Outdoors Angle: Mid-Season Waterfowling

Steve Carney Outdoors
Steve Carney Outdoors

The Flag Outdoors Expert Steve Carney has your weekly Outdoors Angle right here!

     As we await the mystical migration of northern ducks, it is still critical that duck hunters continue to do their scouting and locate birds on their own. The days of large bird numbers have come and gone and now we strive for what we can get.

     We are now in the mid-section of the duck season and there has been a smattering of birds coming down here and there with no great numbers. The resident blue wing teal have been a bright spot as their numbers appear to be strong.The balmy weather we have been having has kept them around. Normally they would be somewhere over New Mexico by now but fortunately they have not fully migrated.

     I spend a lot of time driving around and checking lakes and sloughs looking for any concentrations. Always be on the move and scouting. I key in on smaller water that is adjacent to big water. These smaller sloughs and lakes offer food such as snails, sago and shrimp and these are the feeding ponds versus the big water which is a roost site. Ducks make forays to these feeder ponds throughout the day. It is up to you to find them.

     We still have three weeks left to get into the northern birds. Our expected colder temperatures coming up surely will push some birds south. Keep the faith - it will happen!

Steve Carney is The Flag WZFG Outdoors expert. He can be heard every Thursday morning at 8:05 on AM 1100 and 92.3 FM WZFG. Check out his weekly podcast on am1100theflag.com and hear his Outdoors Angle reports every Friday on AM 1100 and 92.3 FM WZFG. You can also visit stevecarneyoutdoors.com for more information.