Sunday, December 10th, 2023

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Sportsmen Since 1967

Sunday, December 10th, 2023

Breaking News for

Sportsmen Since 1967

September 6, 2023

Outdoor Insights: Go figure duck numbers are dropping

Late this summer, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service issued its annual Waterfowl Population Status Report, which showed some disturbing trends.
Total ducks in the continent’s heartland (32.3 million) are down 7% from 2022 and 9% off the long-term average (LTA). Year-on-year declines haven’t stopped the feds from allowing another liberal structure, including year three of Minnesota’s popular early teal season, which kicked off this past Saturday. Pintails provided arguably the lone bright spot in the survey, up 24% from 2022 at 2.2M birds, though still 43% off the LTA.

Commentary: Ducks Unlimited leads partnership in $3 billion conservation initiative

A coalition of conservation organizations has launched a historic $3 billion international fund-raising campaign to protect and restore wetland habitats across North America, resulting in cleaner water for communities and wildlife.

Ducks Unlimited, Inc., Ducks Unlimited Canada, Ducks Unlimited de México, and Wetlands America Trust have announced “Conservation For A Continent. Our Wetlands. Our Legacy.” The campaign, one of the largest ever launched in North America devoted to landscape conservation and the future of our outdoors heritage, will fund ambitious projects to build back nature in all 50 states, Canada, and Mexico.

Beyond Minnesota: Mississippi hunters take state-record, 14-foot alligator

A group of hunters harvested the longest alligator ever to be recorded in Mississippi, according to the state Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks.

Four state residents – Donald Woods, Will Thomas, Joey Clark, and Tanner White – harvested a male alligator on Aug. 26 in west Mississippi’s Sunflower River. The alligator weighed 802.5 pounds and measured 14 feet, 3 inches long.

Switchin’ to glidebaits: Try them this summer

Most anglers are aware of the glidebait phenomenon and how that lure style has become a staple in most tackle boxes. I will honestly say it has taken me about two years to get the hang of these innovative baits, but I now have confidence in them after some fishing success.
These baits are commonly used by ice anglers, but because of their versatility, they’re becoming more common during the mid-summer months, too.

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