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THE OUTDOOR WEEK
Edited by Thomas H. Lineaweaver
November 26, 1956
In Maine and Ontario it is man over beast while in Washington it is man against duck and no decision. A British naturalist despairs of man, an Idaho mayor pays dearly for elk meat and an African game ranger pushes parched pachyderms to water
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November 26, 1956

The Outdoor Week

In Maine and Ontario it is man over beast while in Washington it is man against duck and no decision. A British naturalist despairs of man, an Idaho mayor pays dearly for elk meat and an African game ranger pushes parched pachyderms to water

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MASSACHUSETTS : EF of blacks in vicinity Plum Island Marshes. GF of bluebills under way, OG generally as weather hardens.

MARYLAND : Oldtimer advises EF of honkers and many limits from Kent Island area in spite of BW. EF of canvasbacks on Susquehanna flats but PG, thanks to calm weather.

LOUISIANA : Estimated 1,200,000 mallards arrived in state with GDW last week. Best spot southwestern areas around Lake Charles with EG. Agent also reports EF most birds but dispatches particularly cheery news on blue geese, which for the first time in years instead of sticking to inaccessible mudflats at mouth of Mississippi River are scattered all through southeastern sections, and bags are excellent. EG particularly in Chef Menteur area, Bob's Lake in back of Bayou Biloxi and the Hopedale-Delacroix Island area. Only raccoon retriever of season reported by Hurley Campbell and Jerry Breaux of Baton Rouge, who were gunning greenheads on Atchafalaya River last week. The pair quacked in a wedge of birds, killed two and dropped two cripples in some nearby willow trees. A few moments later large commotion heard in willows and out sped a wounded mallard with a raccoon in hot pursuit. Duck ran right into blind and was dispatched forthwith. Coon retreated unscathed.

NEBRASKA : Unusually EF of mallards along North Platte River, Platte River and the Missouri River. FF of honkers in North Platte Valley and dopester advises big Canada push imminent; statewide OVG.

IDAHO : EF of mallards in vicinity of Deer Flat Refuge with 250,000 birds in residence as of last week. EG Boise River, Payette and Snake for pintail and teal. Strike and Paddock reservoirs report EG and Silver Creek sneakboaters limiting. SF of honkers using Crane Creek, Paddock and Cascade reservoirs. EG south shore Cascade. Most gunners happy except for Jim Watkins and Art Smith of Boise. While chasing two crippled honkers on Payette River last week Watkins first shot Smith in posterior, then fell on gravel bar, sprained arm, leg and splintered stock of his $500 shotgun.

CALIFORNIA : Northern storms have trigered EF of pintails and mallards with gusty winds resulting in EG. Limit bags reported from upper Sacramento and San Joaquin valleys. In southern state hunters now averaging four birds in Finney-Ramer, Hazard and Wister public shooting areas of Imperial Valley. BW in Owens Valley short-circuiting results. Best all-round bets now in Klamath-Tule Lake region where on-the-spot observer advises EG for mallards, honkers and speckled geese. Salton Sea and Blythe area enjoying EF of snow geese. Statewide OG but storms needed along northern Pacific Flyway to really spur southern flights.

OREGON: BW dampening results in Willamette Valley and main flight still not under way. Best of state offering only FG with exception of Columbia River bars where mallards, cans and teal are in good supply.

ONTARIO: GDW has made for GG. GF of pintails and mallards in Lake of Woods district and head of Grant Lakes. FG for blacks and sawbills in Sudbury area, and FF of honkers reported from Goderich on Lake Huron shore near Sarnia. Best bag of week reported by Patsy Roberto of Welland and Larry Wales and Owen Abbie of Caledonia. Roberto notched 26 ducks, the other two men eight geese. Only sour note: Roberto's ducks were all tame Muscovys owned by area resident. All eight geese tame, also owned by area resident. Resident's reaction not reported.

FISHERMAN'S CALENDAR

SO—season opened (or opens); SC—season closed (or closes).
C—clear water; D—water dirty or roily; M—water muddy.
N—water at normal height; SH—slightly high; H high; VH—very high; L—low; R—rising; F falling.
WT50—water temperature 50�.
FG—fishing good; FF—fishing fair; FP—fishing poor; OVG—outlook very good; OG—outlook good; OF—outlook fair; OP—outlook poor

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