Arkansas too successful with duck hunting?

(August 25, 2003) — (Undated-AP) -- A report from the Arkansas Wildlife Federation says that if Arkansas' strong duck-hunting industry keeps at its current pace, there could be fewer waterfowl to find. The nonprofit conservation group's study found that the number of ducks bagged in Arkansas has dropped at the same time that the number of duck-hunting permits has increased. The report states, "We wished to be the duck-hunting capital of the world, and we got it." The report has a few recommendations to help improve duck hunting by reducing the number of ducks a hunter can take. The report recommends: -- Shortening the season to 53 days from 60 days. -- Reducing the daily bag limit to five ducks, including three mallards and only one hen. -- Banning spinning wing decoys, which have already been banned in some states. -- Banning hunting on all federal and state sanctuaries and rest areas. -- Reducing the number of non-state residents that can obtain permits.