Having grown up duck hunting California’s Bay Area and, later while in college, the Sacramento Valley, it was like a dream come true when Mike McVey graduated college, moved nearer to the Oregon border, and started hunting fabled Tule Lake. McVey has since been California Department Fish and Wildlife’s Wildlife Habitat Supervisor for Shasta Valley Wildlife Area. He describes the worse drought observed in decades, its effect on both waterfowl and habitat management. How exactly is the drought impacting Klamath Basin? Why’s this region especially important to Pacific Flyway waterfowl–and to American waterfowl hunters? What’s “reverse moist-soil management”? What is avian botulism, why is this region prone to outbreaks, how many ducks might it kill, what species are most susceptible? How’s duck hunting changed since McVey’s been there? How important are hunters – and hunting revenues? And why does McVey say, “to give up is unacceptable?” Fast-paced as a sleek, well-used semi-auto shotgun, today’s episode is as interesting as informative.