Waterfowl Hunter Resources

 

Management of the waterfowl resource, including provision of recreational hunting, in North America is a complicated endeavor.  Migratory ducks and geese may use habitats in a dozen different states and provinces in 2 or even 3 different countries to fulfill annual cycle requirements.  There are population surveys designed to estimate their abundance and track changes in abundance over time and space.  Widespread banding efforts link breeding, migration, and wintering habitats, provide estimates of annual survival rates, and allow evaluation of  harvest rates.  Harvest surveys estimate hunter activity, hunter success, total harvest, and large-scale reproductive success; and there are countless research projects to learn how ducks and geese interact with their environment to inform habitat management, harvest management, and conservation policy decisions.  The intent of waterfowl management is to synthesize all of this information to provide optimal use of the duck and goose populations by hunters and other wildlife enthusiasts while conserving this resource for future generations.  

Most hunters have very little exposure to or familiarity with the population, banding, and harvest data from which the annual hunting regulations are generated.  The intent of this Waterfowler’s Resource page is to help provide that on both the Continental scale, which provides perspective on hunting regulations and national conservation policies, and at the State level, to understand the role Louisiana plays in overall waterfowl management.  Our goal is to provide these “resources” for Louisiana waterfowl hunters to access at their leisure to better understand and more effectively contribute to waterfowl management decisions in our state. 

 

Waterfowl Hunter FAQs

After the Harvest

National Waterfowl Population Data

Louisiana Waterfowl Population Data

Conservation Foundation

WMA Habitat Projects