Warm Weather Stalling Duck Hunting in California

DU’s Peter Ottesen checks in with his latest migration report from California, and as many in the state can attest, the beautiful Fall weather has not been so great for duck hunting.

Three weeks into the waterfowl season and reports from northern California, especially the Sacramento Valley, tell a similar story: It has been tough so far, at least for hunters. Advantage goes to the ducks.

“During the drought years, birds were highly concentrated, but things have changed in 2016,” says Mike Carpenter, biologist at the Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge Complex near Willows. “We had good numbers of ducks before the season began, but with all the water available to decompose rice stubble and then the heavy rain, the birds really spread out. Coupled with the warm temperatures, the birds are not having to feed much, either.”

To read Peter’s full report, click here.