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Ducks Flocking to Princess Anne Wildlife Management Area

Photo by Meghan Marchetti, DGIF

Better habitat for ducks is paying off at Princess Anne WMA.

WMA Supervisor Evan Shearer reports seeing “an uptick” in ducks this year—in fact, many more than previous years. He credits upgrades to pump stations, water control structures, and water delivery systems for more efficient flooding of the impoundments.  This allows Shearer more time for other important work, such as planting food crops like millet and corn, and restoring native plants to the 1,546 acre wetland habitat.

The upgrades to Princess Anne began in 2016 and were funded through a partnership with Ducks Unlimited, the Virginia Migratory Waterfowl Stamp Fund, and other donations.

Princess Anne WMA is a popular eastern Virginia wildlife viewing destination, and an important stopover for migratory birds and waterfowl. This time of year the WMA is managed as a wildlife refuge six days a week, and is hunted through a managed quota hunt one day a week. For more info: https://dwr.virginia.gov/wma/princess-anne/

Hunting During the COVID-19 Outbreak

  • If you choose to hunt during the pandemic it is essential that you follow CDC guidelines.
  • Purchase your hunting license online instead of in-person.
  • Hunt alone or with family members or others that you live with and are isolating with during the Governor’s “stay at home” order.
  • Do not hunt if you feel sick or think you might be sick.
  • Stay at home when you are sick, except to get medical care.
  • Wash your hands regularly with soap and water for 20 seconds or using alcohol-based sanitizer even while afield or afloat.
  • Do not share equipment with anyone, and wash your equipment when you’re done.
  • Stay at least 6 feet away from other hunters you encounter and try to avoid crowded access points.
  • Try to hunt near home as much as possible and avoid traveling long distances.
  • November 29, 2019