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
Duck and Goose Hunting News
Record Breeding Duck Count, Good Water Sets Stage for Strong Fall Flight
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
DOA Introduces New Gunning Floaters
Relying on the quality design and manufacturing process that rocketed their full-bodied ROUGE SERIES decoys to popularity amongst hard-core goose hunters, DOA DECOYS introduces their new floating decoys to their gunning decoy line up.
The decoys feature a recessed hexagonal keel,which provides maximum movement in the slightest wind or current. In addition, the decoys have movable heads and boast their exclusive, durable paint process, which gives these decoys unrivaled realism.
The decoys are packaged with 4 active heads and 2 sentry heads and retail for $169.99 per box.
These decoys can be ordered online, direct from DOA and delivered right to your door. For more information, visit DOA DECOYS online at: http://www.doadecoys.com
Bushnell’s New Excursion HD Binoculars
Overland Park, Kan – Bushnell, an industry leader in high performance sports optics for 65 years, has introduced a new binocular that defines versatility. Available in two popular configurations – 8x 42mm and 10x 42mm – the Excursion HD Binocular incorporates high-quality, lead-free optics to provide a remarkable viewing experience.
Featuring BaK 4 prisms, PC-3 Phase Coating and fully multi-coated optics, the Excursion HD binocular provides incredible image clarity and brightness. The roof prism binocular features a compact open-bridge design, resulting in a class-leading field of view. Continue reading
D.T. Introduction to E-Collar Conditioning
In the 12th D.T. the Dog Training Video, Dan Ihrke shows how to properly introduce your dog to e-collar conditioning. Dan Covers the basics of what a proper e-collar working level is and how to teach the dog to respond to corrections. Dan also talks about how to slowly introduce e-collar conditioning that is most effective for training. In this video Dan is using the D.T. Systems H2O 1820.
DU pleased NRCS providing innovative ways to conserve grasslands
BISMARCK, N.D. – Feb. 15, 2014 – Ducks Unlimited applauds USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) increasing its efforts to work with landowners in the Prairie Pothole Region (PPR) to conserve grasslands and wetlands. Agriculture Under Secretary for Natural Resources and Environment Robert Bonnie announced today that NRCS is committing up to $35 million over the next three years for prairie conservation in Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota and Iowa.
“We are pleased to see NRCS renewing its commitment to grassland and wetland conservation in the PPR, which is so critical to waterfowl production,” said DU CEO Dale Hall. “We’re seeing unprecedented pressures to convert native prairie and drain wetlands. We need to look for new ways to make conservation programs more economically competitive and attractive to landowners.” Continue reading
DOA Decoys – Damaged Box Sale
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
Autumn Wings Introduces the Series 72 Working Decoy.
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