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Outdoor report: Goose, quail and snipe season opens

October 19, 2001|By AL KALIN, Special to this newspaper

Tomorrow is the opening day of goose, quail and snipe season. Shooting hours are a half hour before sunrise to sunset.

Quail numbers look very good this year. Top spots to try are the game bird heritage food plots in the Niland area. Additionally, areas along the New and Alamo rivers as good as the desert edge will be holding birds.

The limit for quail is 10 per day and 20 in possession after opening day. Quail season runs through Jan. 27.

It's too early for goose season to start, but ready or not here it comes. Wouldn't it be nice if the season started a month later and ran a month longer at the end? The season ends on Jan. 20.

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Limits are the same as last year for geese. You can shoot five geese per day. No more than three can be dark geese and no more than three can be white geese. In addition, one small Canadian goose a day such as a cackler, Richardson goose or Aleutian goose is allowed in your limit of three dark geese.

Common snipe season starts tomorrow and continues until Feb. 3. The limit is eight and 16 in possession, the same as last year.

These little guys are really hard to hit as they launch like little rockets from between your feet as you walk the wet marshy areas and go darting off through the cattails and reeds. An upland game bird stamp is required to hunt snipe.

The opener for duck season last weekend started with a big bang on Saturday as 45 hunters at Wister bagged 4.33 ducks each but Sunday things fizzled when 37 hunters only bagged .86 birds each. The majority of birds were teal and shovelers. Ten hunters at Finney-Ramer bagged 20 ducks Saturday while two hunters Sunday blanked but witnessed a beautiful sunrise.

Few corvina are being caught as fishermen fan out in search of the elusive fish. Salton Sea guide Ray Garnett is reporting only one or two fish a day trolling Thin-Fin lures around the Red Hill area.

Other Salton Sea fishermen have been trying to find the corvina in deeper water jigging with Hopkins and Kast-Master spoons as well as the shallow water along the west shore of the Salton Sea drifting live bait with little luck.

For the last few years corvina have been hitting well along the shallow waters of the west shore during November for those using tilapia and mudsuckers.

If you would like to report your catch, Al Kalin can be reached on the Internet at akalin@quix.net

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