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Things Aren’t Looking Good in the PPR

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  1. FriedPotatoes

    FriedPotatoes Elite Refuge Member

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    CF83A5CF-87C0-4D09-AF3D-523A48A172C3.jpeg There’s a pretty good drought going on right now in the duck factory. So far it’s not looking good for this upcoming season :cry



    https://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/
     
  2. salthunter

    salthunter Moderator Moderator

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    Yep real bad in some of the production areas.
    Snow goose hunting in SD two weeks back the James river was at summer flow levels. Last fall farmers just dropped their disks over the cattails and kept going.
    Muskrat houses out in "naked" fields
     
  3. blacktail

    blacktail Elite Refuge Member

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    Not enough water, too much water, low duck counts, record duck counts.

    It don’t matter. We’ll get a season and 80% of duck hunters will find something to complain about.
     
  4. FriedPotatoes

    FriedPotatoes Elite Refuge Member

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    okay but that doesn’t negate the fact duck numbers do matter.
     
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  5. blacktail

    blacktail Elite Refuge Member

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    duck lives matter. I get it.
    A few good gullywasher spring rains will change that map. Ducks will fly further north if they don’t find water.
    Many many years of looking at the drought index makes me understand one dry spring don’t mean anything.
     
  6. FriedPotatoes

    FriedPotatoes Elite Refuge Member

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    How far north? My understanding is Canada is pretty dry too.
     
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    blacktail Elite Refuge Member

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    Don’t have a clue. My ducks come from Alaska and BC. So, I don’t study the migration patterns of the PPR birds to in-depth. I’ve just read the go “further north”
     
  9. JP

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    Makes you wonder how prophetic the findings of the scientists’ study of ~12 years ago that prognosticated the beginning of another drought cycle for the midwest and far west with drought periods measured in decades rather than years. The basis of the study was derived from examination of tree rings of trees that are -900 years old, several found in the remaining old growth post oak forests (aka: Cross Timbers Region) just west of Tulsa that were never logged out.
     
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  10. nobands

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    My understanding is that there will be more nesting in the boreal regions . I don't think that equates to the same productivity as if they would of nested in the PPR.
    A wet PPR is good for ducks across several flyways.
     

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