Anytime the words Arctic, cold, snow, sleet, ice, and winter weather appear in the same conversation, a Texoma duck hunter’s heart is sure to be glad.

Anytime the words Arctic, cold, snow, sleet, ice, and winter weather appear in the same conversation, a Texoma duck hunter’s heart is sure to be glad.


That’s especially true when those words turn up in a waterfowler’s conversation before the arrival of Thanksgiving Day.


"Duck hunting is starting to pick up," agreed Erik Burns of Bullzeye Outfitters (www.bullzeyeoutfitters.com; 214-673-1680). "With this front coming in, I’ve been seeing more birds moving into the area."


Burns — an amateur meteorologist and an avid storm chaser when he’s not hunting — expects the inclement weather to cause the duck hunting action to get really good over the next week.


Especially since it hasn’t been all that bad over the past week for his crew.


"Even with the warm weather last weekend, we hammered the birds," said Burns. "We took a four man limit on Sunday and the weather was what you might expect to find sometime in May."


For J.J. Kent, the Pottsboro based outfitter with Kent Outdoors (www.kentoutdoors.com; 903-271-5524), the hit-or-miss action this past week has been a bit slower than he likes to see at this time of year.


"Things have been a bit slower than we’d like for them to be," said Kent. "But with this new front, the birds are moving. I’ve heard reports from north of us today (on Thursday) that the birds are really on the move in our direction."


Kent said that those reports indicated that good numbers of mallards are staging to the north of the Texoma region in the central part of the Central Flyway.


With a big winter storm and strong northerly winds slated to pound Texas, Oklahoma, and Kansas over the next few days, that should mean plenty of greenheads on the move towards the Red River Valley.


But green isn’t the only color that local hunters might find in their bag limits over the next several days.


"A large group of snow geese moved into Hagerman this last week ahead of this last front and the full moon," said Kent. "They might be bonus birds for local hunters this weekend, so you might want to have a few loads of bigger non-toxic shot handy."


Kent says that with temperatures expected to hover around freezing the next few days — and chilly weather in the forecast all the way through next weekend — area waterfowlers should have lots to be excited about as Turkey Day approaches.


"It’s just about Thanksgiving and there’s always plenty to be thankful for around here," said Kent. "But with all of this chilly weather and a big push of ducks expected over the next several days, those of us who like to waterfowl hunt have just a little bit more to be thankful for this year."