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ARKANSAS WATERFOWL 2019-2020 SEASON INFO

The 2019-2020 Arkansas Waterfowl season is almost here! Don’t wait until the last second to book. We still have a few open spots. Call us soon to book your dates. Dates fill up fast! Book Now at 855-932-7299

2019-2020 Waterfowl Season Dates

Nov 23rd – Dec 2nd

Dec 11th – Dec 23rd

Dec 26th – Jan 31st

2020 Conservation Goose Season 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, 2 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 2019-2020 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)

2019-2020 Breeding Duck Numbers Remain Strong!

2019 Numbers are similar to 2018 with total population estimated at 38.9 million. 10% above the long term average

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) today released its report on 2019 Trends in Duck Breeding Populations, based on surveys conducted in May and early June by FWS, Canadian Wildlife Service, and other partners.

Total populations were estimated at 38.9 million breeding ducks in the traditional survey area, 6 percent lower than last year’s estimate of 41.2 million and 10 percent above the long-term average (since 1955).

“Overall both total ponds and total populations of breeding waterfowl in the Prairie Pothole Region were down slightly,” Ducks Unlimited Chief Scientist Dr. Tom Moorman said. “However, important breeding areas in southern Alberta and Saskatchewan were much drier than last year, which contributes to reduced numbers of breeding waterfowl observed in the survey. Fortunately, eastern North Dakota and South Dakota saw an increase in both ponds and breeding waterfowl, especially mallards, blue-winged teal, gadwalls, northern shovelers, and northern pintails. Typically, when the Dakotas are wet and southern Alberta and Saskatchewan are dry, we see the aforementioned species settle in the Dakotas, reminding us that we must conserve habitat across the prairies because it is rare for the entire Prairie Pothole Region to be wet. Ultimately, however, hunting success and numbers of birds observed will vary with the onset of fall and winter cold fronts and arrival of winter conditions necessary to force birds to migrate, and also with regional habitat conditions.”

“Ducks Unlimited’s science team will take some time to digest this report, including the Eastern Survey data, and we plan to bring a full suite of information to you in the near future that relates to the survey,”

Click here to see the FULL 2019 WATERFOWL SURVEY REPORT.

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