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2021 Waterfowl Breeding and Habitat Survey Cancelled

2021 Waterfowl Breeding and Habitat Survey Cancelled

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For the second straight year, safety concerns over Covid-19 have forced the cancellation of the annual Waterfowl Breeding Population and Habitat Survey. The spring survey, which has been conducted every year from 1955 to 2019, is used to monitor the status of duck and goose populations in North America, as well as to set waterfowl hunting season frameworks and bag limits.

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Arkansas Snow Goose Hunting Looking Good

Arkansas Snow Goose Hunting Looking Good

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The polar vortex that descended on Arkansas and many other states to the north prompted hundreds of duck and goose hunters throughout The Natural State to ask if the birds finally arrived. With warmer-than-normal conditions across northern states during most of the season, ducks didn’t have to travel far to find the food and cover they need to build up for breeding and nesting season. Meanwhile, lack of unpressured flooded habitat may have prevented ducks and geese from flocking to traditional haunts in some parts of Arkansas. Hunters still can enjoy plentiful shooting and help conservation efforts by hunting snow geese during a special waterfowl season that runs well into spring.

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Arkansas Hunters Face Dry Conditions - Good Early Duck Numbers

Arkansas Hunters Face Dry Conditions - Good Early Duck Numbers

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Luke Naylor, Arkansas Game and Fish Commission (AGFC) waterfowl program coordinator, explains that although he and his staff did not complete the annual November aerial survey, they have been keeping tabs on reports of ducks and geese throughout the state. Conditions are dry, but Naylor says there are some highlights.

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Summer 2020 Waterfowl Production Outlook

Summer 2020 Waterfowl Production Outlook

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Overall the last summer conditions are favorable for a good migration this year. Wetland conditions varied throughout the survey area but the majority of the conditions were good to excellent with the Mississippi flyway looking strong!

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Spring 2020 Waterfowl Habitat Outlook

Spring 2020 Waterfowl Habitat Outlook

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An overview of wetland conditions across key waterfowl breeding areas. Overall wetland conditions are very good and should produce a healthy hatch for this upcoming year.

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How Much Cover Does Your Duck Blind Need

How Much Cover Does Your Duck Blind Need

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Sometimes, when the weather is right, birds are fresh and the sun blazes at your back , you can enjoy great shoots with only sparse cover. But on most days, you must become invisible to paranoid waterfowl. Duck and goose hunters obsess about concealment because the old cliché is true:...

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States with the Most Waterfowl Hunters

States with the Most Waterfowl Hunters

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Mike Del Toro
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While waiting at a crowded boat launch or paddling into a marsh filled with headlamps, you might grumble about the number of duck hunters in your state. Maybe you’re right. However, statistics from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service paint a clearer picture of heavily pressured hotspots throughout the country...

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Quick Shooting Fixes for Duck Season

Quick Shooting Fixes for Duck Season

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You jolt awake, soaked with sweat and still reeling from the dream. A flock of mallards had parachuted into your decoys, seemingly hovering in the breeze at 20 yards and begging for steel. Yet as you emptied your shotgun, nothing fell. You didn’t cut a feather. “I didn’t shoot at...

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The Yin and Yang of Duck Hunting

The Yin and Yang of Duck Hunting

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Mike Del Toro
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Dark-thirty, Sept. 1: Daylight won’t arrive for almost an hour, but the distant clucks of honkers and buzzing of teal already fill the air. Soon, the grand game will be on, and another waterfowl season will have begun. These first moments bring more than jitters. The smell of freshly cut...

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Duck Hunt New Water This Season

Duck Hunt New Water This Season

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Editor's note: This blog originally appeared Oct. 19, 2017, on Realtree.com At some point this season, your hotspots might falter, and you’ll be scratching your head. Sure, you could grind out a few hunts until conditions improve, but you’re probably better off exploring new water. Here’s how to make that...

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What Skills Make Duck Hunters Great

What Skills Make Duck Hunters Great

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You probably have a buddy or know a guy who seems like he knows everything about duck hunting. He usually returns to the landing with a boatload of ducks, and he seems to have the answer to every curveball Mother Nature throws his way...

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Breeding Ducks Down Slightly Overall Populations Good

Breeding Ducks Down Slightly Overall Populations Good

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North America's spring duck population decreased by about 6 percent in 2019, but most species remain higher than long-term averages, and Delta Waterfowl said there's plenty of other good news for waterfowlers.

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