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Duck HuntersPosted Monday, December 20, 2010, at 7:30 AM
Southeast Missourian, Nov. 10, 1955
Hunters Smile over Successes; Duck Shooting is Now Good
by G.D. Fronabarger
Three tons of mallards in 14 days! That has been the take by hunters since the Duck Creek Management Area -- Missouri's new public shooting ground, was opened Oct. 28. In making this report the Area director, George Brakhage, noted that there are now 110,000 ducks in the Mingo National Wildlife Refuge section, 30,000 of them in the Duck Creek boundaries and the remaining 80,000 in the refuge proper.
But, the forecast cold wave for the Middle West is expected to send countless thousands more into the district and at least 250,000 birds are expected at peak population in the shooting area and its outlying land.
It has been good gunning and hunters have taken to the shooting ground like ducks have to it. Up until Thursday night a total of 880 hunters had downed 1980 ducks and Thursday 96 more hunters had brought down 250 ducks, all on the lot killed from 32 blinds.
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