Archive for geese

The Toughest Bird to Kill

What's the toughest bird to kill? Kyle Wintersteen takes a closer look.

November 03, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

Moose Challenges Nesting Geese, Gets Whipped

A moose in Rocky Mountain National Park got a little to close to a nesting pair of Canada geese last week. Kyle Wintersteen takes a look at how the confrontation played out.

June 16, 2014

Meet in the Middle, In Waterfowl Heaven

The miles between two pals are nothing when the halfway point is the duck-loaded Chesapeake Bay. A weekend retreat to this storied mecca of all things fowl was just what they needed to collect new yarns to spin in the offseason.

December 17, 2013

Hunter Catches (and Releases) Goose with Bare Hands

A YouTube video apparently depicts a hunter sneaking up on and catching a live goose in the decoys. What do you make of it?

November 12, 2013

Of Feathers and Fur

Canada represents something of a paradise for waterfowl hunters, which made it an ideal location to put some of the year’s hottest new gear—like Mossy Oak’s Shadow Grass Blade camo, Browning's 3½-inch A5 and the latest offerings from Federal Premium—to the test. Associate Online Editor Shawn Skipper recently returned from a waterfowl/predator hunt in Alberta. Get an inside look at the hunt with this gallery.

October 24, 2013

Dozens Hold Funeral for Euthanized Geese

Dozens of people held a memorial service for a group of 144 Canada geese that were recently euthanized by Gaston County officials in North Carolina.

July 17, 2013

From the Cookbook: Big D's Char-Roasted Goose

This recipe may take some time, but the end result will be worth it because who knows how to cook wild game better than a hunter?

March 07, 2013

The Man Who Changed a Tire in My Decoy Spread

It was an oddly warm January day on the Eastern Shore—in fact there were gnats in the air—but after a long, mid-day lull, the geese were back on the move. My buddy Tyler Shoberg of Delta Waterfowl and I each killed a bird, and prospects were looking really strong as the final, golden 30 minutes of shooting time approached.

February 19, 2013

Winchester Super X Pump Field and Waterfowl Hunter

There's now a version of Winchester's popular Super X Pump shotgun tailored specifically to the needs of waterfowl hunters. The Super X Pump "Waterfowl Hunter" shotgun features Mossy Oak Shadow Grass Blades camouflage and is available with a 3-inch or 3 1/2-inch 12-gauge chamber. Barrel options include 26 or 28 inches.

January 17, 2013