Waterfowl

CO: Duck hunting clinic in Pueblo

PUEBLO, Colo. – Colorado Parks and Wildlife will offer a clinic for duck hunters at 6 p.m., Nov. 9 at the Pueblo Hunter Safety Building at 2500 W. Mesa Ave. The clinic is a way for waterfowl hunters to learn about hunting regulations, duck biology, identification, and hunting tactics – all with the goal of increasing duck hunting success. "This…

OK: Waterfowl Report for October 26, 2011

Duck season is currently open for Panhandle Counties. Zone 1 opens Saturday October 29, and Zone 2 opens Saturday November 5. Youth Waterfowl opportunities October 29-30 for Zone 2, see regulations for details. For zone maps and complete waterfowl hunting regulations log on to wildlifedepartment.com. The next waterfowl report is scheduled for November 2.   NORTHWEST Canton – Zone 1:…

ID: Waterfowl shooting time chart correction

The time chart on Page 11 in the 2011-2012 Waterfowl Seasons and Rules book has some incorrect times for five days in January. The opening times on January 22 through 27 in the column for Ada, Adams, Boise, Canyon, Elmore, Gem, Owyhee, Payette, Valley and Washington counties and part of Idaho County, all in the Mountain Time Zone areas are…

OK: Wildlife Department seeks youth who want to hunt waterfowl

The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation is searching for young hunters who want to go on a guided duck hunt this fall at one of six lakes across Oklahoma. The hunts are designed for youth ages 12-15 who have completed the Wildlife Department's free hunter education course. Hunts are held at Altus-Lugert Lake, Ft. Gibson Waterfowl Refuge, Ft. Cobb State…

Gonna Get My Duck On, Texas Style!

As hard as it is to remove my ever-spinning thoughts off of deer season and the upcoming 2011 rut, which is supposed to be a sizzling nine days for deer hunters everywhere, I have to remember that this year I'll be missing the last few days of the pre-rut. Fortunately, and yet strangely, I'm thrilled at the prospect. Typically, should…

DU: Price of federal duck stamp should go up

New Orleans (AP) – Given the current political climate, it's easy to consider Dale Hall a hopeless optimist when reading this: the CEO of Ducks Unlimited is pushing Congress to raise the price of the federal duck stamp from $15 to $25. But then you want to change "hopeless optimist'' to "just plain crazy'' when you read this: While waiting…

Staying safe in a duck boat

This comes from the Minnesota DNR, but it's a well-worded piece on duck boat safety. Every year, outings that could have been good memories become tragedies. Let's make this a year with no such tragic endings…  With many duck hunters anxiously preparing for the Sept. 24 Minnesota opener, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) reminds people to make sure…

MN: Duck season kicks off Saturday

Bemidji, Minn. – Steve Cordts is so confident duck hunters will see birds on Saturday's opener that he's got a deal for hunters who don't: give him a call and he'll put you on them next year. "About all I can guarantee is everyone who goes hunting will see a duck," Cordts, waterfowl specialist for the DNR, said. "I won't…

WI: High duck numbers bring big hopes in ’11

Madison – It's almost always the same. It lurks out there, just beneath the horizon, an opportunity as yet unfulfilled from the boat blinds and the shore blinds, from the cattails, the bulrushes, and sloughs – it's the 2011 waterfowl season, and from all indications, it's going to be one of the better years for duck hunters across the state….

IL: Duckers ready for big year

Springfield – "Duck down." It's an exclamation the state's waterfowlers hope to hear – and themselves utter – several times this fall. For some waterfowlers in the state, it's the beginning of a new era: the 2011 season includes an additional hunting zone and altered hunting dates. For others, there will be basically no changes. Changes or no changes, successes…

Dry conditions may create challenges for Minnesota waterfowl hunters

In spite of abnormally wet conditions earlier this year, Minnesota waterfowl hunters may find access to lakes and wetlands challenging in some areas this fall. "Some hunters may be surprised by water levels, especially at the very shallow sites," said Ken Varland, area wildlife supervisor for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR). "Some wetlands are significantly lower than they…

Duck Hunting: Getting Started

We're all about breaking down barriers to newcomers, so we like this article from Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks…  A few days ago a co-worker, commenting on the breeding duck population surveys this year, told me, "It sounds like a person could go out to a local wetland this fall, fire a shotgun into the air, and a duck would…

Montana Youth Waterfowl And Pheasant Hunting Opportunities

Montana's young hunters will have a special treat Sept. 24-25, the weekend of the youth waterfowl and pheasant special seasons. Legally licensed hunters ages 12-15 will be able to hunt ducks, mergansers, geese, coots and pheasants statewide on these two days. Also, under a new regulation, youngsters 11 years of age who will reach 12 years of age by Jan….

SD: Goose Hunting C-O-R-R-E-C-T-I-O-N-S

PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Department is asking that individuals who will be goose hunting in Perkins County this fall be aware of a misprint in the 2011 Hunting Handbook. On page 22 of the Handbook, Perkins County is listed under both Unit 1 and Unit 2 Canada Goose hunting units. Perkins County is not…

Minnesota: Stephen Hamrick wins 2012 duck stamp competition

A ruddy duck painted by Stephen P. Hamrick of Lakeville will be featured on the 2012 Minnesota Migratory Waterfowl Stamp. Hamrick's painting was chosen as the winning design from among 26 entries in the stamp contest sponsored by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR). Thirteen entries advanced to the second stage of judging, from which four finalists were selected….

OH: Third zone added to duck hunt

Columbus – A third duck hunting zone was indeed added to the northern Ohio landscape for this upcoming season. The 2011-2012 waterfowl hunting season dates have been approved by the Ohio Wildlife Council, according to the DNR Division of Wildlife. Ohio duck hunters can now take advantage of three zones for hunting. Based on comments received from waterfowl hunters in…

OK: Waterfowl visiting Lake Eufaula to benefit from millet planting

Thanks to a donation from the Oklahoma Waterfowlers Association, hundreds of acres of exposed shoreline on Lake Eufaula have been planted with Japanese millet seed to attract and benefit waterfowl this fall and winter. Along with providing the donation of 5,400 pounds of millet seed to the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation, Waterfowlers Association members donated time to assist with…

North American Waterfowl Management Plan Revision Available for Public Review and Comment

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) is seeking public comments on the draft revision of the North American Waterfowl Management Plan (NAWMP). First signed in 1986 between Canada and the United States — with Mexico joining in 1994 — the NAWMP is held as a leading model for international conservation plans. In large measure this is because it is…

MI: State duck hunters optimistic

Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. – Michigan waterfowl hunters have much to anticipate this season with another 60-day season on the books, greater numbers of ducks across North America, and goose flocks that appear to be holding their own. Some goose hunters already are in the fields and marshes since the early season for resident Canada geese opened Sept. 1. Early…