The sun sets on duck season this week in the Pacific Flyway, and now geese are the only game in town. Hunters like Jason Haley of My Outdoor Buddy, pictured in this photo, took one last shot at duck hunting before moving on to late-season geese, which offer limited but excellent opportunities until March 10, when the federal framework governing waterfowling hunting closes all seasons until fall.
Duck hunters will find nothing great about the Great Northwest as the season comes to a close this week, but the forecast continues to be fair in sunny California. While only a few hearty ducks and geese remain in the Pacific Flyway’s colder climes, it only takes a few to make your day, as Richy Harrod of Harrod Outdoors shows in this photo during a goose hunt with Alex Yerges of Pacific Calls near Moses Lake, Wash., last week.
Now you see them. Now you don’t.
Northwest ducks have been hatching a shell game of sorts with the region’s hunters, showing up one day and disappearing the next, proving that the hen is quicker than the eye.
Ducks continue to streak south in the Pacific Flyway, but hunters like Richy and Ron Harrod of Harrod Outdoors say the birds are just making whistle stops, so you better be at the station when they pass through.
When my son Tyler’s knee surgery ended his college basketball season at Eastern Oregon University, it also cut short his duck hunting season. Because he was hobbling around the house on crutches during the holidays like Tiny Tim, I bought him the duck hunting game for the Wii. Don’t feel too sorry for him, though; his virtual hunting seems to be better than real thing for virtually all West Coast waterfowlers this week.
In northeast Washington, hunters like Kent Conteras and Allen Riggs of Avery Outdoors started the New Year with cold duck on ice.