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Weekly Waterfowl Reports

January 21, 2014

The following report is a compilation of WMA reports and habitat assessments during the week ending January 19, 2014.   

 

Jackson, MS - This report is a compilation of on-the-ground observations from biologists and managers on public and private lands.  Last week's weather returned to a more stable pattern, with relatively mild temperatures.  Warmer temperatures likely relieved some environmental stress on waterfowl, which required them to feed less aggressively than the previous week.  The full moon also likely caused waterfowl to pursue nocturnal feeding more heavily than usual.  As expected, waterfowl harvest reports declined on both public and private lands.  Hunters reported seeing sufficient numbers of ducks, but birds were relatively inactive, preferring to rest on large open wetlands during most of the daylight hours.  Mallards in particular were observed in pairs using areas of dense vegetation.  Snow geese and greater white-fronted geese remained abundant across the Delta region.  Weather severity index models from Long Point Waterfowl predict the potential for the season's final significant migration of mallards southward from Missouri and other mid-latitude areas this week.  Hunters are encouraged to try different hunting tactics as waterfowl typically become more difficult to hunt late in the season.  Finding ways to hide (layout blinds, layout boats, etc.) away from typical hunting areas could be productive for late season hunting.     

 

The midwinter aerial waterfowl survey has been completed, and the results and distribution maps will be posted on MDWFP's website this week.  The Waterfowl Program website (www.mdwfp.com/waterfowl) also provides general waterfowl information, migration forecasts, and hunter harvest and habitat information for specific WMAs.

 

 

 

Water levels and general waterfowl abundance ratings for selected Wildlife Management Areas.

WMA

Water Levels*

Bird Abundance

Charlie Capps

100%

Medium

Howard Miller

100%

          High

Indianola

100%

Medium

Mahannah

100%

Medium

Malmaison

100%

Medium

Muscadine Farms

100%

Medium

O'Keefe

100%

Medium - High

Sunflower

70%

Medium

Trim Cane**

60%

Medium

Tuscumbia

100%

Low - Medium

*Indicates percentage of impoundments with water levels sufficient enough to hunt.

 

 

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