tucker301 Posted January 25, 2009 Author Share Posted January 25, 2009 General duck season has ended here in Southern VA as well. As usual, heavy hunting pressure and mild weather kept most of the puddlers scattered on ponds and off-limit swamps, and of course the handful of clubs with manipulated flooded "crops". Late season on the big flats and hydrilla saw decent numbers of ringnecks with a few redheads, bluebills, and a smattering of canvasbacks. Geese have been scattered and hard to pattern here as well. In the closing two weeks, colder temps locked up those places and we saw good numbers of mallards, teal, blacks, gadwalls, woodies, and even a few pintails returning to the reservoirs. Good rains a few weeks ago flooded timer in the Dan and Staunton rivers and the willows wer full of ducks seeking refuge and food. No patterning them, but they were less wary than the birds we'd seen most of the season. We got into some of them and found one backwater spot that was absolutely infested black ducks as soon as the ice melted a bit. One last photo taken Friday. Sean with our two blacks hiding in the willows. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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