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OFFICIAL 2012 HUNTTHENORTH.COM
WATERFOWL MIGRATION REPORT



* Last Updated On Thursday December 6, 2012

NOTE: THIS WILL BE THE FINAL WATERFOWL MIGRATION REPORT FOR THE 2012 HUNTING SEASON DUE TO THE FACT THAT MOST OF THE DUCK HUNTING OPPORTUNITIES IN MINNESOTA, WISCONSIN, THE DAKOTAS AND CANADA ARE NOW OVER ALONG WITH MUCH OF THE GOOSE HUNTING WITH MUCH OF THE NORTHERN REGION NOW FROZEN OVER.

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TRACK THE 2012 WATERFOWL MIGRATION
THROUGH THE FOLLOWING REGIONS

MinnesotaNebraska
North DakotaMissouri
South DakotaIowa
Wisconsin
Saskatchewan, Canada
Manitoba, Canada

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Minnesota Waterfowl Migration Report

WEEKEND WEATHER OUTLOOK:

Weather:  Weather will be seasonal for the end of the week with temps in the upper 30’s and lows in the mid 20’s. Friday will have North winds, but Saturday and Sunday will have east winds.

REFUGE / WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA ACTIVITY:

BIG STONE NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE - LOCATION: ODESSA, MN

Reported on December 6, 2012  that on a survey conduced on 12/5 there is still an estimated 3,200 Canada geese on the refuge.  This is up 2,200 from last week as a result of thawing this week of the refuge waters.

UPPER MISSISSIPPI  NWR- LOCATION: WINONA, MN

It was reported on an aerial survey conducted on 11/15 that there were 548,000 Ducks, geese and swans between pools 4-14.  Of that total, 78,820 birds were Dabbling Ducks, 450,665 were diving ducks,  and 11,842 were Canada geese.

LAC QUI PARLE REFUGE - WATSON, MN

Reported on Decemer 6, 2012 that on a survey on 12/5 that there is an estimated 60,000-70,000 Canada geese on the refuge at this time, up from 58,000 Canada geese on the refuge last week.


REPORTS FROM THE FIELD:
Outfitter: Phil Schmidt

LAST UPDATED - Thursday December 6, 2012

GOOSE BUSTERS GUIDE SERVICE
LOCATION: Hutchinson, Mn Region
OUTFITTER / REPORTER - Phil Schmidt
PHONE - 612.325.9746
EMAIL - philschmidt79@yahoo.com
Endorsed Minnesota Waterfowl Hunting Outfitter

Phil report on 12/5 that there is more geese around than normal right now for this time of year.  Phil has been fighting the moon phase and late flying geese recently but is optimistic for snow in the forecast.


Outfitter: Chuck Ellingson

LAST UPDATED - Thursday December 6, 2012

WATSON HUNTING CAMP
LOCATION – Lac Qui Parle, Mn
OUTFITTER / REPORTER – Chuck Ellingson
PHONE – 952.484.8717
EMAIL chuck@watsonhunting.com
Endorsed Minnesota Waterfowl / Upland Outfitter

Chuck Ellingson: Chuck reported on 12/4 that there is now over 60,000 Canada geese on the refuge and the field hunting has been excellent.  he also reported that there is currently no open water remaining in the area with the exception of the refuge.


Outfitter: Adam JohnsonLAST UPDATED - Thursday December 6, 2012

FIRST FLIGHT FINISHERS
LOCATION – Minneapolis, Metro Area
OUTFITTER / REPORTER – Adam Johnson
PHONE – 651.442.7259
EMAIL firstflightfinishers@gmail.com
Endorsed South Dakota Snow Goose Hunting Outfitter

Adam reported on 12/4 that there are very strong numbers of Canada geese around the Twin City metro area right now.  He also stated that the hunting has been excellent and Adam expects it to stay good as long as the snow doesn’t bury food.  Adam is also starting to prepare for spring Snow Goose hunting now so give him a call for a spring hunt!








