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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.
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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
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
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
Storm’s painting Tranquil Waters catapulted him into his 2nd Artist of the Year title for DU
MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Jan. 2, 2013 – Wildlife artist Scot Storm, of Freeport, Minn., has been named as the Ducks Unlimited (DU) 2014 Artist of the Year. Storm’s painting Tranquil Waters catapulted him into his second Artist of the Year title for DU.
A full-time wildlife artist since 1999, Storm won the 2004-2005 Federal Duck Stamp Contest and was also named DU’s Artist of the Year in 2005. His Tranquil Waters painting, which depicts a trio of wood ducks, took top honors in this year’s DU art contest.
“That painting actually came from a pond on our homestead,” Storm said. “I spend a lot of time out there taking photographs with my friend Tom Martin, especially in the spring. We had some cool morning sun coming through, which created the glow reflecting off the ducks.” Continue reading
“New Realtree MAX-5 is the perfect multi-use camo for marshes, mud flats, agricultural fields, flooded timber, grasslands, prairie and other open habitat,” said Realtree Designer and President Bill Jordan. “Never before has a pattern offered so many natural elements and such a wide array of natural tones, shadows and colors.”
Built with waterfowlers in mind, new Realtree MAX-5 is filled with cattails, reeds, cane and grasses to blend into flooded marshes. Plus corn, wheat, oats and sunflowers to hide you in open fields. It has branches, twigs and leaves that work in flooded timber. And with open areas that mimic mud, water, bark and shadows, MAX-5 literally adds another layer of invisibility to camo – no matter where or how you use it. Continue reading
LAS VEGAS, Nev. — The 36th edition of the Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade ShowTM (SHOT Show®) will take place January 14-17 at the Sands Expo and Convention Center. More than 60,000 industry professionals are expected to attend.
Owned and sponsored by the National Shooting Sports Foundation® (NSSF), the SHOT Show is the industry’s most anticipated event of the year. The show provides a first look at new products and services used by target shooters, hunters, outdoorsmen and women and law enforcement professionals. The show also provides members of this multi-faceted industry an opportunity to network and attend educational seminars.
The SHOT Show is the largest trade show of its kind in the world; it is open to the trade only and not the public. Shooting sports enthusiasts will see the new products unveiled at the show on retailers’ shelves during the year.
The $6 billion industry has seen record sales over the past several years fueled in part by the surging number of new gun owners. A recent study by NSSF showed one in five target shooters is a newcomer–that is, someone who has taken up the sport in the last five years. The same study showed that the industry’s customer base has greatly expanded, with new target shooters being younger, female and urban-based. Continue reading
Winter storm Cleon ignites migration activity.
As arctic air pushes across the Great Plains into the Mississippi and Ohio Valleys, waterfowl activity is expected to increase significantly and reach peak migration levels throughout the Central and Mississippi Flyways throughout the week. The near-record number of mallards resting along the Missouri River corridor in South Dakota are already on the move. Reports throughout the Central Flyway confirmed heavy migration activity in Nebraska, Oklahoma, Kansas and the Texas Panhandle.
As arctic temperatures move east, the abundance of waterfowl along the Illinois River are expected to move further south over the next few days as ice builds in the northern third of the nation. In short, winter storm Cleon has ignited some of the best migration activity of the season. Continue reading
Divers on Greenbay, WI – Member Photo Credit: DU870
Colder temperatures prevailed across the northern tier of our nation this past week – igniting of a burst of migration activity for blue-winged teal and wood ducks. The unseasonably warm days of early October have transformed into blustery, cold winds, flurries and even snow accumulation in the Great Lakes region. While one would expect a full-on barrage of fresh migrants in the north, the temperatures have done little more than push early migrants south as the hardy ducks continue to trickle down the flyways.
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As the days of October begin to wane, the duck hunting community is continually reminded that weather and hunter success are a fragile, symbiotic relationship. As weather patterns become more extreme and less predictable, hunter success and the annual migration also become less predictable. Continue reading