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Duck Hunting Season Delayed Because of Late Rice Crop

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(Sacramento, CA)
Monday, September 19, 2011
If you thought Sacramento Valley rice fields were just for rice, consider that four to five million ducks, geese and swan winter in flooded rice fields and adjoining wetlands. Paul Buttner with the California Rice Commission says the rice fields serve as a vital winter refuge.
(BUTTNER): "It's a very significant habitat in what is called the pacific flyway, which is a major migration corridor for water birds here in California. About sixty percent of everything these birds eat comes right out of rice fields."
Don't feel too bad for duck hunters. Their season will be only delayed a week to October 29th.  And that shouldn't have much effect on the overall harvest. Last year duck hunters bagged 1.7 million birds in California, the majority in the Sacramento Valley.
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