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Migration Alert: Colorado birds arriving on the Front Range

Report posted November 15, 2011
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By Jeff Kurrus

While two snowstorms in the Northern Front Range of Colorado delayed field hunting during the state's first good push of migrating ducks nearly two weeks ago, warmer temperatures have allowed corn harvest to begin and hunters last weekend were killing ducks over stubble. Mostly mallards, wigeon, gadwall, pintails, and divers were being located, and hunters were doing well hunting late afternoons.

"We find using several dozen full body GHG duck decoys, a few GHG FFD Goose decoys, and 3-5 Mojos seem to work best during the cornfield hunts," Avery Pro Staffer Vance Stolz from Colorado says.

But finding water will also be a good option in the coming days. "We've had several thousand dark geese and well as some snows make it here to the Front Range, and these geese are primarily concentrated on some of our larger reservoirs in the Windsor and Fort Collins area," Stolz added. With the goose season starting Saturday, the conditions are setting up well for a strong opening. 

Report near Gunnison, Colorado from DU Migration Map

Sunday, Nov. 13, 2011

C. Rhodes reported Increasing numbers & migrations
Time: Early morning
Weather: Overcast
Temp: 10-20 degrees
Wind: Calm

Comments:
Saturday the hunting was insane! Saw great numbers of birds and they all decoyed up. They also responded very well to the call. We shot 9 on Saturday. Sunday was a little slower and did not see the numbers. Had a couple of birds decoy and had a couple that responded to the call. We shot 5 today

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