Iowa Waterfowl Migration Report

WEEKEND WEATHER OUTLOOK:

Highs will be in the upper 40’s to low 50’s through the weekend.  Lows will be in the mid to low 30’s and a 30% chance of rain is expected on Friday.  Winds will switch from the south to the north on Friday.

REFUGE / WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA ACTIVITY:

LAKE ODESSA WMA - LOCATION: WAPELLO, IOWA

Reported on December 6, 2012 that on a recent survey conducted on 11/30 Lake Odessa reported having 17,100. Of those ducks, 70% are mallards, and 24% are “other dabblers,” and 6% divers. On the same survey the goose numbers were reported at 2200 Canada, and 0 Snows.

RIVERTON WMA - LOCATION: RIVERTON, IOWA

Reported on December 6, 2012 that on a recent survey conducted on 11/30 Riverton reported having 25,100 ducks, of which 80% are mallards, and 13% other dabblers.  Also reported were 700 Canada geese.

SWEET MARSH WMA - LOCATION: WATERLOO, IOWA

Reported on December 6, 2012 that on a survey conducted on 11/30 Sweet Marsh reported having 2,200 ducks with 93% being Mallards, and7% other dabblers.  Also counted were 3,200 Canada geese. 
REPORTS FROM THE FIELD:
Outfitter: Shawn EldredgeLAST UPDATED – Thursday December 6, 2012

PRAIRIES EDGE
LOCATION – DES MOINES, IOWA
OUTFITTER / REPORTER – Shawn Eldredge
PHONE – 515.321.4667
EMAIL goosgru@aol.com
ENDORSED IOWA WATERFOWL OUTFITTER

Shawn reported on 12/4 that the Canada goose hunting has been very good in Iowa for the last week and he expects that it will remain consistant until a cold push of weather moved the birds south.     


Reporter: Blake Schoh

LAST UPDATED - Thursday December 6, 2012

LOCATION: Pool 9 Miss. River - Lansing, Iowa
REPORTER: Blake Schoh

Blake reported on 12/5 that his duck season is now over.  He noted that the beginning seemed to be better than the end, as they struggled with birds through the later half of the season this year.


Reporter: Scott McLelland

LAST UPDATED - Thursday December 6, 2012

LOCATION: South - Central Iowa
REPORTER: Scott McClelland

Reported on 12/4 that the 60 degree days this past week have made for some tough duck hunting. He also noted that with a lot of deer hunters out, it was even tougher. Just when you had mallards committed deer hunters shoot.  Scott also noted that the fog last Sunday shut things down and they couldn't even see 100 yards till noon, by then the fishermen were out. Scott ended by noting that there are still a lot of ducks and geese around and Maffitt reservoir and Easter Lake are holding quite a few birds. He said it looks like he will be turning to the fields to hunt geese this week.







North Dakota Waterfowl Migration Report

WEEKEND WEATHER OUTLOOK:

A cold front will be hitting North Dakota on Thursday bringing temps down to below freezing for highs, and teens for lows.  Strong winds out of the north are also expected.

REFUGE / WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT ACTIVITY:

           LAKE ALICE NWR - LOCATION: DEVILS LAKE, ND

Reported that during their aerial survey taken the morning of 11/7, that they figure most of the birds have now left the area.  They stated that last weekend they experienced 4-5 inches of snow and some freezing temps. Since last Tuesday most of the birds have now left the area.  It was noted that there are a few pockets of Snows, and Mallards around, but numbers are now declining from peak.

TEWAULKAN NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE – LOCATION: CAYUGA, ND

Reported on November 21, 2012 that most of the birds have now moved through the area for the year. They stated that only about 10-15,000 ducks and geese remain at the refuge total.  It was also reported that all water is now open, but it will most likely lock back up in ice this weekend.

ARROWWOOD WETLAND MANAGEMENT DISTRICT – LOCATION: LYON, ND

Reported that as of 11/15 the majority of the waterfowl have now left the area.  They stated that a major cold snap last weekend dumped snow on the area and froze most of the water.  Arrowwood is now holding 500 Canada geese and 200 Mallards that are still keeping a small section of water open, but other than that and a few other pockets of hearty birds, everything has moved south.

