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Where Kentucky's Ducks Come From

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The Prairie Pothole Region is critical to Kentucky waterfowl hunters.

A significant portion of Kentucky’s annual duck harvest migrates to us from the Prairie Pothole Region, also referred to as “the duck factory”. In addition, we receive a considerable number of mallards from the Great Lakes region every fall and winter.

Please note this map represents birds recovered in the same year they were banded to show a direct correlation between banding site and harvest. The Prairie Pothole Region is shaded and outlined in maroon.

The Prairie Pothole Region is DU’s #1 conservation focus area. The organization also has an aggressive waterfowl habitat conservation program in the Great Lakes Region. In addition, Kentucky benefits from DU’s Upper Mississippi River and Mississippi Alluvial Valley conservation work as the organization continues to conserve critical waterfowl habitat in our state.

There is no waterfowl conservation organization that represents the needs of Kentucky waterfowl hunters like Ducks Unlimited. Our vital conservation work provides support to our migration both on the breeding grounds and in the Bluegrass State.

With your help, we will preserve our waterfowl hunting heritage through habitat conservation of these areas vital to the Kentucky migration and harvest.

Click here for more information on DU's conservation priority areas.

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