1. I propose a sticky for news articles concerning duck or goose hunting news. Any thoughts? 2. Here's a recent article by Michael Pearce in the Eagle. Fall duck season is likely to be 74 days BY MICHAEL PEARCE The Wichita Eagle This fall's duck season dates and limits are expected to be about the same as last year. Summer duck populations are high enough to allow a full 74-day season in the Kansas low plains units. Faye McNew, Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks migratory gamebird coordinator, recently got the news from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Kansas has had 74-day seasons since 1995. Lower populations could have resulted in a season of 39 or 60 days. "Populations have declined some from last year but they were still good enough to warrant the liberal season," she said. "The problem is that production is expected to be fairly poor this year. We'll probably see that impact our season lengths within the next year or two if habitat conditions don't improve." Ongoing drought and grasslands being converted to crop fields are hurting nesting habitat in much of the U.S. and Canada. Fish and Wildlife officials informed McNew that Kansas could continue its "hunter's choice" project. Kansas is one of five central flyway states that allow up to five ducks per day, and leave all species open through the entire season. The other five states have a six-bird limit, but hunters can only shoot pintails and canvasbacks during about the first half of the season. Biologists want to find out how the different options influence overall harvests. McNew said the research project is the main reason canvasbacks can be shot in the central flyway. They'll have no open season in the Pacific, Mississippi or Atlantic flyways because of reduced populations. She said the continental canvasback population is down about 44 percent from last year, which was below the long-term average. Pintail numbers are about 22 percent below last year's numbers. Populations of mallards, teal and most other popular puddle ducks are near or only slightly below last year's numbers. Many are still above long-term averages. McNew said the upcoming season will probably allow Kansas hunters to kill, within their five ducks, up to two scaup, two redheads, two wood ducks and no more than one from a group that is comprised of pintails, hen mallards, canvasbacks and mottled ducks. Hunters will again be able to kill five mallards. She predicted a season framework similar to last fall, which included a late October opening and an early January closing. The season will probably open again for nine days in late January. Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks commissioners will vote on season dates and limits at an Aug. 14 meeting in Hoisington.