I drove the Sac. NWR tourista loop on Sunday evening on the way hole from fishing, and I couldn't believe how dry they let it get. Only 1 pond I could see was flooded, most of loop road was crispy dry. Lots of immature pheasants runnig around, totally tortured my dogs! Waht I couldn't figure out is how they got permission from CARB to burn fields when no one else can. On Delevan right next to 4 mile road, they were burning the fields at 7pm. No one was around watching the fires either to make sure they didn't get out of control. Nearby rice fields are full of ducks, not many sitting on the refuges. Kinda cool to see the ponds dry so I could see what the heck I am tripping over during duck season. Thistle is everywhere, we should gang up and colectively kick the crap out of the joker who brought that weed over here. The one pond flooded at Sac. had 1000-2000 ducks, but mostly hens sitting on the shorelines of the islands. Very few were swimming. Damselflies and dragonflies were cruising the ponds by the millions. They seemed to be chasing down mosquitos. Tons of rabbits around, since coyotes never chase them with easy pickin'ducks around. Saw 2 coyotes on back side. All I could do to not reach between seat and cap them. Any one know when they flood refuges? I would like to see that. Also, to enter refuge tourista loop, you must either pay $3, have a federal waterfowl stamp, or a golden age pass.... but does anyone know if waterfowl stamp has to be valid? Mine expired on June 30, 2001 like yours and I don't want a ticket. Next time I go it will be at sunrise or sunset, I want to see what happens on the closed zone at those times. Do the birds all leave? I get bombarded on my club property10 minutes after shooting time and I want to know when those birds pick that trait up. Very cool way to blow an hour or 2. I am going to try to arrange a field trip with school this fall. Got to start the kids early, get them on our side before the sKank Rosie O'donnell turns them in to the enemy.