Archive for duck survey

What the Big Waterfowl Survey Numbers Tell Us about This Year’s Duck Season

Can we assume that an estimated eight percent jump in breeding ducks means we'll all see more birds at our blinds come fall?

July 14, 2014

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

Duck Population at All-Time High!

Here's some news that's a joy to report: According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's preliminary survey of breeding ducks, the duck population is the highest it's been since the survey began in 1955!

July 01, 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