FROM THE FLYWAYS
GDW—good duck weather; BW—bluebird weather: S—snow; R—rain; F—freeze-up; T—temperature; SF m—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)
BLACK DUCK: MASSACHUSETTS: BW and SF held down opening-day bags and OP until hard weather. Some action reported from Plum Island near Newburyport, Pine Island and the Salisbury Marshes. Cape Cod very slow except inland potholes; OP here too.
NEW BRUNSWICK: FF of blacks reported from Tracadie and Tabusintac areas, but BW holding bags down. Easterly wind should result in EF, but at the moment OF.
MICHIGAN: FF/FG due to BW. Fair bags, however, being taken on St. Mary's River flyway from Sugar Island down to Drummong and Munuscong and marshes in Les Cheaneaux Islands. According to latest state report hunters averaging 2.2 ducks per trip and OG.
CANADA GOOSE: MAINE: FF of honkers arriving at Merrymeeting Bay but most local gunners think it's below last year's flight; OG.
IDAHO: Migratory flocks not in yet but GG for local birds. Fort Hall Indian Reservation OG until freeze-up, but hunters are warned to buy reservation permit from Indians. Central state fields offering GG early or late. In southern area Crane Creek Reservoir reports FG for jeep or pickup-borne gunners and along with Paddock Reservoir will be a real hot spot when migratory honkers arrive with colder weather; OVG generally.
NEW JERSEY: SO November 3 and hunters edgy as goose population is already way ahead of last year; OVG.
WISCONSIN: BW has held honker hunters to ? below last year in famous Horicon Refuge and blinds going begging even though area offers EF and EG. Best hunter so far James W. Toon of Milwaukee who in two of his allowed three trips to Horicon has dropped four honkers with five shells. Worst hunter is one who met a stranger, boasted how well he could identify waterfowl in flight, then picked off a protected wood duck. Stranger was game warden.
WHISTLER: MAINE: EF rafting on Merry-meeting Bay by the thousand, and EG.