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Migration Alert: Michigan Hunting Slow; Cold Front Offers Hope

A strong cold front is expected to blow across Michigan late this week with brisk northwesterly winds and temperatures dropping into the 20s.

Migration Alert: Massachusetts Wood Duck Numbers Unprecedented

Massachusetts duck hunting tends to conjure images of common eiders and surf scoters winging across vast, beautiful harbors. But, for the moment, Ducks Unlimited volunteer Mike Donnelly is focused on another species.

Migration Alert: Canvasbacks Arriving in Wisconsin

The canvasbacks have arrived on the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge. According to Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) biologist Brenda Kelly, the birds are rafting in big numbers on Pools 8 and 9 in the LaCrosse District of the refuge.

Migration Alert: New York Losing Wood Ducks, Gaining Geese

Given that temperatures have yet to dip terribly low, it's likely that New York's locally produced birds haven't traveled far. This bodes well for hunters in southern New York and down into New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Northern New York, however, is currently in the window between the departure of locally produced waterfowl and the arrival of fresh migrators. So, when can these hunters expect to see more birds?

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: Slow Start for Oregon Waterfowlers

Oregon's duck season began this weekend with many hunters reporting mixed results. Duck numbers appear to have been below average along the Oregon coast, which typically offers some of the state's most consistent early-season hunting.

Migration Alert: Migration Stalls in Minnesota

Minnesota duck hunters are in need of a push of new birds! The early part of the season has been good overall, but now local ducks are getting stretched thin, and there have been few new arrivals from up north to take their places.

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.

DU TV Migration Report: Ontario Weather May Benefit Waterfowlers

Field Hudnall, host of DU TV, details a significant weather system that may play a role in increased migration activity throughout the Great Lakes region.

Migration Alert: Wet Spring Bodes Well for Atlantic Flyway Hunters

A wet spring and early cold fronts may have set the stage for a strong start to waterfowl seasons in the Atlantic Flyway.

Migration Alert: State-by-State Pacific Flyway Hunting and Habitat Preview

Pacific Flyway waterfowl hunters, much like those across the entire continent, should expect another large fall flight of ducks and geese this year. With good to excellent conditions for waterfowl production across Prairie Canada and another bumper crop of geese headed south from Alaska and northern Canada, expectations are soaring.

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.

DU TV Migration Report: Saskatchewan Migration

The DU TV production crew was filming in Saskatchewan last week and Zach Pederson provides an update on potential migration in Prairie Canada.

Migration Alert: Cold Front Should Improve Missouri Teal Season

The majority of Missouri teal hunters enjoyed decent gunning to kick off the 2014–2015 waterfowl season. Hunters in Missouri's Bootheel are experiencing more consistency than other areas, but with a strong front bearing down on the Show Me State, most are predicting that more teal are on the way.

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.

Breeding Grounds Surveys: Even the Drier Areas Have Ducks

The trend of many more wetlands and ducks continued, even as we made our way into arid eastern Montana. On the Garrison, ND, air-ground segment (our only one east of the Missouri River) we even saw quite a few diving ducks, relatively rare in this survey area.

Breeding Grounds Surveys: It's a Roller Coaster

While I am completely focused on counting waterfowl and helping Steve watch for obstacles, I do find myself getting caught up in the wonder and beauty of nature and this earth.

Breeding Grounds Survey: Back in the Prairies

We did some aerial and ground reconnaissance today and, although we did see some large flocks of green-winged teal, which seemed unusual, all other prairie nesting species were present and in small groups or pairs.

Breeding Grounds Survey: "Crunchiness"

"Crunchiness." That's what Brent West said to me when I asked him what I should write about. We're out here together again doing the air-ground corrections in the Western Dakotas-Eastern Montana crew area, and we just finished up South Dakota.

Breeding Grounds Survey: Time Flies By, and So Do We!

The first report filed by a FWS pilot biologist in 2014 as they prepare to begin the North American Breeding Waterfowl and Ponds Survey.

Migration Alert: Nebraska Light Goose Hunting Heating Up

Nebraska light goose hunter's opportunities are increasing day by day as birds continue to push north.

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.

2014 Fall and Winter Habitat Conditions in Canada

The late fall and winter habitat conditions report is provided by Ducks Unlimited Canada. Early reports throughout Canada reflect the possibilities of favorable breeding conditions for waterfowl returning to their nesting grounds.

Migration Alert: Pacific Flyway Hunters Looking for Strong Finish

Pacific Flyway hunters will face early fog, sunshine, and then clear weather conditions from border to border for the last weekend of the 2013-14 duck season.

Migration Alert: Cold Temperatures in Kansas Will Help Hunters Finish Strong

Temperatures are cooling off, and if you can find open water you can find some ducks. By Field Hudnall, DU-TV host.

Migration Alert: Florida Waterfowlers Poised for Strong Finish

Brisk weather conditions during the month of January resulted in major movements of Atlantic Flyway waterfowl, and Florida waterfowlers are among the beneficiaries.

