Archive for goose hunting

Five Drakes, Five Different Species

Delta Waterfowl posted a must-see photo to its Facebook page this morning:

February 01, 2012

Delta's Senior VP: Pray for Cold & Snow "Up North"

We at Dogs, Shotguns and Other Vices have been praying for a cold front to save our duck season since Thanksgiving, and yet here we are: January 13 and it's still 10-15 degrees above normal without a snowflake in sight across much of the country. This wacky weather cycle has persisted for so long that, according to Delta Waterfowl Senior Vice President John Devney, it has even become a conservation concern. Ducks reaped the benefits of last spring's flooding across the Prairie Pothole Region, but, Devney says, "Mother Nature has flipped the switch."

January 13, 2012

Tips for Late Season Goose Hunting

Hunter-wise geese may be difficult to fool, but if you take your cues from the geese in your area you should see your fair share of limit hunts.

January 11, 2012

Epic Wins & Fails of 2011

The year was full of great stories of successful and not-so-successful hunters. Here's who'll ring in the New Year with champagne and who should stick to fried coot.

December 30, 2011

Atlantic Flyway Update: Will Snow Bring Ducks?

Angst is building among Atlantic Flyway waterfowlers due to winter's delayed arrival, but colder weather and—almost as importantly—a northwest wind has beared down on the Northeast for several days. Will the cold front and lake-effect snow bring a long-awaited push of ducks?

December 09, 2011

Facebook Photo Leads to Duck Hunter's Citation

It's common knowledge that if you plan to do something stupid and/or illegal, it's best to avoid photographing, videotaping or otherwise preserving it for the public record. Want to know what I did at my bachelor party? Sorry my friend, those files are sealed.

November 03, 2011

The Angriest Rent-A-Cop in Saskatoon

Generally I avoid offending law enforcement. Even mall cops. (Have you seen the flashlights they carry these days? They'll blind the crap out of you.)

October 17, 2011

Duck Hunters Attacked by Brown Bear

Next time you're duck hunting and come up empty, just remind yourself that life could be worse—at least you weren't attacked by a brown bear. This post to Stripers Online documents one of the wildest encounters between hunter and bear that I've read in a long time. Here's an excerpt along with a few of the accompanying photos:

October 14, 2011

Is This the Best Goose Gear Since the Decoy-Blind?

I present to you the greatest breakthrough in goose-hunting technology since the decoy-blind: Phantom Goose Flag Hats.

September 19, 2011

Ever Seen a Wedding Cake with a Decoy Spread?

When my brother-in-law's mother, Linda Szmal, offered to bake a groom's cake for my wedding last month, I gratefully requested a red velvet cake depicting a drake canvasback. However, when she asked for a photo of my dog and inquired as to the color of my waders, I knew she was up to something. The resulting duck-hunting themed creation is nothing shy of astounding:

September 08, 2011

Louisiana Harvests More Ducks Than Central Flyway!

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's recently released Migratory Bird Hunting Activity and Harvest report reveals incredible numbers out of Louisiana. During the 2010-2011 season, Louisiana waterfowlers brought 2.7 million ducks to bag. That's not only more ducks than any other state—it's a bigger harvest than the entire Atlantic or Central Flyways! Arkansas had the second-highest harvest with 1.4 million ducks, barely half of Louisiana's.

July 26, 2011

A Duck Journal: The Key to Remembering Your Misery

My post-waterfowling routine is borderline ritualistic. Once the birds are plucked, I put two ducks in the oven, pour myself a light brown beverage and record the day's events in my duck journal, all the while enjoying the aroma of roasting duck skin.

June 30, 2011

My Opinion on Predator Control: Trap, Baby, Trap!

What's the major determining factor as to whether waterfowl populations go boom or bust? It isn't food resources on the wintering grounds, it isn't disease and it certainly isn't hunting mortality. By a wide margin, it is actually nest success—the more eggs that hatch, the more ducks we can expect in a given population. Other important factors include the survival of ducklings and nesting hens.

June 06, 2011

The Best Calling Instructor: A Real Duck

Duck calling instructional CDs and DVDs are great resources to improve your calling, but I firmly believe that the best teacher is a real duck. There's just no better way to learn the subtle nuances of duck vocalizations—and when ducks make them—than through hours of waterfowl observation.

May 23, 2011