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January 8, 2014 Weekly Waterfowl Report

Good conditions in place for season’s final push
LITTLE ROCK – With just more than two weeks remaining in the 2013-2014 duck season, Arkansas hunters couldn’t ask for much better conditions.
Some of the coldest air in recent memory followed abundant late-December rainfall, a combination of factors that typically bodes well for Natural State duck hunting.
Most of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s public hunting areas have reached or surpassed full flood pool, and flooding along the Cache and White rivers has opened new waterfowl habitat and public hunting opportunities on national wildlife refuge lands.
Extremely cold conditions from earlier this week froze many shallow wetlands, but after a midweek round of icy precipitation, temperatures are predicted to moderate by this weekend.
Arkansas Game and Fish Commission biologists are flying the annual midwinter aerial waterfowl survey this week, and results should be available for next week’s waterfowl report.
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