Migration Update – October 25, 2013

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Divers on Greenbay, WI – Member Photo Credit: DU870

Colder temperatures prevailed across the northern tier of our nation this past week – igniting of a burst of migration activity for blue-winged teal and wood ducks.  The unseasonably warm days of early October have transformed into blustery, cold winds, flurries and even snow accumulation in the Great Lakes region.  While one would expect a full-on barrage of fresh migrants in the north, the temperatures have done little more than push early migrants south as the hardy ducks continue to trickle down the flyways.

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As the days of October begin to wane, the duck hunting community is continually reminded that weather and hunter success are a fragile, symbiotic relationship.  As weather patterns become more extreme and less predictable, hunter success and the annual migration also become less predictable. Continue reading

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Migration Update – August 30, 2013

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With only a few days remaining in the off-season, hunters across the nation are preparing for the official start of the 2013 Hunting season that begins on September 1st.  Dove and resident Canada goose season will open in many states this holiday weekend and the early teal season will follow in the coming weeks in portions of the Central and Mississippi Flyways.

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While temperatures across the nation remain ten to twenty degrees above normal for this time of year, the dog days of summer will soon give way to autumn temperatures and the first flights of teal as they begin their migration south.

In celebration of the coming season, registered members who post their early season hunting or scouting report between now and September 30, 2013 will be automatically registered for a chance to win a Spectra-Shot sampler pack.  Participants can post on the WFC state-by-state hunting reports or simply Tweet there report to #waterfowlercom

Waterfowler.com reminds our readers that membership at Waterfowler.com is now completely FREE and includes access to all interactive areas on the site.

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Migration Update – July 9, 2013

Blue-winged teal. Photo by Kammie Kruse, US FWS. Flyways.us

Blue-winged teal by Kammie Kruse, US FWS. Flyways.us

As we await the final publication of the 2013 Waterfowl Breeding survey hunters in the three flyways that offer an early teal season are expected to receive a bag limit increase from five to six teal and a possession limit increase from two times the daily limit to three. The proposal for the changes has been accepted by the service and the ruling is expected sometime in August after the public comment period.

Of course, this is only a recommendation and the states within those flyways must accept the increase individually so be sure to check the finalized regulations your state before heading to the field during the early season. Continue reading

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Migration Update – June 11, 2013

Photo credit by Caleb Spiegel, USFWS and Flyways.us

Photo credit by Caleb Spiegel, USFWS and Flyways.us

The May Breeding Surveys have concluded and conditions vary greatly across the waterfowl breeding range.  Overall, pond counts will be lower this year with breeding pairs will be near the 2011 and 2012 counts in most areas.

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In an average year the complexity of conducting the survey is monumental at best.  This season the late arrival of spring and harsh weather patterns added widespread delays and difficulty to the entire process.  Despite the delays caused by these storms, they did provide much needed rain in areas in many areas of the Dakotas. Continue reading

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Migration Update – April 29, 2013

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Photo by Jim Wortham, USFWS

Data collection for the Annual Waterfowl Breeding and Habitat Survey will begin in just a few days.  As ground and aerial teams embark on the most extensive wildlife survey conducted each year, Waterfowler.com reminds its readers that real-time updates and reporting are available to the public at FLYWWAYS.US.   As the teams traverse the breeding grounds, readers can access updated reports, photographs and habitat reports throughout the data collection process.  While we do relay the information here in summary format, if you want a front seat in the cockpit with the survey team for your breeding areas, visit FLYWAYS.US today. Continue reading

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Migration Update — March 26, 2013

Saving the tundra under the Conservation Order.

Saving the tundra under the Conservation Order.

The spring migration of mid-continental light geese continues this week with a fresh round of precipitation from yet another winter storm. While light goose numbers are nearing the annual peak in South Dakota, substantial numbers remain in Nebraska, and southwest Iowa at this time. As hunters in North Dakota ready for the first arriving flocks, North Dakota Fish and Game has published their most recent webcast to discuss the season with waterfowl biologist Mike Szymanski. Continue reading

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