Implications of Migration Chronology upon Waterfowl Harvest Opportunities in Florida

Duck migration chronology was determined for 11 national wildlife refuges (NWRs) in Florida during 1976-81. Mean monthly population indices differed by month, with peak populations occurring in December. Extension of the duck hunting season framework until 31 January, with a concurrent reduction of season days in December probably would reduce the statewide duck harvest. Implications of this harvest strategy are discussed in terms of hunter satisfaction and possible duck population impacts.

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