Local duck hunting improved last week. It's still not as good as last year but much better than the previous weeks. Best average for the Imperial Valley was at the Finney-Ramer Unit, where six hunters bagged 17 ducks, mostly green-wing teal, for a 2.87 bird average. Wister averages also were much improved.
Goose hunting on the federal and state refuges was only fair but the majority of hunters shooting private property near the Westmorland refuge at the north end of Vendell Road reported full limits of three white geese.
Westmorland refuge, a satellite of the Sonny Bono Salton Sea Refuge, is holding more than 9,000 snow and Ross geese. Last week local hunting clubs have lured all 9,000 geese off the refuge and allowed them to eat more than 140 acres of first-year alfalfa. Alfalfa seems to be food of choice for snow and Ross geese.
Wister and Sonny Bono refuge headquarters are each keeping 2,000 snow and Ross geese. Refuge managers think most of the snow and Ross geese have arrived and few more will show up before they head back north in February and March.