REPORTS FROM THE FIELD:
Outfitter: Matt KostkaLAST UPDATED – Thursday November 29, 2012

TOP GUN GUIDE SERVICE
LOCATION – Statewide, ND
OUTFITTER / REPORTER – Matt Kostka
PHONE – 507.696.0208
EMAIL matt@topgunguideservice.com
ENDORSED NORTH DAKOTA WATERFOWL OUTFITTER
Matt Koska reported on 11/21 that he has finished his season in North Dakota.  Matt is now running operations out of Western Minnesota and Rochester, MN through December where hunting has been very good the last couple of weeks.

Outfitter: Kyle BlanchfieldLAST UPDATED – Thursday November 29, 2012

WOODLAND RESORT / NORTHERN FLIGHT G.S.
LOCATION – Devils Lake, ND
OUTFITTER / REPORTER – Kyle Blanchfield
PHONE – 701.662.5996
EMAIL – woodlandresort@stellarnet.com
ENDORSED NORTH DAKOTA HUNTING LODGE
ENDORSED NORTH DAKOTA FISHING RESORT
Kyle reported on 11/20 that most all birds have moved out of his area now.  Kyle noted that there is a few pockets of stubborn Canada Geese hanging around but nearly all ducks are gone.

Outfitter: Brad FinnemanLAST UPDATED – Thursday November 29, 2012

HONKER DOWN GUIDE SERVICE
LOCATION – McHenry, ND
OUTFITTER / REPORTER – Brad Finneman
PHONE – 701.674.3304
EMAIL honkrdn@daktel.com
ENDORSED NORTH DAKOTA GOOSE HUNTING LODGE

Brad reported on November 29th that as of 11/13 his season is over for the year.  he stated that the cold front moved in over 4 inches of snow and freezing temps and his birds are now southbound.  Brad stated that there isn’t a duck around any longer and this will be his last report.







South Dakota Waterfowl Migration Report

WEEKEND WEATHER OUTLOOK:
Warmer temps are expected in South Dakota this weekend with highs nearing 50 and lows around 30.  Variable cloud cover and SW winds are also expected.
REFUGE / WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA ACTIVITY:

SAND LAKE NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE - LOCATION: ABERDEEN, SD

Reported on December 6, 2012 that as of 11/28 that there are 3,800 Canada geese, down from 7,800 last week. Snow Geese are now completely gone.  Ducks are down  to 13,000 from 30,000 last week.  Total numbers of birds have slowly declined over the past week.  Most of the refuge is now frozen with only one small open water area.  I spoke with refuge staff on 12/5 and they said that will be the last official report, and most birds have now moved south.

WAUBAY NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE - LOCATION: WAUBAY, SD

Reported on December 6, 2012 that from 11/29 most all birds have now the area.  Some hearty Canada geese are still hanging tough on the little open water remaining, along with a few hundred ducks.  Last week around Thanksgiving was the last big push of birds, and now they have moved through according to refuge staff.

                                     LAKE ANDES NWR – LOCATION: LAKE ANDES, SD

Reported on December 5, 2012 that there are still a few thousand Canadas, Snows, and Mallards on the refuge right now. With warm temps and little snow cover north of the refuge they still do not feel that have reached the peak migration in their area.

REPORTS FROM THE FIELD:
Outfitter: Bruce PrinsLAST UPDATED – Thursday December 6, 2012

PRAIRIE SKY RANCH
LOCATION – Sissiton, SD
OUTFITTER / REPORTER – Bruce Prins
PHONE – 605.738.2411
EMAIL – info@prairieskyranch.com

Bruce reported on 11/27 that the majority of all waterfowl are now gone from his area and have moved south.  Bruce noted that there are still quite a few Canada geese that are hanging around, but almost nothing left for Snow geese or ducks.  This will be Bruce’s final migration entry for the year and he is closing up his operation for the season.


