Archive for waterfowl hunting

Duck Numbers Up 8 Percent, Break Record

Feel free to get excited, waterfowlers. With just two months until early teal seasons open, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s annual population survey indicates that the duck population is looking good.

July 14, 2014

Giant Canada Geese: Our Greatest Conservation Story?

Given that the giant subspecies of Canada geese is now found in every U.S. state—often in nuisance-level numbers—it's easily forgotten that the world's largest geese nearly went extinct.

July 11, 2014

Chinese Villagers Nabbed for Capturing 20,000 Waterfowl

As reported by Chinese media, villagers from Peixian, Jiangsu Province, China, were arrested in May for the capture of an astounding 20,000 moorhens.

June 20, 2014

A Wingshooter's Off-Season Checklist

If one sits idly by all summer long, it's hard to imagine him dusting off his shotgun in October and enjoying a successful season. If you're looking for ways to stay sharp, check out Kyle Wintersteen's off-season checklist for wingshooters.

June 13, 2014

Snow Geese in the South Dakota Sky

Spring typically means the end of the line for waterfowlers and the beginning of "duck depression." There is a way to squeeze a little more action out of your season: a spring snow goose hunt. Managing Online Editor Shawn Skipper spent a week hunting the reverse migration in South Dakota this spring, armed with Remington's Versa Max Waterfowl Pro and Federal Premium's Black Cloud shotshells. Find out how he fared with this gallery.

May 09, 2014

Training More Than a Bird Dog

Upland and waterfowl seasons are open but a fraction of the year—so, what do you do with your faithful gundog during the 9 or 10 months when you aren’t hunting? A dog bred to hunt ought to hunt, of course, but he doesn’t necessarily need to fetch birds to be happy. Kyle Wintersteen offers a few suggestions on how you can keep your favorite hunting buddy occupied in the "offseason."

May 05, 2014

Five Must-Read Books for the Duck Hunter

It is this time every year when the struggle with Duck Depression begins—a battle wingshooters will wage until fall's glorious return ushers in a new waterfowl season. Kyle Wintersteen offers a few ways to combat it, with these five must-read books for the duck hunter.

March 17, 2014

Is It Safe to Hunt in Mexico? (Part 1)

NRA's John Zent faces the foremost question on the minds of Americans contemplating a hunt in Mexico.

March 12, 2014

Champion Bird Dog Helps Heal Trainer's Heart Condition

One of the country's foremost field trial competitors has revealed to Yahoo! Music why he credits bird dogs with saving his life.

March 10, 2014

Winchester Expands Blind Side Waterfowl Offerings for 2014

Winchester Ammunition has announced that it will expand its high velocity Blind Side waterfowl lineup for 2014, with new offerings coming in both 12- and 20-gauge.

March 10, 2014

Excuses for the Duck Hunter

When Kyle Wintersteen returns to his wife after a 4 a.m. wakeup and a day afield—duckless—there are plenty of good reasons. Perhaps you can re-purpose a few of these go-to excuses.

February 24, 2014

A Waterfowl Hunt with the Benelli Ethos

NRA Publications Editorial Director John Zent wanted to spend a little more time evaluating the Ethos' field performance—which led him to a waterfowl hunt in Chestertown, Md. Get a closer look at the hunt with this video.

January 08, 2014

DU-Supported Bill Would Raise Duck Stamp Price

A Ducks Unlimited-supported Senate bill introduced last month could raise the price of a federal duck stamp for the first time since 1991.

January 03, 2014

Waterfowl Hunting With the Benelli Ethos

Bird hunters and target shooters alike will have the opportunity to get their hands on the next generation of Benelli shotguns in 2014, thanks to the impending introduction of the company's new Ethos model. NRA Publications Editorial Director John Zent wanted to spend a little more time evaluating the Ethos' field performance—which led him to this waterfowl hunt in Chestertown, Md. Photos by NRA E-Media's Tom Rickwalder.

December 30, 2013

Get in Tune with Waterfowl

Use these helpful hunting tips from Avery Outdoors pro-staffer Wayne Radcliffe to get in tune with the waterfowl in your neck of the woods.

November 19, 2013