Illinois and Waterfowl

Title Issue
Breeding duck numbers hit record high

Breeding duck numbers hit record high

North America’s breeding duck population this spring was an estimated 49.2 million birds, the highest number on record.

June 2014
Waterfowlers have reason to get in the mood

Waterfowlers have reason to get in the mood

As biologists hover above waterholes and ponds in Canada hunters here in Illinois are preparing for an annual waterfowling tradition: the July round of public waterfowl blind drawings.

June 2014
Duck poachers in Carlyle Lake case are arrested

Duck poachers in Carlyle Lake case are arrested

Conservation Police Officers have arrested three men in connection with a duck poaching incident at Carlyle Lake.

May 2014
Duck hunters’ fiery start ended by freezer

Duck hunters’ fiery start ended by freezer

A fast start to what became a truncated duck season likely will result in increased harvest numbers in the state, the state’s top waterfowl biologist predicted.

February 2014
Mallards, hunters ready for rematch

Mallards, hunters ready for rematch

If you’re a hunter who buys into estimates put forth by federal scorekeepers, there’s plenty of reason to look at last year’s Illinois duck season and grumble out a good ole “it can’t get any worse than that.”

September 2013
Ducks, geese may be facing food shortages

Ducks, geese may be facing food shortages

Illinois’ resident Canada goose breeding season was hit hard around the state by high water this spring.

June 2013
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