Illinois and Waterfowl

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DNR’s choice for waterfowl manager has habitat focus

DNR’s choice for waterfowl manager has habitat focus

DNR didn’t have to look far to fill its top waterfowl biologist position, which went vacant in May after migratory birds program manager Ray Marshalla retired along with several others in the wildlife division.

February 2013
Ducks are plentiful, but elusive to hunters

Ducks are plentiful, but elusive to hunters

Waterfowl have flocked to Illinois in record numbers this winter, even if that hasn’t necessarily translated to success for duck and goose hunters.

December 2012
Hunters advised to avoid baiting

Hunters advised to avoid baiting

Teal hunters have enjoyed plenty of shooting in their brief season – especially in southern Illinois, where both green-wings and blue-wings have been plentiful.

September 2012

Duck hunters warned about baiting - intentional or not - during drought conditions

September 2012
September goose hunting on upward swing

September goose hunting on upward swing

Ups and downs associated with Illinois’ September goose season took a sharp turn toward the positive last year, data provided by the Illinois Natural History Survey suggests

August 2012
Waterfowl hunters seeing good reason for countdown to season

Waterfowl hunters seeing good reason for countdown to season

To listen to fall flight forecasters, one may expect to find mallards and pintails sitting in blinds when the state’s duck hunters show up this fall.

July 2012
A quack fact: Duck count at record levels

A quack fact: Duck count at record levels

In a state where good news has been nearly as scarce as rain this summer, the “duck factory” up north has provided Illinois waterfowl hunters with a surprise shower of hope.

July 2012

In fact, there will be a drawing for public waterfowl sites

July 2012
Illinois DNR retirements include top waterfowl biologist

Illinois DNR retirements include top waterfowl biologist

More than anyone else, Ray Marshalla knew that adding a fourth duck hunting zone last fall would bring both cheers and jeers from the state’s passionate hunters.

June 2012
State’s hunters shot more ducks than predicted

State’s hunters shot more ducks than predicted

For all the angst and hand-wringing, duck hunters in the state had a pretty good season, according to a DNR report.

March 2012