Thursday, January 12, 2017
Mississippi Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks
1505 Eastover Drive, Jackson, MS, 39211
Extreme Weather Results in Record Waterfowl Numbers
JACKSON -The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and
Parks (MDWFP) completed its early January aerial waterfowl survey
this week as part of the nationwide Mid-Winter Waterfowl Survey.
Estimates for both mallards and total ducks were the highest
observed since MDWFP began using its current survey methods in
2005. The survey estimate of the Mississippi Delta is 1,442,406
total ducks, including 678,235 mallards. The early January aerial
waterfowl survey report with waterfowl estimates and distribution
maps can be found online at
The extreme cold weather which swept across the country late
last week and remained through early portions of this week likely
had a significant impact on the number of birds arriving in
Mississippi. "The widespread snowfall and icy conditions that
reached into the South over the last several consecutive days
forced large numbers of waterfowl to migrate in search of milder
weather and available wetland habitat," said Houston Havens, MDWFP
Waterfowl Program Coordinator.
Mississippi usually receives peak waterfowl numbers during the
month of January, when the waterfowl hunting season is in full
swing. The regular waterfowl season will continue through January
29, followed by the final youth waterfowl hunting day on February
4. Goose hunting seasons will have a final season segment February
4 - 15, 2017.
For more information regarding waterfowl in Mississippi, visit
our website at www.mdwfp.com/waterfowl
or call us at (601) 432-2199. Follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/mdwfp or
on Twitter at www.twitter.com/MDWFPonline.