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Hunters in the Sacramento Valley and bordering regions have quite a few choices when it comes to duck and goose hunting. But of all the public hunting areas in the Valley, the Delevan National Wildlife Refuge rates first or second, especially for geese, and the hunting reservations are usually fairly well used up for the whole season.
The preserve can host up to 120 hunters for every shooting day, he pointed out, whereas other local hunting grounds, like Sutter , can only accommodate up to 80 hunters. One of the reasons the refuge may be so popular is that it provides different kinds of cover and habitat for a variety of ducks and geese. Refer to our Delevan Refuge Map for more, stay tuned for our duck hunting refuge reports as the season progresses.
Delevan has upland areas at the edges of the ponds, dense tule patches and places with lighter cover. Most of the ponds are shallow, and hip waders are at minimum required. The best technique for hunting Delevan Refuge duck hunting is to carry in your own blind materials and make “same~day” blinds. Delevan refuge is mostly wet, with a lot of planted ponds and maintained marshes, and doesn’t really have any dry open ﬁelds. Refer to our Delevan Refuge Map for more,stay tuned for our duck hunting refuge reports as the season progresses.
Although the Delevan Duck hunting refuge is almost at sea level, and rarely gets too cold or icy, wind and fog can both be problems. Some limited visibility will increase your chances of fooling geese and ducks with a dozen or so decoys, but thick fog also reduces your own chances of sighting and downing birds. For winter hunting, be sure and call ahead for conditions. Two county roads provide “scouting” opportunities for Duck Hunting aspirants. Refer to our Delevan Refuge Map for more, and stay tuned for our duck hunting refuge reports as the season progresses.
Data compiled from the Fish and Wildlife Sen/ice’s forecast of northern bird hatches and Pacific Flyway migration patterns indicate that this year should be a good one for goose hunters. Hatches on Wrangell Island off Siberia were both very good, so we should see a lot of geese this year, also, the nearby California resident populations of Canada geese are doing fine. These geese are resident on the Modoc Plateau, the Tule Lake Basin, and as far down as the Honey Lake Refuge. Though is principally a wintering aiea for migratory waterfowl it does raise some ducks, primarily mallards, pintails and teal.”
Delevan refuge draws a majority of light geese, though whitefronts and Canada honkers also show up at different times throughout the season. Our mid-September survey shows a drop of 15 to 20 percent for ducks, but it's really too early to say what that means. Locals think the total fall ﬂight will be about the same as last year.
The duck hunting take here is a mixed one, with almost an even mix in the bag of pintails, greenwing teal, wigeon and shovelers, in Califomia, the No. 1 breeding duck is the mallard, but the resident percentage of the hunter’s bag is small, compared to the total.
The opener is always good, and then it generally slacks off some in November and early December, but if the weather's right, it can remain good until the end of the season. Storm conditions in local areas and at points north of the refuge are important factors to be aware of, it's the storm conditions that push the birds around and onto the refuge. There is usually a period that's really good at Christmastime for geese and ducks both, when we start getting a little fog.
You can hunt at Delevan from 1/2 hour before sunrise to sunset on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays, but you'll need to make a reservation before you head out up to 10 days prior to the day you want to hunt, and the successful applicants’ names will be drawn 7 days prior to that day. Those whose names are drawn will be mailed their permits. Stay tuned for our duck hunting refuge reports as the season progresses.
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