Waterfowl

IL: DNR calling for 60-day duck season

Springfield – When DNR rolled out its annual waterfowl hunting proposals earlier this month, the state's duck hunters may have been more focused on changes to hunting zones than actual season dates. So here they are: DNR has asked the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for 60-day duck seasons in all zones, 85-day Canada goose seasons in the north and…

CO: Banner Lakes Youth Waterfowl Day Aug. 6

DENVER — Colorado Parks and Wildlife is holding a youth waterfowl hunt at Banner Lakes State Wildlife Area in Keenesburg on Aug. 6. This morning-long skills clinic will introduce youth and a mentor to the fundamentals of getting out in the field and bagging some birds. Skills taught at the seminar include: -Duck and goose calling -Decoying strategies -Waterfowl habitats…

OH: Dakotas very wet; duck numbers good, too

Bismarck, N.D. – Breeding duck surveys in May in North Dakota produced two bits of good news: the amount of water on the ground is exceptional, and duck numbers are pretty good. According to the survey report, the water index was up from last year by 31.4 percent, and 128 percent above the average from 1948 to 2010. The wetland…

MS: Breeding Duck Populations Increase

JACKSON- Breeding waterfowl populations have increased from 2010 estimates for eight of the ten duck species surveyed; and overall, duck estimates increased 11 percent from last year to just over 45 million birds. The U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Canadian Wildlife Service conduct annual waterfowl population surveys on the breeding grounds to monitor waterfowl populations and help set…

OK: Artists wanted: Oklahoma waterfowl stamp design contest now accepting entries

Artists' entries are now being accepted for the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation's Waterfowl Stamp Design Contest, featuring the white-fronted goose. Submissions will be accepted through Aug. 31, and the winning artwork will be featured on the 2012-13 Oklahoma waterfowl stamp. The Wildlife Department's waterfowl stamp design contest draws artists from across the United States hoping to see their rendition…

AR: Duck numbers up slightly in breeding grounds survey

LITTLE ROCK – Smile, all you Arkansas duck enthusiasts. There is good news from up north. The annual breeding grounds survey shows water is plentiful and duck numbers are up. But there are a couple of possible negatives. One is that flooding hit the upper Midwest, especially North Dakota, just after the annual aerial surveys were made, but duck nesting…

WI: Will more water mean more waterfowl?

Madison – Above-average spring rains improved wetland conditions across Wisconsin and could lead to better duck production, according to state waterfowl biologists. "This is good news after a dry 2010 in Wisconsin with below-average duck numbers," said Kent Van Horn, DNR migratory waterfowl biologist. "2011 is shaping up to be a better-than-average year for local ducks. "Ducks will often move…

SD: 2011 Waterfowl Hunting Seasons Proposed

PIERRE, S.D. – The Game, Fish and Parks Commission has proposed minor changes to the main South Dakota waterfowl hunting seasons for 2011. The only change for the duck season is a proposed increase in the daily limit on redhead ducks. The limit would increase from two daily to three daily. The possession limit on all duck species is twice…

Public May Comment on Nebraska Waterfowl Recommendations

The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission invites the public to comment on its 2011 waterfowl hunting season recommendations. People may provide feedback by sending an e-mail to ngpc.input@nebraska.gov, attending a public informational meeting, or attending the public hearing at the Game and Parks board of commissioners meeting on July 29. Staff recommendations for the waterfowl, crow and falconry seasons will…

Louisiana Approves Duck Hunting Zones, Seeks Public Comment on Dates For 2011-2012 Seasons

The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission (LWFC) moved to maintain the two zones with split season arrangement for the 2011-2012 duck season at their July 7 meeting. Although expanded zones and splits options are being considered, those options have not yet been approved by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS). The commission action provides hunters with a familiar framework…

Illinois DNR proposes waterfowl zone lines, season dates for 2011-2015

Illinois DNR's Division of Wildlife Resources is recommending duck and goose season dates and waterfowl zone lines for the next five years. The proposals, announced on Thursday (July 7), were developed based on an extensive review of scientific data, waterfowl hunter survey results, and comments and survey results following a series of public open house meetings around the state last…

