Waterfowl

Proposed Wisconsin waterfowl hunting changes altered after review of public comments

After reviewing extensive feedback from thousands of waterfowl hunters collected through mail-in surveys, annual spring hearings and a waterfowl hunters' conference, wildlife officials are retooling proposed changes in waterfowl hunting zones and dates for 2011 and beyond. The Natural Resources Board will be asked to make a final decision on season structures at its August 9-10 meeting in Sauk City….

IL: Duck zone may depend on support

Springfield – Will 2011 finally be the year of the "fourth zone?" Duck hunters in Illinois have been clamoring for a fourth duck hunting zone for a generation – and things are looking up. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service reviews the zones every five years. For the past three or four cycles, the state of Illinois has submitted a…

WI: Hunters reject three-zone proposal for ducks

Madison – The 2011 annual DNR and Conservation Congress spring hearings yielded a number of surprises, not the least of which was the rejection of a three-zone waterfowl proposal. Some spring hearing watchers also were surprised that attendance was up about 28 percent statewide from last year – 5,575 in 2011, compared with 4,360 in 2010. The increase might relate…

Illinois Youth Wins Federal Junior Duck Stamp Competition

A pair of ringneck ducks was selected to appear on the 2011-2012 Federal Junior Duck Stamp, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The design for the new stamp, painted by 17-year-old Abraham Hunter of Vienna, Ill., was chosen by a panel of judges at the national Junior Duck Stamp Art Contest, held at the John Heinz National Wildlife…

CO: FWS Unveils Duck Season Proposal

DENVER — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is accepting public comment through May 15 on proposed changes to the guidelines that the Colorado Wildlife Commission must use to set duck hunting season zones and split seasons from 2011 to 2015. Colorado and other states have requested a revision in federal zoning and split season guidelines, which have remained unchanged…

CO: Waterfowl Stamp Art Winner Repeats

DENVER – Artist Richard Clifton won his first Colorado waterfowl stamp art contest in 2010. And now he's won his second in 2011. Clifton's rendering of three green-winged teal was recently selected to grace the 2011 Colorado Waterfowl Stamp by a team of judges from around the state. "This piece captures the brilliance of the birds," said former state senator…

Maryland DNR Announces 2011 Midwinter Waterfowl Survey Results

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) have released the results of the 2011 Midwinter Waterfowl Survey. Each winter, pilots and biologists from the two agencies count ducks, geese and swans along Maryland's Chesapeake Bay shoreline and Atlantic coast. In January 2011, survey teams observed 640,700 waterfowl which is lower than the number…

OK: Waterfowl Report for March 16

Conservation Order Light Goose Season is open February 14 to March 30. For additional information and regulations visit wildlifedepartment.com. NORTHEAST Ft. Gibson: Lake level is 0.61 feet above normal. Habitat condition is good, with smartweed, barnyard grass and some agricultural crops in the area. Goose numbers are low. Hunting activity is light, with low success. No significant reports of bird…

OK: Waterfowl Report

Conservation Order Light Goose Season is open February 14 to March 30. For additional information and regulations visit wildlifedepartment.com. NORTHEAST   Ft. Gibson: Lake level is 0.61 feet above normal. Habitat condition is good, with smartweed, barnyard grass and some agricultural crops in the area. Goose numbers are low. Hunting activity is light, with low success. No significant reports of…

Vermont Waterfowl Hunting Zone Boundary Change Proposed

WATERBURY, VT — The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Board has given its initial approval of a proposal by the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department to establish the boundary between two Vermont waterfowl hunting zones in the northwest corner of the state. The proposed boundary is a change from previous years. Vermont has three Waterfowl Hunting Zones: the Lake Champlain Zone,…

NV: Free Nevada duck stamp available to eligible hunters

Waterfowl hunters who purchased their 2010-11Nevada waterfowl stamp "privilege" online or at one of the new electronic point of sale sites, and would like to have the physical stamp to go along with it, can have one. And it won't cost them a cent. Eligible hunters who would like a traditional stamp may request a free Nevada Duck Stamp when…

WI: Duck hunters offered three zones

Madison- Should Wisconsin have three duck-hunting zones? That's a question the DNR will ask hunters at the annual spring fish and wildlife hearings on Monday, April 11. To many duck hunters, it won't make any difference. They hunt in the majority of the state where even with three zones, their hunting season would be unchanged. But to those hunters who…

AL: Jim Denney's Artwork Selected for Alabama Waterfowl Stamp

A pair of ringed-neck ducks painted by Jim Denney of Alexander City, Ala., is the winner of the 2011 Alabama Waterfowl Stamp Art Contest. The winning artwork will adorn the 2012-2013 Alabama Waterfowl Stamp. The annual contest, sponsored by the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR) Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division (WFF), is open to all resident Alabama…

OK: Waterfowl Report for March 1, 2011

Conservation Order Light Goose Season is open February 14 to March 30. For additional information and regulations visit wildlifedepartment.com.  NORTHEAST Kaw: Habitat conditions are poor, with low quantities of millet sedges and natural waterfowl vegetation. Goose numbers are fair. Hunting activity is light, with fair success. Bird movement in the area has been moderate. SOUTHEAST Red Slough: Goose numbers are…

NE: Sutherland Reservoir Waterfowl Meeting Scheduled

LINCOLN – The public is invited to attend an informational meeting to discuss the future of waterfowl hunting on Sutherland Reservoir, according to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. on March 24 at Butch's Steakhouse in Hershey. Commission staff will present information regarding current waterfowl and waterfowl hunter use on the Lincoln County…

Big Gathering of Wisconsin Waterfowlers Coming Up

Some of Wisconsin's most avid duck and goose hunters will migrate to Stevens Point on March 4 and 5, for the 9th annual gathering and something that I think all waterfowl hunters will find beneficial. Although there are several organizations (such as Wisconsin Waterfowl Association, Wisconsin Wildlife Federation, Ducks Unlimited, Delta Waterfowl, and WI DNR) that help to co-sponsor the…

So You Want to Be A Waterfowl Guide?

There's nothing like waiting until the last day of the season for your first hunt. While I was whittling out late-season field time for chasing deer and rabbits, I almost let the waterfowl season get away from me completely. It wasn't until January 31 that I finally climbed in a pit, and that buzzer-beater goose hunt with friends near Crab…

IL: Still no clues on state’s 4th duck zone proposal

Collinsville, Ill – Duck hunters across the state are still waiting word on a proposed additional duck hunting zone. It's been six months since Gov. Pat Quinn formally asked the U.S. Secretary of the Interior to consider granting Illinois "more flexibility in setting future duck hunting seasons for the 2011-15 seasons' to enhance hunting opportunities and help retain and recruit…