AGFC biologists completed the first aerial survey for duck counts in Arkansas last week.
As the second portion of the state's 60-day duck season opens Thursday, Arkansas hunters await more rainfall as well as the eventual migration of a massive number of ducks, some of which currently sit in Two Rivers National Wildlife Refuge in southernmost Illinois and part of Missouri. A record number of pintails for the refuge were part of that recent aerial survey.
Ducks are looking for every little bit of water they can find in dry conditions of Arkansas now, but most of the migration is still avoiding us at least until heavy rains come.
Continued lack of rainfall continued to plague much of the duck hunting around Arkansas in areas without artificially flooding, but observers noted a massive number of geese having already migrated into the state during the opening weekend of waterfowl season.
Duck season in Arkansas will open 30 minutes before sunrise Saturday, Nov. 18, with 60 days of hunting. With near-record numbers of ducks from the northern breeding grounds for yet another year, Arkansas hunters will enjoy 60 days of hunting for the 21st season in a row.
Arkansas's duck season ended last weekend for most hunters, but hunters less than 16 years old will have one final chance to go afield during Saturday’s youth waterfowl hunt. The second part of the state’s annual youth waterfowl hunt will take place from 30 minutes before sunrise until sunset. For the second year in a row, the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission established a two-part youth waterfowl hunt, with the first part taking place during the first split of the regular duck season in December 2016.