Christmas split arrives, but water still lacking
The second split of the 2016-2017 duck season occurs this weekend, with the season closing Saturday and Sunday (Christmas Eve and Christmas Day) before resuming Monday, Dec. 26.
Arctic air swept into The Natural State in a big way last weekend, but water, the other key ingredient to attracting waterfowl to Arkansas, remains in somewhat short supply.
Many of the state’s wildlife management areas remain well below target water levels, and despite an increase in available habitat in agricultural fields, field reports don’t indicate a large increase in duck numbers in the state.
Arkansas’s December aerial waterfowl survey showed much improved numbers from the November population survey, but numbers were well below long-term averages for December. Meanwhile, recent aerial surveys conducted in Louisiana show some of that state’s highest December duck counts in recent years.