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Field Test | Bucket List Ranch | Lookout, Ca

Saturday, January 21st, 2012

We been talking to Brad Hunter of Ash Creek Outfitters about field testing his new lodge, The Bucket List Ranch, in Lookout, Ca for a couple of months. He had advised us that he would give us a call when the geese show up and that call came in about the first week of January. We booked our tickets and were scheduled to show up the last weekend of goose season. For some odd reason the Northern California Zone opens and closes early. We were pumped up and could not wait to shoot some honkers.

We flew out of San Diego into Sacramento Thursday night, the 12th. Later we realized it is about a 4.5 hour drive from Sac. After talking to Brad, he recommended flying out of Reno in the future. We made a quick stop in Willows to pickup John, and we were on our way. We came into Lookout at about 4:00 am. Brad and Alison had the bunk house warm and ready to go for us. Coffee was on and it was going to be a no sleep day. After a great breakfast provided by the Brad, we  set out for our hunt.

We met Ty Nay, guide at The Bucket List Ranch, in the field. The property we were hunting was located directly on the pit river. It was recently obtained by Brad and they had been killing quite a few geese on it prior to us coming up. We were pit blind hunting on a dry field just off the river. It is pretty cold up there, the first morning it was 12 degrees outside. Not what we are used to hunting the rice fields in the Sac Valley or So. Cal. Most of the birds did not want to move until about 9:00 am when the sun had warmed the air just past freezing. At about 9:30 we had our first group of birds work in. They did not wan to play for some reason, so after the first pass we took them at about 40 yards. Down came one greater. There was a pretty long pause after that in activity. Around 11:00 am the birds really starting moving. We had 15 birds come in from the east and lock right up on us. They circled once and proceeded to bomb in. There was a slight breeze, so they decoyed in a little sideways, as the wind had changed from when we set up. We all get up when the birds are feet down 15-20 yards and whiff. One bird come down and Ty, the guide, is the only one to drop anything. We basically felt like slapping ourselves, this was our chance to load up and leave. That set the tone for the day and we felt like we were all rookies. Oh well, it happens. 30 minutes later we had another group come in and down come 2 more. We were happy with what we shot and beat tired, so we decided to call it a day at noon. Of course as soon as we went to load up decoys, we had groups of birds working.

Day 2 was a cold one. We woke up to 3 degree weather. It was really cold. We decided to setup on the river in a small blind they had setup on the bank. Brad and Ty broke a nice hole in the ice on the river, and tossed duck and goose floaters in.

It was freezing cold, but we were determined to kill some birds. It was a slow start, nothing wanted to move. Around 10:00 am,  3 Mergansers came charging down river and met a few 12 gauges. We killed all 3 quickly and the skunk was off. We stuck around until noon and NOTHING wanted to move. We saw a few flocks of geese in the distance that would get up and go right back down. They did not want to go anywhere.

Day 3 was the last day of goose season and it seemed as though anyone for 50 miles knew it. The first 2 days we saw no one going to hunt, but today it seemed as though the community had come out of their shells for one last day of goose carnage for the year. We made it to the field and set up in the pit blind again hoping it would be as productive as day 1. Around 9:30 we had a lot of birds moving. Lots of Lesser’s and Specks in the area. We called in a few flocks that were very weary from being shot off the roost that morning. Nothing wanting to decoy and finish. At 10:30 we had a group of Lesser’s come take a look. They came in 40-45 yards. We drop a couple and that was our day. There was a storm approaching and the highway in can get very sketchy when it is snowing. We knew we needed to pack it up and get out of town. We headed back to a great lunch and we were on our way back to Sacramento.

Brad Hunter and Alison are some of the most accommodating people we have ever had the pleasure of staying with. Their lodge is first rate, and their food is incredible. We ate like kings the entire time we were their. With meals like Sweet and Sour Goose, Rib Eye Steaks, and homemade soup (everyday) you never go hungry.

