Duck Numbers Remain High
Most populations are above long-term averages; pintails and scaup are still a concern
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) today released its report on 2017 Trends in Duck Breeding Populations, based on surveys conducted in May and early June by FWS and the Canadian Wildlife Service. Overall duck numbers in the survey area remain high. Total populations were estimated at 47.3 million breeding ducks in the traditional survey area, which is similar to last year’s estimate of 48.4 million and is 34 percent above the 1955-2016 long-term average. The projected mallard fall flight index is 12.9 million birds, similar to the 2016 estimate of 13.5 million. Republished from Ducks Unlimited.Com
The main determining factor for duck breeding success is wetland and upland habitat conditions in the key breeding landscapes of the prairies and the boreal forest. Conditions observed across the U.S. and Canadian survey areas during the 2017 breeding population survey were generally similar to last year with a few exceptions. The total pond estimate for the U.S. and Canada combined was 6.1 million, which is 22% above the 2016 estimate of 5.0 million and 17% above the long-term average of 5.2 million.
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Waterfowl Season 2017-18
The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission approved duck hunting and other migratory bird hunting season dates for the 2017-2018 season at their April 6, 2017 meeting. The only noteworthy changes are to the Teal Season dates (we are opening on Friday, Sept. 15 and running through Saturday, September 30) and the pintail bag limit (reduced from 2 to 1)
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The Federal Government Approved Extended Hunting Dates and Limits For The 2014 – 2015 Central Flyway
Consists of the following 3 zones
10/04/14 – 12/01/14 63 days
12/20/14 – 1/25/15 35 days
10/11/14 – 12/01/14 56 days
12/13/14 – 1/25/15 32 days
10/22/14 – 1/25/15 95 days
The Most Plentiful Water Bird
I was out brushing the blind this past season and the following occurred to me……..
Ok …. duck populations are up. This is good news. But if duck populations are up, then it stands to reason that other migratory water birds are also experiencing an increase in population. This may be bad news. Continue reading
The death of a hunting dog is only made tolerable
by the memory of his life
When it was finished, I stood in the parking lot holding my sobbing wife, staring at the veterinary clinic.
Though Chase, my hunting dog, had shown remarkable valor and bravery in his pain, at length I needed to shut the suffering down. Continue reading
Another Duck Season Has Come To An End
When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight. – Kahlil Gibran
As I think back on the times I spent in the duck blind this year, I can’t help but think of how fast time slips away. Continue reading
Preparing For The Upcoming Duck Season
All duck hunters know there are basic chores that have to be preformed prior to the arrival of duck season. These tasks include blind brushing, decoy readiness, retriever training, boat inspections, and wader repairs. These are jobs that almost every water-fowler performs routinely before the beginning of each duck season. Continue reading
Show Me Yours!
Show me yours ……
OK, if you show me yours ….
Yours is longer than mine.
Yes, but yours has a larger diameter.
Even with the extra length, it is really quite firm.
Yours is nice and firm also.
How do you keep that long one in place?
It has a magnet attached to the underside to hold it.
A magnet? …. Continue reading
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