Conditions improving, but more rainfall needed
LITTLE ROCK – Rainfall across the state last week and earlier this week has improved waterfowl habitat conditions in The Natural State, but many wildlife management areas still need more rainfall to reach huntable water levels. Likewise, many private lands, including agricultural fields, have experienced improved habitat conditions but still are in need of more rainfall.
Anecdotal evidence from hunters around the state suggests more ducks and geese moved into Arkansas with a pair of cold fronts last week and earlier this week, and with decreased hunting pressure as a result of the 2010-2011 season’s first split, many of those birds may still be in the state when the season reopens Tuesday, Dec. 7.
Results from the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s first aerial waterfowl survey, conducted a week before the season opened on Nov. 20, revealed lower numbers of ducks than last year and also showed that many ducks were using nontraditional habitats, including fish ponds.
The National Weather Service forecast for Little Rock calls for nighttime lows in the lower 30s and daytime highs in the upper 50s to low 60s through this weekend, followed by cooler air moving into the region around the first part of next week.
To assist waterfowl hunters with the latest information, he AGFC provides links to sources on waterfowl location and abundance in Arkansas and other states. The links are available at http://www.agfc.com/hunting/Pages/HuntingWaterfowlReport.aspx#1
This waterfowl report provides capsule information from agency staff in all corners of Arkansas and is updated each Wednesday throughout waterfowl season. To receive the report each week on your computer, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
and type "Waterfowl Report" in the subject line.