Deer and geese numbers high while moose declines

Deer and geese numbers high while moose declines

September 05, 2008 by

Deer and geese numbers high while moose declines
By Heather Robbins
Friday September 05, 2008

Hunters in the Interlake can expect a good season overall, with a few exceptions.

Bryan Joyne, of Manitoba Conservation, says goose and deer populations are strong, while the moose and duck populations will be lower than normal.

“Waterfowl came into the year with good numbers,” said Joyne. “Hunters can expect a very good goose season.”

Duck populations, however, have dropped nine per cent due to dryness across North America’s main waterfowl nesting areas.

According to a July 8 Ducks Unlimited report, population estimates for canvasbacks were 44 per cent lower than 2007, northern shoveler’s were down 23 per cent, northern pintails were down 22 per cent, gadwalls down 19 per cent, American wigeons 11 per cent down and mallards were seven per cent fewer in number.

Scaup estimates were similar to 2007 estimates while Blue-winged teal, green-winged teal and redhead numbers remain the same.

Joyne says hunters can still expect a satisfactory harvest.
“It wasn’t the best spring to help the young this year, but I’d guess we should have a healthy duck population into the fall,” said Joyne.

Deer populations are expected to be healthy this fall.

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