Arkansas Game and Fish Commission Weekly Waterfowl Report

Arkansas Game and Fish Commission Weekly Waterfowl Report December 17th 2009
Plenty of cold, but hunting success hit or miss.

Arkansas Game & Fish Commission
Arkansas Game & Fish Commission

LITTLE ROCK, AR –-(AmmoLand.com)- Reports from around the state point to hit-or-miss duck hunting for many Arkansas waterfowlers. Good hunting reports have been matched by poor reports, with duck numbers and hunting success scattered.

Field reports indicate a movement of ducks into the state following last week’s frigid weather across the central and northern U.S., but ducks appear to be concentrated in a few areas and not widespread across much of the state. While most ducks have left the Dakotas, Minnesota, Iowa and northern Missouri, there still appear to be many ducks in central Missouri and other mid-latitude states.

Arkansas Game and Fish Commission biologists are flying aerial waterfowl surveys this week, and current waterfowl population estimates for Arkansas should be available next week.

Weather conditions should be favorable for hunters over the next week, with high temperatures ranging from the lower 50s Thursday through the lower 40s over the weekend. Low temperatures are predicted to hover around the freezing mark or below it for the next several days.

To assist hunters in tracking ducks, AGFC has created several Web links with maps and information about recent waterfowl movements and aerial survey reports.

For a list of links, visit http://www.agfc.com/hunting/huntingseasons/waterfowl-migratory-birds/waterfowl-locations.aspx.

This waterfowl report provides capsule information from agency staff in all corners of Arkansas and is updated each Wednesday throughout waterfowl season.

Information on river levels can be found at: http://www.srh.noaa.gov/lmrfc/ or http://water.usgs.gov/realtime.html. Sunrise/sunset tables are available at: http://aa.usno.navy.mil/data/docs/RS_OneDay.html and in the Arkansas Waterfowl Regulations Guide.

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Brad Craven

Hunted12-18 thru 12-23 south of Helena (no ducks)