Summer newsletter 2017

Eagle Lakes Ranch Summer News ​​​7-11-17
Eagle Lakers,
I hope everyone is having a wonderful summer. After an extremely cold, blustery winter and a lousy spring our weather has heated up. We have been in the 90’s to low 100’s for a couple weeks now. The warm nights have created ideal growing conditions and the corn is thriving! Along with the ranch, several surrounding farms have planted corn this year which will make for some happy ducks.
Its only 95 days until the duck opener. It will be here before you know it. We are very optimistic about the duck hunting this season. We are seeing a very nice local hatch and our birds from the North should be right on time. The addition of several new properties will complement the already tremendous Eagle Lakes Ranch properties should make for a banner year. One new leased property is a series of ponds with hot water that flows through and recirculates back in. The best news is that it is only about 15 minutes from the lodge and had record breaking harvest numbers from the 2016-17 season. We can’t wait to see it in action ourselves!
Goose hunting has been outstanding the past few seasons. The crop rotation on our key farms looks great (lots of corn and wheat). Several groups have booked for combo hunts already, but we still have a lot of open dates to take more goose hunters. There are more geese in the Columbia Basin than ever before. The state has determined that for the 2017-18 season you don’t have to count any snows or specklebellies in your 4 goose limit on Canadian honkers and lessors. In our flyway we are harvesting mostly giant honkers and some lessors, but we’re seeing more and more other species.

Open Lodge Dates: We still have a few rooms here & there but they’re filling fast!!
October 17th
October 20th-25th (great local duck shooting and huge honkers)
October 31st-Nov 2nd
November 4th-6th (Northern birds just arriving)
November 14th-16th (Premium dates, large group had to reschedule)
November 19th-21st (fabulous hunting right before Thanksgiving)
November 26th and 27th
December 18th
December 20th-22nd (Hunting won’t get any better than this cycle)
December 30th and 31st
January 7th-11th
January 14th and 15th
January 23rd-27th (last available shooting cycle)
*Drive direct hunting specials*
All hunters who book during these cycles will be charged $300 (no tax) and all kids 18 and under will be $175 (no tax) with a paying adult. It doesn’t get any better than this! Please book by October 1st 2017 to take advantage of these amazing specials.
November 9th-13th
November 29th-December 2nd
December 12th-17th
January 2nd-6th
January 16th-20th

Puppies: $1,500
We only have 2 pups left (all females) one yellow and one black from Ryan’s dog Nuke and Bo Silvers outstanding Female. These pups should be unbelievable hunting dogs. Great Parents and hard charging hunting machines should make for a great combo. Contact Bo directly @ 509-572-8540 if interested.
Opening day is 52 days away. We are almost completely booked for the first few days and then it opens up a bit. What a great way to get the season started. We see the same faces coming back year after year. I would like to see some new faces come over and give it a try, you will be hooked for life. Dove hunting is so much fun, lots of birds and plenty of shooting. After opening weekend we are going to run a kids ½ off special for the rest of the season. It’s short sleeve weather and tons of fun!! We have a variety of groups that mix in fishing trip combos with it because the doves are so fast and furious.
The boys have been clobbering the Bass-Walleye-Salmon on almost all trips. If interested please contact the office right away, you won’t be disappointed.
Alberta Hunting-Grand Praire Alberta
Ryan still has a few open dates for Canada for combo mallard and honker hunting. He’s pretty much got the program dialed in. He only had a couple dates last season where his clients didn’t limit on both ducks and geese. You owe it to yourself to get up there at least once!!!!
Contact Ryan @ 509-528-8754 or email
Thank you as always for your continued support of the Bernsen Family and Team Eagle Lakes.

Mike B