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Tennessee Duck Hunting Report
DUCK HUNTERS YEARN FOR CHANGE
By Steve McCadams
Waterfowl hunters across the region have had it pretty tough lately. The
long stretch of warm weather before and after Christmas didnít bring any
new ducks to the area and those already here havenít had to move around
Christmas Day topped out at a whopping 72 degrees, setting an all-time
record high. That doesnít bode well for winter duck hunters who thrive
on cooler conditions to stimulate movement.
Waterfowlers have yet to experience a major migration despite some cold
weather back in December for a few days.
duck hunters are hoping to start the New Year off on a higher note.
Recent rains have added water across West Tennessee and that should help
some sectors that have been a victim of the fall and early winter
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Practically all wildlife management areas under TWRAís umbrella now have
good water levels so activity should improve if more cold weather will
push some new ducks to southern wintering areas.
Meanwhile, hunters from Dover Bottoms to the east and all the way
westward toward the Mississippi River have reported slow to inconsistent
Bottom line is duck numbers across the southern region are down and
ducks havenít had to move around much to find food, especially when itís
warm and they donít have to feed much to maintain body heat.
have been a few success stories coming out of Springville bottoms at
times. And, a few isolated successful morning have occurred in select
blinds in Big Sandy and Camden Bottoms.
Yet the overall
picture is one of a mediocre season thus far across most of the region.
Some blinds actually got off to a great start in the early season but
since then action has fallen off as hunters are not seeing big numbers
of ducks staging across West Tennessee.
No updated aerial surveys have been reported from Tennessee National
Wildlife Refuge or Cross Creeks National Wildlife Refuge. Hopefully
surveys will take place soon to better help waterfowlers figure out the
whole waterfowl picture.
Here is a phone video clip from a Reelfoot Lake youth hunt..."Smokin
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