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Migration Alert: Duck-Rich Texas Coast and Prairie Prepares for Second Split

Driving across the landscape of Texas's coastal prairies and marshes reveals exactly what most hunters are reporting—lots of ducks. An early cold front dipped deep into the Lone Star State, causing temperatures to drop and bringing astounding numbers of ducks and geese.

Migration Alert: Kansas' Strong Mallard Numbers Dictated by Water Conditions

Kansas hunters can typically set their watches by a calendar migration of ducks and geese into the state near Halloween and Thanksgiving, and this year's first push of birds did arrive toward the end of October. But a cold front in early November sparked a migration well ahead of schedule – birds that are still providing quality opportunities for hunters.

Migration Alert: Northern Plains Still Holding Large Numbers of Waterfowl

The good news coming out of the northern reaches of the Central Flyway this week is that there are still massive numbers of ducks and geese waiting to migrate south. Although there isn't significant snowfall in the current forecast, the next strong front may recharge hunting opportunities to the south.

Migration Alert: Ducks and Geese Descend on Nebraska

A series of cold-weather systems has pushed both ducks and geese out of northern breeding grounds this fall, creating tremendous early-season opportunities for hunters in southern states. The good news is that with a little more help from Mother Nature there are more birds yet to come.

Migration Alert: Cold Front Pushes Canada Geese into Colorado

The same weather system that spurred the migration of waterfowl across the Dakotas also triggered the movement of large numbers of Canada geese into Colorado, and waterfowlers are reporting tremendous hunting success thanks to the arrival of fresh flights.

Migration Alert: Front Triggers Peak Migration through the Dakotas

Hunters in North and South Dakota were expecting the worst when a massive cold front slammed the region with snow and bitter cold earlier this week, but instead of bringing the waterfowl season to a grinding halt, the winter weather brought peak numbers of ducks and geese migrating out of Canada.

Migration Alert: Texas Waterfowlers Find Early Arrivals Abundant

The first major winter weather system of the year is sweeping across the northern Central Flyway, bringing high hopes that the main waterfowl migration is on its way. Early migrants, such as teal, pintails,and gadwall, are abundant throughout much of central and southern Texas, and these species will likely provide most of the action as the 2014-2015 waterfowl season opens this weekend.

Migration Alert: South Dakota Hunters Wait on Migration

Hunters in South Dakota have enjoyed weeks of successful waterfowl hunting thanks to a strong breeding effort in local portions of the Prairie Pothole Region. As October grows to a close, however, South Dakotans are still waiting for a major flight of birds from the north.

Migration Alert: Migration Still on Hold for Montana Hunters

DU regional biologist Bob Sanders says that good wetland conditions in the Prairie Pothole Region of Montana supported a strong breeding effort among mallards, pintails, blue-winged teal, and other dabblers, and locally produced ducks have provided the bulk of the hunting opportunities during the first few weeks of the season.

Migration Alert: Early Migration Fuels Strong Start in North Dakota

Timely spring and summer rains throughout North Dakota's Prairie Pothole Region aided breeding efforts for mallards, northern pintails, blue-winged teal, and other ducks. Since then, cool temperatures have sent some of those local birds packing for warmer climes, but new birds from the north have helped keep the action hot for hunters during the first weeks of the season.

Migration Alert: Expectations High among Central Flyway Waterfowlers

Excellent wetland conditions and the likelihood of a tremendous flight of ducks and geese have hunters in the Central Flyway looking forward to this fall with heightened anticipation.

Migration Alert: Bluewings Abundant Along Texas Coast, Prairie

It wouldn't be September without mosquitoes. It wouldn't be September without humidity and sweat pouring from your forehead. It wouldn't be September without the possibility of a tropical cyclone in the Gulf. And, it wouldn't be September without rice fields and coastal ponds brimming with blue-winged teal.

Migration Alert: Bluewings Find Ideal Habitat in Nebraska’s Rainwater Basin

Nebraska's early teal season began statewide on Sept. 6, and thanks to timely precipitation, many hunters are finding the perfect combination of food and water for bluewings, especially in the Rainwater Basin. Although hunter success has been variable so far, the action should only improve from now on as the majority of the blue-winged teal migration has yet to arrive.

Migration Alert: Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska Swarming with Light Goose Hunting Opportunities

Sporadic reports of small flocks of light geese are trickling in from South Dakota, but a major surge in goose numbers in northwest Missouri and parts of Nebraska has hunters frantically rushing to the fields in these areas. Last week's polar vortex stalled the migration, but as the weather cleared and the winds shifted to the south, massive numbers of light geese moved north.

