The second half of duck season has opened with a bang. (Bad pun, I know).
Saturday was the opener for the second half of duck season in zones one and two and it produced some of the best hunting of the year.
There has been a major flight of birds and many ducks and geese were at Fort Cobb and Canton over the weekend, according to my avid duck hunting buddy, Roy Loris, who hunted both locations.
“It’s definitely picked up,” said Josh Richardson, migratory bird biologist for the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation. “We’ve have some pretty good cold fronts and its getting some good, fresh birds moving down.”
A decent number of birds moved into the state early in the season and stayed, but they had gotten pretty gun-shy, Richardson said. And most of them were gadwalls, widgeons and pintails, he said.
“The last couple of cold fronts have finally pushed some good numbers of mallards down to us,” Richardson said.
While the western half the state seemed to have more birds the first half of the season, the duck hunting now is pretty good throughout the state with birds from border to border, Richardson said.
‘It’s spread fairly evenly right now,” he said.
Duck hunters should remember that if they have hold an annual hunting license, it will need to be renewed by Jan. 1. Their HIP and waterfowl stamps will be good throughout the hunting season.
To see the state’s current waterfowl report, click on www.wildlifedepartment.com/wf_count.htm