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I used to hunt the place more when gas was .75 a gallon. Yes, I'm old and it was a long time ago. I'm going to make the trip this time because I got drawn for the opener there and I'm going with a friend who didn't get water at his blind this year so didn't pay the full year's fee the farmer required. He has always been generous with hunts at his blind so this is about the only way I can pay him back a little.
I hunted there once in the distant past when the government shut down for awhile and reopened in November, as I recall, and it was not special. Enough birds for one of us to have a good time but not enough for both of us to have anything but a medipcre time so I didn't shoot and let my partner take all the shots. I'm expecting something similar this time.
They don't put any information on their site anymore as far as flood maps or blind averages so I'm getting there the night before and will hope they have something to help decide.
Anybody have any insights w/o burning spots? I hunted the veterans hunt there last year and could have filled a freighter with Ring Neck ducks and geese but didn't want the Ringers and we couldn't shoot geese.
I'll buy fuel at the Colusa casino.
 

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They should have last year's blind averages at the check station. Typically, the perimeter blinds are the best shooters. That's all I have. Bummer they don't post past results on the USFWS website anymore.
 

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Congrats on the draw Calamari. They posted up the flood up maps on their website today, see below. With the slightly higher number you will likely fill a less desirable blind but with it being its first hunt day there should be some good hunting early.

 

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Thanks to all and especially thanks to Ca Quacker Stacker for the link to the flood up map. For last years veterans hunt, my partner and I took #56 which I think is the longest walk of all the blinds. 80 degrees in Feb and 1 1/2 mile hump one way. Although it was on the fringe there were a lot of divers in February there.
I've hunted Sac more before they went to blinds and assigned ponds and it was all free roam. There used to be dense, 2,000 foot thick fogs back then and we'd shoot two limits of geese before 9 AM whenever there were those conditions using white shopping bags for decoys. Used to shoot 7 Pintails too. The good old days that we were told were crappy days compared to the hunting that existed prior to that time.
I'll report what I see and do.
I also got drawn for a two day veterans hunt at CWA's Sanborn Slough. I'm sure my trucks engine will blow up the next day just to keep my luck consistent with what it's always been,
Thanks again.
 

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I spent Friday night in the parking lot and never heard a bird, duck or goose. There was a brisk North wind and it should have brought bird sounds from the refuge but nothing. Wasn't shaping up to be a great day.
With #31 res our choices were pretty limited by the time we got called so I opted for a close blind and got #6. If there weren't any birds I didn't feel like humping a heavy load a mile plus to just sit.
When we got to shoot time there were a surprising number of birds in the air and a high proportion of Mallards. More than I'd seen in a long time. Our score wasn't great but about like the blinds around us. I shot a drake Pintail and a Greenhead with the only four shells I shot. I used the new MIGRA loads and was underwhelmed by their lethality. The Mallard had 5 pellets in it and it still swam to the tules where we barely got it. My friend shot 2 Mallards, a Gadwall and a bull Sprig. We lost the two Mallards and the Pintail but some guys coming in found one of the Mallards and wouldn't take it as payment for feeding his dog all year. I talked to a number of guys leaving and the two blinds next to us and our lost birds resulted in 9 cripples lost. The others had dogs and still lost them.
Lots of limits and some with 7 Greenheads. Taking #6 in a North wind meant that the birds had to fly over the entire hunting area before they got to us so we didn't have those chances at quality birds. We could have shot two limits if we wanted to shoot Teal and Spooneys.
 
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