Goose Migration

Waterfowl Migration Update January 24, 2014

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The waterfowl migration has pushed further south than it has in years. The brutally cold winter across much of the plains and midwest has continued and with no end in sight, many ducks and geese will continue to hold up on their wintering grounds. Duck Migration The brief warmup last week led to some ducks migrating back north into northern Kansas, central Missouri, and central Illinois, but many quickly returned back south as single digits temperatures moved back in. Wintering grounds such as Tennessee, Arkansas, and Louisiana continue to hold the bulk of the ducks. Ice has become an issue in many of these locations, but places with open water are holding tons of birds. Concealment is key since...

Waterfowl Migration Update January 8, 2014

Waterfowl Migration January 10, 2014

As we enter the tail end of the waterfowl migration, the weather continues to push birds into places unreached the past few years. The winter that keeps on giving has recently blanketed a large portion of the midwest in 6+ inches of snow and ducks and geese have been forced to migrate even further south that they already had. A coming moderation in temperatures coupled with weekend rains will lead to an expanse of resources and likely spread waterfowl over a much larger area than they are now. Duck Migration When it gets to this point in the season, many ducks located north of I70 are pretty much locked in place. These tend to be older birds that are...

Waterfowl Migration Update December 19, 2013

Waterfowl Migration

The peak of the waterfowl migration has come and gone for some places, but for others now offers some of the best hunting of the year. The weather that most of the country has been without the past couple season set in last week and pushed the waterfowl migration southward. As the arctic airmass has now moved on, the question is what will ducks and geese do in response to moderating temperature and melting snow and ice. Duck Migration Large numbers of mallards have been reported in Oklahoma, Kansas, southern Missouri, Arkansas and Tennessee. Over the weekend, many of these places were still fighting frozen water sources and ducks were confined to what open water was around. Most of...

Waterfowl Migration Update December 5, 2013


A strong cold front is moving across the country with a pair of low pressure systems bringing a mix of wintery weather across much of the country. The wind, falling temperatures, and snow has waterfowl migrating hard across much of the Central and Mississippi Flyways. It’s not going to be a matter of will they migrate, it’s where will they stop. Duck Migration Starting on Tuesday, this system began to enter the Dakotas where many ducks were still present. Two to twelve inches of snow fell across the area and temperatures are in the teens to below zero. Last week, we talked about the abundance of mallards on the Missouri River in South Dakota. Nearly 900,000 ducks were surveyed...

Waterfowl Migration Update November 27, 2013

Waterfowl Migration

A series of sharp cold fronts over the past 10 days pushed some of the waterfowl migration further south as water began to freeze up across areas of the upper midwest and central plains. The colder weather and north winds have brought good success to hunters across much of the country, but temperatures look to rebound slightly as we move through the weekend. Duck Migration After above normal temperatures a week ago, the first in a pair of arctic cold fronts swept across the country from Canada starting last Thursday. Temperatures dropped 20-40 degrees in most locations and a strong north/northwest wind accompanied the front. Water sources began freezing quickly across the Dakota’s, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, and Nebraska. As...

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