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September 19, 2013

Drought could cause decline in duck population during hunting season

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“It’s one of those things that is hit or miss,” he said. “There is more pressure with more people on the weekends but less during the weeks. You might be better getting out during the week with less people.”

The low water could be better for some ducks, though. Glaw said there very well could be a push of local mallards and pintails around, but the teals are generally harder to predict. The DNR also banded quite a few more wood ducks this year. Hunters who shoot a banded duck are instructed to report it by calling the Bird Banding Laboratory toll free at 1-800-327-2263.

Information about the area’s wetlands can be found on the DNR’s website, iowadnr.gov. The early season for ducks begins Saturday and lasts until Wednesday. The second season is not until Oct. 19 in the south zone, which encompasses the Sugema Unit.

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