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A few Canada and blue geese were being taken throughout the state, but though early results near Hiwassee Island in Chickamauga Lake were not up to par, prospects are improving.
Wisconsin: Early Canadian freeze shoved ducks and geese southward sooner than usual. Goose population was 27,952 (by aerial survey) on Horicon and 1,300 on Thornton Farms. The duck kill on Horicon was down a little this year, 3,375 against 3,644. Duck population (now mostly mallards with some pintails and widgeons) is also down. Earlier there were a lot of bluewing teals. Present hunting conditions: temperatures in the 20s and low 30s, light snow cover, ice on the marsh.
Duck season opened November 7; four day limit until end, January 15.
Best duck areas are Lake Panasoffkee, the Chassahowitzka River, backwaters of the Withlacoochee River, 20 miles north of the Chassahowitzka, Lake Kissimmee, south of Kissimmee, and Lake Okeechobee. Peak expected between now and Christmas.
Maine: Flights include blacks, native and migratory mallards, blue and greenwing teals, goldeneyes, pintails, redheads and a few canvasbacks. Merrymeeting Bay has offered excellent sport since the season opened. Black duck shooting now rated as excellent. Prevailing conditions very promising. Oddly, fewer duck hunters are out than in other years, but big game season still on.
Massachusetts: Blacks in greatest numbers in years, as are all other species, down around Plum Island (off Newburyport), best north shore area. Good flights of Canada geese dropping in most every evening. North-shore hunting now approaching peak as big flights of fat mallards, northern blacks beginning to come in. Reported 22,000 of them and assorted others on Merry-meeting Bay in Maine.
New Jersey: Fair to good gunning for scaups and brants continues on Great Bay, Barnegat Bay and the marshes at Brigantine. The state fish and game department operates a free ferry at 5 a.m. daily from Mott's Creek to that portion of the Brigantine federal wildlife refuge which has been opened to hunting. The best of the hunting there is for scaups, but some black ducks are also taken.
New York ( Chautauqua Lake): Excellent duck season fast moving toward peak. Large numbers of native mallards, blacks and wood ducks and a few green-winged teals provided good early shooting. Jump hunting on area streams and ponds has been very good. Excellent shooting expected until season's close, December 23, as the migration reaches its peak.