The RedHead® Dog Pit Blind helps your dog accomplish what it was born and bred to do – bring back ducks and geese and drop them in your hand. Your dog wants you to take your limit of ducks and geese as much as you do, maybe even more. If the birds don’t come in and you don’t drop them, Fido doesn’t get to retrieve them.
Sharp-eyed, wary waterfowl are alert for anything out of place and any unnatural movement. Don’t let your excited canine hunting companion give away your meticulously placed decoy spread. The RedHead Dog Pit blind provides essential concealment beneath its Realtree Max-5 600D coated fabric shell. Large and plentiful brush loops allow you to exactly match the blind to surrounding cover. Continue reading
Stormr Stealth Jacket
Hunters wearing StormR Stealth gear say let the frigid winds blow and the cold rain fall. They know foul weather and outstanding waterfowl hunting go hand-in-hand. Wearing clothing like a StormR Stealth Jacket, Stealth Bib and a pair of Stealth Gauntlet Gloves, hunters can defy the elements while others are forced back to camp early to dry out and warm up.
StormR clothing offers safety, warmth and mobility, and these products are so durable they have raised the industry standard.
Waterfowlers will find that the Stealth series combines good-looking and very functional camo patterns for any winter hunting situation. True to its name, the Stealth series incorporates Realtree Max-4 camouflage to make hunters invisible to ducks and geese. Continue reading
Waterfowler.com reminds our readers in the Great Lakes Region that Reed’s Family Outdoors will host their Annual Expo and Factory Tent Sale from August 15 – 17 in Walker, MN. THe FALL CLASSIC SALE will feature incredible savings on all your outdoors needs for the coming hunting season — including savings on apparel, ammunition, firearms and decoys by the truckload. For more information visit REEDSSPORTS.COM
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) proposes liberal hunting season lengths and bag limits for the upcoming 2014-15 late waterfowl seasons. States will 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. According to the Service’s 2014 Waterfowl Population Status Report, population estimates for most species of ducks remained strong for this breeding season.
The waterfowl hunting frameworks are set using annual results of cooperative population surveys, banding programs and harvest surveys that produce the largest data set on any wildlife species group in the world. They guide the Service’s waterfowl conservation programs and provide hunting opportunities while ensuring the long-term health of waterfowl populations. Continue reading
New early teals seasons for the upper Mississippi Flyway.
The count down is on for resident Canada goose and Dove seasons in many states – and the start of hunting season is just over 30-days away. That’s right, a mere month away. As we ramp up for the coming season, and another record year for duck production, issue #22 of Waterfowler.com Journal is in production and slated for a September release to celebrate the arrival of another hunting season.
The 2014 off-season has been quite productive for both waterfowl and waterfowl management. Duck numbers will reach another record this season and in response to those numbers a number of states in the Upper Mississippi Flyway will host in their first early teal seasons this year – including Wisconsin, Michigan, Iowa and Minnesota. Waterfowler.com encourages our readers to consult their state regulations for details and to participate in these experimental seasons. Of course, during teal-only seasons, species identification is paramount and wood ducks can be easily mistaken for teal during the early season before waterfowl molt into colorful breeding plumage. Waterfowler.com reminds our readers to hunt safe, hunt legal and take extra precaution with regard to species identification.
While some government agencies continue to work hard to improve quality-hunting opportunity for sportsmen, the polarization on Capitol Hill continues to put politics before good policy for sportsman. Much to the disappointment of the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) and sportsman everywhere, the Bi-Partisan Sportsman’s Act of 2014 died a horrible death on the Hill, thanks to ongoing political shenanigans. Despite the bill having overwhelming support from both sides of the aisle, the bill was destined for failure long before the it was put to a vote and amended to death in order to insure it’s failure. In short, the block was the result of long-term political maneuvering, as the bill’s sponsor, Senator Kay Hagen (D-NC), is running for re-election this November and allowing Hagen to take home a win to North Carolina sportsmen would be in direct opposition to the GOP’s goal to win a majority in the Senate this fall. Continue reading
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. Continue reading
Canvasback hen with ducklings: © USFWS
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. Continue reading
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. Continue reading