State Agency Waterfowl Hunting Season Info, Regulations and Harvest Estimates at Your Fingertips

Hunter silhouette photo, Credit: Peter Anderson, FlickrWaterfowl 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.

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.

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.

Download AHM Report

Spring Is Here - and the 2014 Waterfowl Survey Has Begun!

<May waterfowl survey begins. Photo by Murray Gillespie (Ducks Unlimited Canada).

May waterfowl survey begins. Photo by
Murray Gillespie (Ducks Unlimited Canada).

Unlike last year's early start, pilot biologists found themselves anxiously waiting for conditions to warrant the start of the 2013 Breeding Population and Habitat Survey. While a few days later than planned many of the 12 air crews began taking to the air the first full week of May, and the associated ground crews have started their field work. Check out the Pilot Biologist Reports for daily reports and images of what they are observing across Canada and the northern U.S. See what the air crews see as they fly fixed-wing aircraft at low altitude (150 ft) over transect lines through waterfowl habitat areas. Over 55,000 miles of transects are flown every year. That’s like counting ducks in a single line over two times around the world!

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