The bunk house is like a really nice cabin. The beds are full size bunks and brand new, very comfortable mattress’s. Flat screen TV with satellite cable, phone and a wood burning stove make you feel like you are right at home.

Brad plans on hunting his 600 acre ranch starting next year which the lodge lies upon. You will be able to sit on the patio and watch birds on the ponds.

He has dug 2 good size ponds and built up islands. These ponds are the first source of water in the valley coming over the ridge from Tule Lake. Fields adjacent to these ponds are planted with wheat.

Heated blinds with full power are currently under construction. These will be very nice and comfortable even on the coldest days. Power to the ice eaters in the pond will be controlled from the blind.

The Bucket List Ranch is first rate and one of the most peaceful places in California. Brad and Allison are great Outfitters and have some of the finest property in the area. They are taking reservations for next season and for Trout season this summer. In addition to the bunk house, they have (2) RV spots with full hookups.

Bucket List Ranch

Hunters Ash Creek Outfitters
5515 County Road 87

Lookout, Ca  96054

Phone: (530)708-1000

bucketlistranch@yahoo.com

huntersashcreekoutfitters@yahoo.com

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2012 California Waterfowl Regulations

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011

2011/12 WATERFOWL REGULATIONS BY ZONE

This information is provided to you as a general guide only. Please refer to the California Department of Fish and Game website or other materials for official information.

REGULATION HIGHLIGHTS FOR ALL ZONES:
**The duck season is > 100 days, and the bag limit 7 birds/day in all zones.
**The white-front limit is now 6 for most zones.
** 5-Day late season for white-fronted geese & white geese in BOS Zone.
**”Electronic” Spinning wing decoys will be allowed from December 1 until the season ends (statewide).

BALANCE OF STATE ZONE
Seasons:
Ducks and Geese: October 22, 2011 through January 29, 2012.
Scaup: November 5, 2011 through January 29, 2012.
Brant Special Management Areas: Northern Brant, November 6, 2011 through December 5, 2011. Balance of State Brant, November 12, 2011 through December 11, 2011; 2 per day, 4 possession.
Special Youth Hunt Days: February 4 and 5, 2012.
Early Resident Canada Goose Season: October 1, 2011 through October 5, 2011 (Except in the North Coast Special Management Area)
Late White-front and White Goose Season: February 18, 2012 through February 22, 2012
Limits:
Ducks: Daily bag limit: 7. Which may contain 7 mallards of which only 2 can be female; 2 pintail; 1 canvasback; 2 redheads; 3 scaup.
Geese: Daily bag limit: 8. Which may include up to 6 white geese and up to 6 dark geese.
Early Resident Canada Goose Season: 6 Canada geese
Sacramento Valley Special Management Area: No more than 2 white fronts may be taken only from October 22, 2011 until December 21, 2011. For more information on the Sacramento Valley Special Management Area limits and boundaries, please refer to California State Waterfowl Regulations.
Possession Limit Ducks and Geese: Double the daily bag limit.

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA ZONE
Seasons:
Ducks and Geese: October 22, 2011 through January 29, 2012.
Scaup: November 5, 2011 through January 29, 2012.
Special Youth Hunt Days: February 4 and February 5, 2012.
Limits:
Ducks: Daily bag limit: 7. Which may contain 7 mallards, of which only 2 can be female; 2 pintail; 1 canvasback; 2 redheads; 3 scaup.
Geese: Daily bag limit: 8. Of which only 6 may be white geese and only 3 may be dark geese.
Possession Limit Ducks and Geese: Double the daily bag limit.

NORTHEASTERN CALIFORNIA ZONE
Seasons:
Ducks: October 8, 2011 through January 20, 2012.
Scaup: October 8, 2011 through January 1, 2012.
Geese: October 8, 2011 through January 15, 2012.
Special Youth Hunt Days: September 24 and 25, 2011.
Limits:
Ducks: Daily bag limit: 7. Which may contain 7 mallards, of which only 2 can be female; 2 pintail; 1 canvasback; 2 redheads; 3 scaup.
Geese: Daily bag limit: 8. Which may include up to 6 white geese, up to 6 dark geese, of which only 2 may be large Canada geese.
Possession Limit Ducks and Geese: Double the daily bag limit.

