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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DOA Decoys – Damaged Box Sale

Use Member Coupon Code: WFSDSLE

Use Member Coupon Code: WFSDSLE

Kick off your New Year savings with the DOA Decoys’ “Damaged Box” sale at just $199.99 per 6-pack.  WFC members should use coupon code WFSDSLE at checkout to receive this special discount.

Fueled by the visions of master carvers Victor Paroyan and Glenn Ladenberger, DOA Decoys relied upon their artistic skills to create gunning-decoys that present all the realism and body-attitude required to decoy even the wariest geese.

With a rugged, one-piece construction made from soft vulcanized plastic for superior durability, these decoys are as tough as they are good looking. Continue reading

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Autumn Wings Introduces the Series 72 Working Decoy.

All new, Series 72 from Autumn Wings Decoys

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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