Migration Update – December 4, 2013

December 5, 2013 in All Posts, Migration Updates

Winter storm Cleon ignites migration activity.

Winter storm Cleon ignites migration activity.

As arctic air pushes across the Great Plains into the Mississippi and Ohio Valleys, waterfowl activity is expected to increase significantly and reach peak migration levels throughout the Central and Mississippi Flyways throughout the week. The near-record number of mallards resting along the Missouri River corridor in South Dakota are already on the move. Reports throughout the Central Flyway confirmed heavy migration activity in Nebraska, Oklahoma, Kansas and the Texas Panhandle.

As arctic temperatures move east, the abundance of waterfowl along the Illinois River are expected to move further south over the next few days as ice builds in the northern third of the nation. In short, winter storm Cleon has ignited some of the best migration activity of the season. Continue reading “Migration Update – December 4, 2013” »

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Migration Update – November 11, 2013

November 11, 2013 in Migration Updates

Mallards arrive in MN - Member Photo credit, Swampgas

Mallards arrive in MN – Member Photo credit, Swampgas

The mid-continental mallard population has begun to move down the Central & Mississippi Flyways.  Mallard numbers in the Dakotas and northern Nebraska increased significantly over the past week, as well as numbers in Minnesota, Wisconsin and northeastern Iowa.  Diver numbers in the Great Lakes region continued to rise from Lake Superior to western basin of Lake Erie.

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A quick glance at the NOAA snow cover map reveals the mystery behind our nation’s current migration status.  Accumulative snowfall across the Canadian provinces has ignited the first push of mallards into the lower-forty eight states.   While a number of storms did occur in the U.S over the past fourteen days, those storms occurred below the bulk of the mallard population and have since return to average/above average temperatures, which resulted in moving early migrants further south and very few northern birds to replace them.

While the first weeks of November are traditionally host of classic clipper systems that move ducks in massive numbers, the jet-stream has remained relatively flat this autumn season and predictions fro the coming week are more of the same. Continue reading “Migration Update – November 11, 2013” »

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Migration Update – October 25, 2013

October 25, 2013 in All Posts, Migration Updates

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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 “Migration Update – October 25, 2013” »

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Migration Update – October 7, 2013

October 7, 2013 in All Posts

Member Photo Credit - Swamp Gas; Family Fun in MN.

Member Photo Credit – Swamp Gas; Family Fun in MN.

Hunting is underway in various northern states and the first flights of ringed-neck ducks have been reported in the northern Great Lakes region.   While the best of the fall migration is yet to come, wood ducks, teal and local mallards continue to provide excellent early season action for many hunters.   Special youth hunting seasons have passed in a few states but there is still plenty of time to get that budding “duck dynasty” fan away from the television and into the great outdoors for an introductory hunt.

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Unless you’ve been hiding under a pile of rocks or have sequestered yourself from entertainment television, you are, like most Americans, familiar with one of America’s most popular reality TV series of all time, Duck Dynasty.

While viewers are attracted to the show for many reasons beyond the fact that the bearded Duckmen actually duck hunt, it has generated more interest in the sport than any other recruitment medium since duck hunting became a regulated sport. Continue reading “Migration Update – October 7, 2013” »

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Migration Update – September 14, 2013

September 13, 2013 in All Posts

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Early Resident Goose Hunting Underway.

Early season resident goose and teal hunting are underway in a number of states. Hunter success has varied greatly on geese due to warm temperatures and limited activity. Teal numbers are increasing throughout the flyways ahead of the current cold front in the Mississippi and Central Flyways after a reported slow start to teal seasons in the north.

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Hunting was hit or miss for many early season hunters over the past week. Goose flights were limited to the first hours of morning light due to extremely warm temperatures across the Great Plains and Mississippi Valley.

With the first substantial cold front of the season upon us, hunter success is expected to improve dramatically over the next week as the teal migration kicks into high gear on the favorable winds dropping down from Canada.

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Major Milestone for Families Afield—1 Million New Hunters!

September 11, 2013 in Conservation, News

NEWTOWN, Conn. — The future of hunting is brighter today than it was nearly a decade ago thanks to the extraordinary success of Families Afield, an innovative program that has introduced 1 million newcomers to hunting.

This impressive number demonstrates that interest in hunting remains high and that what’s needed to spark a lifelong passion for hunting is a proper introduction enabled by state regulations. With success in hand, Families Afield’s call to action is this: If your state offers an apprentice hunting license, make it a point to bring a newcomer along this hunting season; or if you’ve never gone hunting before, seek out a mentor and give it a try. Continue reading “Major Milestone for Families Afield—1 Million New Hunters!” »

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Duck Hunter numbers on the rise in Minnesota

September 4, 2013 in Conservation, News

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More small game hunters go afield in 2012; pheasant, duck harvests up.

More small game hunters ventured into Minnesota’s fields and forests in 2012, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) annual small game survey.

The number of pheasant and duck hunters increased 8 percent and corresponded with a slight increase in pheasant and duck stamps sales. In 2012, an estimated 84,000 people hunted pheasants and 90,400 hunted ducks.

Although ruffed grouse are on the downward side of their 10-year population cycle, the number of grouse hunters increased 6 percent in 2012 to 97,200.

Statewide estimates show that hunters harvested 264,000 pheasants, 835,000 ducks and 355,000 ruffed grouse.

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