leslie Salt pond in Mt View, Calif. Hunted it at least three times a week thru the season back before it became impossible to do so.
Nov. was the month. Best, most consistant duck hunting I ever had in California. Widgeon (Always the foundation of a season's hunt there), Cinnamon teal (Until the '70s), Green wings, then about the middle of Nov, the Sprig came in very good numbers for two to three weeks, and then came the Shovelers, and a very few Gadwalls began to show up as well by the early '70s. The Shovelers came 'en mass'. Easy to decoy, and not really bad eating either, but we held them in little regard, being only a notch above a Ruddy duck to us back then. From Christmas on, these few acres would continue to produce good numbers of Spoonies, an occasional Goldeneye, Canvasback, more than a few Scaup if the area flooded extensively, and it was windy.
How it happened I don't know, but we even killed a lost hen Wood Duck there one year. The two acre pond it normally was, produced and average of one goose every two or three years as well.
Lessers of one kind or another, Specks, and the year before I moved away to Alaska, a lone Ross's goose.
My cousin, who was my #1 hunting partner on the pond, killed a Tulie goose in the vicinity a couple of years after I moved away.
Too bad things have changed. It was great those many years ago! Beautiful natural grasses and weeds that flooded as if by magic by the first ten days of Nov. (We finally figured it to be high bay tides raising water table)
Twas a waterfowl magnet back in the day. Nothing but the best of memories.
Revisited the place 6 years ago, was almost moved to grief when I saw what they'd done to the place these many years later.
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