Bird Recession


The last two weeks the number of geese migrating through our area of the Ottawa Valley has decreased dramatically. There are still birds around however; finding the birds and their feeding areas has become quite difficult. Scouting has begun to take more and more time from our schedules. Although we have continued to pursue the birds, the hunts have been quieter and the shooting has been few and far between. The birds are also much more wary, the season has been underway for quite some time now and convincing the birds to come into the decoys is much more challenging. Only a few birds, if any have been taken on the last couple hunts.

Although it has been by far the quietest time of this year’s waterfowl hunt, I still look forward to every chance I get to be out in a field. Whether it’s watching the sunrise or sunset, watching the world come alive or go to sleep, being out to witness the world from a perspective that so many people miss out on, makes every hunt worth it. Birds or no birds, shooting or no shooting, there is a beauty in this sport that goes beyond the hunt.

The time comes every year when there is a lull in birds and it is to be expected, it is however always a sad realization when the waterfowl activity diminishes for another year. I am not ready to give up on the 2016 waterfowl season so I am hoping for a few more good shoots with my friends and family before I hang up the lanyard for another year. Here’s to hoping the birds keep flying and a few more migrators hit the dirt in the Ottawa Valley.


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