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Hail Mary Mallard Call – New for 2015

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The Hail Mary in football is that desperate, last-hope long bomb of a pass into the end zone as the seconds tick off the scoreboard clock. In duck hunting, a hail call to a distant flock with one of the two new Hail Mary Mallard Calls from Flextone is far from an act of desperation.

The new Hail Mary duck calls from Flextone offer reach beyond the range of other duck calls. Attract those distant birds with a loud, sustained sequence that doesn’t wear the caller down.

Flextone’s new Hail Mary Single and Double Reed Mallard calls are designed for open-water hunting when volume and reach is needed. The Hail Mary features smaller port holes to provide added back pressure. This means the caller can scream
louder and longer with hail calls and follow-up with comeback calls without running out of breath. Continue reading

Migration Update – November 17, 2014

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The October trickle of ducks was followed by the biggest migration in recent years as winter storm Astro blanketed the northern tier with snow and ice. While the storm system produced extraordinary results, the timing was, in fact, quite ordinary. Going back to the great Armistice Day storm of 1940, the first arctic clipper of the season and biggest migration push generally occurs around the second week of November. Of course, the severity of the storm often varies. The number of ducks and geese that are pushed by this November clipper system is decided by one single factor – snow. Thankfully, winter storm Astro brought a lot of it, and along with it, a significant number of waterfowl.

Hello folks, and, as always, welcome to Waterfowler.com.

What do you get when you combined a record number of waterfowl and a classic, powerful winter storm? Most of our readers would say, “I good reason to be a duck hunter.” This past week witnessed the best migration in recent years and while things my be winding down for the far northern hunter a bit early, waterfowl season has only begun in the central and southern portions of the United States. Continue reading

Migration Update – October 8, 2014

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The first of October arrived and along with it the first significant cold front of the autumn season. Temperatures in the Northern Great Plains, the Great Lakes and the New England states dropped an average of twenty-degrees over the weekend and prompted a flurry of waterfowl activity in the northern tier.

The first push of divers hit the Great Lakes Region on Saturday and Sunday. Large bodies of water that were barren the previous weekend were now host to early flights of red heads, ringed-neck ducks, ruddy ducks, limited numbers of canvasback and scaup, along with a deluge of coots.

The majority of these early diving ducks are in eclipse phase plumage and lack their easily identifiable white bodies and contrasting head colors. Waterfowler.com reminds our readers to take extra caution in areas where canvasback are present and positively identify birds before shooting. Harvest mishaps are preventable if you take the time to identify your target. Continue reading

Migration Update – September 30, 2014

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The general waterfowl season is underway in various northern states and hunters are reporting a great start to the season despite warm temperatures.  As a cold front moves south this week from Canada, temperatures will begin to feel more autumn-like in the north and waterfowl activity is expected to increase as the front passes.

Hello folks, and, as always, welcome to Waterfowler.com.

The autumn season has arrived and along with it a host of options for the avid outdoorsman.  While ducks and geese are the center of the universe for the hardcore waterfowl hunter, statistically speaking, over 85% of duck and goose hunters participate in other outdoor activities.

From deer and big game hunting to upland hunting and fall fishing, the autumn season is a celebration of renewable resources and grand sporting traditions. Continue reading

Wild Rice from Habitat Now

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We are getting our wild rice harvest in and it looks really good but it is going to be in very limited supply. Due to high water and other weather issues, wild rice seed production is about 1\3 of what it usually is. If you are interested in wild rice seed, we highly recommend to place an order soon to lock it in.

We are taking orders now and will start coordinating shipping with you in a week or two as we process the harvested wild rice.

“FALL ORDERS” will be available to ship in a week or two. Only people that have ponds that freeze over should order “fall” rice as it requires cold stratification to germinate. We will contact you to coordinate a shipping time…we will not ship without first confirming a date with you.

“SPRING ORDERS” will be shipped in the spring, but you can place your order now to secure your wild rice seed. People in southern warmer climates (ponds don’t freeze over) need to order SPRING rice…unless you want to order fall rice and try to cold stratify it yourself. If you do not secure your spring rice, we can not assure that we will have any left on inventory when spring comes. If you lock it in now, then we will store it over winter and cold stratify it for you so it is ready in the spring. Continue reading

STORMR Stealth Bib Combines Toughness and Comfort

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Hard-core camo bibs tough enough for a morning hunt in the bayou and comfortable
enough to wear to town for lunch-it’s no wonder serious hunters love STEALTH Bibs from STORMR.

A STEALTH Bib, combined with the matching STEALTH Jacket, adapts the benefits of STORMR’s Neoprene Core Technology to the needs of a hard-charging waterfowler. All of STORMR’s technologically advanced and user-friendly features are integrated in the STEALTH Bib. Continue reading

Longer Range & Tighter Patterns with Trulock Precision Hunter Chokes

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What hunter doesn’t want tighter and more consistent patterns, while at the same
time extending the effective range of the shotgun? The Precision Hunter chokes
from industry leader Trulock are custom-built extended tubes that do just that.

An extended choke tube like the Precision Hunter offers a better pattern with fewer
“holes” than a flush-mounted tube. The extended choke tube from Trulock also does
a better job handling heavier payloads of shot and larger shot sizes. Pattern your
shotgun with a Precision Hunter extended choke, and you will see that this choke
tube will increase your effective barrel length while increasing muzzle velocity. Continue reading

Disappear in the RedHead® Pit Stop Layout Blind

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There are several great reasons to add a Redhead® Pit Stop Layout Blind to your waterfowl hunting arsenal. One reason is you want to disappear when ducks or geese approach. It sounds simple. Yet the birds’ eyes are so keen, and pressured waterfowl become so wary, invisibility is a tall order.

Besides blending flawlessly with the background, a good layout blind must be comfortable, rugged, lightweight, easily hidden, and versatile. The Pit Stop Blind meets every demand. At its core is a lightweight, collapsible steel frame. It deploys in seconds and folds to packable size just as quickly with no nuts, bolts, or pins to lose in the dark, and no tools required.

The shell is 600 D fabric in Realtree Max-5 camouflage for maximum versatility in the field, among the cattails, or on a mid-river sandbar. Brushing blinds is tedious and stressful as the morning’s first birds buzz the decoys, but the PitStop’s brush straps are ample in both quantity and size so you can get the job done fast. Once you’re inside, a padded headrest and precisely angled back support allow you to wait in comfort, ready for instant “bust ‘em” action. The large size allows easy movement inside the blind, and there are flagging ports for both your hands. Mesh pockets keep shells, calls, dog collar controller, and more conveniently in reach.

Not only is the RedHead® Pit Stop Layout Blind fast, portable, and comfortable, it also helps tote your gear wherever you need to go. A compartment under the seat is perfect for rag decoys, silhouettes, sock decoys, or other gear. A roomy, external, hands-free pocket can carry your goose flags and other gear. Comfortable, padded backpack straps center the blind and its contents squarely on your back — even when terrain goes from bad to muck. Continue reading