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January 22, 2014 Weekly Waterfowl Report

Prospects promising for season finale
LITTLE ROCK – Duck season closes at sunset Sunday, but the season’s waning days hold promise for the state’s duck hunters.
Results from the Midwinter Waterfowl Survey, conducted Jan. 6-8, showed a slight increase in overall duck numbers from the December aerial waterfowl survey. While the early-January numbers were significantly below the five-year average for the time period, the mallard estimate was the second highest in the past five years and made up nearly 90 percent of the total duck estimate.
Weather conditions over the final days also should benefit hunters. The season’s third serious blast of Arctic air will grip the state Thursday and Friday, sending overnight temperatures into the teens in central and southern Arkansas and near single digits in the state’s north. Daytime highs will remain below freezing Thursday, with single-digit wind chills in the forecast. Temperatures are expected to return to near seasonal averages by Saturday and Sunday.
Arkansas Game and Fish Commission wildlife management areas will be open to hunting from 30 minutes before sunrise until sunset on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Although duck season closes Sunday, a special youth-only waterfowl hunt will take place statewide Feb. 1-2.
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