S—snow R—rain F—freeze-up T—temperature SF—spotty flight FF—fair flight GF—good flight EF—excellent flight GDW—good duck weather SC—season closes (or closed) BW—bluebird weather PG—poor gunning FG—fair gunning GG—good gunning EG—excellent gunning OP—outlook poor OF—outlook fair OG—outlook good OVG—outlook very good SO—season opens (or opened)
CALIFORNIA: EG as Imperial Valley reports hottest shooting of season for pintails, widgeons, shovelers and geese. Colorado-in-Islands and Three Finger Lake covered with mallards, EG/ OVG as windy weather keeps birds moving. Jump shooting producing easy limits on ducks in Bridgeport-Topaz and Upper Owens regions of Mono County, with FF of Canadas. OVG last two weeks of season.
FLORIDA: Lake Kissimmee reports 40,000 canvasbacks racking up inland since big freeze, with more still to come. Ringnecks and mallards flocking on Lake Arrietta near Lakeland and Istokpoga east of Sebring. Blacks plentiful near Bushnell. OG.
IDAHO: Early mornings EG near mouth of Boise River, but plenty of action all day. Bruneau Valley hosting large flocks of mallards for EG late afternoons in cornfields. Warm sloughs near Roswellluring big flights off Snake River, but equally GG in fields, nearby streams. Sneak-boaters taking good harvest between Grand View and Swan Falls on Snake. SC Jan. 7, but even with big freeze OVG.
January 6, 1958
LOUISIANA: Hunters limiting on mallards in northeast state around Wham Brake, Black Bayou and along Arkansas border. In southwest, where ¾ of state's waterfowl population is concentrated, clear weather keeping birds out of sight, sportsmen frustrated. Commercial fishermen report ducks rafting in thousands 10 miles offshore in gulf. OG if weather bad.
MISSISSIPPI: Sandbars in Mississippi River above Greenville producing quick limits for hardy guns willing to brave treacherous currents and turbulent waves kicked up by tow-boats. Mallards giving GG in delta rice fields, pinoak flats. Elsewhere, high water scattering birds from big lakes, making PG/OP.
NEW MEXICO: Canadas and mallards SF/FF along Rio Grande, with little action. However, persevering hunters taking limits on mallards and teals on Elephant Butte Lake. Nothing doing in high range country.
NORTH CAROLINA: Nags Head Flats reports limits of pintails, gadwalls, blacks, mallards and teals every day, with area enjoying best waterfowl season in history. On Currituck Sound hunters taking easy limits on honkers. OVG to SC Jan. 15. Pamlico Sound from Buxton to Ocracoke FG for black brant, geese and redheads, but with arrival of cold weather OG.
OREGON: Flights arriving daily from Upper Columbia River keeping hunters in limits as thousands of mallards, pintails, widgeons and teals concentrate in Willamette Valley, where floods have swamped corn and barley fields. Ducks so plentiful that many hunters are picking and choosing only fat greenhead drakes and taking limits in half hour along Willamette River near Grand Island. OVG.
TENNESSEE: Heavy rains in most of state scattered ducks, reduced shooting. Reelfoot Lake GG, many limits. A duck caller on Old Hickory Lake reports his skill lured in flights from two directions which collided over his blind, dropped one dead, unshot bird at his feet.