It appears hunters out for last weekend’s opening of the low plains early zone duck season met with mixed success.
So far the best reports have come from the Cheyenne Bottoms Wildlife Area.
Biologist Ted Bidrowski said the area was holding about 70,000 ducks when the season opened.
He and three friends shot limits by about 8:40 a.m. Bidrowski gave a lot of credit to hunting partner Jason Black, who had scouted the area well.
Area manager Karl Grover estimated there were about 650 hunters out early Saturday morning. He said that’s the most for an opening day in quite a few years. Success was mixed.
“Some guys seemed to do wonderful and some guys came back with nothing,” Grover said. “I think most of the ducks headed to (the refuge) pretty quickly once things got going.”
Bidrowski estimated about two-thirds of the birds taken were blue-winged teal with a fair number of pintails,too.
At the McPherson Wetlands hunters mostly shot bluewings and wood ducks said Hal Kaina, the local game warden. Unfortunately not a lot of either were taken.
He said he only found about 35 vehicles scattered around the area and he saw few, if any, hunters with limits.
“Friday it was in the low 90s and most people guessed the ducks hadn’t really started moving in,” Kaina said. “People seem to be hoping for a little colder weather to help things out a bit.”