Migration Alert: Duck numbers and available habitat increasing in Mississippi

Report posted December 7, 2011

The second segment of Mississippi’s regular duck season began this past weekend, and hunters on both private lands and WMAs reported mixed success. Harvest has declined somewhat, but WMAs in the Delta are still reporting good numbers of birds. For example, mallard numbers have increased on Howard Miller WMA, but green-winged teal continue to be the most harvested species on this and most other WMAs.

In recent days, habitat conditions in the Delta have continued to improve. Recent rainfall events have helped increase the amount of available habitat for ducks in the region, both inside and outside the Mississippi River levees. These events distributed ducks across the landscape, and this dispersal likely contributed to the low numbers of birds reported by hunters over the weekend. However, the potential for harsh winter weather events to the north may push more ducks into the area. These events should help turn things around for hunters when duck season resumes on Wednesday, December 7th.

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