Elsewhere around the Upper Midwest and Ohio Valley, the song appears to be the same. Slow is the word in major parts of Michigan and Wisconsin, at least as far as the ducks are concerned, though some guys are finding birds. Eric Wolf of Waconia, Minnesota, tells of a good migration the past couple days, with birds riding the strong northwest winds and moving with the colder temperatures. "The past week has been tough, but the best hunting is just now starting," he says optimistically. Out of Clara City, Richard Shamla reports strong numbers of both dark geese and ducks. "Hunting has been goose from Sunday on as new birds entered the region, and the cold weather has sparked their appetites and gotten them into an aggressive feeding pattern. Duck hunting," he says, "is possible only on the larger (ice-free) lakes, but it's been good."