Migratory bird report
• WEST ZONE GOOSE: Outfitters said they took limits of Canadas and a few snow geese to boot over corn and wheat during the last weekend of goose season. Outfitters said they were surprised at how well geese cooperated this season, despite drought conditions. The regular goose season ended Feb. 5. The Light Goose Conservation Order began Feb.6 and few hunters took advantage of the liberal rules. Hunter participation this goose season was down overall, according to several sources. Prospects are fair.
• EAST ZONE GOOSE: Soupy fog aided e-caller hunters throughout most of the week as mild temperatures persisted, but overall, hunter participation was minimal. Some outfitters reported 50- bird shoots. Goose concentrations along the coastal prairies were not consistent this year, probably due to drought conditions, however, a good crop of juvenile birds did aid in superb decoying action. The coast received as much as six inches of rain in some spots, but on average, most fields received at least two inches of rainfall. That bodes well for all waterfowl enduring the winter, but makes it much tougher for hunters to negotiate black dirt plowed fields.
REPORTS COMPILED BY BINK GRIMES