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Tennessee Duck Hunting Report
WATERFOWLERS WANTING ON WEATHER
By Steve McCadams
Duck hunters are hoping for some more cold weather after getting the
season off to a good start. However, the last week or so has seen
moderate weather dominate and ducks have grown sluggish and complacent.
It appears numbers have diminished in the area since the second season
opened so waterfowlers are waiting on the return of a cold front to push
these above average temperatures out and bring new ducks in.
Last weekendís opener for the second segment of the statewide season was
pretty good across the region but not quite as good as the initial
opener back on November 22.
Cold weather during November really set the stage for a great opening
weekend of this yearís early season but since then temperatures have
been somewhat above average and mild conditions have now lingered too
long to sustain the early success rate most hunters hoped would
Most hunters are reporting fewer ducks now than two weeks ago in the
area. There are still some blinds doing pretty good in some of the
wildlife management areas such as West Sandy, Big Sandy, Gin Creek and
Camden bottoms but practically all hunters are seeing duck numbers
diminish on a daily basis.
Several days this week had foggy mornings and stagnant days where no
wind and mild temperatures just didnít stimulate duck movement.
Big numbers of gadwalls, greenwing teal, shovelers and scaup helped kick
off the season but there were plenty of mallards in the area too.
Homra Guide Service
It appears the early influx of ducks across portions of West Tennessee
that helped kick the season off to an above average start have dispersed
to portions of northern Mississippi and Alabama, although on Wednesday
good flights of mallards were seen moving into the region from the
It doesnít look like any duck weather is sight as temperatures going
into the weekend will be in the mid 60ís Friday as rain approaches.
Sunday are expected to have above average temperatures so duck hunters
are riding it out---thatís all they can do---until the next cold snap.
Several areas will welcome the approaching rain as many lowland fields and
Mississippi River bottoms were needing runoff to inundate popular hunt
The new water should attract more ducks to backwaters such as the Obion,
Forked Deer and the Hatchie River bottoms in the days ahead.
There is a lot of hunting time left as waterfowlers are still in the first
quarter of this long game thatís going all the way through January 25,
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