Bipartisan companion bills introduced to increase Duck Stamp price in House and Senate

The stamp’s current buying power is the lowest in its 80-year history.

WASHINGTON—July 17, 2014— Officials from Ducks Unlimited (DU) are voicing strong support for the Federal Duck Stamp Act of 2014, a bill introduced in both the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate that would raise the price of the Federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp (duck stamp) to $25 from its current level of $15. “We sincerely appreciate the interest and commitment of Chairman Fleming (LA) and Ranking Member Vitter (LA) in introducing their companion bills to address this longstanding need to increase the price of the duck stamp, which was last raised in 1991,” said Dale Hall, CEO of DU. Be Sociable! Share this article with a friend. Tweet

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Breeding duck numbers up 8 percent from 2013

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Memphis, Tenn.  – July  2, 2014 – The US Fish and Wildlife Service today released its report on 2014 Trends in Duck Breeding Populations, based on surveys conducted in May and early June. Total populations were estimated at 49.2 million breeding ducks in the surveyed area. This estimate represents an 8-percent increase from last year’s estimate of 45.6 million birds, and is 43 percent higher than the 1955-2013 long-term average. This continues a three-year trend of exceptional water conditions and population numbers for many species. Be Sociable! Share this article with a friend. Tweet

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Record Breeding Duck Count, Good Water Sets Stage for Strong Fall Flight

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BISMARCK, N.D. — North America’s spring duck population is at a record level, and the birds returned to find a high number of ponds on the breeding grounds, according to the 2014 Waterfowl Breeding Population and Habitat Survey released today. The annual spring survey, which has been conducted jointly by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Canadian Wildlife Service since 1955, puts the breeding duck population at 49.2 million, surpassing the previous high set in 2012 and 8 percent ahead of the 2013 estimate. Be Sociable! Share this article with a friend. Tweet

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Migration Update – June 16, 2014

June 5th 2014,  Churchill, Manitoba. Survey Crew grounded from snow!

  While it seems summer arrived early to southern portions of the U.S., spring temperatures arrived very late in the northern states and fishing is barely underway for many off-season hunters above the Mason-Dixon line.  Not surprisingly, the further north one travels, the more prevalent these weather oddities become. If you have been following the survey pilot reports at FLYWAYS.US , you’ll have noticed that spring has consistently arrived very late to most of the major breeding and survey areas.  On June 5th, the survey team for Northeast Manitoba was grounded by a snowstorm in Churchill – the Polar Bear Capital of the World. Each year, biologists provide real-time reporting during the annual waterfowl survey. Waterfowl hunters can monitor the breeding conditions and bird counts for areas that supply them with ducks and geese during the fall migration and experience the visual wonders of these remote habitats that are so … Continue reading

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Trulock Pattern Plus Choke Tubes

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Not having a tight pattern can make all the difference in whatever shotgun sport you choose. In hunting, it can mean you miss bagging your prey; in shooting events, it can mean losing by just a few points. No one wants any of that. Trulock Chokes has just the answer for tightening your pattern – its Pattern Plus choke tubes. Pattern Plus chokes are similar to factory chokes in that they screw in flush with the end of the barrel. The chokes come in a variety of popular Trulock choke styles, including turkey, modified, skeet 1 and 2, cylinder styles and more. These chokes are available in numerous sizes to fit most any brand and gauge of shotgun. Be Sociable! Share this article with a friend. Tweet

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Browning Expands Citori 725 Line with 20 Gauge Models

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Morgan, UT -New for 2014, Browning has expanded the Citori 725 line of shotguns by adding new 20 gauge Field and Sporting models. The lightweight and quick handling 20 gauge Citori 725 over and unders come standard with all of the features of other 725 models including the Fire Lite Mechanical Trigger System and full-width hinge pin and tapered locking bolt receiver design. To help reduce felt recoil and make second shots faster and more accurate, the 20 gauge Citori 725 uses Browning’s Inflex II recoil pad that diverts recoil down and away from the shooters face. Be Sociable! Share this article with a friend. Tweet

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LIVE! From Duck Production Central…

Delta Duckcam - Live Nesting Camera

Bismarck, N.D. — Will she or won’t she hatch those eggs? That is the question. Will a raccoon find her tiny grass bowl filled with developing ducklings still warm inside their eggshells? Might a red fox stalk her on the nest and catch the hen as she tries to fly away? Or can she sit undetected for nearly a month, leaving only for a short while to eat and drink each day, and successfully hatch her clutch? Last spring, Delta Waterfowl installed a small video camera mounted to a stake in the ground next to four different duck nests — one at a time — during the breeding season and streamed the feed on the organization’s website for the world to watch. As the events unfolded, a pintail hatched seven ducklings, followed by a raccoon destroying a gadwall nest, a successful mallard hatch and finally, a skunk raiding a gadwall. … Continue reading

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New display showcases decoy carving tradition in Louisiana.

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June 2014 | New Orleans, La. — The Historic New Orleans Collection is proud to announce the donation of more than 300 hand-carved decoys and other works of art by southeastern Louisianan craftsmen. The Anne and Dick Stephens Collection of Louisiana Decoys and Wildfowl Artifacts, part of which is on display in THNOC’s Orientation Center at 533 Royal St., celebrates the talent and dedication of the men who devoted themselves to this region’s distinct carving traditions. Admission to see the display is free, and gallery hours are Tuesday–Saturday, 9:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m., and Sunday, 10:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. “Louisiana has a long and well-recognized tradition of wildfowl carving,” said John H. Lawrence, THNOC’s director of museum programs. “The Stephens’s gift represents elements of artistic and cultural expression that are in keeping with our mission to portray and protect the history of this region.” Be Sociable! Share this article with a friend. Tweet

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