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2016 Waterfowl

This week wraps up the 2016 waterfowl season, a 107 day liberal framework season once again as we have been after them since mid-October. That’s a full season here in the Pacific Flyway ! Bird numbers were good this season with plenty of opportunities on multiple species and a 100% success rate on trophy drake harlequin ducks once again for our hunters. We enjoyed the company of groups from Pennsylvania, Georgia, Illinois, Oregon and California out hunting with us this year. Barrow’s goldeneye had a strong showing and there were more birds wintering in familiar areas from late October on through the season.  Gary Andy BGEPrimo CGECommon Goldeneye were plentiful as well. Surf and whitewing scoter numbers were strong, oldsquaw in their usual deep haunts, plus plenty of bufflehead and mergansers to keep us entertained on many of the hunts. In regards to puddlers, mallards were strong throughout the season and the pintail/ sprig were plentiful in the late season. Full plume gadwall, gw teal and wigeon were “bonus” birds over the last month. On to the offseason for some gear and boats maintenance, decoy repairs ( you know who you are ) and start getting the tackle ready for fishing this Spring… Salud !

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