For the second time, artwork by Adam Grimm of Burbank, South Dakota was selected as the winner of the Federal Duck Stamp contest - the only juried art competition sponsored by the federal government. Grimm previously won the contest in 1999, with his oil painting of a pair of canvasbacks taking the latest prize on September 28, 2013 during the contest proceedings at the Maumee Bay State Park and Conference Center in Oregon, Ohio. The 2014-2015 Federal Duck Stamp, featuring the winning art, will go on sale in late June 2014. Runners-up were Hoyt Smith of Tulsa, Oklahoma (2nd place) and Ron Louque of Charlottesville, Virginia (3rd place) with acrylic paintings of a Cinnamon teal and canvasback trio respectively. Hunters and wildlife enthusiasts are encouraged to purchase a Duck Stamp, as proceeds are used to purchase key waterfowl habitat areas in the National Wildlife Refuge System. The stamp sells for $15 and raises about $25 million each year.
Waterfowl hunting season is already upon us across much of North America, and you might be wondering when the seasons open and close in one or more states where you like to hunt. Or you might need to know the daily bag limits for various species or other regulations. For your convenience, links to the most up-to-date regulatory information maintained by each state wildlife agency have been compiled on this site so you can quickly and easily find the information you need. Each year, state wildlife agencies determine season dates and bag limits from within federal frameworks. These federal frameworks are based in part on data gathered by pilot biologists conducting aerial and ground surveys of waterfowl production and habitat in Canada and the northern United States in the spring.
How was last year’s harvest? If you’re curious how many ducks were bagged in your area last year (or in any year since 1961 for that matter), you can always generate a custom harvest trends report by querying our up-to-date harvest estimates database. The easy-to-use interface allows you to tailor your report to a certain species and within a specific state or flyway.
Final results from the 2013 Waterfowl Breeding Population and Habitat Survey are now available. Preliminary reports are confirmed -- a total duck population estimate of 45.6 million birds in the traditional survey area, which is a 6% decrease over last year's tally, but still 33% higher than the long term average.
Based on the status report, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has proposed hunting regulations for the upcoming 2013-2014 late waterfowl seasons. Hunting season lengths of 60 days were proposed for the Atlantic and Mississippi Flyways, with 74 days for the Central Flyway (with an additional 23 days in the High Plains areas) and 107 days for the Pacific Flyway.
A full season on pintails would be offered nation-wide with a two bird daily bag limit, and a full season on canvasbacks with a two bird daily bag limit offered nation-wide. Increased possession limits for ducks and geese to three times the daily bag limit has also been proposed.
The latest Migratory Bird Hunting Activity and Harvest Report has been released, reporting that over 15.9 million ducks were harvested in the United States in 2011, with a decrease to 15.7 million ducks harvested in 2012. The number of harvested geese was nearly 2.9 million nationally in 2011, increasing somewhat to nearly 3.2 million geese in 2012.
In addition to downloading the full report, you can also generate custom harvest trends reports to quickly and easily view the information that is important to you. With these custom reports, you can view harvest trends for a specific species in a specific state; or you can view results for all ducks or all geese on a national level or within a selected flyway; or you can see the total of all ducks and geese at the national level. Results from these custom reports are presented in line graph format to easily illustrate harvest trends from 1961 through 2011. To view harvest activity reports for previous years, visit the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Migratory Bird Management website.