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Colorado Waterfowl Hunting Forecast

Duck hunter
Photo by © Doug Skinner/CPW.

Colorado hunters can expect good waterfowl hunting opportunities during the 2019-2020 seasons

Despite drier conditions across most of the state as we head into the fall, Colorado hunters should be able to find good waterfowl hunting opportunities during the 2019-2020 seasons. Waterfowl hunting seasons in Colorado extend from September teal and Canada goose seasons to light goose conservation seasons ending in April.

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Tips For Hunting Ducks on Colorado’s Public Lands

Shotgun, decoy and duck calls
Photo by Jerry Neal/CPW.

For most waterfowl hunters, finding a place to hunt is often more challenging than the hunt itself. These days, unless you have deep pockets for a private hunting lease or duck-club membership, the cost of entry can leave the average duck hunter out in the cold.

Thankfully, Colorado offers a variety of opportunities to hunt waterfowl on public land.

Whether you’re a beginner who is planning your first hunt or a more experienced waterfowler who has been away from the duck blind for a while, these tips and strategies will help you have a more enjoyable and successful season.

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Record Duck Populations Could Mean Banner Year for Colorado Waterfowl Hunters

Record duck populations could mean a banner year for Colorado waterfowl hunters. Video capture by Jerry Neal/CPW.

Record duck populations could mean an excellent year for Colorado waterfowl hunters. Video capture by Jerry Neal/CPW.

The 2015-16 Colorado waterfowl season is underway and, by most accounts, hunters have plenty to be excited about this year. Thanks to unusually wet weather and ideal nesting conditions across the Continental United States and Canada, duck populations have soared to the highest numbers in 60 years.

According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), the total breeding duck population estimate in the traditional survey areas in the Prairie Pothole Region was 49.2 million birds — up 8 percent from last year, which is the largest population estimate since waterfowl surveys began in 1955. Mallards, the most popular duck among Colorado waterfowl hunters, posted a breeding population of 11.6 million birds, surpassing the all-time record of 11.2 million birds set in 1958. The USFWS also estimated gadwalls, redheads, teal and northern shovelers at or near record numbers. Read more

Hunt Early for Wood Ducks on the Eastern Plains

Wood ducks provide exciting jump-shooting opportunities for waterfowl hunters.

Wood ducks comprise a good percentage of a hunter’s bag limit during the early duck season along the South Platte and Arkansas rivers. You may have a tough time decoying these agile and wary fowl, but if you religiously hunt the river bottoms and surrounding ponds, it is likely you will get some pass-shooting opportunities based on good numbers of wood ducks inhabiting these areas. Read more