Archive for November 6th, 2008

Waterfowl Season After Ike

Thursday, November 6th, 2008

Passport to Texas from Texas Parks and Wildlife and the Sport Fish and Wildlife Restoration Program

Because of our quality habitat, Texas is the winter destination of migrating waterfowl traveling through the central flyway.

And those birds are scattered from the High Plains all the way to the Laguna Madre.

Everything changes this winter; waterfowl will have to scatter farther a field because of habitat devastation wrought by Hurricane Ike along the Texas coast.

The devastation was tremendous, particularly in the mid to upper coast. Add to the fact there’s not much food out there. It’s going to be difficult for them.

Waterfowl program leader, Dave Morrison says we will have ducks in Texas this winter, although their distribution will change. Waterfowl season goes on as usual, but hunters must be flexible.

From a duck hunting perspective, there is a lot that people need to consider simply because the devastation was tremendous. So, people that are used to going out duck hunting, used to following this canal, this trail, to where their hunting lease is—that thing may have barbed wire fences across it, there may be barges out there…there’s going to be debris from all the people that lost their homes. There’s going to be a lot of things that people are going to have to contend with if they want to go hunting.

Tomorrow: something positive from the storm.

That’s our show… with support from the Sport Fish and Wildlife Restoration program… providing funding for wetland conservation through the Private Lands Enhancement Program.

For Texas Parks and Wildlife…I’m Cecilia Nasti.