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December 29, 2010 Weekly Waterfowl Report

Date12/29/2010
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Rain breaks long dry spell

LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas duck hunters finally are getting a break from the drought, as an abnormally dry year ends on a wet note. Rainfall continued to fall across most of the state Wednesday, with forecasters calling for totals up to an inch in many areas. Another storm system is expected to bring up to another inch of rain New Year’s Eve.

What the rainfall means for duck hunters remains to be seen, but after suffering through dry conditions for most of the 2010-2011 season, the wet weather is surely a welcome sight to waterfowlers.

Still, many Arkansas Game and Fish Commission wildlife management areas remain well below full flood pool. But this week’s rains should improve habitat conditions in many areas. Also, private lands should benefit from sheet water on agricultural lands.

Field reports and aerial waterfowl surveys indicate good numbers of duck in the state, with most birds concentrated around areas that have been artificially flooded.

New duck density maps, which show relative concentrations of ducks, are available at the links below.

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 arkansasoutdoors@agfc.com and type "Waterfowl Report" in the subject line.
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