Waterfowl

Wisconsin DNR schedules four meetings beginning March 12 to discuss 2018 waterfowl season framework with 60-day season

A subject of some concern for some hunters is the early teal season.Waterfowl hunters have the opportunity to provide their input on the 2018 duck and goose seasons at four public hearings around the state. Taylor Finger, DNR waterfowl ecologist, will be presenting information on the 2017 waterfowl hunting season, results from the 2017 survey of 2,700 Wisconsin waterfowl hunters,…

Several notable changes proposed for 2018 Wisconsin waterfowl hunting season

A new proposal has the North Zone duck season opening on Sept. 29, which is a week later than previous seasons.MADISON — The Wisconsin DNR noted its proposed waterfowl hunting season structure and information regarding feedback during March meetings and via written comment in a news release Wednesday, March 7. Notable changes in 2018 compared to past proposals: North Zone duck…

Ohio DNR to waterfowl hunters: Know the difference between swans, geese

State-threatened trumpeter swans.AKRON, Ohio — As Ohio’s duck and goose seasons begin, hunters are encouraged to familiarize themselves with waterfowl identification before heading out, according to the Ohio DNR. Ohio waterfowl hunters frequently encounter a variety of species of birds when in the field and marsh, and some species of ducks, geese and swans may look similar. Some species, like the…

Canadian province lowers minimum hunting age to 12

(Delta Waterfowl)WINNIPEG, Manitoba — Newfoundland has relaxed what was the most restrictive minimum-age requirement for hunters in North America, according to a recent news release from Delta Waterfowl. Effective immediately, Newfoundland youths age 12 or older can hunt small game and ducks when accompanied by an adult, rather than waiting until age 16. Delta Waterfowl was at the forefront of…

Warm weather not dampening Minnesota waterfowl hunting

Undeterred by warm weather, many Minnesota waterfowl hunters are reporting fair to good hunting success since the season began on Sept. 23, Ducks Unlimited said in a migration update Wednesday, Oct. 18. According to the Minnesota DNR, waterfowl hunters are taking advantage of excellent wild rice production this year, with solid numbers of ring-necked ducks in most areas now, the…