Outdoor Tips with Jack Morris
BY KELLY BOSTIAN Outdoors
Sunday, October 21, 2012
10/21/12 at 8:50 AM
Listen to a conversation about youth duck
Next weekend offers a great opportunity for families with the youth waterfowl season opening in Zone II, which is eastern Oklahoma.
It's a great opportunity but it may be tough to find ducks so pre-planning and homework are going to be crucial if you want to get some birds in front of your young hunters. There are birds in the country they're just concentrated around big water. You won't find many on the ponds and sloughs off the rivers.
Some of the best chances likely will be in northeast Oklahoma, where they've seen a little more rainfall.
Scouting around Grand Lake, the northern and mid sections of Oologah, Hula, Copan and Kaw are likely to be holding some birds. Fort Gibson and Hudson lakes, too are worth a look, but you're really going to have to go out and scout those birds.
With warmer weather, birds tend to move early in the morning and spend the rest of the day just feeding or milling about.
If you spot a group of birds late in the morning don't expect they'll be there the next day. You want to find where they're spending the night so you can be there for the sunrise action.
Many times I just park out on boat ramp or a bridge near a lake and just watch in the distance as daylight comes to see what's moving around. What you see might surprise you.
Even if the bird numbers aren't huge, this early first shot at the birds is a great opportunity to get out and set up a hunt with a focus on young hunters.
Check the regulations to make sure everyone is set to go and that you all know the rules when you get to the field. It's a great time to teach and a great time to just have fun.
Jack Morris is a professional guide and host of Outdoor Trails Thursday nights at 6 p.m. on KTBZ am1430. Contact him at 918-691-3840, firstname.lastname@example.org or see tulsaworld.com/jackmorris.