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Strange Weather Patterns Affecting Duck Migration

December 22, 2014

It has been a strange year so far for waterfowlers in our area.  The early brutal blast of cold air brought us lots of ducks on the opening weekend and thereafter. But now since the weather has become milder, the ducks have stopped migrating.


So what strategy works best now?


Look for the honey holes where ducks are held up until another cold blast hits. Friends and relatives in Texas and Arkansas have reported that they are either limiting out or experiencing very slow hunts, which explains the honey hole theory.


According to biologists, ducks like to hang out around the cold/warm air line so when spring migration begins, they get an early jump. That makes perfect sense. New reports are coming in that ducks that were pushed south from the early cold blast are beginning to head north. I witnessed that yesterday firsthand while hunting. I noticed several high flights of ducks in North Texas heading north so that logic seems correct. Still, there are many ducks holing up in the middle states just waiting for a cold snap.


So if you are not fortunate enough to have a honey hole where ducks are holding up, be patient until the weather brings us more ducks for the last half of the duck season.


Happy Hunting and here's wishing everyone a Merry Christmas!


Larry Lauck, treasurer

Lone Star Hunting Retriever Club



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