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Migration Update – April 21, 2014

April 21, 2014 in All Posts, Migration Updates

Spring has spring across the nation and majority of snow geese have passed the 49th parallel into Canada.  Waterfowler.com begins the official off-season with the celebrated return of Waterfolwer.com Journal – in free, digital format for our readers.

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

After an extended hiatus, Waterfowler.com Journal will again be published, albeit paper free and also free of any annual subscription fee.  Thanks to advances in digital publishing technology and the widespread use of hand-held mobile and tablet devices, we are excited about the advances that make it possible.

Over the past two-years, the number of readers that access our website via mobile devices has sky rocketed.  In response to this changing statistic, Waterfowler.com migrated our website to a mobile friendly, responsive layout and the number of hunters who visit our site, from the field and on the road, continues to grow.

Waterfowler.com Journal is not only a mobile friendly publication, but can also be downloaded (in PDF format) for iBooks and Kindle.  So yes, you can read it in the bathroom or anywhere you desire.

Waterfowler.com online will continue to feature free News, Product Announcements, Hunting Reports and Migration Updates on our website and will limit Journal content to the stories and imagery to the celebration of waterfowl hunting tradition.

We ask our readers to pass along the link to our publications, to friends, family, and the social media service they use.  We hope you enjoy the new format and the many issues to come.

Until next report, enjoy Waterfowler.com Journal, Issue Number Twenty-One.

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DOA Introduces New Gunning Floaters

March 30, 2014 in All Posts, Product News

New!  Rouge Series Floaters from DOA DECOYS

New! Rouge Series Floaters from DOA DECOYS

Relying on the quality design and manufacturing process that rocketed their full-bodied ROUGE SERIES decoys to popularity amongst hard-core goose hunters, DOA DECOYS introduces their new floating decoys to their gunning decoy line up.

The decoys feature a recessed hexagonal keel,which provides maximum movement in the slightest wind or current.  In addition, the decoys have movable heads and boast their exclusive, durable paint process, which gives these decoys unrivaled realism.

The decoys are packaged with 4 active heads and 2 sentry heads and retail for $169.99 per box.

These decoys can be ordered online, direct from DOA and delivered right to your door.  For more information, visit DOA DECOYS online at: http://www.doadecoys.com

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FWS Announces 2014 Expansion of Hunting and Fishing in NWRS

March 28, 2014 in All Posts

Photo Credit: US Fish and Wildlife Service

Photo Credit: US Fish and Wildlife Service

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe today announced the agency will expand hunting and fishing opportunities throughout the National Wildlife Refuge System, opening up new hunting programs on six refuges and expanding existing hunting and fishing programs on another 20 refuges. The rule also modifies existing refuge-specific regulations for more than 75 additional refuges and wetland management districts.

The Service manages its hunting and fishing programs on refuges to ensure sustainable wildlife populations, while offering traditional wildlife-dependent recreation on public lands.

“For more than a century, hunters and anglers have been the backbone of conservation in this country and a driving force behind the expansion of the National Wildlife Refuge System,” said Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell. “By providing more hunting and fishing opportunities on refuges, we are supporting a great recreational heritage passed down from generation to generation, creating economic growth in local communities and helping to ensure that conservation stays strong in America.” Continue reading “FWS Announces 2014 Expansion of Hunting and Fishing in NWRS” »

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Migration Update – February 27, 2014

February 27, 2014 in All Posts, Migration Updates

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Photo Credit: Sunrise Snows from MallardMotel.com

A quick glance at the Snow Cover and Surface Temperature maps provide and instant locator for Mid-Continental light geese in the Central and Mississippi Flyways.  The burgeoning population of snow geese continue to stage below the snow and freeze as they await the spring thaw (like the rest of us) and the flight back to their nesting grounds.

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

The Squaw Creek National Wildlife Refuge in Missouri remains 97% frozen and light goose numbers are setting at a paltry 18,000 as of the last count.  Light goose numbers are good to excellent in Arkansas at this time and hunter success is fair to good. Continue reading “Migration Update – February 27, 2014” »

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DU pleased NRCS providing innovative ways to conserve grasslands

February 26, 2014 in All Posts, Conservation

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Photo Credit – © USFWS

BISMARCK, N.D. – Feb. 15, 2014 – Ducks Unlimited applauds USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) increasing its efforts to work with landowners in the Prairie Pothole Region (PPR) to conserve grasslands and wetlands. Agriculture Under Secretary for Natural Resources and Environment Robert Bonnie announced today that NRCS is committing up to $35 million over the next three years for prairie conservation in Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota and Iowa.

“We are pleased to see NRCS renewing its commitment to grassland and wetland conservation in the PPR, which is so critical to waterfowl production,” said DU CEO Dale Hall. “We’re seeing unprecedented pressures to convert native prairie and drain wetlands. We need to look for new ways to make conservation programs more economically competitive and attractive to landowners.”    Continue reading “DU pleased NRCS providing innovative ways to conserve grasslands” »

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NSSF Hails Passage of Sunday Hunting in Virginia

February 25, 2014 in All Posts

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Newtown, Conn. — The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) today hailed the bipartisan accomplishment of both houses of the Virginia General Assembly for passing legislation that will allow hunting on private property on Sundays in the Commonwealth.

In the final step in the legislative process, the State Senate today by a 28-to-11 vote passed the repeal of the old 19th Century Blue Law preventing Sunday hunting. The House of Delegates passed the bill in January by a vote of 71 to 27. The bill now goes to Gov. Terry McAuliffe to be signed into law. The legislation allows Sunday hunting on private land during designated hunting seasons by hunters who have the written permission of landowners. Continue reading “NSSF Hails Passage of Sunday Hunting in Virginia” »

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How Cold is Too Cold for Hunters?

February 25, 2014 in All Posts

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FERNANDINA BEACH, Fla. — Global warming may be a hot topic in the news, but for millions of Americans, this past winter has been anything but warm. Wintery weather has blanketed many parts of the country in snow and ice with everything from Augusta, GA, to Augusta ME, feeling the impact. But for hunters, traditionally considered a hearty crowd for their perceived ability to rough bad winter weather, how cold is too cold to keep hunting? According to a recent HunterSurvey.com poll, the majority of hunters are still willing to hit the woods even as temps plunge into the single digits. But when it drops below zero, most agree, it’s time to call it quits.

The survey divided hunters into six regional groups: Great Lakes States, Northeast States, Northern Plains States, South Central States, Southeast States and Western States in order to best gauge how hunters in different parts of the country to react to cold weather. Hunters polled were asked “at what temperature did it become too cold to hunt”. The findings were interesting. Continue reading “How Cold is Too Cold for Hunters?” »

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