DU pleased NRCS providing innovative ways to conserve grasslands

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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

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NSSF Hails Passage of Sunday Hunting in Virginia

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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

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How Cold is Too Cold for Hunters?

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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

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Migration Update – January 27, 2014

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The general waterfowl season will go out with a bang this week in Deep South as yet another arctic blast barrels south – all the way to the Gulf Coast.  A wintery mix of snow, ice and rain will attack the south from Texas all the way to Georgia and South Carolina.   As hunters hang the last few ducks on the lanyard, they can expect a flurry of activity and memorable hunts before the season goes out.

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

The 2013 – 2014 waterfowl season was wrought with extreme weather conditions from coast to coast.  In the far west, drought and mild temperatures prevailed and for many, it was the worst season they could have expected.   In the central and Mississippi Flyways, the ongoing blasts of arctic air resulted extreme weather conditions that shortened the season in many areas and limited late season opportunity as geese migrated far to the south of normal wintering grounds to escape the abundance of snow and ice. Continue reading

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Autumn Wings Introduces the Series 72 Working Decoy.

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All New – Series 72 from Autumn Wings Decoys

Dayton, Minnesota – Manufacturer of duck decoys, Autumn Wings, is expanding their product assortment to include a new working decoy line, the Autumn Wings Series 72, a burlap wrapped foam decoy modeled after the discontinued Model 72 (Herter’s Model 72 is a trademark of Cabela’s).  While the product is modeled after this popular discontinued model, Autumn Wings takes burlap wrapped foam decoys to a new level of excellence.  Order information, pricing and details about the product will appear on www.autumnwings.com in October, and shipping in November.

In the interest of efficiency, Autumn Wings is starting the Series 72 line with one diver body shape and paint scheme, the Series 72 Bluebill, and one puddler body shape and paint scheme, the Series 72 Mallard. With market interest, Autumn Wings plans to introduce more species. Continue reading

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Migration Update – January 6, 2014

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If you are a follower of sunspots and tidal charts, like the folks at Farmer’s Almanac, the bitter cold winter we’ve been experiencing thus far should come as no surprise.  If you are a modern day meteorologist, who has succumbed to naming winter storms for branding purposes, the series of artic fronts are “shocking” news and good for ratings.  If you are a dyed-in-the-wool duck hunter, it’s just weather – the kind of weather that moves ducks and geese in a big way.

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

Without a doubt, the extreme cold that was induced by the polar vortex the past week moved ducks and geese south.  While the extremely low temperatures played a role in the migration activity, snow accumulation in the north played a much larger role in the event.   In short, when the snow is too deep for ducks and geese to forage under, the head south in search of food and open water. Continue reading

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New Franchi Website Provides Visitors With An Instinctive Experience

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ACCOKEEK, MD (December 19, 2013) – Franchi’s new website not only gives visitors all the product information they want and need, but it’s accessible from any digital device. The new site affords an engaging experience whether the user accesses the site on a desktop, tablet, or smartphone (Android, iOS and Windows devices are supported).

Franchi’s website makes browsing firearms by type simple and easy with shooting interests covered from waterfowl to upland. Additional features include social sharing and a dealer locator tool which helps you find the nearest authorized Franchi dealer. An online store provides secure shopping for factory parts and accessories. Read product reviews, participate in forum discussions, or sign up to receive product updates by email. It’s all at your fingertips on Franchi’s new website. Continue reading

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Senate bill introduced to raise price of Federal Duck Stamp

The price of the federal duck stamp has been raised only seven times in the program's history.

The price of the federal duck stamp has been raised only seven times in the program’s history.

WASHINGTON – Dec. 19, 2013 – A bill was introduced in the U.S. Senate today to increase the price of the federal duck stampto $25. The current price of $15 was set more than 20 years ago, in 1991.

“We appreciate the introduction of a federal duck stamp increase bill by Senators Begich, Baucus, Coons and Tester to meet very real on-the-ground wetland habitat conservation needs. We are committed to seeing this legislation signed into law and look forward to working with Senators on both sides of the aisle to enact this,” said DU CEO Dale Hall.
Since its enactment in 1934, the federal duck stamp program has protected more than 6 million acres of wetlands – an area the size of Vermont – through expenditures of more than $750 million. This has contributed to the conservation of more than 2.5 million acres in the Prairie Pothole Region, including the protection of 7,000 waterfowl production areas totaling 675,000 acres. Continue reading
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