…While writing this I was informed that the Commissioners have approved the proposed 2011/12 waterfowl hunting seasons at this morning’s meeting which includes the special teal seasons – time to dust off those decoys!…now back to my original post…
Reading the September/October 2011 issue of Ducks Unlimited’s magazine has got me pumped. Yes, I am talking beyond the normal excitement I get when I read any September or October issue that reminds me that hunting season is dang-near here! But one look at the cover and you will see the words “2011 Waterfowl Forecast” followed by the statement “A Record Year for Ducks” – what more does a waterfowler need to know?
In the Central Flyway breeding ducks were up 56% from last year. By species: Pintail up 233%; blue-winged teal up 83%; wigeon up 46%; and mallard up 23%. Sure we need the right habitat (read water) mixed with the right weather that will nudge these feathered treasures to us – but this is true every year. Just imagine what it might mean if we have the right water, with the needed weather this year when have a record number of birds that need to fly through the state to get to their wintering area – boy, oh boy!
If things go as planned, we will get our first taste of duck hunting this Saturday (9/3) as the Low Plains Unit kicks off it’s teal season. A week later the Hi-Plains Unit should be burning some powder on those speedsters, too. Now being a waterfowl production not all parts of the state are open to these specials seasons, so be sure to check out the full regs at our website: www.OutdoorNebraska.org. However, these little guys are worth the trip and one of my favorites to chase and eat. You can check out my Teal Tips from last year’s Blog at http://outdoornebraska.ne.gov/blogs/2010/08/teal-tips.
I am looking forward to getting out after some teal in the weeks to come, but the best part may be realizing that the excitement of hunting waterfowl is just getting started!