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October 21, 1957
S—snowR—rainF—freeze-upT—temperatureSF—spotty flightFF—fair flightGF—good flightEF—excellent flightGDW—good duck weatherSC—season closes (or closed)BW—bluebird weatherPG—poor gunningFG—fair gunningGG—good gunningEG—excellent gunningOP—outlook poorOF—outlook fairOG—outlook goodOVG—outlook very goodSO—season opens (or opened)
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October 21, 1957

From The Flyways

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SOUTH DAKOTA: SO October 5 with EG for TEAL, especially on lakes and marshes in eastern third of state. SF of early MALLARDS, REDHEADS and CANADA GEESE. T in 50s and OVG with harder weather.

NEBRASKA: OVG/EG with gunners limiting early on TEAL at Sand Hills lakes, the Platte River Valley and along the Missouri River. Some MALLARDS, PINTAILS and GADWALLS bagged but BLUEWING and GREENWING TEAL most plentiful targets now. Rain has filled potholes and farm ponds, and OVG.

IDAHO: SO Oct. 5 with GDW and duck census is generally as good as 1956. EG for ducks and geese reported on Snake and Boise rivers. Unusually GG for HONKERS now in vicinity of Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge with 3,000 GEESE and over 25,000 MALLARDS in residence. EG for HONKERS also near marshes at mouth of Boise and Gray's Lake near Soda Springs. BW last week sent most hunters to potholes, drainage ditches and farm ponds for jump-shooting, but OG as GDW returns.

CALIFORNIA: OVG, EG and GDW has kept estimated 7 million wildfowl in state flying low. Sacramento and San Joaquin valleys report over one million birds present, including EF of HONKERS and SPECKLED GEESE. EG in Tule Lake and lower Klamath River areas. EG also along lower Colorado River for PINTAILS, TEAL and WIDGEON.

OREGON: SO October 12 and OVG for finest season in years. EF of MALLARDS, PINTAILS, TEAL and CANVASBACKS now rafting in Malheur public shooting ground with GF of HONKERS, WHITE-FRONTED GEESE and SNOW GEESE also moving in. EG too in central state's Summer Lake public shooting ground. Klamath Falls and Warner Valley areas slow, but OG.

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