Migration Alert: Mississippi Waterfowl Counts Reveal Impressive Numbers

Mississippi hunters pray for cold weather up north to push ducks into their state, and this year their prayers have been answered. A series of powerful cold fronts, hard freezes, and snow storms in the Midwest has triggered one of the biggest migrations of ducks into Mississippi in several years.

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: Approaching Front Brings Much-Needed Change for Pacific Northwest Waterfowlers

The Pacific Northwest is bracing for rain and high winds this weekend, as a front approaches from the south and mixes with Pacific moisture from the north. This bodes well for wingshooters hoping to improve their season with a late regional migration throughout Oregon and Washington.

Migration Alert: 800k Mallards Counted in Arkansas

Warming temperatures, rain and thawing waters are changing the duck hunting picture in Arkansas.

Migration Alert: DUTV Crew Reports From Maryland

DUTV host, Field Hudnall provides information on weather conditions along Maryland's Eastern Shore. Frigid temperatures have waterfowl on the move and late-season hunting may improve as temperatures begin to increase.

Migration Alert: South Louisiana w/ Dr. Tom Moorman

Jan. 8, 2014 - Mississippi Flyway

Migration Alert: Arctic Blast Sends Massive Push of Geese to Maryland's Eastern Shore

Waterfowl are on the move in the Atlantic Flyway, following an Arctic blast that has brought bitter cold temperatures to much of the region.

Migration Alert: Arctic Blast Brings New Birds into Kentucky

Blowing snow and near-record cold temperatures swept across the central United States on January 5, and reports from around Kentucky verify some movement of new waterfowl into the state with this front.

Migration Alert: Dealing with Late-Season Extremes

From 60 to Zero in a Week, then from Zero to 60

Migration Alert: Changing Conditions May Improve Waterfowling in Washington and Oregon

Unfavorable weather conditions—warm temperatures, fog, and a lack of precipitation—combined with a full moon had Washington waterfowlers struggling over the holidays.

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: Ice, Snow Put a Clamp on Missouri Duck Hunting

Just a week ago, many Missouri waterfowlers were enjoying stellar duck hunting, with straps of greenheads being the rule rather than the exception. By all measures, the season was going great.

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: Drought Continues to Impact California Waterfowl

California hunters are hoping for the arrival of stormy and wet winter weather, which will hopefully result in more typical waterfowl distribution in the Sacramento and San Joaquin valleys.

Migration Alert: Waterfowl Numbers Increasing in Louisiana

Hunting resumes tomorrow (Saturday, Dec. 14) in Louisiana's East and Coastal Zones after a five-day split and a 12-day split, respectively. (Hunting in the West Zone has been open since Nov. 16 and closes Dec. 15 for a six-day break.) Biologists with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) are completing their December waterfowl survey as this report was being written.

Migration Alert: Pennsylvania Mallard Numbers Peak

Flocks of mallards and black ducks poured over the tree-line in a seemingly unending string. They were in bunches of tens and twenties, mostly, but several flocks numbered at least 100 strong as the birds funneled down into the Pennsylvania cornfield.

Current Snow Cover Map: Dec. 12

Current snowpack marks the most extensive coverage for the date in the past five years.

Migration Alert: Winter Weather System Impacts Kansas Waterfowl Hunters

Dec. 11, 2013 - Central Flyway - Kansas

Migration Alert: South Carolina Hunters Off to Strong Start

Last weekend, waterfowlers along the South Carolina coast put up numbers that would be impressive anywhere in the country. Hunter-success rates approached a limit of ducks per person at two wildlife management areas.

Migration Alert: Winter Storm May Bring Fresh Ducks to Arkansas

All eyes north! That's where Arkansas duck hunters are looking as a massive winter storm blankets the state and sends temperatures plummeting. Anticipation of a new push of mallards from northern states is high, though they haven't arrived in appreciable numbers as of this writing.

Migration Alert: Mississippi Waterfowlers Keeping Close Eye on Weather

Another cold front is bearing down on much of the Mid-South, bringing hopes of a significant mallard migration into the Mississippi Delta and points south.

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: Weather Changes Impact Missouri Bootheel Hunting

Wade Bourne, co-host of DUTV explains how drastic weather shifts have impacted waterfowl hunting in the Missouri Bootheel.

Migration Alert: Incoming Weather Offers Ideal Conditions in Washington

Ducks are filtering into Washington's upper Columbia Basin, says Chris Bonsignore, Ducks Unlimited's conservation program manager in the Spokane Valley.

Migration Alert: Cold, wet, windy weather a boon for Texas waterfowlers

Soaking rains and unseasonably cold autumn temperatures have been tough on the extremities, but you'll hear no complaints from Texas waterfowlers. Cold air means fresh ducks on the coast.

