ARKANSAS WATERFOWL 2018-2019 SEASON INFO

The 2018-2019 Arkansas Waterfowl season will be here before you know it! Call us soon to book your dates. Dates fill up fast! Book Now at 855-932-7299

2018-2019 Waterfowl Season Dates

Nov 17th – Nov 25th

Dec 6th – Dec 23rd

Dec 26th – Jan 27th

2018-2019 Conservation Goose Dates

Feb. 3rd – Apr 25th

Waterfowl Season Bag Limits

The Arkansas Waterfowl Season allows for 6 ducks, which may include no more than 4 mallards (2 hens), 3 scaup, 3 wood ducks, 1 pintail, 2 redheads, 1 canvasback, 1 black duck,1 mottled duck. If not listed, up to 6 ducks of a species (including teal) may be taken. Duck and teal species not listed have no extra restriction beyond the 6 duck total bag limit. Duck possession limit is 18, three times your daily bag limit. Canada Goose daily limit is 2 with a possession limit of 6, three times your daily bag limit. Specklebelly Goose daily limit is 3 with a possession limit of 9, three times your daily bag limit. Snows, Blues and Ross Geese combined daily limit is 20 with NO possession limit.

Conservation Goose Season Bag Limits

The Arkansas Conservation Goose Season allows for no limit on Snows, Blues or Ross geese with no possession limit. Shoot as many as you can. Shoot em Jack!

License Info

Get your Arkansas waterfowl season license online here: ARKANSAS WATERFOWL SEASON 2018-2019 LICENSE

For out of state (Non-Resident) hunters you are required to purchase the following licenses:
Nonresident 5-day Small Game Hunting License (SG5) – $70.00
Nonresident Arkansas Waterfowl Stamp (DSN) – $35.00
Federal Duck Stamp – $25.00
Harvest Information Program Registration (HIP) – FREE (but required to hunt waterfowl)

For in state (Resident) hunters you are required to purchase the following licenses:
Resident Sportsman’s License (RS) – $25.00
Resident Arkansas Waterfowl Stamp (DSR) – $7.00
Federal Duck Stamp – $15.00
Harvest Information Program Registration (HIP) – FREE (but required to hunt waterfowl)


2018-2019 Breeding Duck Numbers Remain Strong!

2018 Numbers are Down from 2017 but Populations Remain Healthy

USFWS survey reports that most populations are still above long-term averages. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) today released its report on 2018 Trends in Duck Breeding Populations, based on surveys conducted in May and early June by FWS and Canadian Wildlife Service. Overall duck numbers in the survey area remain high. Total populations were estimated at 41.2 million breeding ducks in the traditional survey area, 13 percent lower than last year’s estimate of 47.3 million and 17 percent above the long-term average. The projected mallard fall flight index is 11.4 million birds, down from the 2017 estimate of 12.9 million. The dip in the population for prairie-breeding puddle ducks is not unexpected and by no means unprecedented given that conditions on the prairies this spring were drier than last year, said DU Chief Scientist Tom Moorman. As a result, 2018 populations dropped accordingly. However, populations of all key species except northern pintails and scaup remain above long-term averages. This year’s breeding population decline is a reminder of the need to sustain the capacity of breeding habitats, particularly in the prairies as we go through natural variation in wetland conditions. Waterfowl populations are adapted well to short-term swings in habitat conditions, but we must continue to guard against the long-term loss of prairie breeding habitat.
Click here to see the FULL 2018 WATERFOWL SURVEY REPORT.

2017-2018 Breeding Duck Numbers Remain High!

Abundant precipitation boosts breeding pair estimates again.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) today released its report on 2017 Trends in Duck Breeding Populations, based on surveys conducted in May and early June by FWS and the Canadian Wildlife Service. Overall duck numbers in the survey area remain high. Total populations were estimated at 47.3 million breeding ducks in the traditional survey area, which is similar to last year’s estimate of 48.4 million and is 34 percent above the 1955-2016 long-term average. The projected mallard fall flight index is 12.9 million birds, similar to the 2016 estimate of 13.5 million.
The main determining factor for duck breeding success is wetland and upland habitat conditions in the key breeding landscapes of the prairies and the boreal forest. Conditions observed across the U.S. and Canadian survey areas during the 2017 breeding population survey were generally similar to last year with a few exceptions. The total pond estimate for the U.S. and Canada combined was 6.1 million, which is 22% above the 2016 estimate of 5.0 million and 17% above the long-term average of 5.2 million.
Click here to see the FULL WATERFOWL SURVEY REPORT.

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