September 25, 2001 – Migration Update

September rains across the country are providing much needed water to key way-points in migration routes. Thanks to the cooperation of Mother Nature things are improving on drought stricken areas and predictability and normalcy are returning to the migration equation. Notable exceptions would include Arkansas and North Dakota — which has been losing water for the past two months.

Under cover of darkness, Teal bugged out of the prairie in two major movements last week. The first occurred exodus occurred around 8th and the second during the later part of the week. Consistent pockets of teal activity are reported moving down the Central and Mississippi Flyways. For the first time since the season opener, states offering early seasons reported exceptional harvests.

As expected, dove-shooting success has curtailed in central portions of the country as birds headed further south from hunting pressure — increasing activity in the south.

In Alaska, waterfowling is in high gear. Alaskan hunters are reporting great success on all species including swan. With most portions of Alaska still awaiting their first frost, hunters are hopeful they will be able to hunt into October.

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