Regional Reports-West

Lower Colorado River

Before 17,200-acre Cibola National Wildlife Refuge was established in the mid-1960s, the Lower Colorado River was not a major Canada goose location. Now as many as 25,000 birds have been seen there in some years. How does one cash in on the goose-hunting action? By visiting the public goose-hunting area or adjacent private lands. If you go for the public area you need to be there at 4:30 a.m. for a lottery draw the day you wish to hunt. If you get drawn, you will be assigned one of several goose pits in ryegrass fields where at least a dozen decoys are required. For those with the cash, a private club that borders the refuge offers $200-per-hunter private-land access and a guide/caller per four-man pit. Most geese arrive in November, with the best action going from December to mid-January. The daily limit is three Canada geese. State duck stamps and federal migratory bird hunting stamps are required. Contact: Cibola NWR (520-857-3253); Cibola Sportsmen Club (520-857-3144).