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Watch out for illegal prey: a flock of whistling swans estimated at over 1,000 were reported on Chautauqua last week.
Long Island: Winter flight of Canadian black ducks not yet arrived at south shore of Long Island except for small vanguard, but local blacks are providing fair sport, and pintails more than usually abundant. Great South Bay has largest concentration of scaups in last five years but they're still rafted solidly unless last Saturday's snow flurries and freezing temperatures broke them up.
Nags Head sector reported normal duck crop of baldpates, pintails and teals. Hunters are getting limits each day when weather conditions right. Canada geese flocks in this area not quite up to normal. Official count showed a total 37,413 all species waterfowl.
Mattamuskeet Lake, in Hyde County, reported between 80,000 and 85,000 Canada geese this year, largest number since 1952. Hunters in lake and field blinds having no difficulty getting limit daily.
Pennsylvania: Duck hunting slightly better than previous years. Right now there are blacks and mallards still left. The opening date was moved ahead five days this season.
There have been more geese in the area than in recent history. Charley Lucas, Columbia, got three Canadas in one day and also brought down a rare—for this area—blue goose. Season closes December 17 in most of state.
South Carolina: Mild weather kept ducks at about same number as last year or lower, despite optimistic reports from north. As always, mallards most numerous but wood ducks, increasing yearly, probably now run second. Others include scaups, blacks, teals, gadwalls, widgeons, with fair numbers of canvasbacks in some coastal sections. Geese increasing slightly.