Sport: Ducks Away

For seven weeks wave after wave of mallards and pintails took off like scrambling fighter planes from their summer bases in Canada. Fanning out over four major flyways (see chart), where great precise Vs of wild geese passed intermittently from dawn to dusk, they headed south. It was the heaviest migration of waterfowl that the U.S. had seen in years. But the shooting was as variable as the weather.

In Colorado, where the water was low in irrigation reservoirs and natural cover sparse, hunters sank steel drums into the barren shores, climbed inside their...

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