Colder Weather On Tap For Youth Waterfowl Hunt

Colder Weather On Tap For Youth Waterfowl Hunt

Arkansas Game & Fish Commission
Arkansas Game & Fish Commission

LITTLE ROCK, AR –-(AmmoLand.com)- Arkansas’s special youth waterfowl season will take place Saturday, Dec. 5 and Sunday, Dec. 6, and weather conditions are forecast to be much more like typical duck hunting weather than they were during the first segment of the regular season.

The special youth waterfowl season is open to youths 15 and younger. They may hunt ducks, in-season geese, coots and mergansers. Youths who have completed a hunter education course must be accompanied by a mentor who is 18 or older. Youths who haven’t completed hunter education must be accompanied by a mentor who is 21 or older. Mentors may not hunt ducks, coots or mergansers, but they may call waterfowl and hunt other in-season game. Shooting hours and bag limits are the same as regular duck season, except all-day youth hunting is allowed on AGFC wildlife management areas and shotshell restrictions on certain WMAs are not in force for the special youth season.

Youth hunters likely will find frigid conditions on opening morning of the special season. Temperatures are predicted to be in the mid- to upper-20s Saturday morning, with high temperatures climbing to around 50 degrees in most parts of the state.

The second segment of Arkansas’s regular duck season opens Dec. 10 and closes Dec. 23.

Recent rainfall has likely flooded some fields that had been drained by farmers in recent weeks. Because of record rainfall in October, many farmers allowed most water to run off in an attempt to salvage late crops. Many of the state’s river bottoms, as well as AGFC wildlife management areas, still are holding abundant water.

In the two weeks since AGFC biologists conducted the season’s first aerial waterfowl surveys, two strong cold fronts have pushed through the state, and several new concentrations of ducks have been reported.

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.

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.