Archive for ducks

Top 5 Most Horrifying Signs of Duck Depression

Are you primed for a severe case of Duck Depression? Here are five early symptoms to look out for, straight from renowned expert Kyle Wintersteen.

April 15, 2013

Black Ducks in Peril

The Atlantic Flyway’s most iconic bird has dwindled to less than half its historic population. Will new research turn the tide?

February 28, 2013

From the Cookbook: Marinated Roast Wild Ducks

A popular meat for hunters and non-hunters alike, this particular duck recipe is chock-full of delicious ingredients that will appeal to any palette.

February 21, 2013

Betrayed By My Fanny Pack

My favorite late-season waders are a thick neoprene pair made by Cabela's. They fit me perfectly and, given the way I abuse gear, it's remarkable that they've lasted eight hard seasons.

January 11, 2013

Cigarettes' One Benefit: Healthier Bird Nests

When your mother told you that "smoking is for the birds," she had no idea how right she was. According to new research, birds such as sparrows and finches are increasingly incorporating discarded cigarette butts into their nests. Why? Apparently the butts help insulate the nest, and the nicotine and other chemicals act as an insecticide against mites and other parasitic organisms. Birds have long built their nests with poisonous plants to keep them mite-free, but in major cities cigarette butts tend to be more available. Scientists in Mexico City have observed birds with as many as 48 butts woven into their nests, while the average was about 10 butts.

January 06, 2013

How to Enjoy Every Duck

Our society often puts emphasis on the idea that more is better. I don't believe that to be so, especially not as it relates to duck hunting. I'll cut to the chase: Those who think a limit of ducks is what our sport's all about are setting themselves up for failure. For one thing, it's not a reasonable goal in most regions, but most of all it blocks one's ability to appreciate and enjoy every duck bagged.

December 19, 2012

Does Rice Kill Birds?

What does rice-tossing at weddings have to do with hunting? Perhaps nothing.

December 13, 2012

Man Arrested with Live Wild Goose in SUV

A Chicago man was concerned, to say the least, when he saw an SUV in a parking lot with a live wild goose locked in the back. So he called police, who later arrested Angel Bautista-Perez, 29, on charges of animal cruelty and possession of a migratory bird.

December 07, 2012

Writer: Oiled Ducks Would Be Better Off Euthanized

My friend and fellow dog man Brian Lynn sure does know how to stir up trouble. Not only does he think Labs make better pheasant dogs than springers (give me a break), but a blog post he wrote for Outdoor Life in January 2012 has fueled an argument between two rival Alaskan newspapers.

November 20, 2012

“Red, White and Bluebill" Event Takes Vets Hunting

Dean Crom and Mike Thun, owners of Big Water Outdoors Guide Service, are the kind of American sportsmen we could use a few more of. Every year they host an event that pays tribute to our veterans by taking them duck hunting. And Crom and Thun chose a very clever name for the Green Bay diver hunt: Red, White and Bluebill.

November 13, 2012

2012's Best Duck and Dog Pumpkin Carvings

Ducks Unlimited held a DU logo pumpkin carving contest for Halloween and the results were, well, amazing.

November 02, 2012

How to Hit More Ducks

By Bob Robb

Waterfowl season is just around the corner. Here are 10 tips guaranteed to make you a more skilled, efficient shot on ducks and geese.

September 25, 2012

Southbound Teal

The arrival of September means a lot of things, not the least of which is the opening of teal season. Are you ready?

August 15, 2012

Will We Get a Four-Bluebill Limit for 2012-2013?

Any day now the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) is expected to release the most highly anticipated waterfowl season framework in years. Why the added attention? There is rumor and speculation that the limit on scaup will increase to four ducks in all flyways except the Pacific, which may jump to a whopping five-scaup limit (some say the Central Flyway also has a shot at the five-duck limit—who knows, it's all conjecture at this point).

July 27, 2012