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Waterfowling During COVID-19

Coronavirus has led to both booms and busts for duck and goose hunters.

Waterfowling During COVID-19

Coronavirus has created heartaches and hardships, but waterfowlers are resilent and will overcome any adversity. (Nick Sherrod photo)

Bird numbers are booming, and hunter numbers are on the rise. Awesome news for the waterfowl world. Then… COVID-19. While bird numbers were not affected, the virus prevented things like annual bird banding and the 65-year-long U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service waterfowl breeding population and habitat survey. Ouch.

Springtime hunts were suspended for non-resident hunters in many states, and while this didn’t have a direct effect on many waterfowlers, except those chasing snow geese, it did show how seriously many states took the virus and the efforts they were willing to go to in order to prevent the spread of it.

While the lasting effects of what the virus has done...

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