Migration Alert: DUTV Host Details Potential Weather System

DUTV host Zach Pederson provides a glimpse of a weather system shaping up in the Mississippi Flyway that has the potential to push birds all the way to southern states.

Migration Alert: Mallards Funnel into Missouri

The mallards are in Missouri! That's the late word from waterfowl biologists and hunters. Harsh wintry weather to the north and powerful cold fronts have pushed peak numbers of mallards into this state.

From First Frost to Arctic Blast

The season's about half over. Ducks begin migrating south in late August and start northward in February. Late November is in fact about halfway through the birds' annual round-trip migration. For waterfowl hunters, the same schedule applies.

Migration Alert: Hunters Faring Well on North Carolina Coast

The job of waterfowl manager can be one of those "none of the credit, all of the blame" professions. Too often your efforts go unnoticed, except of course when waterfowl numbers and hunting success are poor. That hasn't been the case this year, at least in North Carolina.

Migration Alert: Nebraska Hunters Benefit from Improved Habitat Conditions

Timely movements of migrating ducks and geese have kept Nebraska hunters busy during the 2013-2014 waterfowl season, and excellent water conditions should result in continued hunting success as more migrating birds shift south out of the Dakotas.

Battling the Elements

From ice and cold to wind and rain, nothing influences a hunt for ducks and geese like the weather. And while Mother Nature may be in the driver's seat when it comes to the forecast, a waterfowl hunter doesn't have to just be along for the ride. The following tips from waterfowl hunters across the country will help you handle the worst that Mother Nature throws your way.

Migration Alert: Oregon Waterfowlers Still Waiting for Northern Flights

Duck hunting has been improving in Oregon in recent days, especially for those willing to scout and locate birds. Most of the action is on the Oregon coast right now, but there are still plenty of birds that have yet to arrive from the north.

Migration Alert: Georgia Waterfowl Biologist Provides Season Forecast

Georgia state waterfowl biologist, Greg Balkcom gives his forecast for the upcoming waterfowl season, and gives his top picks for WMAs to hunt this season.

Migration Alert: Utah Waterfowlers Watching the Weather

After a strong start to the 2013-2014 waterfowl season, hunting success in Utah has tapered off in recent days, but that could all change this weekend as a winter storm system arrives.

Migration Alert: North and South Dakota Migration Near Peak

For hunters in North Dakota and South Dakota, this steady migration of waterfowl from the northern breeding grounds has helped replace those locally-produced birds which filtered into Nebraska, Missouri, Kansas and other points south earlier this fall.

Migration Alert: Hard Freeze in Prairie Canada Expected, Fall Flight Moves into U.S.

Marshes and potholes on the Canadian prairies are freezing up tight, and as an even stronger cold front pushes across the region this weekend, remaining waterfowl concentrated on deeper waters should also begin to move south.

Migration Alert: Impressive Duck Numbers Surveyed in Central Illinois

The latest Illinois survey on October 28 tallied exceptionally high numbers of pintails, gadwalls, and green-winged teal. Mallard numbers are also good and are expected to climb with each new cold front.

Migration Alert: Idaho Hunting Improves, Migration Picks up Pace

With Pacific storm fronts approaching from the northwest, coupled with the onset of freezing temperatures in prairie Canada, hunting success should only improve throughout Idaho and much of the Pacific Flyway.

Migration Alert: Michigan Waterfowl Numbers Increasing

A surge of cold air blew through this state this past week, and new ducks and geese arrived with it. Hunting action is improving, and numbers of waterfowl should increase to peak in the next couple of weeks.

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.

Mid-October Migration Reports

As ducks and geese begin to move south, waterfowlers need to know when and where. Below are the Migration Alerts from this week, covering each flyway and providing valuable, credible information from DU biologists and state agencies.

Migration Alert: Mild Conditions Delay New York Waterfowl

New York is a point of convergence for numerous waterfowl species migrating from Quebec, Ontario and points further northeast. Therefore, when peak numbers are reported from the Empire State, it's cause to rejoice throughout the flyway. Unfortunately, that day has yet to arrive, but reports of the first geese and early migrating duck species are encouraging.

Migration Alert: DU TV reports from Utah

The DU-TV crew is currently filming in Utah on the Great Salt Lake. Conditions haven't been favorable and waterfowling has been slow. Future weather patterns should provide more birds as the season progresses.

Migration Alert: Oregon Waterfowlers Face Tough Early Conditions

In Oregon, record-shattering rainfall in September and the closure of national wildlife refuges and other federal lands to hunting were responsible for a disappointing start to the duck season this past weekend.

Migration Alert: Wisconsin Waterfowl Numbers Increasing

In summary, diving ducks appear to be increasing in number on Lake Michigan and on the pools of the Upper Mississippi River. In the interior, local dabbling ducks (mallards, wood ducks, blue-winged teal) are providing the most action as hunters wait for colder weather to move new ducks into the state.

