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Excellent breeding conditions this past year in the northern Prairie region and Canada should mean productive hunting for the opening of duck season Thanksgiving Day, according to a news release from the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources,
“Every population of every species but widgeon are holding their own or up big time,”
Brunjes recommends hunters scout potential areas for duck use before setting up to hunt.
Croplands, especially from west-central Kentucky to the Mississippi River, are spotty as well from this past spring’s flooding. “They can be good or they can be incredibly bad,” Brunjes explained. “There was water on some of those fields into June and July.”
Farm ponds could be the saving grace for duck hunters this fall. “Ponds have strong potential to be extremely good this season,” Brunjes said. “Look for the ponds ducks are using right now and try to get permission to hunt there.”
Goose season should be productive as well. Population surveys conducted last spring showed the highest number of nesting geese in Kentucky ever recorded. The numbers of migrant geese that travel through Kentucky remain about the same.
Canada geese are big, loud birds, so pay attention over the next week to areas where they congregate. Many landowners with numbers of geese using their property will grant permission to hunt them because they can become a nuisance. “Don’t be afraid to ask permission,” Brunjes said. “You’ll be surprised how many will let you hunt.”
Duck season opens in all zones Nov. 24 and closes Nov. 27. Duck season opens again Dec. 5 and closes for good on Jan, 29, 2012. Goose season opens Nov. 23 in all zones but the Northeastern Goose Zone where the season opens Jan. 1, 2012. Goose season closes Jan. 31, 2012 in all zones.
For more information visit the Kentucky Fish and Wildlife homepage on the internet at fw.ky.gov.