CHEYENNE - Hunting for ducks and geese should be good in Wyoming this year as long as waters remain open. The mild weather most of Wyoming has experienced to date has provided holding areas for a number of the birds migrating through from northern marshes.
Game and Fish waterfowl biologist Larry Roberts said a major migration went through Wyoming in mid November, but more birds will be on the way as northern marshes freeze up. Roberts said that earlier there were good numbers of ducks and geese in the northern marshes of Alberta, Montana, and the western Dakotas.
“While some birds have gone through, any cold snap in areas to the north will push more birds our way.” Roberts said. He said those birds will stay in Wyoming as long as the state has an abundance of open reservoirs and ponds.
Roberts said there are plenty of dark geese available, but indications are that light geese have gone through the state already.
Wyoming has two flyways- the Central and Pacific- and hunting should be good in both as long as open water conditions prevail.
Popular waterfowl hunting areas in Wyoming include the Green River, Salt River, and Snake River waterways in the western part of the state. Fremont County is also popular with waterfowl hunters as is the Bighorn Basin.
“Both the Bighorn Basin in the northern part of the state and Goshen County in the southeast typically offers some of the best waterfowling opportunities in the state,” Roberts said.
Seasons vary depending on the flyway and zone, but most hunts for ducks and geese run into early to mid January.Hunters are advised to check the waterfowl regulations for seasons and bag limits for the different zones and the various species they will be hunting.
(Contact: Al Langston (307) 777-4540)