The bulk of the Central Flyway's birds seem to be hung up in Montana and the Dakotas. While some nasty weather in September and October pushed down quite a few the majority are still up north, with reports that even the prairie provinces are still holding good numbers of birds.
I'm not saying that Wyoming, Nebraska, Colorado, Iowa and Missouri don't have birds but they don't have all their birds yet. It's gonna take some cold weather to push down the rest and kick the migration into high gear.
If I could travel to kill birds my itinerary would include Eastern Montana, NoDak, SoDak and Northern Nebraska right now... I wouldn't turn down a trip to Central Wyoming either.
Just the skinny from my neck of the marsh... what have you heard?
We had a bunch of birds for the opener in early November, and got some steady pushes for the first 2 weeks or so, but we’ve picked up no new birds in about the last 10 days, and the ducks we’ve got now are very stale. It’s pretty tough here right now, but we may pick up new birds in the next week.
We’re not near done, with only about a million birds showing up on our public areas that are flown and counted regularly. Still a bunch of ducks to still come down the pipe. Gonna take some weather to move those red legged mallards though.
On Sunday evening we received a hard north wind with blowing snow. I was excited to see the temps drop and the wind blow; we did get some new birds, mostly Goldeneyes (Scott will be excited) but not much else. Waiting on the weekend to see what finds its way down over the course of the week.
Big storm in Montana is pushing birds down. Be careful out there in the extreme temps this weekend but we should have fresh birds now and more on the way! For ideas on how to take care of your canine companion during these late season hunts visit http://www.wingmen.us/ and check out the Extreme Conditions Dog Care blog series. Best of luck, Happy New Year and stay safe out there!
Took this picture this afternoon (March 9). They are still here. They were on my pond with some honkers. Took off right after I took this, pretty wary.
Specs! White Front or Specklebelly Geese showed up in my pasture today. They were with about 100 Canadas. First time ever seen Specs here. There were 3 of them. Also had 6 Snows a couple of weeks ago. The migratory birds are starting to move back north. We still have a ton of non migratory Honkers.