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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

My Top Five SHOT Show Introductions

Late Thursday afternoon I achieved my goal of walking every aisle at the SHOT Show. Here are the five new products I'm most excited to test in 2011:

January 24, 2011

Jim Hautman Wins 2010-2011 Duck Stamp Contest

Minnesota artist Jim Hautman has won the 2010 Federal Duck Stamp contest for a beautiful acrylic painting of a pair of white-fronted (specklebelly) geese. It is Hautman's fourth winning duck stamp, having won previously in 1989, 1994 and 1998. Incredibly, a painting submitted by Hautman's brother, Robert, was tied for first place until a tie-breaker vote was held. Robert is a two-time contest winner. Results of the contest were announced Sunday at the David Brower Center in Berkeley, Calif., during the annual competition hosted by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Waterfowlers will carry Hautman's winning stamp during the 2011-2012 season.

October 18, 2010

USFWS' Strategy to Help Ducks Survive Oil Spill

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) has issued a press release outlining its plan to help waterfowl survive the Gulf oil spill. There are several key points, one of which raised my brow a bit.

June 30, 2010

A Bargain of a Decoy

A reader emailed to point out that I failed to note the Flambeaus shown in last week's decoy post are from the company's "Storm Front Premium" line. Flambeau also makes the new "Storm Front Classic" mallards at an opening price point. I regret not including the Classics as a budget-priced option, because they look pretty killer:

June 23, 2010

Using Predator Control to Manage Waterfowl

Delta Waterfowl president Rob Olson weighs in on the effectiveness of controlling predators to increase hatch success.

June 01, 2010

Canada's Spring Waterfowl Habitat Conditions

Ducks Unlimited reports on Canada's spring habitat conditions. It appears that many areas crucial to waterfowl reproduction continue to suffer from drought, as highlighted in brown on the DU map below.

April 27, 2010