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Arkansas Wildlife Waterfowl Report

Feb. 5, 2020

An enormous number of snows, blues and Ross's geese were seen in a field in Arkansas County not far from Brett Morgan Halowell Reservoir last week. The Light Goose Conservation Order for hunting these geese is in effect through Feb. 7 and from Feb. 9-April 25 throughout Arkansas.

Arkansas Wildlife Waterfowl Report

Jan. 29, 2020

More habitat thanks to heavy rainfall in mid-January may have pushed more mallards northward into the Black River/Upper White River area in the latest AGFC aerial waterfowl survey.

Arkansas Wildlife Waterfowl Report

Jan. 22, 2020

Mallard numbers estimated in the midwinter aerial survey by AGFC waterfowl biologists were about half the total number of ducks counted, nearly 700,000. That 50% figure of total ducks is down from the typical average of 70% in the midwinter count in Arkansas.

Arkansas Wildlife Waterfowl Report

Jan. 15, 2020

Pintails make up a good portion of the ducks counting in the annual midwinter survey of waterfowl in Arkansas. The total ducks were up significantly from mid-December's count, but mallards are below what is expected for the first half of January.

Arkansas Wildlife Waterfowl Report

Jan. 8, 2020

AGFC biologists have noted more shovelers (pictured is a male northern shoveler) and pintails in their aerial observations over the Arkansas Delta, indicating they are returning and headed back north.

Arkansas Wildlife Waterfowl Report

Dec. 31, 2019

Some pockets of Arkansas have good numbers of ducks, but most recently survey shows that overall numbers are below the long-term average by about 25 percent.

Arkansas Wildlife Waterfowl Report

Dec. 24, 2019

Arkansas's waterfowl habitat has seen a huge upsurge in greater white-fronted geese (specklebellies) in recent years. Geese in general are prominent on the landscape now from the northern border of the state to the southeast corner, and in last week's AGFC aerial survey, geese outnumbered ducks on the Delta.