2019/20 Waterfowl Season Closed

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  1. TnRiceFarmer

    TnRiceFarmer Senior Refuge Member

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    BREAKING NEWS: U.S. Fish and Wildlife announced today that the waterfowl season in Southeast Missouri and Northeast Arkansas will be closed for 2019/20. Wildlife biologist have hypothesized that the waterfowl population must be near extinction because of the lack of ducks killed by hunters in the 2018/19 season. Waterfowlers have been voicing their concerns across social media for the lack of duck’s and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife have taken notice of these cries of desperation. Stock markets immediately reacted by closing 1000 points down after the news caused concern that businesses like Avian X, Banded Gear, Rogers Sporting Goods and Mack’s Prairie Wings face bankruptcy. On the upside, Bass Pros stocks were up 50% on the expectations that more fishing gear will be sold. Analysts predict however that the market will recover as money shifts into the health care industry, legal services and banking. Banks anticipate large amounts of funds to be distributed into checking and savings accounts. Hospitals have begun to prepare for the 60% increase in births with young couples by the end of 2020 as young men will be staying home more frequently. Additionally, psychiatric care specialists have had a 200% increase in calls since the announcement. In unexpected news, the luxury car and yacht industry have had a 500% increase in orders as attorneys have been feverishly submitting orders. Divorces are expected to increase 1000% in older couples as retired men will also be staying home more. US Fish and Wildlife has indicated that future seasons will be considered when a duck is killed outside of Canada or South Dakota.
     
  2. TheDuckSlayer

    TheDuckSlayer Elite Refuge Member

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    Man you ain’t lying. I haven’t even been hunting yet. There’s NO birds. Even my buddies in Arkansas who are hunting prime private land (scouted daily) are complaining of lack of birds.
     
  3. Sunklands

    Sunklands Elite Refuge Member

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    Went through NEAR, before heading to the Grizzlies game last night and saw no ducks, no hunters and plenty water.
     
  4. buck_master_2001

    buck_master_2001 Elite Refuge Member

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    So where are the birds? They aren’t up here as they moved through very early this year.
     
  5. thatguy2

    thatguy2 Elite Refuge Member

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    Wish I knew because they didnt make it here. I have a theory but it aint popular with DU fans.
     
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  6. buck_master_2001

    buck_master_2001 Elite Refuge Member

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    The weather hasn’t helped this month either. It’s been pretty warm. We are iced over inland but there’s still a good amount of birds around. That isn’t anything new though. The no snow prolly hasn’t helped things.
     
  7. buck_master_2001

    buck_master_2001 Elite Refuge Member

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    LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas's third and final split of the 60-day waterfowl season began Wednesday, Dec. 26, and the season will continue uninterrupted through its close at sunset Sunday, Jan. 27. Waterfowl hunters hope that soon enough, frigid conditions arrive in the northern midwest to move a large concentration of birds down through the migratory pathways into The Natural State. From anecdotal reports over the past week, that has yet to happen.

    The early December aerial survey by Arkansas Game and Fish Commission waterfowl biologists estimated that 1.2 million total mallards were in the Delta region, with more than half of those being mallards. But with the wettest fall in several years in the state, ducks habitat has been spread far and wide, and reports from various sources say that hunting has suffered in many areas. Hunters in areas east of the Dale Bumpers White River National Wildlife Refuge reported few ducks or geese seen flying over last weekend. Saturday, a decent number of snow geese were observed in the Prairie-Arkansas county region between Humnoke and Stuttgart, but well below what was observed a year ago. Guides reported that greater white-fronted geese (specklebellies) were not as prominent in their prairie fields as what they had seen earlier in the season, and milder weather than usual for the period around Christmas was one of the reasons they cited.

    Duck totals in the Arkansas River Valley and the southwest part of the state were below the long-term December average in the most recent survey.

    Arkansas was expecting colder conditions and a little more rainfall as the third split opened. Most eyes of waterfowlers, however, were on weather conditions in Iowa and Missouri. Northern Missouri had an estimated count earlier this year of 900,000 mallards in that region, and those birds did not appear to be interested in leaving for a trek south with milder temps and accessible habitat (re: food) available there. AGFC biologists reported that Big Lake NWR in northeast Arkansas is holding an average number of ducks for this time of year, and at times there have been good numbers of ducks seen on Lake Ashbaugh in the northeast. But for the Arkansas River Valley, Ed Gordon Point Remove WMA was typical: complete coverage of the WMA with water, but duck use varied and mostly poor to moderate.

    The AGFC will conduct its third state aerial survey of the year the week of Jan. 7.
    https://www.agfc.com/en/news/2018/12/26/arkansas-wildlife-waterfowl-report-15/
     
  8. TheDuckSlayer

    TheDuckSlayer Elite Refuge Member

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    Snow cover map as of today. I got a good guess at where some might be
     
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  9. buck_master_2001

    buck_master_2001 Elite Refuge Member

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    Missouri has to be loaded. The weather just hasn’t been enough to drive them down.
     
  10. stevena198301

    stevena198301 Elite Refuge Member Supporting Member

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    :l Those cats are so good, they realized over half the mallards they saw were mallards. Good for them!
     
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