Hunter Activity and Harvest Report for 2012-13 and 2013-14 Seasons Released

Hunter setting decoys. Credit: Milton Friend/USFWS

The latest Migratory Bird Hunting Activity and Harvest Report has been released, reporting that over 15.7 million ducks were harvested in the United States in 2012, with a decrease to 13.7 million ducks harvested in 2013. The number of harvested geese was nearly 3.2 million nationally in 2012, increasing somewhat to over 3.3 million geese in 2013.

In addition to downloading the full report, you can also generate custom harvest trends reports to quickly and easily view the information that is important to you. With these custom reports, you can view harvest trends for a specific species in a specific state; or you can view results for all ducks or all geese on a national level or within a selected flyway; or you can see the total of all ducks and geese at the national level. Results from these custom reports are presented in line graph format to easily illustrate harvest trends from 1961 through 2012. To view harvest activity reports for previous years, visit the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Migratory Bird Management website.

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2014 Status of Waterfowl Report Released

American Wigeon photo, Credit: Brendan Lally, FlickrFinal results from the 2014 Waterfowl Breeding Population and Habitat Survey are now available. Preliminary reports are confirmed -- a total duck population estimate of 49.2 million birds in the traditional survey area, which is an 8% increase over last year's tally and 43% above the long term average.

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2014 Adaptive Harvest Management Report

This hard copy report provides waterfowl managers and the public with information about the use of Adaptive Harvest Management for setting waterfowl regulations in the United States.

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2014 Trends in Breeding Duck Populations Report - Now Available

Lesser scaup pair on the Earl Grey transect, Southern Manitoba. Credit: Marc Schuster, Canadian Wildlife Service.

Preliminary 2014 duck population and pond estimates from the annual Waterfowl Breeding Population and Habitat Survey are now available. The estimate of 49.2 million breeding ducks was 8% higher than last year’s estimate of 45.6 million, and 43% above the long-term average. The total pond estimate was 7.2 million, similar to last year’s estimate of 6.9 million and 40% above the long-term average of 5.1 million. Spring was delayed even later than last year across most of the survey area. Habitat conditions during the survey were mostly improved or similar to last year, due to average to above-average annual precipitation. The exceptions were west-central Alberta and east of James Bay in Quebec. Note: Estimates sometimes change between the preliminary numbers and final results.

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2014-2015 Federal and Junior Duck Stamps Now on Sale

Image of 2014-15 Duck Stamp

Sales for the 2014-2015 Federal Duck Stamp and Junior Duck Stamp began on Friday, June 27, 2013 at 10 a.m. with a special event hosted by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Bass Pro Shops at the Department of the Interior in Washington, D.C., where waterfowl hunters, birders, stamp collectors, conservationists and outdoor recreationists lined up to be among the first to buy the nation’s most unique and successful conservation stamp. The new stamps can be purchased online, at many sporting goods and retail stores, and at some post offices and national wildlife refuges. Since 1934, the Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp ("Duck Stamp") has provided more than $850 million, conserving over 6 million acres of crucial habitat throughout the United States and its territories.

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