Migration Alert: Saskatchewan Ducks on the Move

DU TV crews filming in Saskatchewan have promising news for several U.S. states based on observations from today's hunt.

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: State-by-state Pacific Flyway Breakdown

Early migrating waterfowl, feeling an early winter pinch, are filtering south throughout the Pacific Flyway states and finding variable habitat conditions upon arrival in the region.

Migration Alert: Options Abound for Massachusetts Hunters

Arriving ducks may find a shortage of wetlands in Massachusetts following a dry second half of the summer. Donnelly reports that many wetlands are low on water and choked with vegetation.

Ducks Unlimited launches new season of Waterfowl 360

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Oct. 2, 2013 – Just in time for duck and goose hunting season, Ducks Unlimited has launched a new season of Waterfowl 360, the ultimate online resource for waterfowl hunters.

Migration Alert: Prospects Good for Minnesota Waterfowlers

It's certainly not a flood of new ducks, but ringnecks and other early migrants are beginning to show up in northern and central Minnesota, augmenting local populations of wood ducks, teal and other species that have been targeted by this state's hunters since the Sept. 21 opening day.

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.

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Migration Alert: The Stage is Set for North Dakota's Duck Season

For much of the past three weeks, Joe Fladeland has been bumping around North Dakota's back-roads chasing early season Canada geese, but the number of ducks gathered on the state's prairie potholes has the Avery pro-staffer excited about the opening of the general waterfowl season later this month.

Migration Alert: DU Chief Scientist outlines waterfowl season expectations

"Too hot, too cold, just right" characterize what I expect the 2013-2014 waterfowl season to be. Along with "too wet, too dry, best ever," the unpredictable combinations of habitat conditions and weather will certainly be the common themes for the upcoming season.

Late Summer Canadian Habitat Conditions

Conditions remain favorable as late nesting success has been supported by spring precipitation. Some regions are now facing limited precipitation and fall flight is expected to be average.

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Habitat Update: Northern Plains Receives More Snow

A late spring storm in North Dakota dropped one to two feet of snow across the state, creating chaos for citizens of the Northern Plains. For most waterfowl, however, the snow is just a temporary setback.

Migration Alert: Arkansas light goose numbers remain strong

The Light Goose Conservation Order opens the door for February waterfowling in Arkansas. The LGCO's liberal regulations levels the playing field for hunters hoping to decoy these difficult birds. As temperatures begin to warm, light geese will begin heading north, but ideal habitat is holding birds in Arkansas for those looking for late-season opportunities.

Migration Alert: Light geese numbers increasing in North Mississippi

Mississippi Light Goose Conservation Order re-opened following the February 2-3 Youth Season, and steady numbers may provide excellent opportunities for the upcoming weekend.

Migration Alert: Migration Peaks for Season's Final Days, Youth Seasons

Just as opening day has a certain feel to it, so too does closing day. And as my friends and I pitched the blocks one last time in Pennsylvania, there was a sense of foreboding, knowing the off-season doldrums ahead, that mixed with high hopes of one last good shoot. But how the mallards responded.

Migration Alert: Good Signs for Great Late Goose Hunting

The sun sets on duck season this week in the Pacific Flyway, and now geese are the only game in town. Hunters like Jason Haley of My Outdoor Buddy took one last shot at duck hunting before moving on to late-season geese, which offer limited but excellent opportunities until March 10, when the federal framework governing waterfowling hunting closes all seasons until fall.

Migration Alert: Final Duck Hunting Weekend for Southern Mississippi Flyway States

Hunters have until sunset on January 27 to pursue ducks in the last few states in the lower Mississippi River Valley where the general waterfowl season is still open.

Migration Alert: Late-Season Opportunities Remain in Oklahoma and Missouri

Scouting will be the key to success during the last weekend of the duck season in Oklahoma. Next door in northwestern Missouri, waterfowlers are also focusing on geese.

Migration Alert: Northwest Duck Hunting Goes on Ice; California Has Hot Spots

Duck hunters will find nothing great about the Great Northwest as the season comes to a close this week, but the forecast continues to be fair in sunny California.

Migration Alert: Arkansas waterfowlers preparing for excellent finish

Two to three inches of rain fell over eastern Arkansas Jan.12, causing slash water to collect in previously dry fields and pushing the Cache and White Rivers into adjoining sloughs, oxbows and green timber flats. The ducks have responded by shifting from managed water areas into these freshly-flooded places where new food sources are available.

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: Strong Teal Flight Arrives in Florida

Despite a severe drought affecting northern Florida, Sunshine State biologists report strong numbers of staple species: blue- and green-winged teal, ringnecks, wigeon and scaup.

Migration Alert: Western Kentucky

Low water. Ice. Nocturnal feeding. Stale Birds. All these are reasons why duck hunting in western Kentucky's famed Ballard County and Henderson waterfowl areas has been disappointing in recent days. Both areas picked up new ducks with back-to-back cold fronts between Christmas and New Year. However, these birds have settled into "hunter avoidance mode," and hunting success has suffered in the first week of 2013.