Migration Alert: Light Geese Trickling North, Cold Front May Stall Migration

Light goose hunters throughout the lower Mississippi and Central Flyways should prepare for just about anything next week. A warming trend has the birds beginning to head north, while the expected arrival of a powerful cold front may stall the spring migration. Fortunately for Mid South goose hunters, the game isn't over – it's just getting interesting.

Migration Alert: Mid-Winter Thaw Benefits Colorado Waterfowlers

A mid-winter thaw is renewing hope for a strong end to the waterfowl season in Colorado. Canada geese arrived early along the Front Range north of Denver, says Avery pro-staffer Vance Stolz, but the bulk of the birds shifted to urban areas when the temperatures plummeted last month.

Migration Alert: South Texas Hunters Hope for Better Hunting Weather

After a solid start to the waterfowl season, many hunters in Texas's South Zone have reported lackluster results since the season reopened. It has been perplexing for many veteran waterfowlers and outfitters because the coastal prairies and marshes are full of ducks.

Migration Alert: Ample Food, Adequate Water Keeps Oklahoma Hunters Optimistic

Avid Oklahoma waterfowler David Williams says that he can gauge the potential of the upcoming season long before the first flights of ducks and geese arrive in the Sooner State. It all comes down to food, Williams says, so when he sees farmers enjoying a productive summer growing season, he knows that migrating waterfowl will have a buffet come fall. And this year, Oklahoma has duck and goose food aplenty.

Migration Alert: Texas Waterfowlers Looking to Finish Strong

Texas coastal ponds, prairies and marshes rested for 14 days and an Arctic front pushed ducks in from the north. Unfortunately, the second split opener of the 2013-214 season coincided with a full moon, leaving hunters to watch empty skies as sat idle.

Migration Alert: Frigid Temps Change Waterfowl Behavior in Kansas

Ducks Unlimited Television co-host, Zac Pederson explains the hunting conditions in Kansas this week. Facing frigid temperatures, waterfowl have modified their feeding and resting behavior, making afternoon hunts the key to success.

Migration Alert: Winter Weather System Impacts Kansas Waterfowl Hunters

Dec. 11, 2013 - Central Flyway - Kansas

Migration Alert: 840k Mallards on Missouri River in South Dakota

The situation playing out along the Missouri River in central South Dakota is similar to what hunters witnessed in 2012. Massive waterfowl numbers are once again rafting up on this large impounded river system and feeding in adjacent grainfields in droves.

Migration Alert: Waterfowl Season Off to a Strong Start on Texas Coast

It's a good time to be a duck hunter on the Texas Gulf Coast. Timely rains and cold fronts have made for a great beginning to the waterfowl season in this region. The rice prairies of Matagorda, Wharton and Colorado counties have more water now than they have had in recent years, providing vital habitat for wintering ducks, geese and sandhill cranes.

Migration Alert: DU TV Reports Steady Migration in North Dakota

The DU TV crew in North Dakota reports flights of new birds coming out of Canada. This is good news for Central and Mississippi Flyway hunters.

Migration Alert: Strong Local Duck Production Drives Success in Montana

Reports of successful waterfowl hunts have been trickling in to Bob Sanders, Ducks Unlimited manager of conservation programs for Montana, from all over the state since the season started on September 28, but things have turned sour in recent days, and it has nothing to do with the ducks.

Migration Alert: Early Season Success for South Dakota Duck Hunters

The opening day of the duck season marks the official arrival of fall for many hunters in South Dakota, and for those who took to the fields and marshes this past weekend, autumn seems to have arrived with a bang.

Migration Alert: Kansas Wildlife Area Has Best Waterfowl Habitat in Decades

Last year's drought limited waterfowling opportunities on the area, but this phenomenon allowed natural and planted vegetation to gain a foothold throughout the property. Late-summer rains pushed rain gauges to 10 inches the first week of August, creating superb waterfowl habitat conditions.

Migration Alert: Texas Bluewings Arrive Just In Time

The Thursday Outdoors section of the Houston Chronicle, a barometer for many coastal hunters and fishers, painted a bleak picture for opening day teal prospects. What a difference a day makes.

Southern Prairies and Playas Initiative

Protecting, restoring, and enhancing the grasslands and wetlands of the Southern Great Plains to support migrating waterfowl populations in the Central Flyway.

