The bag limits are based off the northern surveys and if those numbers are below an established value, they will adjust the bag limit accordingly. Numbers might be down nationwide, but the bulk of them might end up in eastern AR, so it seems like a lot. Seems like a few years back, you could only shoot a pintail for about half the season. We never had a lot of pintails where I hunt - but always killed a handful every year. I havent seen one in the last two or three years.