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The outlook for Nebraska is "better than ever." There have never been more ducks in the state than now, and some 200,000 hunters are afield. Southeast Nebraska is suffering somewhat from the dryness. Lake McConaughy, smack in the heart of the Central flyway, is providing excellent sport.
So far, the North Dakota season shapes up as one of the best on record. There are currently 2 to 4 million ducks in the state, and 1,000 geese, mostly Canadas, are on the Souris Refuge near Devils Lake.
Western Iowa hunters are enjoying good hunting in the Missouri River Valley. Best hunting seems to be in the Spirit Lake area. Most hunters were back home by 8 a.m. with the limit of four ducks each.
Conditions in Wyoming are the same as last year—good.
Idaho's major hunting areas are the Upper Snake River, Lower Snake valley and the Boise River. Early gunning is best in the vicinity of Idaho Falls. Hunting throughout the state should be best in mid-November.
Montana hunters will find best sport in the Flathead Valley area and the Missouri River Basin. Prospects in the east are only fair.
Oregon's top spots this year are the Willamette Valley, along lower Snake and Columbia rivers and in southern Oregon in the Summer Lake, Goose Lake and Klamath basins. Water conditions are improved, providing more space for hunters and birds.
Nevada's most important hunting areas are the marshes in the Fallon area and along the Colorado River in the Lake Mead vicinity. All species are abundant.
One of the heaviest concentrations in the mountain states is on the Bear River Refuge in Utah, where 633,000 ducks have been counted. Fall migration in this area is proceeding normally, and the Texas coast, which usually winters one to 3 million waterfowl, promises best hunting success.
First to arrive in the Southeast were the blue-wing teals, and some pintails have moved into central and southern Louisiana and the coastal areas of Maryland, Virginia and North Carolina. Food conditions are excellent in the Pin Oak Flats in the Mississippi flyway, and heavy concentrations of mallards are building up.