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Thursday, April 18th, 2024

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Sportsmen Since 1967

Is nocturnal feeding to blame for duck slump during the Illinois season?

Mallards fly over Horseshoe Lake in Alexander County during the 2022-23 Illinois duck season. (Photo by Bill Key)

Horseshoe Lake in Illinois held large numbers of ducks, but hunters still had little success. For years, hunters have floated a theory that ducks are becoming nocturnal feeders as a way to escape hunting pressure.
Joey Thurston, DNR site superintendent at Horseshoe Lake and Union County Refuge, stopped short of a full-throated endorsement of that theory, but did offer anecdotal evidence.

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