SOUTHERN SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY ZONE
Seasons:
Ducks: October 8, 2011 through October 30, 2011 and November 12, 2011 through January 29, 2012.
Scaup: November 12, 2011 through January 29, 2012.
Geese: October 22, 2011 through January 29, 2012.
Special Youth Hunt Days: February 4 and February 5, 2012.
Limits:
Ducks: Daily bag limit: 7. Which may contain 7 mallards, of which only 2 can be female; 2 pintail; 1 canvasback; 2 redheads; 3 scaup.
Geese: Daily bag limit: 8. Which may include up to 6 white geese or 6 dark geese. Possession Limit Ducks and Geese: Double the daily bag limit.

COLORADO RIVER ZONE
Seasons:
Ducks and Geese: October 21, 2011 through January 29, 2012.
Scaup: November 5, 2011 through January 29, 2012.
Special Youth Hunt Days: February 4 and February 5, 2012.
Limits:
Ducks: Daily bag limit: 7. Which may contain 7 mallards, but not more than 2 female mallards or Mexican-like ducks; 2 pintail; 1 canvasback; 2 redheads; 3 scaup.
Geese: Daily bag limit: 6. Which may contain 6 white geese and up to 3 may be dark geese.
Possession Limit Ducks and Geese: Double the daily bag limit.

San Diego Ducks Unlimited Dinner

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011

Duck Unlimited San Diego Dinner
Ducks Unlimited Dinner San Diego

Corporate tables are $1000.00. They come with 10 tickets and a private shot gun raffle.

Dinner Details
Date: Friday, September 16th
Doors open @ 6pm

Location:
San Diego Mission Valley Marriott – Rotunda Room
8757 Rio San Diego Drive
San Diego, CA 92108

Contact
Ty Young – 619-454-3063
tdyjr27@yahoo.com

Snow Goose Migration Hitting South Dakota

Monday, March 14th, 2011

Snow Goose Migration Hitting South Dakota

PIERRE, S.D. – An annual spectacle of hundreds of thousands of snow geese migrating through the state has begun.  Reports of large numbers of the geese in southeastern South Dakota signals the coming of spring.

“We have been getting lots of reports from our field staff of snow geese from Beresford, Scotland and Yankton,” said South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Department Terrestrial Chief, Tom Kirschenmann.  “There is a great interest in hunting these birds in the spring.  They move long distances from day to day, and scouting is the key for success.”

To assist hunters with scouting snow geese, GFP has created a Waterfowl Hunting Opportunity Thunderstorm Map.  The map, located at  http://gfp.sd.gov/hunting/waterfowl/migration ,was created last year to help hunters follow duck and goose movements.  GFP will be updating the map frequently with reports from Conservation Officers and other field staff.

“The Thunderstorm Maps have been very popular with hunters,” said Kirschenmann. “They allow hunters to cut down on scouting time, and hopefully increase success.”

Under a Conservation Order, hunters are able to harvest 20 snow, blue phase and/or Ross’ geese a day.  The use of electronic calls and shotguns holding more than three shells is also legal.  The Conservation Order has been a tool used by many states to attempt to control the abundant snow goose population and the damage they have been doing to their Arctic tundra breeding grounds.

Reference: South Dakota Game, Fish & Parks | 523 E. Capitol Ave | Pierre, SD 57501

Spring Flyback Update South Dakota March 11

Monday, March 14th, 2011

Last Update: March 11, 2011 1:42 PM .