Migration Alert: Hunters Toast New Year with Cold Duck

Hunters in the Columbia Basin and eastern Oregon managed to bag their birds this past week, but they had to put in their time, by either scouting in advance or hunting all day.

Migration Alert: Mid-Atlantic Duck Hunters, Go Now!

Atlantic flyway duck hunters got what they wanted this holiday season: cold weather. On Christmas Eve temperatures started falling in the northeast, and they have stayed low through New Year.

Migration Alert: Missouri Waterfowlers Hope for Warmer Weather and New Birds

With Missouri’s north and middle zones now closed to duck hunting, most of the state’s waterfowlers are now hunting geese – if they can find them. At Grand Pass Conservation Area east of Kansas City, the most recent count estimated 100,000 mallards, a good sign for hunters in the southern part of the state still hoping for new ducks to arrive.

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: Louisiana duck hunters expecting new birds

As this report is written, a strong storm system is pushing through upper and middle Mississippi Flyway states, bringing heavy snows, gale-force winds and plummeting temperatures.

Migration Alert: Finished Up North; Fabulous Down South

My mother always said to start with the hardest task first because it makes the rest seem easy by comparison. So let's begin with ducks in the northernmost reaches of the Mississippi Flyway—the hardest thing to have to report. One word: Done.

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: Warm, Wet Weather Spreads Ducks Thin

Record highs and wet weather across much of the East Coast has made for poor duck hunting north and south. With little cold weather in sight, it could be a challenging week for Atlantic flyway hunters.

Migration Alert: Warm Weather Delays Ducks on Chesapeake Bay

A second straight year of unseasonable warmth has plagued the Atlantic Flyway. As I write this, a quick look at the Ducks Unlimited Waterfowl Migration Map reveals temperatures ranging from 43 F in Toronto to 58 F in New York City and 66 F in southern Virginia.

Migration Alert: Tennessee's Reelfoot Lake waterfowl numbers improving

Prospects for duck hunting at Reelfoot Lake in northwest Tennessee are improving, thanks to a new influx of birds and a forecast for a strong cold front pushing through by the first of next week.

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: Rain, wind not enough to push California waterfowl south

Waterfowl habitat overall is looking great in the Central Valley. Lots of water means an abundance of shallow flooded areas, even rice ground that was not intentionally flooded is now providing decent habitat.

Migration Alert: Northerners Turn To Geese; Southerners Await Ducks

I can hear the rather rotund lady either warming up or in full voice in the northern portion of the Mississippi Flyway. For many hunters in the Upper Midwest, it's time to start putting away the duck gear and begin thinking about geese, or ice fishing.

Migration Alert: Ducks Arriving Early in North Carolina

Arriving waterfowl have been aided by ample natural wetlands, thanks to a fairly wet summer and recent rains.

Sea Duck Action Is Taking Off

I've spent the last few mornings off the Rhode Island coast chasing sea ducks. Birds are around, but not yet in the high numbers we like to see.

Migration Alert: DU Chief Scientist previews holiday weekend waterfowl

The duck season is open in all but a couple of states and zones over the Thanksgiving weekend. With the exception of opening day, that makes late November the most popular waterfowl time of the fall.

Migration Alert: Ducks Are Flying—Just in Time for Hunters

Cold temperatures this week are finally moving ducks south in the Atlantic Flyway. Every state in the flyway is open, or will open, this week or next.

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: Mississippi biologist reports early mallards

Mississippi's season doesn't open until Nov. 23, but early habitat reports indicate the chance for an opportunity-rich season.

Migration Alert: Survey flights report above-average waterfowl numbers in Illinois

A strong frontal passage on Nov. 12 pushed new ducks into Illinois. Aerial survey figures taken the next day show impressive numbers in the Illinois River Valley and along the upper Mississippi River.

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: Storm Stalls Ducks; Geese Blacken the Sky

With Hurricane Sandy last week and a cold front this week, you'd expect good numbers of Atlantic flyway birds hauling for southern climes. But with a few exceptions, recent weather in the northeast has stalled duck migrations.

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: Duck Hunting After Hurricane Sandy

While much of the coastal northeast U.S. is still digging out of Hurricane Sandy's damage – or just waiting for the lights to come on – biologists are starting to look at the super-storm's impact on wildlife habitat and migratory bird patterns.

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: Cold Weather Should Push Some Birds South

Despite the weather coming through Iowa right now, I reckon what they say about the "October Lull" might actually have some truth to it.

Migration Alert: How Will Hurricane Sandy Affect Migrating Waterfowl?

Atlantic Flyway duck hunters have been praying for rain to fill drought-stricken marshes and improve habitat for migrating waterfowl. However, nobody asked for it to arrive with the speed and intensity of Hurricane Sandy.

