Archive for waterfowl

Think Your Duck Opener Was Bad?

We toil and wait all summer until one day, finally, it's the opening day of duck season. Think yours might have been bad? Check out Kyle Wintersteen's.

October 20, 2014

Species-Specific Excuses for Missing Birds

Kyle Wintersteen has learned to deal with missing birds—particularly when witnesses are present—through a fail-proof coping mechanism: excuses, and lots of them. So, here are a few species-specific suggestions to help you save face this season.

October 17, 2014

DU Announces 'Beards for Conservation' Contest

There's now another all-important reason to grow a duck beard: To support vital conservation efforts through Ducks Unlimited's "Beards for Conservation" program.

October 13, 2014

Benelli Announces 'Take It To The MAX' Fall Promotion

Beginning October 1, Benelli launched its "Take It To The MAX" fall promotion, which will offer consumers a chance to claim a $150 Drake gift card with the purchase of select shotguns.

October 09, 2014

2015-2016 Duck Stamp Will Feature Ruddy Ducks

The winner of the 2014 Federal Duck Stamp Art Contest has been announced: Next year's stamp (available June 2015) will feature a striking pair of ruddy ducks by New York artist Jennifer Miller.

October 07, 2014

Do You Wrap Your Ducks in Bacon?

Some consider wrapping ducks in bacon—or anything in bacon, for that matter—to be cheating. Kyle Wintersteen respectfully disagrees.

October 03, 2014

Boom Time for Waterfowlers

The Prairie Pothole region, the famous “duck factory” from South Dakota to the prairie parklands of Alberta, has been blessed with abundant snowmelt and rain for several years. That means wetlands are staying wet, ensuring an abundance of ground critical to successful duck nesting. All of this equals one thing …

October 02, 2014

Start Pups Right

Ron Spomer shares a few tips that will put any puppy on a path to a long, successful and injury-free career in the field.

September 30, 2014

Quick Hits: Best Guns, Shells for Waterfowl?

Hunters in this Golden Age of Waterfowling have the best guns and shotshells in history.

September 11, 2014

Conservation Leads to More Ducks, Geese

Despite the best efforts of state fish-and-game agencies, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Ducks Unlimited and Delta Waterfowl, wetlands have continued to be drained and grasslands plowed to feed an ever increasing human population. So why do we have so many ducks now?

September 10, 2014

Great Lakes Tribal Members Get 50-Duck Limit, Possible Swan Season

According to OutdoorNews.com, one of North America's most liberal waterfowl bag limits is afforded to the tribal members in the 1837 and 1842 treaty areas of Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan.

September 08, 2014

3 Ways to Get Your Old Boat Ready for Duck Season

Have an old boat that could use a makeover before duck season? Assistant Editor Jon Draper offers three important tips to keep in mind while you're renovating.

September 05, 2014

A Duck Taxidermy Disaster

Two Octobers ago found Kyle Wintersteen in a North Dakota marsh hunting a diversity of waterfowl. Someone mentioned that a local taxidermist mounted ducks at just $100 a pop—including shipping! What could possibly go wrong?

September 01, 2014

Happy Birthday Federal Duck Stamp

August 22, 2014, marks 80th birthday of landmark conservation icon.

August 22, 2014

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Proposes Waterfowl Framework

Based on this year's record-breaking duck population survey, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) has once again proposed liberal season lengths and bag limits for the 2014-2015 season.

August 18, 2014