Waterfowl Migration: Duck numbers in Southern Illinois continue to increase

Finally, with the arrival of colder weather and the beginning of the freeze up north, duck numbers are rising in Southern Illinois.  We were able to witness a large waterfowl migration into the southern part of Illinois last weekend.  The latest aerial surveys in Illinois continue to show increasing numbers of big ducks in the southern part of the state.  The numbers are below their 5 year average, but have certainly increased since last weeks survey.  With the forecasted cold the next few days, we should continue to see birds migrating south. Late weekend, and early next weekend, things look to warm up which leads us to think the birds will slow their south push and stick around for the time being.  Now is the time to hit the woods and water if you’re a duck hunter on the Mississippi Flyway and Southern Illinois. From the looks of the surveys, there are still plenty of greenheads yet to come that are along the northern reaches of both the Illinois River and Mississippi River.

Southern Illinois waterfowl survey: http://www.dnr.illinois.gov/hunting/waterfowl/surveys/Documents/SI07Dec2011.pdf

Mississippi River waterfowl survey: http://www.dnr.illinois.gov/hunting/waterfowl/surveys/Documents/MR07Dec2011.pdf

Illinois River waterfowl survey: http://www.dnr.illinois.gov/hunting/waterfowl/surveys/Documents/IR07Dec2011.pdf

*Surveys courtesy of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources

All the rain that fell last weekend has led to an increase in resources for the waterfowl migration as they enter the southern part of the state.  Now is the time to put the rubber to the road and locate some off the wall places holding birds.  The Fowled Reality crew will be scouring the south central zone of Illinois tomorrow in search of ducks for our weekend hunts.  Good luck this weekend!


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