Outfitter: Scott NenaberLAST UPDATED – Thursday December 6, 2012

NENABER'S GUIDED HUNTS
LOCATION – Huron Area
OUTFITTER / REPORTER – Scott Nenaber
PHONE – 605.350.7229
EMAIL nenaber1@live.com

Scott reported on 11/28 that there are still quite a few birds around holding strong on the open big water.  Scott reported seeing a lot of Snow geese, Mallards and Canada geese in his area.  Scott also stated that nearly all water is frozen with the exception of really big lakes.


Outfitter: John Luttrell

LAST UPDATED - Thursday December 6, 2012 

LUTTRELL KENNELS / LEGACY OUTFITTERS

LOCATION: Eastern South Dakota
OUTFITTER: John Luttrell
PHONE: 605.532.4142
EMAIL:
luttrell@itctel.com

John reported on 12/4 that the majority of the birds have now moved south of his area.  The remaining birds are keeping small pockets of water open on large bodies of water.  A cold snap is expected this weekend and it will most likely push the remaining birds south







Wisconsin Waterfowl Migration Report

WEEKEND WEATHER OUTLOOK:
Weather:  Highs will be in the mid to upper 30’s and lows in the mid 20’s through the weekend with variable winds and cloud cover. Snow is expected Sunday.
REFUGE / WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA ACTIVITY:

HORICON MARSH NWR - LOCATION: MAYVILLE, WI

Reported on December 6, 2012 that from a recent survey conducted on 11/28 there were 70,038 Canada Geese on the refuge.  This is down from 71,056 Canada Geese counted the week before.  The Mallard counts were way up at 138,060, which is up from 88,620 the week before

NECEDAH NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE – LOCATION: NECEDAH, WI

Reported on December 6, 2012 that on a recent survey conducted on 11/28 it was reported that all waterfowl with the exception of 4 Trumpeter swans have left the refuge.

CREW MEADOWS  NWR - LOCATION: GRANTSBURG, WI

Reported on December 6, 2012 that as of 11/29 the area is now frozen and all waterfowl have now left.  They noted that a few of the lakes in the area are still open and holding  some Canada geese, but the refuge itself is now frozen.

REPORTS FROM THE FIELD
Outfitter: Mike ThunLAST UPDATED - Thursday December 6, 2012

BIG WATER OUTDOORS
LOCATION – Lake Michigan
OUTFITTER / REPORTER – Mike Thun
PHONE – 920.894.4868
EMAIL mike@bigwateroutdoors.com
Endorsed Wisconsin Waterfowl Hunting Outfitter

Mike reported on 12/4 that the season closed on Saturday but the sea duck numbers are still very good, however the diver duck numbers are way down.  Mike also reported that the Canada goose numbers are down but are still good huntable numbers. 


Outfitter: Matt Raley

LAST UPDATED - Thursday December 6, 2012

HIDEAWAY HOLLOW OUTFITTERS
LOCATION – Mississippi River - Pool 9
OUTFITTER / REPORTER – Matt Raley
PHONE – 715.347.4868
EMAIL matt@hideawayhollowoutfitters.com
Endorsed Wisconsin Waterfowl / Turkey Outfitter

Matt reported on 12/4 that the season is now closed up for ducks in Wisconsin.  He stated that the last week of hunting was tough because of warm weather, fog, and light wind conditions.  Matt noted that there are still a lot of ducks in the area, staging on the open water.



Outfitter: Robb KaminskisLAST UPDATED - Thursday December 6, 2012

BEAVER CREEK OUTFITTING
LOCATION – Racine, Wi
OUTFITTER / REPORTER – Robb Kaminskis
PHONE – 262.497.4954
EMAIL rkaminskis@wi.rr.com

Robb reported on 12/4 that the Canada goose hunting has been excellent for the last few days as some new migrants came into the area this past week.  Robb also reported that the duck numbers are way down now and are all condensed on the river system.








Missouri Waterfowl Migration Report

WEEKEND WEATHER OUTLOOK:
Stable weather through the weekend will bring temps into the mid 60’s and lows only to the low 50’s.  Winds will be out of the south.
REFUGE / WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA ACTIVITY:

SQUAW CREEK NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE - LOCATION: MOUND CITY

Reported on December 6, 2012 that on a recent a survey conducted on 11/26 there were 255 Canada Geese, 2,600 White Fronted Geese, and 35,000 Snow Geese. There were also 111,727 dabblers with 1,314 Gadwalls, 95,698 Mallards, 5,260 Pintails, and 7,429 Green wing Teal.  Also there was 599 Divers counted with nearly all of them being Ringneck Ducks.


