November 2015

Hunting Log

Goose Opener at Ridgefield: What Kind of Goose is That?

The last time we hunted Blind 1, during non-goose season, geese flew over us constantly. A week later we came back to the same blind and continued our lessons in goose identification. Location: Ridgefield Wildlife Refuge, Blind 1 Conditions: Cool, cloudy, between rain bands Birds Taken: 9 for 3 hunters (6 northern shovelers, 1 hooded merganser, 2 geese (cackler and [...]
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Early November Saturday Hunt at Ridgefield Blind 1

If goose season had been open we'd probably have limited, but instead we got only a couple of opportunities at ducks on a day bringing lots of rain. Location: Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Blind 1 Conditions: Cloudy and cool in the morning; rain midday Birds Taken: 0 for 2 hunters (only two good opportunities) Since the blind reservation system for [...]
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Early November Standby Hunt at Ridgefield

Bad luck and a slow day for ducks on the refuge provides some good wildlife viewing. Location: Ridgefield NWR, Blind 6 Conditions: 39 degrees and light fog in the morning, warmer and partly cloudy in afternoon with breeze of 5-10 mph Birds Taken: 0 Typical of a mid-week hunt, work schedules get in the way of hunting. Roman was unable [...]
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Late October Duck Hunt at Ridgefield NWR

Sometimes the biggest challenge in duck hunting is getting into a location where the ducks want to be. This Ridgefield hunt provided a perfect example. Date: Thursday, Oct. 29, 2015 Location: Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Fee Hunt Unit, Blind 18 Conditions: Mostly cloudy, cool, calm Birds Taken: 2 for 2 hunters (1 mallard hen, 1 ring neck hen) It was nearly noon on this late [...]