Migration Alert: Arkansas waterfowl habitat dry, but season remains promising

With the general Arkansas duck season less than one month away, many of the state’s waterfowl hunters are praying for rain.

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: Low Water and Concentrated Hunting Pushing Birds Out

Early season duck hunting has been underway for about a week in most states north of the Mason Dixon, with mixed reports on bird numbers and hunter success rolling in.

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: Oregon waterfowlers having success along the coast

Western Oregon waterfowl hunters are experiencing average hunting conditions at the onset of the 2012-13 waterfowl hunting season.

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: Key on Water to Find Atlantic Waterfowl

A satisfying chill swept New York and northern Pennsylvania last week, exciting duck hunters and lending a sense of urgency to early-migrating waterfowl.

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.

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Oct. 10, 2012 - The Ducks Unlimited Facebook page hit an important milestone this week as it crossed the half-million-fan mark. Over the last two years, DU has added more than 430,000 people to its fan base.

Migration Alert: Slow Start to Duck Openers, but Reports of Woodies are Wild

Mixed reports from opening weekend in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont have many speculating a slow start to the Atlantic flyway duck migration.

Migration Alert: Early Northern Storm Should Get Ducks Moving

Two words characterize the Mississippi Flyway now—COLD and FRONT. And not just your everyday little chill in the air.

Migration Alert: All Signs Point to a Locals-Only Opener

By most accounts, the North Dakota opener was a successful one for hunters. A mixed bag of birds--widgeon, gadwall, some divers and a few remaining teal--were taken over water, while residents in the know filled their straps with mallards hunting exclusively in the fields.

North Dakota: Early Season Outlook

Following several weeks of warm, dry weather, the outlook remains generally positive for waterfowl hunting in North Dakota.

Migration Alert: A Long Drive through Duck Country

I've just returned from a hunt in which a friend and I drove from our home in Clarksville, Tennessee, to The Pas, Manitoba, Canada—a distance of over 1,800 miles each way!

Migration Alert: Hurricane Isaac's Aftermath

More than two weeks after Hurricane Isaac made landfall, the impacts are still clearly visible along the Louisiana and Mississippi Gulf coast.

Migration Alert: Brandon, Manitoba—Early Season Success

The opening weekend of the waterfowl season in Manitoba provided me with the opportunity to continue a tradition I began last season, which was my first on the prairies of Manitoba.

Waterfowl, hunters to benefit from nearly $30 million federal investment

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Sept. 12, 2012 - Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe today announced a landmark investment of nearly $30 million in the future of wetlands, waterfowl and public waterfowl hunting across the country through expanded refuges and hunting programs.

Migration Alert: Upcoming weather may prompt teal migration

DU Chief Scientist Dale Humburg explains why an upcoming weather scenario may prompt blue-winged teal migration.

New Waterfowl Migration Map Features

Now entering its fifth season, the DU Waterfowl Migration Map is back and loaded with new features to help you follow the ducks this season.

Migration Alert: Conditions look good in Saskatchewan for opener

Habitat in and around Wadena, Saskatchewan is decent as local birds begin to congregate. Sandhills are moving in, but only local ducks and geese are currently present.

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Late Winter Habitat Conditions in Canada

Habitat Conditions Report for waterfowl habitat regions in Canada for late winter (March 2012).

2012 Winter Habitat Conditions in Canada

Conditions are variable in the British Columbia / Western Boreal Forest Region, where large flocks of wintering waterfowl can be found around the Fraser River Delta and along the east coast of Vancouver Island. Winter has been dry and warm in the Prairie Region.

Migration Alert: Sacramento Valley hunters need winter weather

The birds are here in the Sacramento Valley but hunter success for the remainder of the season is going to depend on weather, especially for rice field hunters.

Migration Alert: Colder weather improves Texas waterfowling

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

Migration Alert: Missouri waterfowlers face stalled migration

Strong cold fronts have yet to push waterfowl through northern Central and Missippi Flyway states forcing Missouri hunters to use creative strategies.

Migration Alert: West Tennessee migration improving

Dec. 12, 2011: Hunting on Reelfoot Lake in northwest Tennessee has been slow, but action is picking up today.

Migration Alert: Recent rain and cold have dispersed waterfowl in Missouri

Dec. 7, 2011: An abundance of new water in southern Missouri and ice in the north has shuffled the deck for hunters in this state.

Migration Alert: Duck numbers and available habitat increasing in Mississippi

Dec. 7, 2011: Duck numbers continue to increase in Mississippi and as harsh winter weather hits northern states hunters should expect more.

Migration Alert: Oklahoma habitat, duck numbers look promising

Dec. 6, 2011: Current weather conditions are good for hunting ducks in Oklahoma – highs in the 40s and lows around 20.

Migration Alert: California reports indicate good numbers and habitat

Nov. 22, 2011: California waterfowlers have seen decent numbers of early migrators, and expectations are high as new cold fronts continue to push birds south.