SWAN LAKE NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE – LOCATION: SUMNER, MO


Reported on December 6, 2012 that from their recent survey conducted on 12/4 the waterfowl counts were at 25,484 ducks (with no species specific info), 2,600 White Fronted geese, 836 Canada geese, and 35,000 Snow geese.


GRAND PASS CONSERVATION AREA - LOCATION: MIAMI, MO

Reported on December 6, 2012 that the current count for ducks is at 80,000 with no species specific information.  This is down from last week by about 10,000 birds.
REPORTS FROM THE FIELD:
Outfitter: Shawn Eldredge

LAST UPDATED – Thursday December 6, 2012

PRAIRIES EDGE
LOCATION – Mound City, MO
OUTFITTER / REPORTER – Shawn Eldredge
PHONE – 515.321.4667
EMAIL goosgru@aol.com
ENDORSED MISSOURI WATERFOWL OUTFITTER

Shawn reported on 12/4 that the Snow goose hunting has been very good around the Mound City area this past week and that they still have very good numbers of birds in the area.


Outfitter: Josh DeanLAST UPDATED – Thursday December 6, 2012

WEBFOOT WATERFOWLING
LOCATION – Mound City, Missouri
OUTFITTER / REPORTER – Josh Dean
PHONE – 417.217.1778
EMAIL webfootwaterfowling@yahoo.com
WEBSITE - webfootwaterfowling.com

Please check back shortly for an updated report from Josh. Thank you for your patience.







Nebraska Waterfowl Migration Report

WEEKEND WEATHER OUTLOOK:

Highs this weekend will be in the low 40’s and lows in the mid 20’s.  Sunday will have a cold snap bringing temp down to potential teens for lows.

REFUGE / WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA ACTIVITY:

NORFORK  NWR – LOCATION: NORFORK, NE

Reported on December 6, 2012 that the migration is now past its peak in their area.  They noted that the hunting overall has been very good for the past couple of weeks.  They also stated that  most of the water is still open in the area, but that may change with the looming cold front.

KEARNEY GAME FISH AND PARKS OFFICE- LOCATION KEARNEY, NE

Reported on December 6, 2012 that the hunting has slowed way down this past week because of the mild temps, south winds, and birds getting into a pattern.  The winds are going to switch out of the north Thursday and hopes are high with a new cold front that more birds will begin arriving.

LINCOLN GAME FISH AND PARKS OFFICE - LOCATION: LINCOLN, NE

Reported on 11/29 that there is good number of waterfowl around right now and the hunting has been very successful for the last few weeks.  Some birds are becoming stale with nice weather, and the migration has not yet peaked.
REPORTS FROM THE FIELD:
Outfitter: JJ RandolphLAST UPDATED – Thursday December 6, 2012

WYO-BRASKA OUTFITTERS
LOCATION – North Platte River – Western, NE
OUTFITTER / REPORTER – JJ Randolph
PHONE – 435.901.3825
EMAIL info@wyobraskawaterfowl.com
ENDORSED NEBRASKA WATERFOWL OUTFITTER
JJ reported on 12/6 that there are lots of ducks in his area, and lesser Canada geese.  He noted that not many giants have shown up as of yet, and the hunting still has been good all week.

Outfitter: Kalend McCurdyLAST UPDATED – Thursday December 6, 2012

MIDWEST MIGRATORS GUIDE SERVICE
LOCATION – North Platte River - Eastern, NE
OUTFITTER / REPORTER – Kalend McCurdy
PHONE – 402.615.2210
EMAIL huntinsnows@hotmail.com
ENDORSED NEBRAKSA WATERFOWL OUTFITTER

Kalend reported on 12/5 that this week in centeral Nebraska there continues to be a slow trickle of puddle ducks (including mallards, widgeon and gadwalls) as well as some bigger flocks of lesser Canada geese into the area. With the continued warm temps from last weekend, the hunting has been moderate this week. Although the hunters have not been taking limits of birds every day, the afternoon hunts have been productive in the fields on geese. This weekend there is an expected cold front moving through the region from the north which should push some new birds down into the area and the hunting in Nebraska should pick up dramatically.


