Annual and shooting mortality estimates for the canvasback

Journal of Wildlife Management



Mortality rates of canvasbacks were estimated from band-recovery records. The annual rate of mortality of immatures during the first year was 77 per cent. Annual mortality rates of adults ranged from 35 to 50 per cent. Mortality rates of females were higher than those of males. Relatively larger numbers of immatures and adult females were shot early in the hunting season, and relatively larger numbers of males were shot late in the hunting season. Hunting was estimated to account each year for more than one-half the deaths of canvasbacks of flying age. Comparisons of band-recovery rates in years of different hunting regulations showed that both season length and daily bag limit affected the hunting kill.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Annual and shooting mortality estimates for the canvasback
Series title Journal of Wildlife Management
Volume 23
Issue 3
Year Published 1959
Language English
Contributing office(s) Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
Description 253-261
Larger Work Type Article
Larger Work Subtype Journal Article
Larger Work Title Journal of Wildlife Management
First page 253
Last page 261