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  1. Ronno

    Ronno Senior Refuge Member

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    Anybody got any early intel on 2018 nesting conditions or hatch? Was spring on the tundra as late as it was in the upper Midwest?
     
  2. portahunter

    portahunter Elite Refuge Member

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    Will be interesting to see. From the maps I was watching more snow and ice seemed to hang on a big longer this year than the last few years in the western areas. Eastern areas seem to have warmed up to average to above average. Further west towards Alaska temps have been more average with the artic cost of Alaska being below average so far for the month and significantly colder than last year.
     
  3. CNWD

    CNWD Senior Refuge Member

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    Spring thaw was late in the Arctic do not expect much for young birds to be part of the autumn migration. This is from La Perouse bay to central arctic. You will be reacquainted with the adult snows this fall :)
     
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    870 Senior Refuge Member

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    Last year's bumper crop of juvies made a whole lot of "expert" snow goose hunters here in Alberta out of a bunch of relative newcomers to snow goose hunting (Most resident hunters haven't paid much attention to snow geese in the past- a spring season and liberalization of limits is changing that. )

    It will interesting to see how many will remain "experts" when we return to more typical fall flights!!!
     
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  5. marshmob

    marshmob Elite Refuge Member

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    A spin off to 870....how many of the gadgets will you see disappear ie rotaries when the old birds snub you from 100yds
     
  6. possumfoot

    possumfoot Elite Refuge Member

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    thats odd. what i read was western areas of hudson bay, la perouse bay inluded
    and a good portion of the eastern arctic was near to record for a thaw. there was a cyclone that parked in the western arctic sending cold shots into Alaska and portions of Siberia. queen maud gulf area also had a normal to slightly early spring with stable conditions so far. still way to early to tell. something as simple as a cold rain can kill off 90% of recruitment for a whole colony.
     
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  7. portahunter

    portahunter Elite Refuge Member

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    According the temp data for Arviat NU of the first 15 days of June only 3 were at or above average with some days as much as 10 degrees below average. There was a huge warm up after the 16th of the month on the west cost of Hudson Bay. Further north and east it stayed colder. Iqaluit NU finished the month 4 degrees below average for the month.
     
  8. possumfoot

    possumfoot Elite Refuge Member

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    this is far more important than the first 2 weeks of june. need a thaw so birds can lay and need vegetation growth when they hatch. not easy to hurt an unhatched egg. (weather wise).
    May
    http://climate.weather.gc.ca/climat...h=5&Day=12&lstProvince=&timeframe=2&Year=2018
    June actually looks pretty good and supports what i read
    http://climate.weather.gc.ca/climat...h=5&Day=12&lstProvince=&timeframe=2&Year=2018
     
  9. Juvie Juke Box

    Juvie Juke Box Senior Refuge Member Sponsor

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    If you had issues shooting snows last fall, there must of been something seriously wrong or you weren't hunting. What a freak fall, especially in the Dakota's!
     
  10. Blackduck

    Blackduck Senior Refuge Member

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    My state biologist told me today that while nothing is known to him for sure until he hears from the banding crews in mid August, he is not expecting a good hatch this year. :cry
     

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