Any one else notice this on ducks? I've been out 12 days and have very little to show for. Hunting the Wisconsin River, tried 6 different stretches and all my tried-and-true spots. Only did good opening weekend. Woody numbers are especially low.
Just a low year? More hunters and birds getting shot up? Increased bag limits last year effecting numbers?
My particular opinion it is a little of all the above, but more importantly bad nesting and predation. Most family groups in the summer I noticed were small. In my area we had an extremely wet and rainy spring, causing the rivers creeks to expand deep into the woods and islands. June and July the rains stopped causing the water to recede significantly. Nests became too far from the water's edge (several 100's of yards in some areas). This in turn made for quite a longer journey for the ducklings to get to the water safety of water. A lot of weasel, mink, fisher, raccoon, possum, hawk, fox, owl, coyote, and many others along the way. Easy pickings!
Anybody out a lot that is seeing the same thing compared to the past couple years?