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We need a duck migration, soon

November 26, 2007 at 06:31 PM

Waterfowlers in the North and Central zones have not had much good to report lately.

At least that’s the opinion in the Illinois River Valley today. Hunters at various clubs reported slow shooting on Monday, no doubt in part a factor of the lack of wind.

At Central Duck Club near Bath, the count in one blind was “a spoonie at noonie.” Up river at Princeton Game and Fish Club, president Marc Wilt of Walnut lamented the low number of birds in that venerable club’s rest area.

“We just don’t have many birds right now,” Wilt said. “But we don’t have any food for them, either. All the corn we have is just stalks.”

And Wilt is not alone. Many hunters have been hoping to see more birds. While the long-awaited Thanksgiving migration came to the Mississippi River, any birds that arrived in the Illinois River Valley last week appear to have left quickly.

In fact, Aaron Yetter of the Illinois Natural History Survey speculates that migrant ducks arrived Wednesday but had left by the time he flew his aerial census on Friday.

The total count in the Illinois River Valley was 138,290 ducks versus the 10-year average of 298,347. And as it has all year, the mallard count of 101,680 lagged well behind the 10-year average of 217,973. Top counts in the upper valley were at Douglas Lake (20,305) and in the lower valley at Crane Lake (16,270). Here is the complete count:Illinois_River_11-23-07.pdf

Things are better along the Mississippi River, where the count of 276,265 ducks is actually above the 10-year average of 257,012. That’s true even though the mallard count of 131,460 is below the average of 134,353. Top total in the Upper Mississippi was at Keokuk-Nauvoo (53,000) and on the Lower Mississippi at Swan Lake (44,570).

Here is the complete Mississippi River count: Miss._River_11-23-07.pdf

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