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Migration Alert: Hunting Heats Up in Colorado and Nebraska

Report posted November 11, 2011
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by Jeff Kurrus

"We have received our first good push of migrating birds into Colorado," says Avery Outdoors pro-staffer Vance Stolz, "and the numbers will only continue to increase from now on." He reports an influx of dabblers, divers, and geese has recently arrived along the northern Front Range. 

"We had good hunting this past weekend over water. Ducks—mostly mallards—and now Canada geese are on the move in our area. Mild weather is forecast for the next week, so the birds should hang around for a while," Stolz says.

Meanwhile, in Nebraska, fellow Avery pro-staffer Doug Steinke says that waterfowl have also been moving into the Cornhusker State in good numbers, but many of the birds, especially white-fronted geese, are passing through without offering many opportunities for hunters. "We have been shooting a good number of pintails here of late," he notes.

Steinke says more precipitation is needed in many areas to provide habitat for migrating waterfowl. "What water is left in the western basins is fading fast, and spots that were acres in size 10 days ago are now dry. On the upside, there are some big concentrations of ducks starting to build in areas with good water, and they are going out to feed in the corn late in the day," he adds.

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