Waterfowl Report Shows Habitat Vastly Improved After Heavy Rainfall


LITTLE ROCK – Last week’s rainfall has increased waterfowl habitat across the state, and most of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s waterfowl hunting areas now have reached or exceeded target water levels.The Cache River overflowed its banks and has created additional hunting opportunities at Rex Hancock Black Swamp and Dagmar WMAs, two areas that mostly have been dry throughout the 2012-2013 season. Habitat conditions also have improved at Earl Buss Bayou DeView WMA, Bayou Meto WMA, Big Lake WMA, Ed Gordon Point Remove WMA and many other areas.

A few unseasonably warm days notwithstanding, cool weather has been in place in Arkansas for several weeks, a crucial component of waterfowl hunting success in the state. But ample water has been a missing piece of the waterfowl hunting puzzle for most of this season, and the recent improvements in water conditions should be a welcome change for the season’s final stretch.

To assist waterfowl hunters with the latest information, the AGFC provides links to sources on waterfowl location and abundance in Arkansas and other states. Maps showing graphical results of this season’s first aerial waterfowl survey are included. The links are available at here.

This waterfowl report provides capsule information from agency staff in all corners of Arkansas and is updated each Wednesday throughout waterfowl season.

To receive the report each week on your computer, send an e-mail here and type “Waterfowl Report” in the subject line. Information on river levels can be found here.

Sunrise/sunset tables are available here and in the Arkansas Waterfowl Regulations Guide.

See the detailed report for the conditions in your area here.

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