Just In Time!

Dale HumburgWith September teal seasons just around the corner, recent cool weather should be just the ticket. Typical of mid- to late August, these initial changes in early fall weather are all that are needed for early-season migrations of blue-winged teal. Following on the heels of wet weather in many regions of the central and eastern United States (see map), habitat conditions also should be attractive in a number of locations for early migrant bluewings.

A word of caution for early-season waterfowlers: “Most of the ducks are brown.” Although bluewings are the most common migrant duck in early September, local wood ducks (be careful if you’re hunting backwater sloughs) and early migrant shovelers and pintails also can be in the mix of September ducks. Be certain of the duck ID before pulling the trigger. One additional cautionary note: Teal are low fliers, often just skimming the cattails, so be sure of your location and that of other hunters. Be safe!

For more information, check out the National Centers for Environmental Prediction, Hydrometeorological Prediction’s Daily Weather Maps at http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/dailywxmap/

Video | Fly By: Blue-winged Teal

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