Rain brings some relief, but habitat conditions still lacking
LITTLE ROCK – Water levels have improved slightly on some Arkansas Game and Fish Commission wildlife management areas, but in most cases water remains far below the target levels called for in area management plans.
Rainfall associated with a pair of storms last week dumped water across much of the state, bringing some relief to drought conditions. Still, waterfowl habitat conditions remain relatively poor beyond areas that have been artificially flooded.
With just more than three weeks left in the 2010-2011 season, extended forecasts call for small chances of rain this weekend into early next week, with colder temperatures and some precipitation possibly falling as ice, snow or a winter mix.
Field reports and aerial waterfowl surveys indicate good numbers of ducks in the state, with most birds concentrated around areas that have been artificially flooded.
AGFC observers have been flying aerial waterfowl surveys this week as part of the mid-winter waterfowl survey that is conducted throughout the Mississippi Flyway. Results should be available 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.