Fall Waterfowl Forecast: It’s Raining Ducks

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Good news: The prolific rain of the Midwest and East has been, to use the expression, “a great day for ducks.” The forecast for waterfowl season is strong, so don’t wait until the last minute to begin planning fall hunts. Summer is off-season in the duck world, a great time to research and buy new gear, talk about leases, and get pumped for action. Even if ducks are your deal, don’t forget the nuisance goose seasons that open in early September when bag limits are generous, the weather is accommodating, and goose populations are exploding. Here’s the latest, in an OutdoorHub post:

Shadow_Grass_Blades_6Habitat conditions seem to have improved over last year, or at least stayed relatively similar. Late spring rains were highly beneficial to the nation’s wetlands and the USFWS is now estimating pond numbers in the U.S. to be 41 percent higher than 2012. The proposed framework would allow duck and geese possession to reach three times the daily bag limit. It was previously two times the daily bag limit.

Information on individual states from America’s four flyways can be seen below, courtesy the USFWS: Atlantic Flyway (Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Vermont, Virginia, and West Virginia)…

Get the full forecast of the four flyways.


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Joe Byers
Joe Byers has more than 1,000 magazine articles in print and is currently a field editor with Whitetail Journal, Predator Xtreme, Whitetails Unlimited, Crossbow Revolution, and African Hunting Journal magazines. He’s spent the last three decades depicting the thrill of the chase and photographing the majesty of all things wild. Byers is a member of the Professional Outdoor Media Association and numerous other professional and conservation organizations.

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