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September 17, 2023

Montana artist Chuck Black wins 2023 Federal Duck Stamp Art Contest

After two days of competition, Chuck Black of Belgrade, Mont., emerged as the winner of the 2023 Federal Duck Stamp Art Contest with an oil painting of a northern pintail. The announcement was made at an event and via live stream at the Olmstead Center at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa.
In addition to Black, Adam Grimm of Wallace, South Dakota, placed second with an acrylic painting of a northern pintail pair, and Gerald Mobley of Claremore, Oklahoma, took third place with an acrylic painting of a northern pintail. Des Moines was chosen as the site of this year’s contest because of its importance in the conservation history of the Federal Duck Stamp. The Jay N. Darling Legacy Institute, located at Drake University, houses artifacts and other memorabilia used in the creation of the first Duck Stamp and interprets this important tie between art and conservation.    

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Carp eDNA finding from Michigan a reminder that Illinois isn’t fighting solo

Expectations have been that if – or when – an invasive carp enters Lake Michigan, that fish will have swam up from the waters of Illinois.
That notion has remained mostly true, especially after a live 22-pound silver carp was captured in Lake Calumet in August 2022. 
Lake Calumet is only seven miles from Lake Michigan. But a recent development in Michigan serves as a reminder that the Land of Lincoln is not alone in what has become a dangerous and expansive battle.

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New York’s Northern Zone bowhunters can expect a strong mast crop when deer season opens Sept. 27

Deer season in the Northern Zone officially gets under way with the opening of the early archery season on Sept. 27. And state wildlife officials are confident that hunters in the North Country will find not only a solid whitetail population during the Northern Zone hunting seasons, but one that is well-fed. 
Big Game Biologist for New York State, Brendan Quirion, with the state Department of Environmental Conservation said that with a few exceptions, mast crop production is strong across New York, including up north.

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To enjoy Pennsylvania’s herd more, boost your elk IQ

Observant outdoors folks have already noticed wine-red gum leaves and Virginia creeper’s scarlet bursts in the woods. In Pennsylvania, that means elk watchers from all corners of the state and beyond are planning their annual elk pilgrimage.
They know that September, on that crescent of Allegheny Plateau, is the time and place to enjoy a wildlife spectacle like no other in this part of the world.

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Mid-season Doves: Here’s what to do as the hunting pressure picks up

The work begins as the birds are on to me, no longer flying low where they once did. Not dropping in to the decoys without hesitation. So it goes with each passing day. The easy birds were yesterday.
The birds that fell on opening day were young birds. By October, the birds are older, more apt to be part of the local flocks, rather than transients. The birds look larger as they fly past. Some hunters get caught up in the moment, the larger birds appearing closer than they really are.

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Field first-aid for hunting dogs: Here’s how to be prepared

You’ve planned the trip for months and are finally hunting. You haven’t been afield an hour when the dog comes limping back to you, or blood is gushing out of a gash in his forehead or leg.

How you’re prepared for field emergencies like this one can make or break your hunting trip and, in some cases, your hunting season. Most gun dog owners would agree that hunting dogs are an integral component of the experience, and their physical well-being has a significant bearing on the success and enjoyment of the hunt.

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