AZGFD says average outlook for 2021 waterfowl season in northern Arizona
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — Waterfowl hunting season in Williams and Flagstaff area, is right around the corner.
Local hunters can expect average hunting conditions for the upcoming youth-only season (Sept. 25-26), as well as for the general season that begins Oct. 1 and runs through Jan. 9, 2022.
The Arizona Game and Fish Department’s regional office in Flagstaff recently completed a fall waterfowl survey and wetland inventory in Game Management Units (GMU) 5B, 6A, and 8, which are part of the Mountain Zone.
According to AZGFD, the Flagstaff area received poor winter/spring precipitation, but above average to near record monsoon rains over most of the area.
Traditional wetlands like Marshall Lake, Prime, Vail and Mormon Lake that depend on winter moisture are dry and without ducks. Many dirt tanks throughout GMU’s 5B, 6A/B and 7 are full from the summer storms. These dirt tanks are where hunters need to concentrate to find good waterfowl numbers in those units. In addition to dirt tanks in Unit 8, Sunflower Flat caught summer rains and has good waterfowl numbers.
The majority of waterfowl observed were mallards, teal, wigeons and Canada geese on the recent survey.
Consult the 2021-22 Waterfowl and Snipe Regulations for season dates, bag limits, open areas, and species restrictions for the take of migratory waterfowl species.
More information is available from the department’s regional office in Flagstaff at (928) 774-5045.
Information provided by AZGFD