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Green Wing Teal Populations Up; Blue Wing Teal Populations Down

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This year’s annual duck survey released by U.S. Fish & Wildlife estimates the breeding duck population at 38.9 million, about a 6 percent decrease from last year’s count of 41.19 million. The overall count still remains 10 percent above the long-term average.

Kevin Kraai, waterfowl program leader for Texas Parks & Wildlife Department was reported as saying that the prognostications for waterfowl aren’t necessarily that great for Texas.

He said that very dry and very hot is a bad combination heading into the summer before the season, but it’s actually interesting in one way. When we have really dry years, records show better waterfowl harvests and success rates because with less water on the landscape the birds don’t have as many places to go.

The silver lining…if you hunt the bays of the Texas coast, during dry years, the areas tend to have a better season. The dry conditions should put ducks where the majority of Texas hunters are hunting.

SPECIES SURVEY           2019 2018
Mallard                          9.42 9.26
Gadwal                          3.26 2.89
American Wigeon            2.83 2.82
Green-Winged Teal          3.18 3.04
Blue-Winged Tea             5.43 6.45
Northern Pintail               2.27 2.37
Northern Shoveler           3.65 4.21
Redhead                         0.73 1.00
Canvasback                    0.65 0.69
Scaup                            3.59 3.99
(Numbers in Millions)

 




Tom Behrens has over 50 years experience in fishing and hunting across the United States. Much of this time was spent in Oklahoma and Texas where he became very familiar with the outdoor opportunities in these states. You may contact him by email at: tbehrcomm@gmail.com


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Lake Palestine Fishing Report from TPWD (Sep. 16)

GOOD. Water clear; 85 degrees; 0.35 high. Largemouth bass are good working Texas-rigged worms in plum or blue, shad like swim baits and deep running crankbaits near boat docks and rip rac. Crappie are fair on minnows or jigs tipped with minnows around bridges and timber in 15-25’. Hybrid stripers are fair on live bait in 25-35’. White bass are good on slabs and swim jigging spoons. Look for birds diving over feeding schools. Catfish are good on punch baits and live minnows.