Outfitter: Larry FrimannLAST UPDATED – Thursday December 6, 2012

BLACK GOOSE OUTFITTERS
LOCATION – North central, Nebraska
OUTFITTER / REPORTER – Larry Frimann
PHONE – 402.660.1220
EMAIL larrywbgo@hotmail.com

Larry reported on 12/6 that hunting has been consistently good for the last couple of weeks.  Bags have included both ducks and Canada geese every day afield.  Larry is also optimistic about next week as well as a cold front will be moving in to the area.







Manitoba Waterfowl Migration Report

WEEKEND WEATHER OUTLOOK:

Cold weather and snow is in the forecast for this weekend with a 40% chance.  Highs will only reach freezing temps, and lows will be in the mid 20’s.

CANADIAN WILDLIFE SERVICE REPORTS:

DAUPHIN LAKE FIELD OFFICE - LOCATION: DAUPHIN LAKE, MB

Refuge officials reported that 95% of the waterfowl has now migrated out of the area at this point and that most of the smaller water is now frozen over. They feel that the season appears to be over in there region for another year.

BRANDON FIELD OFFICE - LOCATION: BRANDON, MANITOBA

Reported that most all of the smaller bodies of water are now frozen over in the area as well as a few of the bigger lakes. They stated that the Schaol Lakes are now starting to freeze over as well and they saw a lot of migrating flocks of waterfowl move south last weekend.


OAK HAMMOCK MARSH FIELD OFFICE - LOCATION: STONEWALL, MB

Reported that on 10/30 that they have ceased there official waterfowl counts for the year but they noted that last Fri / Sat they saw a major migration of waterfowl out of the area, moving south due to a cold snap in the temps. They stated that most of the smaller waters now have up to 2 inches of ice on them and although there are still decent numbers of Canada geese and late season mallards in the area, most of the Snow geese and other ducks have now moved south as of last week. They feel the peak of the migration is well south of them now and only the hardcore birds are left in the area.

REPORTS FROM THE FIELD
Outfitter: Craig HenryLAST UPDATED – Thursday November 22, 2012

ACE WATERFOWL
LOCATION – Oak Hammock Marsh
OUTFITTER / REPORTER – Craig Henry
PHONE – 1.866.810.8711
EMAIL craigh@highspeedcrow.ca

Craig reported on 11/21 that his season is over for the year now and they are all iced up.  Craig stated that overall the duck hunting was down from previous years but better than last year. Craig also stated that the Canada goose hunting was excellent again this year as it always is and the Snow goose hunting was very good this year due to the high number of juvenile snows that came through the area. Craig is hoping that the excellent Snow goose hunting will carry over into the upcoming spring season.


Outfitters: Tom & Judy UsunierLAST UPDATED – Thursday October 25, 2012

BIG GRASS OUTFITTERS
LOCATION – Western Manitoba
OUTFITTER / REPORTER – Tom & Judy Usunier
PHONE –  204.773.3686
EMAIL – biggrass@xplornet.com

Judy reported on 10/23 that they received a fresh snowfall this morning and it seems as if most of the Snow geese have moved out of the area.  Judy also reported that there are still plenty of mallards, and Canada geese around to be hunted, and northern birds still appear to be arriving.


Outfitter: Daryl StanleyLAST UPDATED – Thursday December 6, 2012

MAGNUM NORTH OUTFITTERS
LOCATION – Interlake Region Manitoba
OUTFITTER / REPORTER – Daryl Stanley
PHONE –  204.467.8216
EMAIL dfstanl@mymts.net
ENDORSED MANITOBA WATERFOWL OUTFITTER
Daryl reported on 12/4 that overall the 2012 waterfowl season in the Interlake Region went very well this year. Daryl stated that they had great duck numbers early in the season and the Snow goose numbers were very good as well. Daryl stated that they did experience a mid season lull in early October but then ended with a bang when the northern mallards showed up at the end of October along with the greater Canadas. Overall Daryl was very pleased with the hunting this past fall and looks forward to an excellent year in 2013!






