Archive for waterfowl survey

Waterfowl Populations: Will This Last?

Many believe we are on the cusp of the best waterfowl season in generations, but do we owe it more to luck than conservation? 

September 27, 2011

Why Ill./Miss. River Duck Hunters Should Be Pumped

According to an Oct. 11, 2010, aerial survey by the Illinois Natural History Survey, duck hunters on the Illinois and Mississippi Rivers can officially get pumped. The data is not yet available for public consumption (it will be posted here in the coming days), but Mike Checkett of Ducks Unlimited tells me the data shows that total duck numbers on the Illinois River are twice the 10-year average for this time of year, and pintail numbers far exceed the 10-year average on both the Illinois and Mississippi Rivers.

October 14, 2010