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
Continued snowfall in portions of the Mississippi Flyway has held snow geese south of their usual stomping grounds for this time of year. Snow geese that had drifted back into Arkansas in previous weeks have begun to move north again into southern and central Missouri. As should be expected, large amounts of snow on the ground has made it difficult to decoy birds with white decoys – that snow on snow thing is problematic at best for early migrators. Continue reading
As the 2012-2013 general waterfowl season comes to an end, light goose hunting under the Conservation Order begins in portions of the Central, Mississippi and Atlantic Flyways. For the avid waterfowl hunter, spring snow goose hunting is an excellent opportunity to extend the season and help reduce the burgeoning light goose populations to protect fragile nesting habitat in the arctic tundra. If you have yet to participate in this special spring harvest, there is still time to plan your spring adventure.
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With the exception of a few remaining special, youth waterfowl hunts, the duck hunting season has ended in the United States until the start of the 2013-2014 season which begins almost six short months from now in some areas. Continue reading
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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.
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
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
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