Summer is all but upon us and this week we drop below the 100 mark on our countdown to the return of waterfowl season. Anticipation is the word of the hour as waterfowlers wait for early reports on breeding success and season frameworks. Hello, folks, and, as always, welcome to Waterfowler.com. As we enter the home stretch toward the 2003 -2004 waterfowl season preliminary reports from the breeding grounds continue to show the potential for improvement when compared to the last two years. Summer may feel like the farthest point from the upcoming hunting season but with high hopes for the upcoming season Waterfowler.com continues to bring members great discounts on the best waterfowling gear through our Online ProShop.
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And now, on to the Breeding Ground Report.
The survey flights should be done and the numbers that determine our seasons are in all likelihood being crunched at this very moment. All indications at this point are of greatly improved nesting conditions for most North American waterfowl. Late spring rains have contributed to improved nesting conditions in much of Canada and the Northern Tier states of the US. Conditions range widely, even on a local level but many temporary wetlands are still holding water and have sustained new cover growth crucial to nest success.
One less hopeful note, emergency haying last year on large areas of CRP land is sighted as a concern for this nesting season. Drought stricken areas where haying was allowed on CRP lands do not have the necessary cover to insure nest and clutch survival. Overall however the breeding outlook remains good for this year and the numbers should soon begin to trickle in, giving waterfowlers the first brush strokes of season ahead.