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Spring News Letter!


March 14, 2017

The weather is finally letting up enough for the guides to get out and start preparing for next season.  We have weeks of repairs and clean up from the January and early February storms, including considerable flood damage on the farm in the corn circles.  Several dikes will require fixing; the track hoe will be going nonstop.  We won’t call January weather a 100 yr storm but 50-75 year seems appropriate.  The ice storms on top of the snow pushed several hundred thousand ducks we were holding to the river for about three weeks.  Hunting in January is always fabulous but we struggled like never before.  We were about three ducks a gun off our normal 6.5 avg. for January, but we still ended up having a good year.  Hunting in October was outstanding!  Early November was a little tough with the quackers running tardy, but mid to late November was good.  December duck hunting was wild, lots of quick limit shoots were the norm.

The Goose shooting was incredible from start to finish.  We had a few slow days here and there, but in general it was lights out.  We harvested more lessors than normal this season.  I think the weather played a big role in that.  There were several fields that we couldn’t keep the geese out of, they just kept on coming back.  We also did fabulous on the combo hunts for most of the season.

The Ranch will have all of our same properties back for the 2017-18 season and our goal is to acquire several new duck properties as well as picking up additional dynamite goose leases.  We also have several new habitat projects that will be ready for the upcoming season.  Our new blinds were a smashing success!  Lots of positive feedback on how comfortable they were and how easy they were to shoot out of.  We will be replacing a few older ones this year and working on some strategic placement of the new additions.


Our 2017-18 calendar will be sent out soon.  Projected opening day will be Saturday October 14th and the season will run through January 28th 2018.  We don’t expect to see any major changes in season length or bag limits.

The lodge is over 70% booked already.  Most groups booked their trip while they were here last hunting season.  I would strongly suggest getting a hold of Kaci in the office and finalizing your dates.  Group leaders round up your troops, pick out some quality dates and let’s get you back here for some amazing memories.

PRICING will remain the same for the 2017-18 season on all trips.  Follow the web page for any specials that we may be offering.

DRIVE DIRECT GOOSE HUNTS:  Book your 2017-18 goose hunt by May 1, 2017 and you will receive a $50.00 discount off our regular price of $350.00.  You can pay now and pick out your dates later if that works for you.

ALBERTA HUNTING:  Ryan will again be offering duck and goose combo hunts in Grande Prairie Alberta this fall.  Eagle Lakes Ranch customers can take advantage of special pricing specifically for them.  Shooting ducks in the morning and geese in the afternoon is the norm, but on lots of days he harvests both species over the same set of decoys.  Bag limits are eight ducks, 24 in possession, mostly Mallards and Pintail.  You can also shoot 8 dark geese, 24 possession limit.    They shoot about 90% Honkers with a small percentage of Lessors, Snows and Specks.  Grande Prairie is about a 12-14 hour drive from Washington State or California.  It’s also very convenient to fly in to with easy border restrictions regarding firearms.  Contact Ryan directly @ 509-528-8754 or

DEER HUNTS:  We still have a few openings for either archery hunts and/or modern firearm.  You will have the opportunity to get a quality or trophy mule deer.  If interested please contact Ryan.

FISHING:  The Bass and Walleye should start hitting within the next few weeks.  Last season we had a great Walleye year and the Bass fishing was amazing as always.  Several groups made multiple trips last season and others put together family outings or corporate retreats that included both fishing, shooting and lots of relaxing.  Thank you for the fun and support! The boys will be running Salmon trips in July and again in September and early October.

DOVES:  September 1st opener!!!  Our dove hunting is pretty special and very reasonably priced.  What a great way to get the season started with a bang.  We now have a 15 bird limit with shooting from the first of September through October.  We are usually really busy for the first couple of days and then our schedule opens up mid to late season when the birds have really congregated together.

DOC:  We lost a tremendous asset to the Bernsen family and the Eagle Lakes Team.  Ryan and Jess’s sweet dog passed away towards the end of hunting season.  Doc had close to 10,000 retrieves between Eagle Lakes and Canada hunts.  He was definitely a “Rock star” around here is his prime.  He will be dearly missed!!

Thank you as always for your continued support of the Eagle Lakes Ranch Team.

Happy Hunting

Mike B


Opening weekend 2016 and additional special pricing dates

October 17, 2016
Opening Weekend
Eagle Lakers,
Opening weekend was a smashing success. We harvested almost 80 limits of ducks in the first two days (mostly mallards and pintails.) The birds worked fabulously. The weather was nasty with lots of wind and rain. It’s the first time in a long time that we haven’t had bright sunshiny days for the opener. This was the most local ducks I’ve seen on the opener in probably 4-5 years. It was pretty awesome to be seeing big bunches of ducks working so early in the season. We also had two nice goose shoots, mixture of honkers and lessers. We had one slow goose shoot but we moved them in the afternoon to a ripper duck hunt. Follow our Facebook page for updated pictures and results.

