We have finally had some colder weather up north and a few days of NW winds to start a little waterfowl migration. The Southern Illinois waterfowl survey count is up over the course of the past two weeks, but still slightly behind the 5 year average. Just under a third of the birds counted in Southern Illinois are at Pyramid State Park. Chris and Blake are headed that direction tomorrow evening for a hunt on Saturday. Hopefully it’ll be a good one!
Southern Illinois Survey courtesy of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources
With the cold weather this week, lakes are starting to ice over pushing the birds into the open water they can find. From the Mississippi River surveys, it appears the largest concentration of Mallards is located in the central part of the river. Over 270,000 ducks are in this area. The next cold push should spur large waterfowl migration into our main area of hunting in Southern Illinois. Looking long-range, there is talks of snow across portions of the central midwest the middle of next week. With the snow comes colder weather, more ice, south flying ducks!
Mississippi River Survey courtesy of the Illinois Natural History