The event will be held at Potholes Reservoir
, located off State Route 262, about 15 miles south of Moses Lake.
Slyfield hunts Washingtons saltwater areas as well as the Columbia River and Potholes Reservoir
for 50 or 60 days each season.
The remainder flows through the wasteway into the Potholes Reservoir south of Moses Lake.
An alternate take out near the confluence of the Potholes Reservoir and the wasteway can be found by taking a left on Road C SE.
Potholes Reservoir in eastern Washington created as irrigation storage along the Columbia River drainage in the early 1950s, is adjacent to the 23,000-plus acre Columbia National Wildlife Refuge, which attracts a large number of migrating ducks and geese each fall.
Currently, the Mesebergs operate two jet sleds with which they ferry hunters from their family's Mar Don Resort to stationary or floating blinds strategically placed around Potholes Reservoir.
It was a bit of a paradox feeding these ducks and then driving 125 miles to hunt them on Potholes Reservoir
in the Columbia Basin, but I finally decided to quit trying to make sense of it.
Sliced thin and served medium-rare, it was the best wild game I have ever eaten, rivaling even the duck kabobs served up in the sand dunes by the Mese-berg clan over there next to you on Potholes Reservoir
Following a winding 20-minute boat ride in the dark, we arrived at our destination, a willow blind on one of the many sand dunes that formed when Potholes Reservoir
was created shortly after the completion of Grand Coulee Dam.
The geology from the mountains east to Idaho is much more dry than is the west, with much of the waterfowling taking place over agricultural ground, flooded corn, moving water such as the Columbia River, or large impoundments such as the famed Sand Dunes portion of Potholes Reservoir.
Combined with a plethora of big-water, safe-haven roosts, including nearby Potholes Reservoir, Moses Lake and the Columbia, often-flooded agricultural ground is a magnet for mallards as the birds trickle south from Alberta and eastern British Columbia.