LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -(Ammoland.com)- The heavy rainfall that Arkansas waterfowl hunters have been waiting for all season finally arrived Tuesday, at least for the southern portion of the state, and with it comes hopes for better habitat conditions to spread out the duck migration into the state.
A large area in east-central Arkansas received up to 6 inches of rainfall in a 24-hour period Tuesday-Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service, and a large swath of the state from the southwestern tip to West Memphis appeared to receive anywhere from 3 to 5 inches of rainfall in that period. All but the northernmost reaches +of Arkansas received at least an inch.
Before Tuesday, the state was enduring record drought conditions in many areas, and the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s greentree reservoirs and other wildlife management areas were battling dry conditions and little chance finding ducks.
Aerial surveys conducted Dec. 4-7 showed that while the mallard numbers mirrored totals for the past six Decembers, nearly half the mallard population in Arkansas was in flooded ricefields, and the remainder were scrounging for the limited water available – much of that artificially flooded on private land – outside of the major …Read the Rest