Weekly Migratory Bird Hunting Report – January 21st, 2009

Weekly migratory bird hunting reports are posted from early
September through early February.

High Plains Mallard Management Unit: Goose hunting cooled off a
bit this week with the warmer temperatures. Fewer geese are using
Cactus Lake near Etter. Snow geese remain in abundance, but high
skies and light winds have hurt decoying action. Duck action has
been steady over playas, with mallards, gadwalls, green-winged teal
and wigeons making up the brunt of the bag. Knox City hunters have
seen fair to good duck and goose hunting. Duck season ends at
sunset Jan. 25. Goose hunting in the West Zone continues through
Feb. 8. The Light Goose Conservation Order begins Feb. 9. Prospects
are fair to good.

North Zone Duck: Duck hunting has slowed as of late, probably
due to dry conditions and light winds. Hunters searching for
mallards have had a tough time finding the prized duck. Area lakes
and reservoirs have been devoid of greenheads for most of the
season. Wood ducks have disappeared as of late, probably due to
timber sloughs and back waters drying to dust. Lots of diver ducks
on Toledo Bend, Caddo Lake, Lake O’the Pines, Lake Fork and Sam
Rayburn. Gadwalls and a few wood ducks have been taken on Lake
Palestine. Timber ponds able to be rested during the week have
yielded decent shoots for mallards on weekend. Duck hunting around
the IH-10 corridor has been slow, except for a few rested ponds. An
influx of green-winged teal helped fill the bag during the past
week. The season closes at sunset Jan. 25. Prospects are fair.

South Zone Duck: Dry conditions across the coast have hurt duck
hunting success. Few prairie ponds are left from the lack of rain
during the past five months; however, those who have water have had
successful hunts. Best hunting has been around East Bernard,
Wharton and Chesterville. Duck hunting along the bay has been tough
around Port O’Connor. Hunters able to find large rafts of redheads
and pintails have shot their birds, but movement has been minimal
during the day. Good hunts have been posted near Collegeport and
Palacios. An influx of green-winged teal has helped put birds in
the bag. Rockport hunters have taken limits of redheads and a few
bluebills. Port Mansfield has been fair for divers and pintails.
Goose hunting has been fair at best with bluebird skies. Geese are
beginning to separate into small groups and worked the edges of
fields for remaining food sources. Most geese are feeding on green
fields or pastures over-seeded with rye grass. Duck and goose
season ends at sunset Jan. 25. The Light Goose Conservation Order
begins Jan. 26. Prospects are fair.

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