Headed out to east county this AM, then to a local spot by Temecula. Did not even see a single bird. Came across a few other hunters leaving said they had the same report. Sad, where have all the birds gone?
When looking for places in the local mountains. (like the area you were in) I have had the best luck around water (ponds). The birds will hit the water in the last hour and a half of daylight. But you have to find the right water source.
Thanks Lung, the area has water, (not a pond) probably not the one they were looking for. Could have been a combo though of wind, rain (not a flood, but enough to turn on my wipers) and opening weekend. Saw at least 5 or 6 birds worth of feathers on the ground. Last year the spot was pretty good. All hope is not lost, just ordered a few more BLM maps so I can start looking for other spots.