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December 28, 2016 Weekly Waterfowl Report

Water situation improves slightly as final segment opens

Rainfall over the Christmas split has improved waterfowl habitat conditions as Arkansas’s duck season enters its third and final segment.

Following a two-day split on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, duck season reopened Monday and continues uninterrupted until Jan. 29. Hunters returned to the field this week to find improved habitat conditions following a succession of rainy days and unseasonably warm temperatures. 

Water levels on many Arkansas Game and Fish Commission wildlife management areas that are managed for duck hunting improved as a result of the rainfall, but many areas still remain below target water levels. 

While rainfall has helped habitat conditions, the state also has been experiencing unusually mild weather, with some weather stations experiencing record high temperatures on Christmas Day and Dec. 26. Isolated thunderstorms were in Wednesday’s forecast ahead of a cold front that is predicted to return temperatures closer to seasonal averages later this week. 

Because of the Christmas holiday and the timing of the most recent rainfall events, hunters should be aware that water levels reflected in this report may have changed since gauge readings were observed by AGFC field staff.

Due to the improving conditions, there will be a permit draw this weekend on Steve N. Wilson Raft Creek WMA. 
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