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Migration Alert: Table Set for Arkansas Opener, Water and Ducks

The Arkansas 2015-2016 waterfowl season begins tomorrow and hunters are flooding into the Natural State with high expectations. Average duck numbers and an abundance of water dominate the conversations in duck camps and cafes throughout the state. As freezing temperatures close in on mid-latitude states later this weekend, many hunters expect the season's first week to provide a glimpse of what's to come this winter.

Migration Alert: Arkansas LGCO Hunters Preparing for Huge Flight Days

Arkansas waterfowlers dealt with a lack of precipitation throughout the 2014–2015 waterfowl season, and the 2015 Light Goose Conservation Order (LGCO) has been no different. Drought-like conditions have forcedlight geese to concentrate on limited habitat in the state, which has had a significant impact on the birds' feeding and roosting habits.

Gear and Tactics for Spring Snows

For many waterfowlers, hunting spring snow geese represents a great opportunity to extend the season. But for true light goose fanatics, this special season isn't a sideshow—it's the main event. But make no mistake—these wary birds don't come easy. You have to pay your dues if you want to be successful hunting spring snow geese. The sport is gear-intensive and hunting strategies can be highly specialized.

Migration Alert: Cold Weather Benefits Mississippi Light Goose Hunters

Two weeks ago, strong south winds boosted temperatures into the mid 60s as far north as South Dakota, triggering the spring migration for massive numbers of light geese. Hunters in the Mississippi Delta feared the worst--that light geese would leave the region en masse and beeline for the plains states. Fortunately, winter came back with a fury, and many of the birds that made a premature departure have returned.

Migration Alert: Mississippi Waterfowl Numbers above Average

Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) waterfowl program biologists flew the first aerial survey of the Delta on Nov. 17–20, and the results are encouraging for duck hunters who will kick off the state's 2014-2015 waterfowl season on Thanksgiving.

Migration Alert: Arkansas November Waterfowl Survey Reveals 550,000 Mallards

A series of powerful cold fronts over the past few weeks have brought cold temperatures and significant waterfowl numbers into Arkansas. Aerial surveys performed earlier this week by the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission (AGFC) tallied 550,000 mallards throughout the state's Delta region, raising expectations for Saturday's opener.

Why You Should Go Bottoms Up

Today's decoy manufacturers have taken realism to the extreme. Here are some useful tips from three veteran waterfowlers on how to use these decoys to bag more birds.

The Best Duck Hunting Meal...Ever

My attempts at cooking a duck blind breakfast have earned me a certain amount of notoriety among my waterfowling friends. Unfortunately, my gastronomic reputation has been built mainly on slightly charred boat-blind bacon sandwiches and breakfast burritos. Last season, however, my taste buds were treated to what I believe was the best duck hunting breakfast and lunch ever.

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.

A Conversation with Dan Ashe

Dan Ashe was confirmed as the 16th director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) in June 2011. His outstanding conservation science background and practical outdoor experience make him ideally suited for this important position. He's also an avid duck hunter, making him a natural advocate for wetlands and waterfowl. Ashe recently took a few minutes out of his busy schedule to answer a few questions from Ducks Unlimited.

Create a Mixed-Species Decoy Spread

Learn a Texas guide's approach to decoying several species with one, well-placed decoy spread.

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