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Document Type

Research

Keywords

Waterfowl harvest, Mallard harvest, Scaup Duck Harvest.

Abstract

This study was conducted during the autumns of 1969 and 1970 to gain insight into the effects of hunting on the large waterfowl population of the Keokuk Pool. Objectives of the project were to determine: (1) species composition of the harvest, (2) chronology of the kill, (3) significance of the "bonus" scaup season, and (4) species selectivity by hunters. Daily hunting record sheets were maintained by cooperating hunters and provided most of the harvest data. Bag checks and hunting party observations yielded additional information. Over 3, 788 man-days were spent hunting waterfowl on the Keokuk Pool in 1970. Approximately 8,700 waterfowl were harvested in 1970 and about 7,100 birds were taken in 1969. Hunting kill has little effect on the waterfowl using the area. Mallards and scaup make up over 50 percent of the kill on the Keokuk Pool. Canvasbacks are only lightly harvested in proportion to the number which use the pool.

Publication Date

August 1972

Journal Title

Proceedings of the Iowa Academy of Science

Volume

79

Issue

2

First Page

79

Last Page

84

Copyright

© Copyright 1972 by the Iowa Academy of Science, Inc.

Language

EN

File Format

application/pdf

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