Utah -(Ammoland.com)- The number of ducks counted on North American breeding grounds this past spring was the highest in 60 years.
That’s great news for Utah’s hunters: it means more ducks than ever will migrate though Utah this fall.
Pintail ducks are highly prized among many Utah hunters. Thousands of pintails will migrate through Utah this fall
But how long will the birds stay in the state? That’s a question many hunters are asking.
Blair Stringham, migratory game bird coordinator for the Division of Wildlife Resources, says the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service estimates 49.5 million adult ducks were on breeding grounds in North America this past spring. That’s the highest number since the USFWS started conducting aerial and ground surveys in 1955.
“I’m excited about this fall’s hunt,” Stringham says. “It has the potential to be really good.”
In addition to thousands upon thousands of birds that will migrate through Utah, lots of ducks—especially mallards and cinnamon teal—were born and raised on the state’s marshes this year. And Canada geese and tundra swans in the West are doing really well too.
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