North American breeding duck population soars

October 24, 2011 | 10:23 a.m. CDT
This year, North America's breeding duck population was estimated to be 45.6 million, up 11 percent from last year. It's the fifth time the duck population has surpassed the 40 million mark since federal authorities started recording estimates in 1955.
If weather and habitat conditions remain favorable, this boost in numbers might translate to increased duck activity during Missouri's hunting season, which begins Oct. 29 for the state's north zone. The north zone also includes northern Boone County. The county's southern half is in Missouri's middle zone, where the hunting season begins Nov. 5.

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