|Southern San Joaquin Valley Zone.||Ducks||Oct 24 – Jan 31|
|Scaup||Nov 7 – Jan 31|
|Geese||Oct 24 – Jan 31|
|Southern California Zone||Ducks||Oct 24 – Jan 31|
October. This is the best month, period. October weather is usually sparkling, the leaves are changing, and you can hunt ducks and geese from Canada south to about the middle of the United States.
Ducks and geese are more consistently active then than during evenings or certainly midday. Plus, as mentioned, I usually have time to move or tweak my setup. And if the flight is good, I might have the opportunity to shoot a limit.
Goose season opens on Sept 1, and duck season opens on Sept 15th. The early season is mostly puddle ducks, which include Mallards, wood ducks, blue and green wing teal, with the occasional ringneck and blue bill.
Browning A5 Mostly because this hunting shotgun is probably responsible for more dead ducks than any other firearm in history. The A5 uses Browning’s signature short recoil operated Kinematic Drive system to cycle rounds.
Under the act, it’s a federal crime to “pursue, hunt, take, capture or kill ” migratory birds. The list of protected species has soared to 1,026, including common fowl like crows, ducks and finches.
Wet weather creates great duck hunting. An old-timer told me years ago he’d hunt puddle ducks during a long, steady rain but would forget about divers during similar conditions. Generally, I think that’s good advice. Steady moderate to heavy rain seems to stifle diving duck movement more than puddler activity.
Foul weather, for instance, is usually considered a duck hunter’s greatest blessing. Sunny, cloudy, windy, calm, freezing, warm–let’s focus on conditions waterfowlers often encounter and some tips for hunting ducks successfully, no matter what the forecast.
on a bad year (last year) i average only 25 but on a good year it can range from 40-60.
Answer: Ducks just love rain. They are quite happy to stay out in it, and they often preen their feathers and poke around in puddles. (The British refer to a rainy day as “a lovely day for ducks.”) They don’t even seem to mind snow or sleet, but they dislike cold and windy weather.
Loafing and Roosting On warm, sunny days, for example, ducks and geese will loaf in open areas where they can warm themselves in the sun. At night, waterfowl often roost in more sheltered habitats where the birds can conserve body heat and save energy.
Re: Will ducks come back to a pond after being shot? No, wait until next weekend. Give them over a week to settle down and return to your pond.
There is nothing “illegal” about shooting a “sitting” duck or goose whether it be on the water or ground.
24 and not hunt beyond the last Sunday in January 2019. Proposed daily bag limits include six ducks (not more than two hens and four mallards); three scaup; two American black ducks; two redheads; 2 canvasbacks; 2 pintails and one mottled duck (usually found along the flyway in Louisiana.)
The first Saturday and Sunday in September are designated as Waterfowler Heritage Days in Alberta. The youth can only hunt waterfowl species for which there will be an open season in that WMU. Regular bag limits and possession limits apply.