Grand Prairie Alberta: Ryan’s Eagle Lakes Alberta Waterfowl has turned into a sweet program. He had unbelievable shooting for both ducks and geese for three and a half weeks. He only had a couple hunts that weren’t limit shoots hunting both morning and afternoon. The last week he didn’t have a duck hunt that lasted over an hour with several in the 20 minute range for a group of eight. The goose shooting was outstanding as well. There were a lot of speckle bellies harvested with a ton of honkers shot daily. Thank you to all of our regulars who joined him up North for some amazing memories.

Drive Direct Specials: As promised, we have a few holes in the schedule that need to get filled before we get slammed. We will be offering $250.00 drive direct hunts for both duck and geese. Please contact the office for reservations as soon as possible. There are plenty of local ducks with an early migration predicted and lots of geese are arriving daily from the North.
• Special dates: October 22- November 3rd. $250.00 drive direct hunts for either ducks or geese. Save over $100.00 per day during that time period! Kid rates still apply, knock another $50.00 off for kids 16 years or younger. Also, the first person who mentions this post will receive $50.00 off their next package hunt. Thanks!

Happy Hunting!
Mike B.

October News Letter


October News

The 2015-16 hunting season is off to a blazing start. The duck hunting has been very good. We have been limiting the majority of our groups everyday. It hasn’t been easy by any means, over half the hunters are having to go back out in the afternoon to finish up. I couldn’t be happier with the results considering the mild weather and the lack of ducks in the zone. I think we are just like everywhere else in the flyway probably down 30% on the local duck hatch. It’s the worst hatch I have seen in many years. The good news is their coming!!! We are expecting a fabulous migration of quackers from the north that should be arriving any day now. Mild temperatures in Canada may slow the migration a bit, but it won’t be long. Ryan and I saw first hand from our hunting adventures in Grande Prairie Alberta that we have a lot to look forward to. We smashed the ducks and geese everyday for three and a half weeks. If you have not experienced a hunt in Canada you should give Ryan a buzz and pick some dates for next year.

The goose shooting has been out of this world. It started on opening weekend and has not stopped. We harvested over 100 honkers the first two days and a handful of lessors. We have been shooting a lot more lessors the last 4-5 goose days as the migration has started, but still whacking some honks as well. The birds have been decoying wonderfully on most days either landing or backwinging over the spread. With the mild weather almost all the crops have been harvested so the geese have plenty of grub to munch on.

The deer season was a great success. Both archery and modern firearm hunts went extremely well. We harvested 9 beautiful bucks out of the 12 hunts. The three hunters that didn’t score either had a great opportunity or chose to pass on a legal buck. We didn’t harvest any monster bucks this year like we normally do, but had some really nice animals with lots of character. There was one monster buck poached right in front of client and guide, a stunning 5×6 34″ trophy animal. Thanks to the combined effort of the Franklin County Sheriff and the W.D.F.G. officer we nabbed the scallywag. I think his big game hunting in the near future is not looking too bright. (Case pending.) What a waste of a spectacular animal.

We still have some rooms available in the lodge during a few cycles: Friday November 27- Monday November 30, Tuesday December 29- Thursday December 31, Saturday January 16- Monday January 18, as well as Friday January 22- the rest of the month.

If you have not already please get your dates picked out. We also have lots of drive direct goose hunting dates that we need to fill. With the way the goose shooting has been you wont be disappointed!!!



Happy hunting,

Mike B.

Opening weekend 2015

Opening weekend couldn’t have been much better under the circumstances. As of Tuesday the 20th we have harvested 68 limits of ducks and only a few groups have not limited. We have had great goose shooting so far this season. As of today we have limited 7 groups of goose hunters almost all honkers. Todays hunt was our first lesser massacre. There are less local ducks around but what we saw in Canada early this fall is very promising. There is a record hatch this year and it is a matter of weeks before the birds start to move south.

There are less local ducks around but what we saw in Canada early this fall is very promising. There is a record hatch this year and it is only a matter of time before those ducks head south to visit us at the Ranch.

Stay tuned for more updates. If you haven’t already booked your trip for the year call the office today for available dates, they are filling up quick.

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Archery Season under way

Two great Mule Deer were taken Monday to kick off 2014 mule deer season. We made several successful stalks with Mark and Mark both connecting on quality mule deer. These animals are great for the freezer as they are feeding primary on wheat, canola, and grasses.

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