Fish and Wildlife Service says breeding ducks up overall by 13 percent from 2008
December 8, 2009 — 1:54pm
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service reports that continental breeding ducks are up 13 percent over 2008, and up 28 percent over the long-term average. Pond counts for the U.S. and Canada combined showed a 45 percent increase from last year's estimate, and 31 percent above the long-term average. As reported here earlier, U.S. prairies, especially those in the Dakotas, are in excellent duck-producing shape, while some in Canada also were better this spring than last.
Here, from Ducks Unlimited, is a look at duck numbers by species and their change in breeding numbers from a year ago. To read the entire Fish and Wildlife Service report, in PDF form, click here.
Dennis Anderson has been a Star Tribune outdoors columnist since 1993, before which, for 13 years, he held the same position at the Pioneer Press. He enjoys casting and shooting. Dogs, too, and horses. Also kids and, occasionally, crusading in his column for improved conservation.
The morning was chillier than predicted — in the mid- to high 30s at sunup — but walleye fishing generally was good on Crane Lake on the season opener Saturday. Walleyes were caught in 14 to 16 feet of water on shiner, chub and fathead minnows