Archive for conservation

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

Could Wind Energy Actually Benefit Waterfowl?

Is wind energy bad for waterfowl? It's something we've discussed here before, and a North Dakota study by Ducks Unlimited and the United States Fish & Wildlife Service in North Dakota found that when wind farms are placed on wetlands, breeding pairs of ducks are reduced by an average of 21 percent. DU says the early study is being taken seriously, but that it was too small a sample size to affect policy decision. Instead, DU recommends further studies over a larger area and continued dialogue with wind energy groups.

March 08, 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

DU Asks Congress for Electronic Duck Stamp

Last week Ducks Unlimited testified in favor of H.R. 3117, the Permanent Electronic Duck Stamp Act of 2011, before the U.S. House of Representatives Natural Resources Committee. DU says the bill would make the stamp more accessible by providing for its online purchase. Instead of having to run to the post office, hunters would simply purchase a stamp online, print a special receipt and carry the receipt while hunting until the actual stamp arrives by mail. DU also voiced its continued support for raising the cost of the stamp from $15 to $25.

November 01, 2011

Claim: HSUS Seeks "Wild Bird Executioner"

As we've discussed in the past, house cats belong in the house, as feral felines have a serious, unnatural impact on wild bird populations.

August 22, 2011

Hunting’s Greatest Threats

While some hunting threats are old battles that have raged for decades, others might surprise and even provoke you.

July 15, 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

Utah Bill Would Allow Shooting of Feral Animals

Utah state Rep. Curt Oda has introduced legislation that would permit "the humane shooting or killing of an animal if the person doing the shooting or killing has a reasonable belief that the animal is a feral animal."

January 31, 2011

Of Windmills and Wildlife

If wind farms get contracts to build on large tracts of federal lands, could public areas become de facto no-hunting areas?

July 14, 2010

The Future of Youth Hunters

How do we get young people involved in hunting? All the research and in-field experience points in the same direction, it takes a hunter to make a hunter.

January 13, 2010