By DUC Biologist Chuck Deschamps
Report from Wadena, Saskatchewan on the DU Migation Map
We've had several questions about hunting conditions as hunting for waterfowl begins Sept 1 for all hunters. More peas, wheat, and barley were seeded this year, so that should provide more hunting opportunities for field shoots. Hunting around the Quill Lakes will prove challenging in some locations as many seasonal roads along the lakeshore are flooded. Some minor crop damage has begun to occur, especially in peas by Canada geese.
Local brood production, while late, was very good this year. Late broods are still visible and many of the birds are now staging. Large concentrations are visible on the large marshes and smaller flocks of ducks are visible as the birds are on the move. Sandhill Cranes have begun to show up in good numbers, however, snow geese and norther ducks have yet to come this far south.
The hot dry weather continues and is forecast to continue for the weeks to come. Harvest is well underway so farmers are busy combining and swathing. Wetland conditions have deteriorated some due to the lack of moisture and heat, but larger wetlands and marshes remain full to over flowing. Most small wetlands support good emergent growth and cattails are abundant.
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