Ohio hunters should have good opportunities to take some of the most popular species of waterfowl when the hunting season opens across much of the state Oct. 15, based on the findings of biologists at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The spring pond index for the prairie pothole region of North America (Kansas to central Saskatchewan) and breeding duck surveys indicate a better than average reproduction year for most duck species. Ponds are housing above-normal numbers, and good production has been noted from most of the primary breeding range.
Closer to home, the Upper Great Lakes states and eastern Canadian provinces showed good to excellent mallard nesting and brood rearing habitat conditions, and breeding populations similar to 2010. The Upper Great Lakes are the primary breeding range for mallards harvested in Ohio.
Mallards are Ohio’s most harvested duck and can be found throughout the state. Wood ducks, which are the second most harvested duck in Ohio and the state’s No.… Continue readingRead More »