- Associated Press - Sunday, November 2, 2014

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) - The Wyoming Game and Fish Department reports that duck numbers are up this year by an average of 8 percent in key waterfowl nesting areas and goose numbers are about the same as last year.

The agency says that should mean good opportunities in the coming months for Wyoming waterfowl hunters.

Game and Fish Waterfowl Biologist Larry Roberts says counts indicate higher numbers for Wyoming’s most popular ducks.

The increase from 2013 to this year includes 5 percent more mallards, 18 percent more widgeon, 14 percent more gadwall and over 10 percent more teal in the traditional nesting areas of Alberta, Montana and the western Dakotas.

Roberts says the good water year Wyoming experienced this year in most areas was also good for resident duck and goose production.

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