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January 23, 2013 Weekly Waterfowl Report

Low duck numbers for season’s final stretch

LITTLE ROCK – With just four days left in the 2012-2013 duck season, duck numbers in the state remain quite low compared to the last four years.

Arkansas Game and Fish Commission biologists completed the annual midwinter aerial waterfowl survey Jan. 11 and counted about 665,000 total ducks in the state’s Delta region. Last year’s midwinter aerial count was more than1.1 million. This year’s midwinter mallard population estimate of roughly 451,000 mallards represents about half of the four-year survey average for the species; by contrast, last year’s midwinter survey showed more than 750,000 mallards.AGFC observers have completed three aerial surveys so far this season –November, December, and early January – and duck numbers have remained stable with few of the surges in numbers that observers typically see each winter.
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