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Outdoors: More snow geese arriving

November 22, 2001

More snow and Ross geese continue to arrive daily at the different Valley refuges. Hunting success is poor due to the increased amount of available feed this year for the newly arriving birds.

According to Myron Fortin, local waterfowl guide, the geese are feeding on fields in the middle of the refuge. Fortin believes hunting will improve as soon as the birds move to the edge of the refuge to feed, making them much easier to decoy.

Hunting success for ducks continues to be below normal at Finney-Ramer, Wister and the Sonny Bono National Wildlife Refuge. So far winter storms are not pushing the birds into our area.

Pheasant hunters are still finding pheasants where dense cover is close to food and water.

Corvina fishing continues to be slow but catfish are a different story. Felix Fairley from Westmorland is catching nice stringers of channel catfish from Imperial Irrigation District canals using live shad for bait.

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For you bird watchers, a rare, immature tri-colored heron is still hanging around the slough at the intersection of Lack and Lindsey roads.

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

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