Watch WSO23 NOW

Watch the replay on YouTube. Our analysis of the 2023 Waterfowl Breeding Population and Habitat Survey results and a look ahead to hunting season

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Before you pack your decoys and start scouting, tune in to watch waterfowl experts from Ducks Unlimited and guest panelists as they dip into the spring survey results and share their expectations for waterfowl numbers and hunting prospects for the upcoming season. Stay up-to-date on the latest issues affecting waterfowl populations, habitats, and hunters and gain valuable insights for the 2023-2024 season.

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Meet our Panelists

Get to know Ducks Unlimited's leading waterfowl experts and guest panelists.

Dr. Mike Brasher

Senior Waterfowl Scientist, Ducks Unlimited Inc.

Dr. Matt Dyson

Waterfowl Research Scientist, Ducks Unlimited Canada

Mark Koneff

Chief, Branch of Migratory Bird Surveys, USFWS

Brook Richard

Director of Marketing, Higdon Outdoors

Virginia Getz

Director, Conservation Programs, Ducks Unlimited Inc.

Ryan Callaghan

Director of Conservation, MeatEater

Dr. Julianna Lenoch

National Coordinator, National Wildlife Disease Program, USDA APHIS Wildlife Services

Waterfowl Season Outlook FAQs

  • Will the Waterfowl Breeding Population and Habitat Report tell me which waterfowl I can hunt?

    No, please contact your federal, state, and local wildlife agencies for your location's hunting rules and regulations.

  • Are bag limits impacted by the BPOP Survey results?

    The data collected from the Waterfowl Breeding Population and Habitat Survey are used to establish annual hunting regulations in the United States and Canada and provide a long-term time series important for researching bird-environment relationships critical to effective conservation planning for waterfowl.

  • What influence does the breeding population report have on waterfowl hunting?

    The data collected through this survey are vitally important to the management of waterfowl across North America. The information gathered is used to set waterfowl hunting regulations for the following years.

  • Where can I find breeding population reports from previous years?

    https://www.fws.gov/library/collections/waterfowl-population-status-reports, or Google "Waterfowl Population Status Reports" and click on the link from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS.gov)