As someone who’s already blanked out twice on “here today gone tomorrow” early-season teal, I’m thinking I probably could have used the new and improved Ducks Unlimited waterfowl migration map.

From a press release via the Outdoor Wire:
_The best way to find waterfowl during the fall migration is to ask those who are constantly scanning the skies for south-bound flocks – waterfowl hunters. Ducks Unlimited is offering the opportunity to access migration information from hunters all across the country through DU’s 2010 Waterfowl Migration Map, the most in-depth and widely-used online waterfowl migration mapping tool. A combination of cutting-edge technology and word-of-mouth communication among duck hunters and waterfowl enthusiasts, the DU Migration Map is the most comprehensive waterfowl migration map on the web.

__The migration map allows users to report waterfowl activity and hunting conditions in their local areas. Visitors loading the map will then see an aerial view of North America with colored markers scattered across it. Each marker represents user-submitted reports with color-coded waterfowl concentrations. Hunters can click on any marker to view the detailed reports, and in some cases, see aerial maps of their favorite hunting spots. Waterfowl enthusiasts are also encouraged to submit reports and can use the map to follow the annual migration.

The 2010 Waterfowl Migration Map includes features like detailed reporting, weather forecasts, improved imagery and navigation, a full-screen map, e-mail notifications for reports submitted from personally selected locations, historical data based on reports from throughout the season, and a clear activity scale showing pre-migration, peak-migration and post-migration activity_

Now that brings up an interesting question: duck hunters are notoriously close-mouthed about where, when and how many ducks they’re seeing, especially in this age of “Internet scouting.”

So do you see things like real-time, detailed migration maps as a great tool for timing your hunts or just another way for others to discover “your” areas?