Final Days Of Waterfowl Season To See Wintry Weather, Cold Temps

Final Days Of Waterfowl Season To See Wintry Weather, Cold Temps

Arkansas Game & Fish Commission
Arkansas Game & Fish Commission

LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas –-(AmmoLand.com)- Rapidly changing weather conditions have been the rule this duck season, and the final days of the 2009-2010 season will be no exception.

After a season of heavy rainfall, up-and-down temperatures and other sundry weather changes, Arkansas waterfowl hunters will get a shot of winter weather and sub-freezing temperatures over the final days of the season.

Winter storm warnings went into effect Wednesday for the state’s four northwestern counties, and the rest of the northern half of the state was under a winter storm watch as of Wednesday morning. Forecasts call for rain changing to freezing rain, sleet and snow over the next 48 hours across wide swaths of the state. Even southern counties could be affected by a wintry mix of precipitation by Friday.

Nighttime temperatures for central Arkansas are forecast to drop into the low 20s on Friday and Saturday night, with daytime highs in the mid 30s to low 40s through the weekend.

Arkansas Game and Fish Commission biologists took to the skies last week for the 2009-2010 season’s final aerial waterfowl surveys, with observers counting an estimated 3.1 million ducks in the state’s Delta region. The Delta total included roughly 2 million mallards. In western Arkansas, AGFC observers counted roughly 36,000 ducks, including close to 20,000 mallards, in the southwest Arkansas survey region, and roughly 20,000 total ducks and more than 14,000 mallards in the northwest Arkansas survey area.

AGFC observers reported a general northward shift of waterfowl across the Delta region.

Maps showing relative duck densities around the Delta region point to three main “hot spots.” One area of higher concentrations is along the White River in an area that includes eastern White County, western Woodruff County and northern Prairie County. Another area of high density includes southeast Jefferson and western Arkansas counties, and the third high-density area includes southern portions of Lonoke and Prairie counties.

For a list of links, visit http://tiny.cc/duckhunting .

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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