GDW—good duck weather; BW—bluebird weather; S—snow; R—rain; F—freeze-up; T—temperature; SF—spotty flight; FF—fair flight; GF—good flight; EF—excellent flight; PG—poor gunning; FG—fair gunning; GG—good gunning; EG—excellent gunning; OP—outlook poor; OF—outlook fair; OG—outlook good; OVG—outlook very good; SO—season opens (or opened); SC—season closes (or closed)
NEW JERSEY: F/GG as main flight of Broad-bill still rafting on Raritan Bay, with only SF ranging south to Barnegat. FF of Brant on Great Bay, as most birds have moved through Barnegat Bay area. EF of Blacks in Barnegat, but GDW needed. Look for upswing and OVG.
MARYLAND: EG of Honkers on Eastern Shore, especially at Kent Island, where most pits are being hired out several times daily as hunters limit fast. EF of Cans and Blacks as late GDW moved in. EG after poor start now on Susquehanna River flats, and Chester River.
LOUISIANA: First half of split season ended last week; SO again Dec. 7, and OVG as gun-shy birds get rest and EF in progress. George Duet of Golden Meadow last week reported best hunt of his life and is now doing 90 days as penance. Judge Herbert W. Christenberry of New Orleans sentenced Duet for bagging 105 birds in one day (the limit is four), hunting without a federal duck stamp, hunting during closed season and hunting over live decoys. Christenberry, obviously a humanitarian, ordered that Duet should serve 30 days of sentence now, be released for holidays, then return Jan. 3 to finish off last 60. Since all Duet's ducks were confiscated he will be eating something else for Christmas—like crow, maybe.
NEBRASKA: EG for Mallards along Missouri River with arrival of GDW last week. EG also reported in Kerney area on Platte River. EF/EG for Honkers and Blue Geese now along Missouri River, where the straightening of a bend by Army Corps of Engineers has resulted in reclaiming river bottom for cornfields, and many geese which once moved down Mississippi River had switched to Missouri; OVG.
OREGON: EF of Mallards and Pintails now winging into Willamette in spite of BW. Lack of rain makes ideal river and pond shooting, and numerous Pintails using stubble fields, where shooters report EG over field decoys. Main flight still to come, but OG. Summer Lake public shooting grounds estimates 400,000 Snows in area, but BW has them rafting on lake in daytime and feeding at night. EF of Mallards and Honkers in Klamath Falls area, but BW here also making high flyers out of most birds and FG until weather changes. Columbia River sportsmen report EF of Honkers and Mallards around bars and islands in upper river. Honkers congregating at mouth of Deschutes River and Blalock, with morning and afternoon affording EG as geese leave river and pump over bluffs on way to wheat fields; OG and will improve.