  • 03/12/2011 REPORT:
  • Reports of thousands of geese through out Minnehaha County. Lots of geese heading north still, however as of noon today many flocks are now being observed flying in a southerly direction. Geese are probably hitting the snow line and turning back south. Reports of thousands in the Baltic area. With the snow line just to the north of Sioux Falls, this area could see large concentrations of geese for the next several days.
  • Remember, Daylight Savings Time starts at 2:00 a.m. sunday morning.
  • Weekend Weather for March 12-13.

Private Club

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010

11-20-2010

I was invited by my brother Ali from Bloodydecks.com to hunt his private duck club in the Imperial Valley. The club is located in Mecca, CA smack dab between Palm Springs and the Salton Sea. The weather forecast called for pretty ducky weather, so we were excited.

As the sun rose, there was not a ton of birds flying. We had a few birds work us right away, and one of them Ali put to death. It was a hen Pintail. Next we had a couple of groups of Mallards work us coming off a neighboring resting pond. John and his 2 sons from Big 5 Sporting Goods, let them have it. They took 2 out of that bunch. From there it was slow for about an hour. A small group of teal buzzed us and I got a piece of one. I have never seen a green wing teal boomerang like this bird did. I broke a wing and it actually flew back to us and landed on the pond in front of us.

At 9:00 everyone broke for breakfast. We ate at the local truck stop which had great Mexican food. John and his boys decided they had enough, so they headed for home. Ali and I decided to stick around.

Back in the blind at 11:00, it was pretty slow. We had a single wigeon Ali called in from way out come to take a look. After 3 shots from Ali and 2 shots from me, the third shell in the chamber got him. HORRIBLE shooting…. (more…)

Browning Maxus 12 Gauge

Wednesday, November 17th, 2010

I recently picked up a Browning Maxus 12 Gauge and LOVE it! I have shot the Binelli for a couple years now and Remington semi auto’s most of my life. None of which compare to this new gun by Browning. Recoil on the gun is like shooting a pee shooter with 3.5″ shells. Over compensating for ducks and geese is not an issue. Cleaning and taking the gun apart takes only minutes. the rubberized coating is great for grip in wet conditions. The quick release on the stock is one of the best ideas a gun manufacturer has ever come up with. I can say I am 100% happy with this gun and would recommend it to anyone.

Delevan Report – Popped The 2010 Cherry

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010

The Kill Zone crew ran up to Delevan to pop the cherry for 2010 on the field with Kenny our guide. Kenny was a little skeptical on how the hunting would be as usual because it was still a little early and we had not really had any weather.

Friday we woke up to a 5-15 mph north wind. Not as strong as we were hoping for, but good enough to move the birds around a little. It was slow until about 7:30. The birds started to move off of Delevan and started coming in by the pair. They were a little decoy shy and played follow the leader like last year, which really blows. One bird would suck the flock away after they would work us for a few minutes.  This happened for an hour until one dumb Ross came charging down the check. He met his maker.

From there it was pretty steady until about 11:00 a.m. We would get groups bouncing from Delevan to the flooded field to the west of us. We picked away at them and ended up with 6 for the morning.

There was 25-30 mph winds the next day with 40 mph gusts, so we decided to give it a rest until Saturday.

Specks did not want to play, as we did not have a ton of water in the field. The farmer was hesitant to flood again as we were expecting more rain this coming week.Specks usually want to get their feet wet, to get excited about decoying.

Saturday the forecast was pretty much spot on. And to say we crushed them would be selling it short. At sunrise it was pretty slow. We expected it to be full speed right away. The wind did not start cooperating until about 8:00. But when it did, it was on. The first group of birds came through of approximately 10 snows, 6 of which hit the ground. From there it was mixed snows and specks until about 11:00. We ended up with 25 birds for the day. Not a bad haul. Enjoy the pictures.

Outdoor Channel Interview With Dennis Braid

Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010

Dennis Braid of the Outdoor Channel interviews Kill Zone Outfitters co-owner Yusef Hussainy.

Click Here To See This Interview