Archive for ducks

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

Hunting Sunburned Ducks

When the weather is more suited to sunbathing than waterfowling, hunters must adapt or get burned.

July 26, 2012

Video: Woodie Ducklings Jump From the Nest

California Waterfowl board member and long-time volunteer Jay Goble shot this tremendous video of wood ducklings (or is it wood duck ducklings?) plopping from their nest for the first time. I don't normally use the word "cute," but friends, this is one cute video.

June 22, 2012

Ducks Unlimited Studying Sea Duck Decline

The curious thing about sea ducks is that there are 15 different kinds—constituting 42-percent of all North American species—and yet we know so little about them. Their habitat, in particular their breeding areas, do not lend themselves to study. And, for similar reasons, their population estimates are not considered as accurate, nor are they available across as large a breadth of years as those of divers and dabblers. Perhaps the limited opportunities to hunt them also plays a role in the lack of research. Far more hunters have access to good mallard hunting, for instance, and hunters' dollars drive a vast amount (if not the majority) of waterfowl research.

June 07, 2012

Photos: Hen Mallard Rescues Duckling from Heron

Our friends at GoHUNTn spotted this harrowing battle between heron and hen over the life of a mallard duckling. As author Brian McClintock explains:

May 14, 2012

The Only Pair of Women's Shoes You'll See Here

We men are far more practical with our money than women. Take shoes: As long as we have a pair of boots, a pair of brown shoes, a pair of black shoes, and some sneakers, we're prepared for anything the world throws at us. Then there's women. Ugh. Their shoe-buying schizophrenia (is there any other word for it?) runs so deep that it's resulted in the invention of the "shoe closet." 

April 17, 2012

Mallard Causes $45,000 in Damages to Private Jet

Penn State's University Park airport has developed a widlife hazard management plan that's due, in part, to a 2010 collision between a mallard and a private aircraft. Nobody was injured, but the duck managed to do a whopping $45,000 in damages to the jet—sure makes hitting a deer with your pickup seem not so bad, eh?

April 11, 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

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