The Wisconsin wood duck estimate of 106,626 was 36% above the long term average.

Of the 10 species traditionally reported, nine were similar to or increased in number from 2011.

Biologists counted 48.6 million ducks this spring in North America, a record high, while Wisconsin had 521,079 breeding ducks, just below the 10 year average.

Mallards make up nearly 40% of the state duck harvest.

Buoyed by record high duck numbers in North America, Wisconsin and other states in the Mississippi Flyway have been offered a liberal 60 day season and a six duck daily bag limit for the 2012 waterfowl hunting season. Fish and Wildlife Service announced the season frameworks Friday.

Scaup (5.2 million) were up 21% from 2011 and 4% over the long term average but remain below the North American Waterfowl Management Plan (NAWMP) population goal.

60 day duck hunting season with a daily bag limit of six ducks

Since 1955, biologists have conducted annual surveys of breeding ducks and waterfowl habitat over more than 2 million square miles in the United States and Canada.

60 day, one bird bag on canvasback

The blue winged teal breeding population estimate of 105,791 was near the long term average. Fish and Wildlife Service.

"Much of the news this year is good," said Kent Van Horn, waterfowl ecologist for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. "Although we saw average wetland conditions across Buy Women Canada Goose Chilliwack Bomber Hyachinth Australia most of North America at the time of breeding, waterfowl numbers remain high from last year."

The federal officials will allow Wisconsin:

The DNR will hold several more meetings and public hearings before the season. Anyone interested in ducks and geese is encouraged to attend.

In Wisconsin, the mallard population this spring was estimated at 196,950, a 5% increase from 2011 and 8% above the long term (39 year) average.

60 day, two bird bag on pintails

The 2012 continental duck estimate is 7% higher than 2011 and 43% higher than the long term average.

Extra seven days of Exterior Zone Canada goose hunting, for a total of 92 days.

At 10.6 million, mallards topped the count and exceeded 10 million for the first time since 1999. Blue winged teal (9.2 million) and northern shovelers (5 million) reached record highs.

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60 day, four bird bag on scaup

Early September Canada goose season from September 1 15

The Natural Resources Board will vote on and finalize the 2012 season structure at its Aug. 8 meeting in Germantown.

The 2012 breeding duck estimate represents only the sixth time the continental population has exceeded 40 million since 1955.

Two Canada goose hunting season periods in the Horicon zone: Sept. 16 to Oct. 28 and Oct. 29 to Dec. 16.