Duck populations are strong, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 2013 Report on Trends in Duck Breeding Populations. The preliminary estimate of total duck populations from the traditional survey area (north-central United States, south-central and northern Canada, and Alaska) is 45.6 million birds. This estimate represents a 6 percent decrease from last year’s estimate of 48.6 million birds but is still 33 percent above the long-term average. The total duck estimate excludes scoters, eiders, long-tailed ducks, mergansers and wood ducks. Continue reading
BISMARCK, N.D. — North America’s spring duck population is down slightly from record levels, but pond counts are up 24 percent over last year, according to the 2013 Waterfowl Breeding Population and Habitat Survey released today.
The survey, which has been conducted annually since 1955 by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Canadian Wildlife service, puts the breeding duck population at 45.6 million, the second-highest level ever recorded. Continue reading
This featured video come to us from the D2H (Down2Hunt) crew. The short film captures their first season of waterfowl hunting and, according to their own admission, the birth of their waterfowl hunting addiction. The upcoming generation of waterfowl hunters are unlike any of those who have passed when it comes to technology and access of information. Learning the basics of decoying and online scouting tools enable young hunters to overcome many barriers that older hunters faced when entering the sport of duck hunting. As the youth of today head to the field packing compact digital video cameras, they capture countless hours of footage from their adventures. Using editing software that is package as a basic tool on most computer platforms, they share their experiences with the world. While it is unlikely that Cecil B DeMille could have even imagined the art of moving pictures would ascend to where it is today, we are thankful it has and salute the efforts of today’s young hunters and the D2H crew.
“Ducks Unlimited is disappointed that the House has failed to listen to the strong coalition of agricultural and conservation groups that asked for a comprehensive farm bill.”
WASHINGTON – July 11, 2013 – In rapid succession, U.S. House leadership announced earlier this week a split of the farm bill into separate agriculture and nutrition pieces, and voted today on the agriculture portion. It passed with a final tally of 216-208.
“Ducks Unlimited is disappointed that the House has failed to listen to the strong coalition of agricultural and conservation groups that asked for a comprehensive farm bill,” said DU CEO Dale Hall.
Amendments that were accepted on the House floor during the farm bill debate in June were included in the newly separated agriculture bill, which included the commodities, conservation, crop insurance, energy, forestry and research titles. Among those amendments was one prohibiting the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) from requiring wetland mitigation that is equivalent to the function and value of a lost wetland. The amendment restricts the USDA explicitly to an acre for acre standard. Continue reading
NEWTOWN, Conn. – Looking for a place to shoot? There’s a new-and-improved app for that.
The National Shooting Sports Foundation® (NSSF®) has released an all-new Where To Shoot mobile app — available for iPhone, iPad and Android devices — that locates shooting ranges near you.
Available for free in the Apple App Store and Google Play, Where To Shoot puts North America’s most comprehensive directory of shooting ranges in the palm of your hand. It also includes video tips for shooters, news and firearm safety information. Continue reading