Ducks Unlimited Releases Season Review

DU report addresses poor hunting in the south; federal agencies have not done waterfowl surveys for two seasons, citing pandemic.

Press Release | April 9, 2022

For the second year in a row, Ducks Unlimited (DU) has released their Season in Review, a report designed to show broad-scale habitat conditions, weather and regional duck abundance from the 2021-22 waterfowl season.

Notable additions to this year’s report are an expanded look at the 2021 drought and its likely impacts on the fall flight and a concluding section that looks ahead to 2022 breeding habitat conditions across North America.

“With the lack of traditional large-scale waterfowl surveys over the past two years due to the pandemic, we feel that this snapshot of habitat conditions and waterfowl populations is a great resource for wildlife managers, partners and hunters alike,” said Dr. Karen Waldrop, DU’s Chief Conservation Officer. “Ducks Unlimited’s work is grounded in science, and the success of this inaugural paper last year showed us that the information is definitely well-received from the waterfowl community.”

Descriptions in the report are based on a collection of empirical data for weather and weather-related events—such as streamflow and ice cover—as well as numerous discussions and field reports provided by our staff, partners, members and other contributors.

Duck Season Reflections From An Old Timer

A portion of that report states, “Widespread warmth delayed migration from northern latitudes, which provided extended hunting opportunity in the North, but resulted in low duck numbers and frustrated hunters across mid and southern latitudes. January brought welcome change for southern hunters, as a series of winter storms sent temperatures plunging across the central and eastern U.S. Cold temperatures remained entrenched for much of January, which produced noticeable movements of birds and enjoyable hunting conditions. Nevertheless, reports from the field suggested low duck abundance despite the favorable weather conditions, almost certainly a reflection of a reduced fall flight.”

For more information, or to download the full nationwide report, go to the website.

Ducks Unlimited Inc. is the world’s largest nonprofit organization dedicated to conserving North America’s continually disappearing waterfowl habitats. Established in 1937, Ducks Unlimited has conserved more than 15 million acres thanks to contributions from more than a million supporters across the continent. Guided by science and dedicated to program efficiency, DU works toward the vision of wetlands sufficient to fill the skies with waterfowl today, tomorrow and forever. For more information on our work, visit

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