Ground Crew: Water conditions still good

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Written by Kathy Fleming
Thursday, May 14, 2009

Kathy Fleming.John and I have 9 days of surveying under our belts now, and the water conditions are still good, although eastern Montana is drier than the Dakotas. We’ve seen a lot of lone drakes, so nesting is in full swing. Landowners tell us that it was an unusually long, cold winter, with heavy snows. Although the snow was really hard on the cattle in the region, the meltwater from it has rejuvenated the landscape. That is great news for ducks as well as farmers — many of whom have not been able to get a crop off the land for several years in a row. We’re talking to a lot of optimistic landowners this year, who are happy to tell us where to find ducks on their property!