While no one's predicting this winter's weather, duck production is down nationwide for the second straight year, due largely to another drought on Canada's prairies. And although the USFWS has proposed generally long seasons and liberal bag limits, federal waterfowl managers predict a harvest similar to last year's. But you won't get to shoot canvasbacks this fall; the season is closed nationwide to protect dwindling populations, and pintail seasons have been shortened dramatically. It's a good year to target honkers, though. In every flyway, Canada geese are abundant, and while mallard numbers are off their 1999 high, they're still well above their long-term population count across the continent.