Migration Alert: Rainfall improves conditions in parts of Arkansas before opener

Nov. 18, 2011: Waterfowlers throughout much of Arkansas should expect a decent opening day as good numbers of early migrators have arrived.

Migration Alert: Missouri and Kansas waterfowlers optimistic

Nov. 17, 2011: Habitat conditions have improved with recent rain, but Missouri and Kansas hunters are still waiting on a big cold front from the north.

David Boike

DU Migration Field Editor profile for David Boike (Alexandria, Minnesota)

Migration Alert: Colorado - Birds arriving on the Front Range

Nov. 15, 2011: Snowstorms along the Northern Front Range has pushed migrating ducks and geese into several new areas throughout Colorado.

Migration Alert - Early counts show Louisiana duck numbers higher than last year

Nov. 11, 2011: The estimated 1.84 million ducks on this survey is 13 percent higher than last November's estimate of 1.62 million.

Migration Alert: N. Indiana seeing migration increase

Nov. 4, 2011: Hunters who can find spots with wood ducks and green-winged teal will continue having the best success for now.

Migration Alert: Texas - Available water an issue throughout the state

Texas waterfowlers know that the drought will play a role in their hunting success this season. TPWD provides a forecast for three zones.

Migration Alert: Minnesota - Above average temperatures expected as migration continues

Nov. 3, 2011: Hunting success has remained slow over the past week.

Migration Alert: Still Waiting for the Big Push in North Dakota

Oct. 27, 2011: Waterfowl numbers in the Dakotas appear to be in a holding pattern right now and a powerful cold front is sorely needed to help move new ducks and geese into the region.

Migration Alert - Minnesota: Cooler temperatures improve waterfowl numbers

Oct. 14, 2011: Duck hunting success remained fair across the state over the past week despite the above average temperatures.

Early Fall Habitat Conditions in Canada

Due to favorable habitat conditions throughout Canada, fall flight expectations remain high. Overall migration still depends heavily on timely weather patterns.

Waterfowl Migration Alert

DU-TV is currently filming for the 2012 season in Saskatchewan. Show host, Huntley Ritter, and DU Sr. Communications Specialist, Mike Checkett provide a glimpse of the hunting conditions they faced throughout the week.

David Adamson

DU Migration Field Editor profile for David Adamson (Richmond, Virginia)

Avery Pro-Staff Migration Reports

Avery Outdoors Pro-Staff will submit real-time, informational migration and hunting reports through DU's Migration Map throughout the 2011-2012 waterfowl season.

Weather Tools for Duck Hunters

New for this season, DU has incorporated weather directly into our waterfowl migration map. In addition to various current conditions and radar, you can also see forecasted amounts of rain, snow and ice across North America.

Waterfowl Migration Mobile Apps

Follow the ducks from your mobile device this season. Ducks Unlimited is proud to announce two new mobile apps for waterfowl migration tracking this season!

Tips for Hunting Early Teal

While weather and local habitat conditions will affect where and when bluewings will be available, the following teal-hunting tips will help you make the most of your hunting opportunities when these fast-flying little ducks blow into your area.

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Follow the ducks on your iPhone this season with the DU Waterfowl Migration app. All new for the 2012 season, this app gives you real-time, integrated access to these reports in the palm of your hand!

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Waterfowl have amazing navigational abilities that guide their migrations

DU Migration Field Editor Program

The Ducks Unlimited Migration Field Editor program was engineered to create a solid foundation of credible migration and hunting reports within the DU waterfowl migration map.

Chad Youngberg

DU Migration Field Editor profile for Chad Youngberg (Waseca, Minnesota)

Scotty Watkins

DU Migration Field Editor profile for Scotty Watkins (Nome, Alaska)

Brian Vogelsmeier

DU Migration Field Editor profile for Brian Vogelsmeier (Sweet Springs, Missouri)

Woody Taylor

DU Migration Field Editor profile for Woody Taylor (Casper, Wyoming)

Mike Stevens

DU Migration Field Editor profile for Mike Stevens (Lubbock, Texas)

Anthony Smith

DU Migration Field Editor profile for Anthony Smith (Ten Mile, Tennessee)

Brian Null

DU Migration Field Editor profile for Brian Null (Wrightsville, Pennsylvania)

Shannon Meadors

DU Migration Field Editor profile for Shannon Meadors (Vancouver, Washington)

Billy Gray

DU Migration Field Editor profile for Billy Gray (Natchitoches, Louisiana)

Stephen Gautheir

DU Migration Field Editor profile for Stephen Gautheir (Lafayette, Louisiana)

George Diplock

DU Migration Field Editor profile for George Diplock (Augusta, Maine)

Brian Demers

DU Migration Field Editor profile for Brian Demers (Seattle, Washington)

Jeff DeFord

DU Migration Field Editor profile for Jeff DeFord (Alexandria, Virginia)