Migration Alert: Goose Hunting is Great

Late last summer, just before the opening bell on early waterfowl seasons, the chatter among hunters was about the record number of ducks poised to come down the flyway. Now that seasons are closed for many waterfowlers, or at least will be closed in the near future, that cautious optimism has done a 180... Truth is, just like every year, some hunters succeed where others fail.

Migration Alert: Hard Water Sends Birds South

By most accounts, Texas waterfowlers have been enjoying a banner season, especially during the second half of the split.

Migration Alert: Low water, limited food spreads birds thin

Dec. 14 - Central Flyway - Kansas: Most of Kansas is dry, just like much of the Central Flyway. But in this drought where can hunters find birds? The first place to look is in the north-central part of the state near Jamestown WMA.

Migration Alert: South Dakota holding 750,000 mallards

Hardy mallards and Canada geese are well known for holding out in the northern reaches of the Central Flyway until bitter cold temps, ice and snow drive them south. Considering that South Dakota has had little in the way of anything resembling winter weather, it should come as no surprise that there are a few birds still hanging around. Well, actually, a lot of birds.

Migration Alert: Oklahoma waterfowlers have reason for optimism

Despite a year of extreme drought and high temperatures, the re-opening of Oklahoma's waterfowl season this weekend should be strong throughout many parts of the state.

Migration Alert: Migration Moves Into the Mid-Plains States

As expected, last weekend's winter storm in the northern Central Flyway finally got ducks on the move.

Migration Alert: Cold Weather Should Equal Hot Hunting

For the past few weeks, waterfowlers have been lamenting the bipolar nature of pre-peak-migration duck hunting.

Migration Alert: Cold front may help Nebraska waterfowlers

In Nebraska, the line of "wait until next week" for waterfowlers is becoming an often-made statement. Warm temperatures and decent water conditions to the north of the state have kept the majority of waterfowl away thus far.

Migration Alert: Ducks Are on the Move…Finally

This time of year, any rumor of a storm can get waterfowlers worked up and ready for new birds to arrive, and it seems the cold fronts that pushed their way across the northern Plains late last week finally got some ducks and geese moving south.

Migration Alert: Snows, Whitefronts are winging it, but duck data differs

If Sandhill cranes were leading the charge south in the last couple of weeks, then specks and snows are hot on their tail in the eastern half of the Central Flyway.

Migration Alert: High Winds Should Push Some Waterfowl South

The wind is blowing a sustained 45 miles per hour outside right now, with gusts to 60. It's a day fit for neither man nor beast, but if you believe everything you read on the Internet, a mallard duck can travel 800 miles in eight hours with a 50 mph tailwind.

Migration Alert: Sandhill Cranes Signal Migration Kick-Off

One of the first signs of autumn’s migration is the trilling call of Sandhill cranes as they wing their way south for the season. Over the past couple of days, I’ve been hearing cranes, and picking their faint outlines out of the clouds.

Migration Alert: Severe drought is a challenge for Colorado waterfowlers

Colorado waterfowl hunters are facing tough conditions this season due to low water levels. With more ducks and geese moving south with each cold front, some migrants may pass by traditional areas that are currently dry.

Migration Alert: Colder weather improves Texas waterfowling

Texas waterfowlers have had steady success throughout the state and cold weather should continue to improve numbers.

Another Verona Success Story

Ducks Unlimited's Verona Wetlands Complex is now providing even more habitat for waterfowl. DU has recently completed another wetland restoration project on Verona, DU's flagship conservation effort in the Rainwater Basin, one of the most important habitats in the Central Flyway.

Waterfowl Migration Flyways

Banding research helped waterfowl managers map the major migration corridors followed by ducks and geese, which are known today as flyways. For management purposes, North America is divided into four flyways—the Atlantic, Mississippi, Central, and Pacific.

DU Projects: Central Flyway

The Central Flyway is massive, covering more than one million square miles across North America’s interior. From Canada’s boreal forest and parklands across the Great Plains down to the Texas Gulf Coast, this flyway is home to a large percentage of North America’s ducks and geese. In the U.S. portion of the Central Flyway, DU and its partners have conserved almost 1.2 million acres of waterfowl habitat.

2010 Waterfowl Forecast

Waterfowl populations remain at high levels overall thanks to favorable breeding habitat conditions

Southern Great Plains

An overview of Ducks Unlimited's habitat conservation work in the Southern Great Plains priority area.

Mississippi Alluvial Valley - More Information

More information about DU's Mississippi Alluvial Valley conservation priority area and the region's history.
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