Last week 17 hunters bagged three ducks at Finney-Ramer. The previous year 32 hunters bagged 30 ducks.
At the Sonny Bono National Wildlife Refuge, 75 hunters shot only 46 ducks last week. Last year 64 hunters shot 54 ducks. Finally, at Wister last week, 401 hunters brought in 236 ducks but a year ago 512 hunters bagged 895 ducks.
In other words, duck hunting this year is the pits and at an all-time low. But maybe, just maybe, the storm moving down from the north will drive some ducks down in front of it. We'll know by this time next week.
Snow and Ross geese are continuing to arrive at Wister and Unit One at the Sonny Bono refuge west of Westmorland. Last week waterfowl guide Myron Fortin reported full limits of white geese for five hunters Saturday. They also bagged one dark goose. On Tuesday, though, with perfect windy conditions, five hunters were only able to lure two white geese and one Canadian goose to their decoys. For more information on guided waterfowl hunts, Fortin can be contacted at 355-1292.