Kenny Darnell

DU Migration Field Editor profile for Kenny Darnell (Murray, Kentucky)

Mike Cole

DU Migration Field Editor profile for Mike Cole (Grantsburg, Wisconsin)

Randy Brown

DU Migration Field Editor profile for Randy Brown (Marion, Illinois)

Ed Brown

DU Migration Field Editor profile for Ed Brown (Lewes, Delaware)

Kevin Bork

DU Migration Field Editor profile for Kevin Bork (Auburndale, Florida)

Jacob Appleberry

DU Migration Field Editor profile for Jacob Appleberry (Tillar, Arkansas)

Rocky Allison

DU Migration Field Editor profile for Rocky Allison (Redding, California)

David Adamson

DU Migration Field Editor profile for David Adamson (Richmond, Virginia)

Dan Johnson

DU Migration Field Editor profile for Dan Johnson (Lufkin, Texas)

Chris Sechelski

DU Migration Field Editor profile for Chris Sechelski (Houston, Texas)

Jeremy Anfinson

DU Migration Field Editor profile for Jeremy Anfinson (Hutchison, Minnesota)

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Brandon Mendoza

DU Migration Field Editor profile for Brandon Mendoza (Kansas)

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Vic Meyer

DU Migration Field Editor profile for Vic Meyer (Fort Collins, Colorado)

Terry Laymon

DU Migration Field Editor profile for Terry Laymon (Lake St. Clair, Michigan)

Paul Fincher

DU Migration Field Editor profile for Paul Fincher (Guthrie, Oklahoma)

Dr. Michael Crupper

DU Field Migration Editor profile for Dr. Michael Crupper (Portland, Oregon)

Scott Jasion

DU Migration Field Editor profile for Scott Jaison (Fallston, Maryland)

Ron Kee

DU Migration Field Editor profile for Ron Kee

Jason Needham

DU Migration Field Editor profile for Jason Needham

Shawn Schmidt

DU Migration Field Editor profile for Shawn Schmidt (De Pere, Wisconsin)

Patrick Patterson

DU Migration Field Editor profile for Patrick Patterson (So. Minnesota)

Kevin Uetz

DU Migration Field Editor profile for Kevin Uetz (Ventura, Iowa)

Jason Christiansen

DU Migration Field Editor profile for Jason Christiansen (Omaha, Nebraska)

Dave Riley

DU Migration Field Editor profile for Dave Riley (Burlington, Iowa)

Creighton Kaiser

DU Migration Field Editor profile for Creighton Kaiser (Syracuse, Indiana)

Chris Phillips

DU Migration Field Editor profile for Chris Phillips (Cambridge, Iowa)

Aaron Vogler

DU Migration Field Editor profile for Aaron Vogler (Haubstadt, Indiana)

Migration Update: Dec. 25, 2010 - Kansas

Despite bitter cold temperatures, Tom Bidrowski, a migratory game bird biologist with the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks, reports that his state is still holding plenty of mallards.

Migration Update: Dec. 16, 2010 - Texas

Texas Waterfowling Heats Up

Migration Update: Atlantic Flyway - Mid-Atlantic and South Atlantic States

Bitter cold winter weather currently gripping the Atlantic Flyway has had a major impact on waterfowl movements in recent weeks. These conditions are what sea duck and diver hunters in northeastern states dream of, while waterfowlers in the Mid-Atlantic and south Atlantic states are enjoying recent influxes of waterfowl, especially dabbling ducks.

Migration Update: Platte River

After big push, plenty of waterfowl remain on Platte River

Migration Update: Atlantic Flyway

Waterfowl numbers building in Northern Atlantic Flyway

Migration Update: Missouri

Nov. 30, 2010 - Missouri showing huge duck numbers

Waterfowl Migration Gaining Momentum in North-Central States

Field reports indicate that over the past couple of weeks the pace of the waterfowl migration has picked up considerably across the northern Great Plains. "The peak migration is now," says Roger Hallevoet, wildlife refuge manager for the Devils Lake Wetland Management District, which encompasses eight counties in northeastern North Dakota.

Migration Update: November 5, 2010

With strong cold fronts moving through the north, waterfowl are on the move. Stay up to date with migration information and post your migration reports on DU's Migration Map.

Waterfowl Migration Headquarters: Follow the Ducks

Ducks Unlimited is your waterfowl migration headquarters each hunting season! Be sure to check out the resources below each day to follow the ducks and better prepare yourself for your next trip to the field. Good luck!

Mallard Migration Observation Network

Each week, over 100 state, federal and Ducks Unlimited biologists and wildlife managers rank the progress of mallard migration from Canada to the Gulf Coast. The Missouri Department of Conservation compiles their data to bring you a map showing the status of the mallard migration. Click here for more details about this network.

Waterfowl Migration Map

The DU Waterfowl Migration Map has received a major upgrade this season. Follow the ducks like never before!

Migration and Hunting Report Maps

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