Duck population estimates at nearly 41 million birds

As Illinois duck hunters await word on the fall season dates,
the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has stepped in with their annual
duck population estimate.

The numbers usually look good and give some sort of positive
spin on the upcoming season. This year is no different: the
Waterfowl Breeding Population and Habitat Survey is 40.9 million
birds, very similar to last year’s estimate of 42 million birds and
21 percent above the long-term average.

The Waterfowl Breeding Population and Habitat Survey samples
more than two million square miles of waterfowl habitat across the
north-central and northeastern United States, south-central,
eastern, and northern Canada, and Alaska.

Stay tune for specific estimates on mallards and other species
of ducks as the week goes on. I’ll give you a different species
population estimate each day.

Meanwhile, what are your thoughts on the upcoming duck
season> Give me a shout: ralph@outdoornews.com

Categories: Illinois – Ralph Loos

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