Waterfowl

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…

DNR: Good waterfowl opener expected this weekend

“The number of breeding ducks in Minnesota and North America has been good in recent years, so we’re optimistic that will result in a good duck season,” said Steve Cordts, waterfowl specialist with the DNR. “Wetland habitat conditions and wild rice lakes are in pretty good shape. Canada goose populations remain high as well, so there’s lots of opportunity to hunt geese this fall.”  

Vermont youth push continues with waterfowl hunt

(Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department)MONTPELIER, Vt. — A youngster’s first hunt can mark the beginning of a lifelong passion for the outdoors and a commitment to wildlife conservation. That’s the premise behind Vermont’s upcoming youth waterfowl hunting weekend, Sept. 23-24. “Vermont’s youth waterfowl hunting weekend helps ensure that young hunters get the quality training and experiences they need for lifelong…

DNR waterfowl specialist: Outlook good for duck, goose seasons

The early September goose season was poor to fair statewide.The forecast is calling for a favorable Minnesota waterfowl season. “Habitat conditions look good in most areas, wild rice reports are good for hunters in the northern portions of the state and waterfowl numbers are favorable,” said Steve Cordts, waterfowl specialist with the Minnesota DNR. The waterfowl season opens Saturday, Sept….