(State) Iowa’s five day early duck hunting season opens this weekend.
Brian Hayes, Fisheries Biologist with the Iowa DNR, says the good news is that the population is up.
“The counts that came out this summer which forecast the migration were good. They saw higher numbers than they’ve seen in a long time, so by that standpoint we are set up to have a good migration and good duck hunting in the state.”
The bad news is that the draught will make it difficult to find the right area to hunt. This will create a challenging hunt.
“Pretty tough conditions, conditions we haven’t seen for a couple of decades and I’m referring to the dry weather. Drawn down lakes and marshes across the state are going to concentrate hunters but also it will concentrate ducks into a few areas that are still holding water.”
Hayes suggests looking for rivers as opposed to lakes and ponds.