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Delta Waterfowl, Arkansas Senate Clarify Baiting

The scary thing about baiting laws is how easily a duck hunter can unknowingly violate one. This is not to suggest I am sympathetic to those who knowingly bait waterfowl—the book ought to be thrown at them. However, the laws also ought to be fair, uniform and easily understood. Unfortunately even in a normal year that is often not the case, and 2012 was no normal year for agriculture.

January 09, 2013

ABC: Coyotes Have Taste For House Cats

I've never been a big fan of coyotes, but new info released by the American Bird Conservancy (ABC) may change my tune: Apparently they eat a lot of cats.

April 09, 2012

Video: Duck Hunter Poses as Big Game Hunter

Check out this video of a duck hunter who you may recognize posing as a big-game hunter.

April 02, 2012

Data Suggests More Young Ducks Shot Last Season

Thanks to the duck wings and goose tails submitted to the USFWS Parts Collection Survey by waterfowlers across the country, researchers are able to approximate the size, species composition and age structure of the hunter-harvest. The data is also used to draw important conclusions about duck production during the previous breeding season.

April 02, 2012

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

Waterfowl Populations: Will This Last?

Many believe we are on the cusp of the best waterfowl season in generations, but do we owe it more to luck than conservation? 

September 27, 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

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

Is There a Downside to High Duck Production?

Delta Waterfowl predicts excellent wetland conditions for the 2011 waterfowl nesting cycle:

March 02, 2011