Derek Mynear , Ducks Unlimited Project Biologist, Western Regional Biologist
The wetland habitat in the Grasslands of Merced County in the Central Valley of California is primed and ready for ducks.
This area encompasses 160,000 acres that provides a mosaic of habitat in a critically vital area for Pacific Flyway waterfowl. The wetland habitat has been flooding up for over a month now, and is currently at approximately 80-90 percent flooded for most areas where prime wetland habitat exists. Some of the clubs flooded up late this year, but overall habitat conditions look superb for ducks that have already arrived, and those yet to get here.
Pintail in particular are in great abundance across the south and north Grasslands on both public lands and private clubs. There should not be a shortage of hunting opportunities for hunters who seek out areas that have been flooded, and where food resources are plentiful. It’s looking like we will have a stellar duck opener!
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