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Migration Update – January 9, 2013

January 10, 2013 in All Posts, Migration Updates

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Since 1997 Waterfowler.com has provided interactive tools to duck and goose hunters across the nation to track the migration.  Over the years, Waterfowler.com has continued to grow our audience into a valuable media source for industry advertisers.

Thanks to their ever increasing support, Waterfowler.com can open it’s doors to duck and goose hunters across the nation as a completely FREE service.

For our members that have supported us over the years we are not only thankful of your contributions but will continue to provide sponsor level memberships that will hide certain advertising throughout the site.  In addition, the member discount program program will be expanding this year and be the focus of our all new MEMBER RENDEZVOUS travel program — we members will qualify for exclusive discounts with select guides and lodges at WFC gatherings.

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Migration Update – January 2, 2013

January 1, 2013 in All Posts, Migration Updates

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Hen Mallard Flying (c) Steve Davis

Snow and ice in the north have pushed ducks further south but many mallards remain in areas with limited open. From Texas panhandle to Delaware, duck numbers remain below average for this time of year. Goose hunting activity and hunter success has increased dramatically with the snow in the upper third of the nation. Light goose hunting is good to excellent in the north-central states of the coastal flyways with Canada goose hunting in the middle tier of the heartland and central plains good to excellent.

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Migration Update – December 10, 2012

December 31, 2012 in All Posts, Migration Updates

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Bluebill at the docks. (c) Steve Davis

While there are many variables in migration but an abundance of snow will always move ducks and geese south. Snow accumulation from western Montana to Wisconsin has finally blanketed the upper third of the flyway and forced ducks and geese south. The concentration of mallards in South Dakota has begun to move south along with mid-continental light geese. Mallard numbers are on the rise from Nebraska to central Illinois, Missouri and Arkansas, with Canada goose numbers ramping up in areas just below the snowline. Continue reading “Migration Update – December 10, 2012” »

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Migration Update – November 28, 2012

November 28, 2012 in All Posts, Migration Updates

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Winter Greenhead. (c) Steve Davis

As ice builds in the far northern states of the Central and Mississippi Flyways, mallard numbers have increased dramatically along the edge of the freeze line. From the freeze-line south, ducks are dispersed throughout the flyways, with the biggest concentrations along the Gulf coast. In the west, duck numbers from the Klamath Basin to the Sacramento Valley are nearing peak levels, with activity along Atlantic coast slightly below average for this time of year. Continue reading “Migration Update – November 28, 2012” »

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Migration Update – November 14, 2012

November 14, 2012 in All Posts, Migration Updates

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Hen Mallard Close Up (c) 2002 Steve Davis

The first cold blast from Canada has settled in the upper Mississippi and Central Flyways. While the system was not the usual early November blizzard that moves ducks in mass, migration activity has picked up significantly in the northern portions of the flyway as ducks are compressed along the early freeze line, creating excellent hunting opportunity in the northern states.

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The second week of November traditionally brings the first hard freezes to the north and a Clipper system that moves ducks in mass. Holding to weather tradition the first cold front arrived and ducks have moved. Just over a week ago the mid-continental mallard population was strung out from unfrozen waters in Canada to the Gulf Coast – seemingly everywhere and nowhere all at once in any great concentration. Continue reading “Migration Update – November 14, 2012” »

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Migration Update – October 28, 2012

October 28, 2012 in All Posts, Migration Updates

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Ringed-necks over Mississippi River. (c) Steve Davis

The first hard push of the migration began this past week as temperatures took a significant dive across the Canadian Provinces. From Oregon to Eastern Michigan, duck numbers have increased rapidly as green-winged teal, gadwall, widgeon, bufflehead, ringed-necks and ruddy ducks begin to hop-scotch down the flyway.

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Migration activity is heating up as temperatures took a dive in Canada and the U.S. Prairie Pothole Region last week. The leading edge of the migration saw rafts of ruddy ducks moving across the Great Lakes Region with a surge of green-winged teal, gadwall and bufflehead moving close behind. Hunters in the drought plagued Central and Mississippi Flyways are reporting record sized-flights along the major river systems and large bodies of water. Continue reading “Migration Update – October 28, 2012” »

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Migration Update – October 17, 2012

October 17, 2012 in All Posts, Migration Updates

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Goose Hunting Mississippi Flyway

Another weekend approaches and “Opening Day” slides further south along with the migration. Canada goose numbers continue to build in the upper Mississippi Flyway and Pintail numbers are building from the Klamath Basin to the Sacramento Valley. Increased rainfall has supplied much needed moisture to areas to parts of the eastern Central Flyway and The Great Lakes, though much more is needed to recharge the bulk of shallow wetlands.

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It’s mid-October and folks around the office are still wearing shorts here in northern Illinois. Opening Day is less than seventy-two hours away and the marsh where we normally hold the annual WFC Opening Day hunt is a choked with dried canary grass on bed of cracked, dry soil. Continue reading “Migration Update – October 17, 2012” »

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