Articles by PenTale

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Success and Challenges at McNary

Divers rule the day as McNary serves up lessons in identification and reminds us that we're not as good as we think we are. Location: McNary Wildlife Refuge, Fee Hunt Unit, Blind 6 Conditions: Partly cloudy, cold, breezy from the south Birds Taken: 14 for 2 hunters (1 mallard drake; 1 mallard hen; 1 American wigeon drake; 1 pintail hen; 6 ringnecks; 4 [...]
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Ducks in a Downpour

Scott digs through his bag in Blind 16 as Phil retrieves a duck in a downpour. Occasionally I'll lurk on duck hunting message boards to pick up tidbits and to make sure I'm up to date on what people are discussing. One of the questions I've often seen people ask is whether duck hunting is [...]
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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 [...]
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An Opening Day Duck Hunt at McNary’s Burbank Slough

McNary once again provides a good mixed bag of ducks, some fantastic opportunities, and retrieval challenges. Location: McNary Wildlife Refuge, Fee Hunt Unit, Blind 13 Conditions: Partly cloudy, warm, light breeze from the south Birds Taken: 12 for 3 hunters (3 mallard drakes; 3 mallard hens; 3 pintail hens; immature ring neck drake; 2 widgeon, 1 immature drake [...]