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Waterfowl migration reports — Canada

Avery Outdoors takes a look at waterfowl migration reports.

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SEASON SUMMARY

Name:  Bill Dougan

Location:Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada

Notable Weather Changes/Differences: This year we had a lot of overcast days without a lot of rain as opposed to a lot of rain days last year. We did have good winds thru out most of the season as well.

Winter Snow Summary:  Snow did play a major factor in late November we got a lot of snow which stayed and made it hard for the birds to feed.

Season Water Conditions: Water conditions were a little low for most of the season. We had a major cold snap that came in late November which frozen us up hard which forced our wildlife division to close down hunting within 100 meters of open water.

Overall Feeding Conditions: The feeding conditions were great with a lot of fields being cut early. In late November we got hit hard with a lot of snow which made it very hard for birds to get to the feed.

Duck Numbers Compared to Previous Years: Numbers of black ducks and mallards were up everywhere over last year. We did see a decline in teal numbers in a lot of areas.

Goose Numbers Compared to Previous Years:  Goose numbers were up from last year in most areas.

Notable Duck Migrations:  We saw a lot of ducks arrive early in the season. We had most of our ducks here by late October.

Notable Goose Migrations: Goose numbers were a little low at the first of the season, but by the first week of November we started to see flights of new birds arriving every day.

Overall Hunting Report:The hunting this year was amazing. A lot of areas got some great shooting early in the season. Other areas started to get some great hunting in early November. Overall the 2013 season was one of the best years we have had in the last number of years.


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