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Louisiana: It is estimated that there are 15% more ducks in Louisiana than when the season opened first week in November. At that time the estimate was 1,010,000 ducks. There are 10% more geese now than the 350,000 counted at opening.
Migration is proceeding on schedule. There'll be a second big wave between December 7 and 9.
Michigan: On December 9, Michigan's 140,000 duck hunters will close books on their best season in two decades. Along the state's major flyway, St. Mary's River down to marshes of Lake Erie, gunners have enjoyed capacity hunting. A midweek storm gave goose hunters at the Fennville marshes in Allegan County two days of fine shooting. Some of the state's best duck hunting is at the Point Mouillee Marsh.
Minnesota: Last of duck flights (mostly mallards and greater scaup with some goldeneyes) leaving state as all lakes freeze up. Temperatures near zero in Minneapolis latitude November 15, and two snowstorms since have covered ice. Only open water would be on Mississippi from Hastings to Winona.
Missouri: Largest duck flights this season in 10 or 12 years, particularly in the eastern and central parts of the state. At this time hunting is almost entirely mallards.
Best estimates figure about 50,000 ed-hunters out, 5,000 to 10,000 more than last year.
The big migration began about mid-October and the mallards boomed in November 8 through November 10. New flights of mallards are still moving down. Duck shooting is at its peak now in north Missouri and central Missouri. Anticipated peak in south Missouri from December 1 to mid-month if weather continues normal.
Flights are good size for this time of the year, and peak shooting still to come on all lakes.
On opening day, November 7, 90% of hunters checked on Reelfoot had limit kills; on Kentucky Lake, the second-day hunter averaged two birds. Other hot spots are in the Obion, Forked Deer and Loosahatchie River bottoms. On east Tennessee waters, results spottier.