Idaho 2002 Waterfowl Forecast
Habitat Conditions in southern Alberta
• Extremely dry winter
• May 2002 pond numbers were 35 percent below average
• Coldest spring weather in 50 years hampered nesting
• Southern Idaho dry and northern Idaho wet

Population Trend
• Total duck numbers this spring in southern Alberta were 47 percent
below average
• Mallard numbers this spring in southern Alberta were 30 percent
below average
• Goose numbers remain very strong in Alberta and good in most of

Harvest Trend
• 2001 Idaho duck harvest was 190,000; 16 percent below the 5-year
• 2001 Idaho goose harvest was 51,000; 3 percent below the 5-year
• Canvasback harvest down 65 percent nationwide (no season in Idaho
in 2001)

2002 Waterfowl Seasons
• States may consider opening waterfowl seasons one week earlier and
close one week later compared to last year (9/21/02 opener and
1/26/03 closure possible)
• Allowed duck season length will probably be shorter than in 2001
• Allowed goose season will almost certainly be unchanged
• Different split seasons and zones will be reviewed with the public
• Restrictions on canvasback and pintail harvest probable
• Final 2002 season framework announced by USFWS on August 1
• Public input meetings and open houses until August 12
• Commission conference call on August 16 to set 2002 season

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