Waterfowl

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…

Waterfowl Update from Southern Illinois

Between deer hunting, family issues and the holidays, I haven't had the chance to get after ducks or geese yet this season. I've got the itch, though, and with my schedule opening up a bit I decided to call a few pros and get the skinny on what the birds are doing throughout the southern part of the state. Here's…

Illinois waterfowl hunting area gets facelift

CHANDLERVILLE, Ill. (AP) – A popular waterfowl hunting area in central Illinois has gotten a multi-million dollar facelift. Nearly $3 million was spent to repair flood damaged levees at the Sanganois Fish and Wildlife Area. That money came through the Illinois Capitol Development Board. Spokesman Dave Blanchette tells WIUM Radio that the restored wetland provides a better environment for wildlife…

MN DNR aims to boost waterfowl populations through new approaches

Two new tactics to add more ducks to Minnesota's skies were the focus of a signing ceremony Tuesday, Dec. 14, attended by leaders of Ducks Unlimited, the Minnesota Waterfowl Association and other conservation organizations. The gathering, convened by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR), celebrated the formal signing of the state's first-ever shallow lakes plan and the publication of…

Illinois waterfowl guide indicted for wildlife trafficking, illegal hunting

Springfield- A federal grand jury returned a 23-count felony indictment Thursday (Dec. 9) charging a popular Illinois waterfowl hunting guide with conspiracy, wildlife trafficking, and making false writings in connection with the illegal sale of guided waterfowl hunts, the Department of Justice announced. The indictment charges Jeffrey B. Foiles , 53, of Pleasant Hill, Ill., with conspiracy to violate the Lacey…

MN: Reports suggest a better ’10 duck season

Bemidji, Minn. – Once all the numbers have been tabulated, it may not look like the duck season that ended earlier this week was anything spectacular. The number of hunters who targeted waterfowl probably will be down some from 2009, and the harvest likely will be on par with last year. Yet, "generally, it probably turned out better than most…

Turkey, duck hunters are in same boat

Springfield – Turkey and duck hunters in the state may be glancing at each other across their respective blinds and mumbling, "at least we don't have it as bad as those guys." Both sets of bird chasers have spent a lot of time this fall cursing Mother Nature. Dry and warm conditions finally gave way in the middle of November,…

Weather last week blew a few ducks into state

Bemidji, Minn. — Waterfowlers hoping for the “big surge” of migrating ducks into the state got a taste of better action, but not enough to draw rave reviews last week. Since a front brought with it stiff winds, rain, and even snow to some parts of Minnesota, weather conditions have since moderated; duck hunting remains good in many places, but…

Walleyes, ducks, and roosters keep outdoor enthusiasts busy

Big Six LAKE MILLE LACS The night crankbait bite has been good at St. Alban's Bay, Garrison Reef, most rock-covered points, and shallow rock reefs. You'll also catch fish at night with slip bobbers and leeches on the mud flats in 25 to 32 feet. A few muskies have been caught and the pike bite has been consistent on crankbaits in…

Waterfowl season starts with a few ducks and fewer hunters

Big Six LAKE MILLE LACS A few walleyes are being caught on the flats during the day, but the night bite has been more consistent on the mud with slip bobbers and leeches in 23 to 28 feet of water. Crankbaits also have produced walleyes at night on the shallow rocks, weedlines, and shoreline breaks. Perch are scattered on the six-…

Duck hunt is on the horizon

Lansing – It's been several years since waterfowl hunters have been faced with gloomy forecasts for the coming seasons. Yes, weather conditions have been dry some years, and the late 1990s were better years for duck and goose numbers. But for more than a dozen years, wetland conditions and waterfowl production in North America have been such that Michigan duck…