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Duck Banding information

The importance of CRP and grasslands in combination with good wetland water conditions continue to be visible with 78 percent of all ducks banded this year where young-of-year birds.

This type of high production will continue to be evident with our duck banding efforts if everyone supports saving and protecting adequate nesting cover (CRP and grasslands) and wetlands in the future.

Our wetlands, especially in the Prairie Coteau region, are of important quality to met molting requirements for adult male Wood ducks from many southern state's populations. This is exemplified by the high proportion of total number (446) of Wood Ducks captured and banded this year were adult males (398). Many of the newly banded adult males banded are recovered throughout many southern states. The Missouri Coteau is an outstanding region where the majority total number (944) of Pintails were captured and banded.

Duck banding efforts began on August 1 and continued through September 17.

Capture methods included the use of rocket netting and swim-in traps. We utilized three rocket sites in Codington, McPherson, Day and Faulk Counties and one swim-in trap location in McPherson County.

The number of ducks banded with rocket netting totaled 1,871 while 2,321 ducks were banded with the use of swim-in traps.

  • Of this total of 2,321 ducks banded using swim-in traps, 1,986 were Blue-winged teal banded at DU Goebel Ranch.
  • Grand total of all ducks banded this year under the GFP banding permit was 4,192 ducks.

    Results from SD GFP Rocket Netting:
    Mallard - 471
    Pintail - 951
    Wood Duck - 442
    Gadwall - 4
    Black Duck - 2
    Green-winged Teal - 1
    Total 1,871

    Results from DU Goebel Ranch Swim-in Traps:
    Blue-winged Teal - 1,986
    Gadwall - 66
    Pintail - 109
    Mallard - 86
    Lesser Scaup - 13
    Green-winged Teal - 14
    Northern Shoveler - 2
    Redhead - 41
    Ruddy Duck - 4
    Total 2,321

    Species of all ducks banded this year are as follows:
    Mallard - 557
    Pintail - 1,060
    Gadwall - 70
    Blue-winged Teal - 1,986
    Green-winged Teal - 15
    Wood Duck - 446
    Northern Shoveler - 2
    Redhead - 43
    Lesser Scaup - 13
    Total 4,19