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January 12, 2011 Weekly Waterfowl Report

Deep freeze hits the state, but temperatures to rebound

LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas will experience the coldest air of the season Wednesday night and Thursday morning, causing most shallow waterways to freeze and forcing ducks to find alternate habitats with open water.

Large reservoirs and flowing waters, including rivers such as the Arkansas, White and Mississippi, may provide some of the only available hunting opportunities over the next couple of days, and finding any available open water will be crucial to hunting success.

The National Weather Service predicts tonight’s low will drop to 12 degrees, with Thursday’s high temperature reaching 32 degrees. But temperatures are forecast to climb back toward seasonal averages, with Friday’s high reaching the low 40s, and Saturday’s high temperature reaching near 50 degrees.

Water levels on Arkansas Game and Fish Commission wildlife management areas have risen in some areas, but many green tree reservoirs still remain well below target water levels.

AGFC observers flew aerial waterfowl surveys last week as part of the annual Mississippi Flyway mid-winter waterfowl survey, but technical difficulties have prevented waterfowl managers from compiling population estimates in time for this week’s waterfowl report.

"We hope to have the issues resolved and have some numbers to release next week," said AGFC waterfowl program coordinator Luke Naylor.

The second segment of the 2010-2011 duck season ends at sunset Monday, with the third and final segment opening Saturday, Jan. 22 and running through Sunday, Jan. 30.  

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

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 and type "Waterfowl Report" in the subject line.
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