Archive for goose hunting

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

Cape Cod to Use Cannons to Scare Off Eiders

The shellfish industry is vital to the Chatham, Mass., economy, but every year an unruly flock of eiders sucks down more mussels and softshell crabs than the buffet line at a Kennedy wedding—$1.3 million worth, to be exact. So, how do local officials plan to disperse the birds? With cannons, of course! The town plans to fire air cannons every 20-30 minutes during the daytime, hoping the noise will cause the ducks to feed elsewhere.

December 01, 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

Will This Be the Best Duck Season in a Decade?

Perhaps more than anything else, a successful duck season depends on the weather moving ducks to the right place at the right time. We hope their peak arrival occurs mid-season and they take their time moving farther south.

May 10, 2011

A Cost-Effective Way to Help Nesting Ducks

Delta Waterfowl's latest online feature contains a striking stat:

March 31, 2011

Goose-Nappers Strike Town Park

Three pranksters were arrested after cops spotted them driving around with a goose in the back of their vehicle. From the Chillicothe Gazette:

March 08, 2011

Honeymooner Ditches Bride, Goes Duck Hunting

This is the story of a man so committed to duck hunting that he planned his Mexico honeymoon to coincide with flights of bluewings and cinnamons. It's a tale of bravery, logistical genius and careful manipulation of the female psyche. What you're about to read will no doubt be studied by duck hunters and psychologists for years to come.

March 04, 2011