Waterfowl

Wisconsin Waterfowl Hunters' Conference

This year’s Wisconsin Waterfowl Hunters’ Conference will take place March 9-10 in a new location – the Plaza Hotel and Suites in Wausau – and all waterfowl hunters are invited to help celebrate the conference’s 10th anniversary. The conference is designed by a committee of independent waterfowl hunters. It is supported by individuals, conservation groups, businesses and government agencies.

New Oklahoma waterfowl stamp art selected

  The 2012-2013 Oklahoma waterfowl stamp design contest results are in, and first place goes to Richard Clifton of Milford, Del., whose winning painting portraying the white-fronted goose will be featured on the 2012-2013 state waterfowl stamp. Clifton's win comes after already earning an honorable mention in last year's Oklahoma waterfowl stamp contest with his portrayal of the blue-winged teal….

Housing appeal for wood ducks in Massachusetts

There is a wildlife housing need in Massachusetts that conservationists of all kinds can support! The Division of Fisheries and Wildlife is welcoming donations of constructed wood duck boxes or lumber for building boxes. Wood ducks are one of the few kinds of waterfowl (ducks and geese) that nest in cavities or holes in trees. There are not enough natural…

2012 Federal Junior Duck Stamp Contest Open

It's a New Year, and future conservationists are invited to participate in the 2012 Federal Junior Duck Stamp Program. Sponsored by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), the Duck Stamp Program provides an opportunity for America's youth to learn about conservation and express their artistic talents at the same time. The contest is open to youngsters in Kindergarten through…

Oklahoma Waterfowl Report for January 4, 2012

Waterfowl season currently open in Zones 1 and 2. For zone maps and complete waterfowl hunting regulations log on to wildlifedepartment.com. The next waterfowl report is scheduled for January 18. NORTHWEST Ft. Supply – Zone 1: Water level is 2.31 feet below normal. Habitat conditions are poor, with local winter wheat also in poor condition. Duck numbers are moderate. Goose…

AR: Weekly Waterfowl Report December 28, 2011

The following report is a compilation of state reports and waterfowl surveys from across Arkansas. This report provides a look at habitat conditions across the state.   Abundance of water, mild conditions plague hunters LITTLE ROCK – Hunting conditions haven't changed much since last week's report, with the abundance of waterfowl habitat across the state apparently causing spotty distribution of…

AR: Weekly Waterfowl Report for December 14, 2011

The following report is a compilation of state reports and waterfowl surveys from across Arkansas. This report provides a look at habitat conditions across the state. Abundance of water good news, bad news for hunters LITTLE ROCK – There's no shortage of waterfowl habitat across The Natural State, and while it's good news for wintering waterfowl, the abundant water on…

MN: DNR plans duck-hunter survey for 2012

Bemidji, Minn. – Regulation changes that allowed hunters to kill more wood ducks and hen mallards, and that opened the season earlier and divided the state into zones, likely still will be in place next fall. That assumes counts next spring don't show big changes in duck status, and that hunters don't express widespread opposition to the new regs. "If…

AR: Water manipulation required again, but WMAs still good for second waterfowl season opening day

LITTLE ROCK – For the second time in just over two weeks, this week's heavy rainfall is forcing the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission to manipulate water levels on several wildlife management areas in northeastern and eastern Arkansas. The measures are necessary to prevent damage or failure of infrastructure such as levees and water-control structures. Arkansas's second segment of the…

IL: ‘Historic’ season opens with new duck zone

Marion, Il. – This was the most anticipated duck hunting season in recent Illinois history. For the first time, the state's waterfowlers kicked off the season with a fourth waterfowl hunting zone. In theory, that means seasons can be set to maximize hunting opportunities, and, again theoretically, hunter satisfaction. "So far duck migrations in the Illinois river valley have been…

AR: Weekly Waterfowl Report November 30, 2011

The following report is a compilation of state reports and waterfowl surveys from across Arkansas. This report provides a look at habitat conditions across the state.   Duck numbers down for November LITTLE ROCK – There were fewer ducks for hunters to pursue during the opening weekend of duck season this year, with aerial waterfowl surveys revealing a 26 percent…

Western Oklahoma waterfowlers encouraged to

Biologists with the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation are urging waterfowl hunters to "think geese and cranes" between now and Nov. 27, as large numbers of early migrants have flocked into southwest and western portions of the state in the last five to seven days. "People may not be thinking about geese and cranes yet, but we are encouraging hunters…

OK: Waterfowl Report for November 16, 2011

Waterfowl season is currently open for all zones. For zone maps and complete waterfowl hunting regulations log on to wildlifedepartment.com. The next waterfowl report is scheduled for November 23.   NORTHWEST Canton – Zone 1: Water level is 11.7 feet below normal. Habitat conditions are good, but none are flooded. Duck numbers are fair. Goose numbers are fair, with mostly…

SD: Proposed Changes to Spring Snow Goose Conservation Order

PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Game Fish and Parks Commission is proposing elimination of the daily limit and possession limit for light geese during the 2012 Spring Light Goose Conservation Order. South Dakota is one of two remaining states in the Central Flyway that has daily and possession limits for the spring season. The proposed season would run from…