Jan. 20, 2021
Mallards haven't visited Arkansas in the usual numbers in 2020-21, as this year's count in the AGFC's Midwinter Survey in the state's Delta region came in as the second lowest since formal surveys began in 2009-2010, and the total was 45% of the 2010-2021 long-term midwinter survey average. Photo by Mike Wintroath.
Jan. 13, 2021
Ducks and geese share the same watering hole in an east-central Arkansas rest area. Photo by Mike Wintroath.
Jan. 6, 2021
Many Arkansas hunters have this image in their minds, but mostly throughout the state as 2021 arrives, the wait is still on for a major influx of mallards. Photo by Mike Wintroath.
Dec. 23, 2020
Greater white-fronted geese (specklebellies) glide into a field filed with fellow specks in Arkansas County. An aerial estimate of specks in the state's Delta region in December numbered more than the estimated mallards in the state. Photo by John Hout.
Dec. 16, 2020
Ducks were seen in fewer numbers by the AGFC aerial crew Dec. 7-10, with total ducks (including pintails above) down nearly half the 2009-2020 long-term December average. Photo by Mike Wintroath.
Dec. 9, 2020
Frank Jones of Manning, South Carolina and his dog, Wheylen, wait on the ducks while hunting opening day in Steve N. Wilson Raft Creek Bottoms Wildlife Management Area. This particular spot in the photo now has twice as much water coverage as on opening weekend, as water can be moved from the White River. Other areas of Arkansas still have dry conditions. Photo by Jim Harris.
Dec. 2, 2020
Copper Smith of Marion, Illinois, hunted speckebellies (greater white-fronted geese) near Harrisburg recently. While regular duck season is on a 10-day hiatus in Arkansas, hunters can harvest specks through Friday and again from Sunday until Dec. 23, with the final segment running Dec. 26-Jan.31 concurrent with duck season. Photo provided by Elizabeth Bailey-Smith.