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Flyways.us will be shutting down on November 30. However, most of the content found here will now be available on the the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Migratory Bird Program website.

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After more than a decade of serving as the central hub of information on waterfowl hunting management in North America, Flyways.us will be shutting down on November 30, 2018. However, you will still be able to access the same types of information on waterfowl surveys, regulations, duck identification, banding, and harvest reports on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Migratory Bird Program website.


Hunter Activity and Harvest Report for 2016-17 and 2017-18 Seasons Released

Hunter setting decoys. Credit: Milton Friend/USFWS

The latest Migratory Bird Hunting Activity and Harvest Report has been released, reporting that 11.6 million ducks were harvested in the United States in the 2016-17 hunting season, increasing to 12.1 million ducks harvested in the 2017-18 season. The number of harvested geese was about 3.2 million nationally in 2016-17, increasing just slightly to 3.6 million geese in 2017-18.

In addition to reading 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 2015. To view harvest activity reports for previous years, visit the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Migratory Bird Management website.

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2018 Status of Waterfowl Report Now Available

A pair of shovelers. Credit: Michelle Chupik

2018 duck population and pond estimates from the annual Waterfowl Breeding Population and Habitat Survey are now available. The estimate of 41.2 million breeding ducks was lower than last year’s estimate of 47.3 million, but 17% higher than the long-term average. The total pond estimate was 5.2 million, which was 14% below last year’s estimate of 6.1 million and similar to the long-term average of 5.2 million. Habitat conditions were similar to or declined relative to 2017. Much of the Canadian Prairies experienced average fall and winter precipitation and below-average spring precipitation. The U.S. prairies experienced average to above-average precipitation, but had more variable conditions compared to prairie Canada. Habitat conditions generally declined northward, particularly near the Montana-North Dakota border with Canada.

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Hunter Activity and Harvest Report for 2015-16 and 2016-17 Seasons Released

Hunter setting decoys. Credit: Milton Friend/USFWS

The latest Migratory Bird Hunting Activity and Harvest Report has been released, reporting that nearly 11 million ducks were harvested in the United States in 2015, with a slight increase to 11.6 million ducks harvested in 2016. The number of harvested geese was about 2.5 million nationally in 2015, increasing to just over 3.2 million geese in 2016.

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 2015. To view harvest activity reports for previous years, visit the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Migratory Bird Management website.

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2017 Status of Waterfowl Report - Now Available

A pair of shovelers. Credit: Michelle Chupik

2017 duck population and pond estimates from the annual Waterfowl Breeding Population and Habitat Survey are now available. The estimate of 47.3 million breeding ducks was similar to last year’s estimate of 48.4 million, and 34% above the long-term average. The total pond estimate was 6.1 million, which was 22% above last year’s estimate of 5 million and 17% higher than the long-term average of 5.2 million. Habitat conditions were similar to or improved relative to 2016, with a few exceptions. Much of the Canadian Prairies experienced above-average precipitation between June 2016 and the start of the survey. Abundant moisture delayed 2017 agricultural activities, and much of the 2016 crops remained unharvested, particularly in southern Saskatchewan. The Canadian parklands, while drier than areas further south, still benefitted from wet conditions in previous years. The U.S. prairies experienced average to above-average precipitation, but conditions there were more variable. Habitat conditions were generally better in the more northern portions of the U.S. prairies, mainly due to a better frost seal.

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