Pintail Pair, photo by Peter Mickelson – USFWS
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) is proposing continued liberal hunting season lengths and bag limits for the upcoming 2013-14 late waterfowl seasons. The annual results of cooperative population surveys, banding programs and harvest surveys guide the Service’s waterfowl conservation programs under authority of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. All of this information represents the largest data set on any wildlife species group in the world, and helps provide hunting opportunities while ensuring the long-term health of waterfowl populations. States select their individual seasons from within the federal frameworks that establish the earliest beginning and latest ending dates and the maximum season length and bag limits.
The Service’s 2013 Waterfowl Population Status Report summarizes information on the status of duck and goose populations and habitat conditions during spring of 2013. Overall, population estimates for most species of ducks remained strong for this breeding season. In the traditional survey area, which includes the north-central United States, south-central and northern Canada, and Alaska, the 2013 total duck population estimate was 45.6 million birds, a decrease of six percent from last year’s estimate of 48.6 million, but still 33 percent above the long-term average (1955-2012). Continue reading
Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) sets Record Attendance.
Maumee, OH – The Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation (SSSF) reported today that it had record breaking attendance at its National Team Championships. Over 2000 shooter athletes, which is an increase of over 30% from last year’s event, descended on the World Shooting & Recreational Complex (WSRC) in Sparta, IL the week of July 15-20 for the SCTP/SPP 2013 National Team Championships!
Shotgun shooters competed in either Skeet (600 participants), Sporting Clays (500 participants) or Trap (1600 participants) over the course of six days, many athletes competed in more than one discipline. Over 160 Teams from 26 different states were represented, setting a new attendance record for the Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP). Continue reading
A NAWCA grant for Louisiana’s Liner’s Canal will benefit hundreds of acres of fresh and intermediate marsh.
No funding for NAWCA or LWCF.
WASHINGTON – July 23, 2013 – The House Appropriations Committee’s 2014 Interior and Environment Appropriations bill, released earlier today, doesn’t include funding for vital conservation programs, such as the North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA).
“In the current fiscal climate, we understand that conservation programs must also receive scrutiny in the budget cutting process,” DU CEO Dale Hall said. “However, it is short sighted and unacceptable to completely zero out funding for conservation programs that are also economic drivers. NAWCA in particular is unique because it more than triples any investment by the federal government with non-federal funding through private partners.” Continue reading
Final Approach Introduces Flyway Decoy Packs
Overland Park, Kan. -Final Approach, a reputable leader in the waterfowl industry since 1993, has introduced two new Puddle Pack Combo sets designed for the Central-Pacific and Mississippi-Atlantic flyways. Each pack includes six flyway-specific floating duck decoys, with three duck species per pack and a hen and drake decoy from each species.
Final Approach decoys are custom-designed to provide outstanding definition and realism in the field. Custom-quality, highly visible paint schemes and highly realistic texture and feather detail set Final Approach decoys apart from other products on the market.
Designed for the Central-Pacific flyway, this combo pack contains Pintail, Widgeon and Teal decoys, with one drake and one hen from each species. The second pack, designed for the Mississippi-Atlantic flyway, contains Gadwall, Wood Duck and Teal, with one drake and one hen from each species.
With an anatomically correct one-piece construction that incorporates the head and weighted keel, the floating duck decoys are simple, durable and designed to perform season after season.
Both Puddle Pack Combo six-pack sets have an MSRP of $96.95, with the Mississippi-Atlantic pack available in August and the Central-Pacific pack available in September.
2013 WFC Member Rendezvous Tour
Waterfowler.com invites our members to experience duck and goose hunting in Canada for the start of our exclusive, 2013 Member Rendezvous Tour. Participating guides in the Member Rendezvous Tour provide a quality hunting adventure at a discounted rate to WFC Members. Don’t miss your chance to hunt with fellow WFC members at top waterfowl hunting destinations.
The tour begins this year with Kelly Udell of Udell’s Hunting in Alberta and Brian Mackie of Assiniboine Guiding & Outfitting in Manitoba.
From the Alberta farmlands to the Prairie Pothole Region of south and central Manitoba, you simply need to choose your destination for the hunting adventure of a lifetime. Of course, the number of these discounted, reserved seats for Waterfowler.com readers is limited so book your trip today. To contact Kelly Udell and book your trip to Alberta, call 780-722-0243. To book your Manitoba trip, call Brian Mackie at 204-726-9510. To obtain your discount, simply tell them you are calling for the Waterfowler.com Member Rendezvous.