2011 North Carolina Waterfowl Conservation Stamp and Print Available July 1

Help support the conservation of waterfowl habitat in North Carolina by purchasing a 2011 Waterfowl Conservation Stamp and Print, which goes on sale July 1. The acrylic painting, "Canadas in Pasture" by Delaware artist Richard Clifton, depicts a pair of Canada geese standing in a pasture. Signed and numbered regular edition prints with mint stamps are $145. The collector's mint…

Wisconsin Breeding waterfowl numbers increase in most recent survey

Improved wetland conditions trigger response Above average spring rains have improved wetland conditions across Wisconsin and could lead to better local duck production, according to state waterfowl biologists. "This is good news after a dry 2010 in Wisconsin with below average duck numbers," said Kent Van Horn, Department of Natural Resources migratory waterfowl biologist. "2011 is shaping up to be…

California DFG Completes 2011 Waterfowl Breeding Population Survey

The California Department of Fish and Game (DFG) has completed its 2011 waterfowl breeding population survey. The resulting data show that the overall number of breeding ducks has increased slightly, however, the number of mallards — the most abundant duck in the survey — decreased 14 percent from last year. “Although surveys indicated a decrease in mallard abundance, habitat conditions…

New Oregon program will pay Willamette Valley landowners with goose damage for hunting access

Willamette Valley landowners who have Canada geese using their properties can earn some additional income by providing public hunting access through ODFW’s s new Oregon Open Fields program. Funded by a federal grant, the program seeks to open 95,000 acres of private land in the Willamette Valley to public goose hunting while reducing goose damage to crops. Landowners that participate…

Foiles Pleads Guilty to Federal Duck Hunting Violations

Professional duck hunter and guide Jeffrey B. Foiles pleaded guilty June 23 in federal court in Springfield, Ill., to wildlife charges arising from the illegal sale of guided waterfowl hunts. Foiles, 54, of Pleasant Hill, Ill., pleaded guilty to an information charging him with one misdemeanor count of unlawful sale of wildlife in violation of the Lacey Act, as well as one misdemeanor count…

MN: Dakotas very wet; numbers of ducks good, too

Bismarck, N.D. – Breeding duck surveys in May in North Dakota produced two bits of good news: the amount of water on the ground is exceptional, and duck numbers are pretty good. According to the survey report, the water index was up from last year by 31.4 percent, and 128 percent above the average from 1948 to 2010. The wetland…

ND: Spring Duck Index Remains High, Water Conditions Up

The North Dakota Game and Fish Department's annual spring breeding duck survey showed an index of more than 4.1 million birds, down slightly (-9 percent) from last year but 85 percent above the long-term average (1948-2010). The 2011 index is the ninth highest on record. Wigeon (+15 percent), blue-winged teal (+12 percent) and pintails (+4 percent and the highest since…

Louisiana to Accept Public Bids for Premier Waterfowl Hunting Leases at White Lake

Agricultural and hunting leases up for competitive public bid summer 2011 Hunting and agricultural leases on the White Lake Wetlands Conservation Area will be open for competitive public bid in mid-summer 2011, according to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF). Nearly 35,000 acres of the 71,000-acre property will be available as existing leases expire. "While we are very…

SD: Early Fall Canada Goose Hunting Season Proposed

PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota hunters will be heading out on a different opening date for the 2011 if a proposal from the Game, Fish and Parks Commission passes. The Commission proposal would change the hunting season start date from "the Saturday closest to September 7" to "the first Saturday of September." In 2011 those season dates would be Sept….

ID: Goose banding efforts focus on Boise parks

More than 500 Canada geese may soon be sporting new hardware as part of an urban goose study conducted this month by Fish and Game in partnership with Boise Parks and Recreation. The banding project is scheduled to begin Friday, June 10, in Ann Morrison or Julia Davis Parks; banding efforts will continue the following Monday and Tuesday, June 13…

AR: Public meetings set for input on waterfowl regulations

LITTLE ROCK – Hunters can voice their opinions about the upcoming Arkansas waterfowl hunting regulations and seasons at one of six public meetings to be held around the state on Tuesday, June 7. These meetings are part of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission's hunting regulation setting process. They will be held to give hunters and other interested parties the…