Late Season Waterfowl Hunting Frameworks Proposed; 2013 Status of Waterfowl Report Released

American Wigeon photo, Donna Dewhurst, US FWSFinal 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.

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2013 Adaptive Harvest Management Report

This hard copy report provides waterfowl managers and the public with information about the use of Adaptive Harvest Management for setting waterfowl regulations in the United States.

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2013 Trends in Breeding Duck Populations Report - Now Available

Green-winged Teal on the Melita Transect, Southwestern Manitoba. Credit: Marc Schuster, Canadian Wildlife Service.

Preliminary 2013 duck population and pond estimates from the annual Waterfowl Breeding Population and Habitat Survey are now available. The estimate of 45.6 million breeding ducks was 6% lower than last year’s estimate of 48.6 million, but was still 33% above the long-term average. The total pond estimate was 6.9 million, which was 24% above last year’s estimate of 5.5 million and 35% above the long-term average of 5.1 million. Despite a delayed spring over most of the survey area, habitat conditions were improved or similar to last year in many areas due to average to above-average annual precipitation, with the exception being southeastern Canada, the northeast U.S., and portions of Montana and the Dakotas. Note: Estimates sometimes change between the preliminary numbers and final results.

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2013 Status And Harvests of Sandhill Cranes Report Now Available

Sandhill Crane in flight, Credit: Len Blumin, FlickrThe report covers the Mid-Continent, Rocky Mountain, Lower Colorado River Valley, and Eastern populations of sandhill cranes.

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2012 White-Fronted Goose Survey Reveals Increase in Population

White-fronted goose making a water landing, Credit: US FWSThe Fall Inventory of Mid-Continent White-Fronted Geese was conducted throughout the Canadian prairie in late September and early October and the results are now available. This year's survey yielded 778,000 white-fronted geese in Alberta and Saskatchewan, a 12 percent increase from the previous year. Good wetland conditions prevailed through most of the survey area.

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2012 Status of Waterfowl Report Released

Pintail photo, George Gentry, US FWSFinal results from the 2012 Waterfowl Breeding Population and Habitat Survey are now available. Preliminary reports are confirmed -- a total duck population estimate of 48.6 million birds in the traditional survey area, which is a 7% increase over last year's tally and 43 percent above the long term average.

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2012 Adaptive Harvest Management Report

This hard copy report provides waterfowl managers and the public with information about the use of Adaptive Harvest Management for setting waterfowl regulations in the United States.

Download AHM Report

2012 Pond Numbers and Habitat Survey Available

A blue-winged teal pair. Credit: Kammie Kruse, US FWS.

Preliminary results for the 2012 Waterfowl Breeding Population and Habitat Survey are now available. The estimate of 48.6 million birds was 7% higher than last year’s estimate of 45.6 million, and was 43% above the long-term average. The total pond estimate was 5.5 million, which was 32% below last year’s estimate of 8.1 million and 9% above the long-term average of 5.1 million. Habitat conditions were characterized by average to below-average moisture, a mild winter, and an early spring across the southern portion of the traditional and eastern survey areas. Northern habitats of the traditional and eastern survey areas generally received average moisture and temperatures. Note: Estimates sometimes change between the preliminary numbers and final results.

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2012 Status And Harvests of Sandhill Cranes Report Now Available

Sandhill crane pair photo, Credit: US FWSThe report covers the Mid-Continent, Rocky Mountain, Lower Colorado River Valley, and Eastern populations of sandhill cranes.

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