Saskatchewan Waterfowl Migration Report

WEEKEND WEATHER OUTLOOK:

Temps will only reach the mid 30’s until the end of the week with lows in thehigh 20’s.  Friday may have a wintry mix of precipitation but the reaminder of the weekend looks fair with temps nearing 40 and lows in the high 20’s.

CANADIAN WILDLIFE SERVICE REPORTS:

WADENA FIELD OFFICE - LOCATION: QUILL LAKES REGION

Reported on November 22, 2012 that at this point winter is now setting in. They stated that all of the bodies of water in the area are now completely frozen over and most all of the waterfowl have moved south for the year.


LAST MOUNTAIN LAKE FIELD OFFICE - LOCATION: LAST MTN LAKE REGIO

Refuge staff reported on 10/31 that the majority of the water has frozen over now and with the exception of a few stubborn flocks of Snow geese still hanging around, most waterfowl have now moved south for the year. They feel the season is pretty much wrapped up in their region.


WEYBURN FIELD OFFICE - LOCATION: WEYBURN, SK

Refuge officials reported on 10/31 that there are still good huntable numbers of birds around, with much of the sheet water now frozen, but the big lakes still open the birds are concentrated but still hanging in there.  It was noted that not many snow geese remain in the area as of now, but many ducks and Canada geese are.
REPORTS FROM THE FIELD:
Outfitter: Mike FranklinLAST UPDATED - Thursday November 15, 2012

PACIFIC WINGS PRAIRIE OUTFITTERS
LOCATION – SW Of Saskatoon Region
OUTFITTER / REPORTER – Mike Franklin
PHONE – 509.967.2303
EMAIL pacificwings@hotmail.com
Endorsed Saskatchewan Waterfowl Hunting Outfitter

Mike reported on 11/15 that he has wrapped upthe season in Canada now and had one the best seasons ever in Canada this year.  Mike stated that he witnessed more Mallards than he had ever seen up there before.  Mike returned home on 10/30 and is now guiding hunters in Washington at Pacific Wings.


Outfitter: Matt KostkaLAST UPDATED – Thursday November 22, 2012

TOP GUN GUIDE SERVICE
LOCATION – Quill Lakes Region
OUTFITTER / REPORTER – Matt Kostka
PHONE – 507.696.0208
EMAIL matt@topgunguideservice.com
ENDORSED N.D. WATERFOWL HUNTING OUTFITTER

Matt reported on 11/21 that they have now moved south for the year and overall it was another excellent year of waterfowl hunting in Saskatchewan. He stated that the Snows arrived early this year and the fields were harvested early as well and were ready for the migrating birds. He noted that the hunting for Snows was great through October 8th. Then he stated that the hunting slowed down a bit from Oct 8 – Oct 20th. After the 20th Matt reported that the field Mallard and lessor Canada goose hunting was awesome. He noted that they didn’t see the greater Canadas show up until the end of October this year when they were pulling out of the area. Matt stated that his scouts in central Saskatchewan have reported this week that they have a decent amount of snow cover and ice across the area and there are still a few late season greater Canada geese around but overall the season is pretty much over for the year.


Outfitter: Ryan Marsh

LAST UPDATED – Thursday November 1, 2012

RJM GUIDING
LOCATION – Saskatoon Region
OUTFITTER / REPORTER – Ryan Marsh
PHONE – 306.961.6926
EMAIL rjmguiding@inet2000.com
ENDORSED SASK SNOW GOOSE OUTFITTER
Ryan reported on 10/30 that there are still some snow geese, specks and Canada geese around.  Duck numbers are dwindling but a few are hanging in there.  Ryan stated he is now in the southern part of SK because of a freeze up in the northern region.



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