I guess I timed my trip to Colusa perfectly with the arriving storm and as a result I ended the day with 4 nice greenheads. I want to thank Jay for the information he gave me, because without his help I would have been lost since I have never hunted Colusa. I hunted pond one and I was again lucky to be surrounded by some true sportsmen in the pond that let the birds work. One group in particular were very helpful, by helping me find two of my greenheads that fell into some tules about 40 yards from their spread.Mike and his friend were hunting with a junior and they had two outstanding labs (1 choc and 1 blk ).I offered them the ducks they found for me, but they graciously declined and just said,"nice shot if you knock down any others I will be glad to help".I mention this because hopefully they read this forum and maybe they will contact me so I can thank them more formally for their sportsmenship. To often we only hear about the idiots that crowd your spread, shoot to high, shoot early or late, shoot over their limit, etc. These gentlemen are indeed some of the finest sportsmen I have ever shared a pond with on a public refuge. They have definitely restored some of my faith in our sport and the reason why I still only hunt Refuges (can't afford the nice clubs ). As far as the hunting goes, it was one of the best hunts I have had since my last trip to Tulelake last year. The refuge was in excellent condition and even the n/w pond was showing alot of good new growth, since I was told it had been cleared out 2 yrs ago. Most of the action I heard and saw though, came from the northern ponds 1 & 2. After my hunt I drove around alittle and checked out the closed zone which held thousands of ducks and geese (safe of course ). I drove into town and stopped at one of the best sporting good stores I have ever been inside. I bought a few items and enjoyed listening to other hunters reports of the days hunt. I think the name was something like Kittles. Great store and friendly town. Finally I would also like to thank the staff at the refuge for running a smooth and no non-sense operation with a very hunter friendly staff. The gentlemen that ran the check station appeared as if he has done this a few times before. The young lady that also worked the station was very helpful as well and about the best looking DFG employee I have ever seen. Well as you can tell I enjoyed myself and would love to come back next year. I hope I can return the hospitality from all who helped me.