Archive for waterfowling

How To Breast a Duck in Under 90 Seconds

When Captain Bob Wetherald, owner of the Mid River Guide Service, invites me to go hunting, I drop everything. He's arguably the Potomac River's best seaduck and diver guide, and the spread of smoked duck breast and spirits he puts out for the post-hunt social hour are alone worth the trip.

February 27, 2012

Dumbest Poacher Ever?

Folks, this may be the dumbest poacher I've ever seen.

February 20, 2012

"Animal Rights" Activist Claims Drone Shot Down

Remember the "animal rights" wacko who used to hover his paraglider above goose blinds to intimidate hunters and scare away geese? (He was promptly arrested—there are laws against interfering with a hunt, after all.)

February 16, 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

Epic Wins & Fails of 2011

The year was full of great stories of successful and not-so-successful hunters. Here's who'll ring in the New Year with champagne and who should stick to fried coot.

December 30, 2011

Atlantic Flyway Update: Will Snow Bring Ducks?

Angst is building among Atlantic Flyway waterfowlers due to winter's delayed arrival, but colder weather and—almost as importantly—a northwest wind has beared down on the Northeast for several days. Will the cold front and lake-effect snow bring a long-awaited push of ducks?

December 09, 2011

Cape Cod to Use Cannons to Scare Off Eiders

The shellfish industry is vital to the Chatham, Mass., economy, but every year an unruly flock of eiders sucks down more mussels and softshell crabs than the buffet line at a Kennedy wedding—$1.3 million worth, to be exact. So, how do local officials plan to disperse the birds? With cannons, of course! The town plans to fire air cannons every 20-30 minutes during the daytime, hoping the noise will cause the ducks to feed elsewhere.

December 01, 2011

Facebook Photo Leads to Duck Hunter's Citation

It's common knowledge that if you plan to do something stupid and/or illegal, it's best to avoid photographing, videotaping or otherwise preserving it for the public record. Want to know what I did at my bachelor party? Sorry my friend, those files are sealed.

November 03, 2011

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

The Angriest Rent-A-Cop in Saskatoon

Generally I avoid offending law enforcement. Even mall cops. (Have you seen the flashlights they carry these days? They'll blind the crap out of you.)

October 17, 2011

Duck Hunters Attacked by Brown Bear

Next time you're duck hunting and come up empty, just remind yourself that life could be worse—at least you weren't attacked by a brown bear. This post to Stripers Online documents one of the wildest encounters between hunter and bear that I've read in a long time. Here's an excerpt along with a few of the accompanying photos:

October 14, 2011

Is This the Best Goose Gear Since the Decoy-Blind?

I present to you the greatest breakthrough in goose-hunting technology since the decoy-blind: Phantom Goose Flag Hats.

September 19, 2011

Ever Seen a Wedding Cake with a Decoy Spread?

When my brother-in-law's mother, Linda Szmal, offered to bake a groom's cake for my wedding last month, I gratefully requested a red velvet cake depicting a drake canvasback. However, when she asked for a photo of my dog and inquired as to the color of my waders, I knew she was up to something. The resulting duck-hunting themed creation is nothing shy of astounding:

September 08, 2011

Has Wet Spring Harmed South Dakota Pheasants?

The record-breaking moisture that soaked the Midwest through the spring and summer may have been a boon to nesting waterfowl, but heavy precipitation can be a serious detriment to pheasant populations. Therefore, many hunters aren't just asking whether South Dakota's annual pheasant brood survey count will reveal a drop in numbers, but by how much.

August 08, 2011