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February 2, 2011 Weekly Waterfowl Report

Date02/02/2011
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More water available for youth waterfowl hunt

LITTLE ROCK – Long awaited rainfall hit the state this week, just in time to provide additional waterfowl habitat for this weekend’s youth waterfowl hunting days.

In addition to rain – and several inches of snow in the northwest corner of the state – the weather system was followed by extremely cold temperatures, meaning many shallow waterways likely will be frozen this weekend.

The youth waterfowl hunt will take place Saturday and Sunday and is open to hunters 15 and younger. Youth hunters who have completed a hunter education course must be accompanied by a mentor 18 or older, and youths who haven’t completed a hunter education course must be accompanied by a mentor 21 or older. Mentors may not hunt, but may call waterfowl. Shooting hours and bag limits are the same as the regular waterfowl season, but youth hunters may hunt on Arkansas Game and Fish Commission wildlife management areas from 30 minutes before sunrise to sunset.

Arkansas Game and Fish Commission biologists took to the skies two weeks ago for the 2010-11 season’s final aerial waterfowl surveys. Observers counted a total of 1,786,677 ducks in the Delta with 1,311,245 mallards included in the total. In the Arkansas River valley, observers counted 60,635 ducks including 41,850 mallards. Duck numbers have fluctuated this season because of limited rainfall. Biologists said it appeared that most ducks were scattered in the Delta.  

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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