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Numbers look great!

USFWS just released their 2011 Duck counts and there were over 45 million ducks. Better get ready to shoot Mallards and Pintals. Mallards are up 9% to 9.1 million and Pintails are up 26% to 4.4 million. Oh don't worry, Spooney's are up 14% to 4.6 million. Pond counts are at an all time high. They were talking about next year being another good breeding season with all the water in the breeding grounds. I also heard that we can expect 2 Pintail limits again this year.

You can read the article at www.ducks.org

Should be a great year!!!!

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Thanks for some good to read

Thanks for some good to read and interesting information. I have just started to get into waterfowl hunting this last year with some duck and goose hunting on the Colorado river. I nedd to get some better gear for this coming year as I nearly froze to death the last time out but I will be much better prepared the next time. My friend hunts a lot but according to him the sight of pintails around here is fairly rare as he only got one chance at some last year and quickly blew it with an easy miss. By far the majority of ducks are mallards at least on the river with nearly as many geese flying around as well.

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Wow that is good news...maybe

Wow that is good news...maybe I had better try and get out there more and chase them ducks around a bit more and give the geese a break.....ok maybe not....I like shooting geese better but I would not mind a nive Pintail for the wall.

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I wouldn't give up on the

I wouldn't give up on the geese just yet.  There need to be a few million more of those snows shot.  Wink

Geez, I can't believe all the snow geese I saw while in Nebraska in February.  Thousands and thousands.  I guess it's that way across the country, all the major flyways.  Heck, some places have limits as high as 30 birds or so.

I actually could hunt them out here, about 2 hours away.  Maybe I will take advantage of the private land opportunity I have this year.  I have to hit it pretty precisely though.

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Thats really cool on the

Thats really cool on the number of pintails.  we don't see to many down here in New Mexico.  hope to get some shooting in this fall and winter.  the duck hunting picks up around the end of Nov.  and is good all the way in to Jan.  I am more a goose hunter but i won't pass up some ducks.  Now i am all pumped up about bird hunting this year and i haven't even gone on my Antelope hunt yet...  Didn't get out much last year cause i had a new born at home.  i can't wait to take him with me.  

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