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Illinois waterfowlers bucking some nationwide trends

Illinois' duck seasons are about a month out, with North Zone hunters hitting the blinds Oct. 21 and Central Zone hunters following on Oct. 28. (Photo by Mike Hall)
Mallard harvest in Illinois increased by nearly 38% during the 2021-22 season, a somewhat surprising bump considering reports of declining duck numbers. The overall statewide take of 360,698 ducks that season was up 42% from the previous harvest of 254,680. Not surprisingly, mallards made up roughly half (49%) of the total Illinois duck harvest. The number of wood ducks taken rose 21% – and the wood duck harvest represented 12% of the overall bag in Illinois.
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