As this system moves east, winds are forecast to subside by the weekend, offering waterfowlers a respite just in time for some scheduled openers. In Nebraska, Zone 2 High and Low Plains units finally open on October 20, about two weeks later than normal. During a quick scouting mission Tuesday night, I saw only a few ducks along the North Platte River, though the majority were mallards. Other waterfowlers in the area are saying about the same. Trevor Sanders checked in and said hunting last Saturday in the Sandhills was notably slower than the previous week, with only a few hundred birds seen and just four added to the bird strap.