In the 2016 survey, 157,028 ducks, 33,468 geese and 5,896 swans were observed. Goose observations increased in 2017, while duck observations were down about 5 percent and swan observations down 13 percent.
The Commission adopted waterfowl season orders that include opening the early teal season on the Saturday of Labor Day weekend – a week earlier than staff had proposed and the same as the 2016 teal season
The annual hearings are being held by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, and Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department and Board.
Four public hearings allow waterfowlers to provide Wisconsin DNR comments on fall duck, goose hunting season structure
Near-record population estimates from 2016 bode well for 2017 season.
As mallard harvest goes, so goes the state duck harvest as a whole — downward.
Funds derived from the sale of these stamps contribute to restoration and management efforts on thousands of acres of important wildlife habitat.
Public hearings throughout Wisconsin provide great opportunity to provide feedback regarding fall waterfowl hunting season structure.
Pennsylvania’s “liberal hunting season” on resident Canada geese — about 12 weeks spread from September to February — is a viable way to limit the problem.
The spring conservation order is a great opportunity to see unbelievable flocks of snow geese.
NRC considering a 10-day September season for teal.
Waterfowl hunters are encouraged to attend one of the hearings and share their preferences and opinions about the proposed seasons.
Focus will be on status of Atlantic Flyway waterfowl populations and proposed federal frameworks for the 2017-18 waterfowl hunting seasons.
Snow goose migration gets kick start.
Get good photos of waterfowl in motion as seasons close and mating nears in Pennsylvania
Install a few wood duck nesting boxes in Pennsylvania
Hunters may call the light goose “hotline” to hear recorded information 24 hours a day, and migration reports are also posted on the North Dakota Game and Fish Department website.
After record numbers last year, above-average snow fall and below-average temperatures that began in late November continued up until the survey, which created poor wintering conditions for Canada geese and mallards.
The spring season is only open to light geese – snows, blues, and Ross’s. Species identification is important because white-fronted and Canada geese travel with light geese. The season is closed to whitefronts, Canada geese, swans and all other migratory birds.
A majority of the emperor goose population breeds on the Yukon Kuskokwim Delta in southwestern Alaska, and the bird can only be found in Alaska and Russia.
Relatively mild weather has started the yearly northward swing of snow geese early this year
Two pelicans, 10 cormorants and five swans have been found dead in the Key Pittman management area in the Pahranagat Valley, and in the Overton wildlife area near Lake Mead.
The order was first issued in 2009 and it’s continuing to help reduce and stabilize the snow goose population, which officials say is causing extensive damage to some wetlands and agricultural areas.
The ducks, which use the Chesapeake Bay as a winter migration destination and have a longstanding history in Maryland, could be the next symbol of the state.
Iowa, Michigan, and Wisconsin are confident that experimental teal seasons met federal requirements and that the fourth year should not require any additional monitoring.
New counties for longbeards on table; deer seasons topic for Feb. 8 meeting.
Attendees also can get gun-fitting and repair questions answered by a gunsmith, see the junior duck stamp display, learn about cooking and other uses for wild game, check out the Minnesota Decoy Collectors Association annual decoy show and more.