As we tend to say at WADH, "Get Duckies." The good news for waterfowlers is weather fronts have in fact pushed significant birds into the greater Midwest and officially commenced Duck Season in the United States. Note: All images displayed are recent screen shots from the Elite Migration Map.

As a continual blast of cold arctic air out of Prairie Canada and a series of storm fronts roll out of the Pacific Northwest, serious waterfowl migration is finally underway. That's right, this is an official WADH Waterfowl Migration Alert. Below is the current "precipitation type overlay" from the Elite Migration Map. Blue= snow accumulation.

Elite Migration Map


To recap, Southern Manitoba and Saskatchewan are still holding thousands of staged ducks and geese. They have already experienced frigid "lake freezing" temperatures and are expected to get significant snowfall in the near future. Some areas are holding and expecting over six inches of powder, which is enough to cover food sources.

SE Saskatchewan Migration Team Member has reported, "large numbers of Mallards, Canada Geese, and Snow Geese have left in the past twelve hours and the rest could be gone by the end of the weekend."

Prairie Northwest

Wyoming and Montana WADH Migration Team Members have reported a very large number of high flying geese moving southeast into the Central Flyway.

In addition, North Dakota analysts have reported low bird counts, meaning the majority of their birds have pushed south. Everything but large bodies of water are frozen over and in some areas food sources are completely covered.

Even more, our South Dakota Migration Team have reported that water is "locking" up due to cold temperatures. As a result, very large numbers of ducks and geese are packing their bags and heading south. One WADH analyst has said, "fellow hunters to the south get ready!"

Currently, a storm system is rolling in and will join the frigid temperatures that will peak migration for centrally located hunters. By Thursday, South Dakota's bird counts will be considerably lower.


The most amazing stat of the day comes from Grand Pass Conservation Area in NW Missouri. Set along the Missouri River, Grand Pass went from 40,000 to over 100,000 birds in the past twenty-four hours. For those difficult with numbers, that is over a 100% increase in staged waterfowl-with more are on the way.

Yesterday Grand Pass boasted a Hunter Success Rate of just under 6 ducks (legal limit) per hunter, which is pretty impressive considering they allowed over 120 hunter this morning. Bird counts in staging areas and Hunter Success Rates have also spiked in Cape Girardeau and just north of Saint Louis, Missouri (Elsberry and Saint Charles). Even more, duck clubs just north of Saint Louis have reported "easy" limits of Mallards for the first time this year.


Iowa Migration Team Members have reported a large influx of Greenheads and Canada Geese over the past two days, and Hunter Success has spiked statewide for the first time this season.


Nebraska hunters have reported a consistent migration and the northern portion of the state have been the recipients of large numbers of staged Mallards and Canada Geese. Hunter Success Rates have improved 100% in the northern portion of the state

Pacific Flyway

Stormy weather along the Pacific Northwest (blizzard conditions in Idaho, Utah, Washington, and Oregon) have pushed large numbers of birds south and created very favorable conditions.

The last of three storm fronts will pass through shortly and the holiday weekend should shape up to be a successful one for Pacific Northwest hunters, as ducks and geese alike will aggressively feed after exhausting much energy over the past week.

Mallard, Canada's and Pintail numbers are increasing in Oregon and California, with overall HSR spiking in many areas.

In the near future, expect central and southern California and Washington to pick up good numbers of birds. Very similar to what is being witnessed in the Midwest, cooler temperatures than normal in this region are pleasing many outdoorsman in the aforementioned flyway.

Overall, Washington and Cali hunters will get a large influx and the birds should stay for some time as the storm systems finally move out and birds feed and rest heavily. Get Duckies!

What to Look Forward to?

Elite Projected Forecast

Extremely cold temperatures, combined with moderate levels of snowfall, will take a stronghold over Southwestern Prairie Canada, the upper Midwest, and the Northern Plains over the next three days. This is great news for centrally located Mississippi and Central Flyway hunters. Because eastern South Dakota and areas in Minnesota have thousands of staged ducks and geese, and the severe weather is going to force them south. Temperatures are expected to be very cold and the majority of water will be frozen. Not to mention, strong winds combined with snowfall will help to cover food sources. Therefore, birds will be on the move and looking to lock up right on your set of decoys.

Overall, SD still has large numbers of ducks staging, which will migrate sough over the next 48 hours. MO, KS, NE, IA, OK, and even TX hunters should happily await a significant increase in Snows, Mallards, Pintail, Canada Geese, and Lessers (dependent on location).

Please be sure to check back regularly, as the serious arctic blasts have quickly jump-started Duck Season 2010. While this favorable shift in weather has hunters salivating, conditions are erratic. Thus, be sure to check back to your home for waterfowl migration.

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