Louisianans bag the most ducks

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August 18, 2002

Louisianans bagged most ducks

News and Observer (Raleigh)

Louisiana hunters led the nation by bagging an average of more than 20 ducks apiece during the 2001-2002 waterfowl hunting season for a total of 2 million ducks, according to the preliminary estimates compiled by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

In the Atlantic Flyway, more than 1.6 million ducks were taken, down 13 percent from the 2000-2001 season. The average hunter killed six ducks. South Carolina hunters led in the flyway, averaging nearly 12 ducks per person and taking 254,000 ducks total.

Hunters killed an average of 9.4 ducks each and a total of more than 6.6 million ducks in states along the Mississippi Flyway last season, down 16 percent from the previous season.

In the Central Flyway, hunters bagged more than 3.4 million ducks, 6 percent more than in 2000-01. Hunters averaged 7.7 ducks each, also a 6 percent increase.

In the Pacific Flyway, nearly 2.2 million ducks were taken, an average of nearly 9.3 ducks per hunter. This is down 5 percent.

Mallards were the most hunted duck, with more than 5.2 million killed last season. Mallards were followed by gadwall at nearly 1.6 million birds; green-winged teal, more than 1.4 million; blue-winged and cinnamon teal, more than 1.3 million; and wood ducks, nearly 1.1 million. The estimates are based on surveys of hunters through the Harvest Information Program. Go to http://migratorybirds.fws.gov/reports/reports.html on the Internet for the report.

The USFWS recently proposed to maintain the season lengths and bag limits offered since 1997 for most duck species but to restrict hunting of some because of concerns about population status and a poor production outlook this spring in key nesting areas.

For details, consult the Division of Migratory Bird Management's home page at http://migratorybirds.fws.gov or call (703) 358-1714.

Public comment on the proposal will be accepted until Aug. 30 and may be sent to Chief, Office of Migratory Bird Management, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 4401 N. Fairfax Dr., Room 634, Arlington, VA 22203. After the final frameworks are published in early September, states will set their dates and limits within the guidelines.
 

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