Migration Update – October 17, 2012

40137

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.

Hello folks, and, as always, welcome to Waterfowler.com.

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

Be Sociable! Share this article with a friend.

Migration Update – October 10, 2012

Member Photo Credit: hannibal

Member Photo Credit: hannibal

The first cold front of the season ignited migration activity across the north this past week. Early migrating ducks, including, teal, wood ducks, shovelers and pintail numbers were on the rise in many northern states in the Central and Mississippi Flyways. Canada goose numbers increased dramatically in northern Mississippi Flyway and the first flights of White fronted geese are being reported in the Central Flyway.

Hello folks, and, as always, welcome to Waterfowler.com.

As drought conditions continue to persist across the central and western portions of the nation, hunter success continues to suffer in many areas of the north. Even hunters with huge portfolio of access areas are finding themselves high and dry this season, with little relief in sight. Public areas that are holding significant numbers of birds are also attracting a significant number of hunters and competition for space and birds is fierce in many areas. Continue reading

Be Sociable! Share this article with a friend.

Migration Update – October 1, 2012

Member Photo Credit: Canman OMaddie

Member Photo Credit: Canman OMaddie

The general waterfowl season is underway in the first northern states. With drought conditions persisting in these states, hunting has been slow and crowded in the limited areas with water. Blue winged teal have been moving steadily and quickly down the Central and Mississippi Flyways, pushing through dry states in search of suitable habitat to the south.

Hello folks, and, as always, welcome to Waterfowler.com.

As we begin to celebrate our 15th year of migration tracking and reporting we are starkly reminded of the constant conundrums that exist for waterfowl hunters. This season, the most ducks ever recorded will migrate through the North American flyways. Of course, this absolute boon in waterfowl numbers will be met by the worst habitat conditions that we can remember – so much for having our cake and eating it too. Continue reading

Be Sociable! Share this article with a friend.

Migration Update – September 17, 2012

Sunset over Decoys.

Sunset over Decoys.

The recent series of cold fronts that passed behind the remnants of Hurricane Isaac continued to fuel the teal migration in Central and Mississippi flyways. At this time teal are present from the northern portions of the flyway to the gulf coast. While precipitation has increased in many areas of the nation, a study of the current drought monitor map (link below and right) reveals the grim reality faced by todays waterfowl hunters.

Hello folks, and, as always, welcome to Waterfowler.com.

Reports from the northern states during the resident goose seasons foreshadowed many of the problems waterfowl hunters will face this season. As an abundance of farmers prepare to mow and disc under fields for crop insurance purposes, thousands of acres across the corn-belt will be rendered useless to waterfowl hunters as they become categorized as baited fields. Continue reading

Be Sociable! Share this article with a friend.

Migration Update – August 31, 2012

Early Season Goose Leg Bands - Member Photo Credit Swamp Gas

Early Season Leg Bands – Member Photo Credit Swamp Gas

As the tropical depression left by the remnants of hurricane Isaac continues to slowly move north, much need rain will fall on drought stricken areas within the Mississippi Flyway. While waterfowl habitat and many hunting seasons will be salvaged by the onslaught of precipitation, it comes at the price of devastation for those in coastal areas of the storms path. Our heartfelt concerns are with those crippled with loss that was caused by hurricane Isaac and we encourage our members to provide support to recovery efforts in those areas.

Hello folks, and, as always, welcome to Waterfowler.com

On the eve of the annual Dove Opener and official start of the fall hunting season in many states, the events surrounding hurricane Isaac remind us that Mother Nature is both unpredictable and unforgiving. Duck season will be saved in many areas by the storm but it comes at the expense of great loss. Continue reading

Be Sociable! Share this article with a friend.

Migration Update – August 21, 2012

Early goose hunting is underway in the great state of South Dakota and blue winged teal have begun to move in portions of the upper Mississippi Flyway are early indications report that birds are clinging to the major rivers systems due to persistent drought conditions. Reports from the Climate Prediction Center (link below) show little improvement is expected for most of the nation during the next 90-days for all areas except portions of the Great Lakes region.

Hello folks, and, as always, welcome to Waterfowler.com.

The teal migration has begun and our staff is monitoring the progression with great interest, as the path of these birds will likely provide a good indicator where fall flights will follows if conditions do not improve. Continue reading

Be Sociable! Share this article with a friend.

Migration Update – August 9, 2012

With the start of resident goose seasons just weeks away, now is the time to begin your scouting efforts to insure your success. Extreme drought conditions continue to persist throughout the nation and have had a significant impact on the location and daily movements of local goose populations. With smaller natural marshes and creeks void of water in many states, resident Canada geese are concentrated near deeper water impoundments in suburban areas and expected to have a significant impact on early season harvest rates.

Hello folks, and, as always, welcome to Waterfowler.com.

While many drought stricken areas have had increased levels of precipitation over the past few weeks, the amount of rain needed to recharge local marshes and streams seems nearly unobtainable in the short-term. As a result, early season hunters will have to adapt to conditions to increase their chance of success in the weeks ahead. Continue reading

Be Sociable! Share this article with a friend.

Migration Update – July 19, 2012

As the most expansive drought in nearly half a century continues its grip on the Midwest and Great Plains, teal hunters are scratching their heads and postulating hunting strategies for coming early seasons. With extremely limited, wet habitat options during the migration the record number of migrating blue and green-winged teal will be concentrated along river the river systems and other large water impoundments. For a species that thrives and offers great hunting success in shallow, inundated areas with ample forage, the drought conditions will challenge bird and hunter alike this September.

Hello folks, and, as always, Welcome to Waterfowler.com.

It’s hot. Damn hot – and dry. Not that you needed us to remind you or anyone else of that fact but misery loves company. Should these conditions continue into the start of the early teal season, there only two favorable outcomes that we can envision; mosquito larva will still be akin to a crusty dried grain of sand, and when you find a group of teal, it will be a mind numbing concentration of them. Of course, the number of hunters compacted into these areas of limited water will parallel the record number of birds expected in the migration. Continue reading

Be Sociable! Share this article with a friend.