The number of duck-hunting wetlands in North Dakota is down about 40 percent from last year, to the lowest level in nine years, according to the Game and Fish Department’s annual fall wetland survey.
But fair reproduction for ducks in traditional breeding areas this year still makes for good fall hunting potential in the state.
Break out the binoculars and find the waterholes that wood ducks and blue-winged teal prefer during the early waterfowl season.
The author opened the early waterfowl hunting seasons by dropping a Canada goose and feels things can only get better from here on out.
Weekend includes state’s first decoy carving contest sponsored by Wisconsin Waterfowl Association.
(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…
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….
Teens apply to the program by writing an essay about why they want to participate in the camp. Students are required to complete a firearm safety class. Cellphones aren’t allowed at the camp to keep the focus on the outdoors.
There’s less water to attract breeding ducks in the spring, fewer insects to feed young ducks, and longer distances for young ducks to travel on foot after they leave the nest, making them more vulnerable to predators.
This year, Illinois will open the regular duck, Canada goose, and snow goose seasons on Oct. 21.
BISMARCK, NORTH DAKOTA — Willie Gloe, chairman of the Fowled Up Chapter in Pierre, S.D., is Delta Waterfowl’s 2017 Volunteer of the Year. He bested a field of seven finalists during a month-long, online vote. Gloe, 36, became a member of Delta Waterfowl just six years ago, but hit the ground running, the organization said in a news release. Since 2011,…
This year’s brood index came in at 3.68 broods per square mile, down 5 percent from last year. The statewide average since the survey began in 1955 is 2.59 broods per square mile. Overall brood size was up 8 percent from last year.
But for the most part, season framework similar to last year.
Man admitted his guides baited ponds for waterfowl, helped hunters exceed their daily bag limits and didn’t follow federal and state laws on tagging, processing or transporting birds.
While duck hunting has slowed overall, some areas in central and southern Minnesota had exceptional hunting in recent days as the cold temperatures and northwest winds moved good numbers of mallards and other late-season migrants into the state.With the final weeks of the off-season ticking down, waterfowl hunters are anticipating release of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Waterfowl Breeding…
This year’s Canada goose population estimate a whopping 120,000 higher than last year.
Some resident hunters fear the commercialization of waterfowl hunting in the state, while some business interests want more nonresident hunters and their money in South Dakota.
DEC: Waterfowl hunting seasons provide diverse opportunities across the state.
Duck and goose hunters must register in person for waterfowl blind site drawings and must be present at the drawing – held at each location designated below immediately after the registration period – to claim their blind sites.
The proposal for three-day temporary hunts would expand to include a good chunk of the state. Would also make these licenses valid on private land only.
Similar to last year, the Horicon Canada goose hunting zone will have one single continuous 92-day time period, rather than the two split time periods experienced in the past. In addition, the pintail daily bag limit based on U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service frameworks, has been reduced from two to one.
Migratory birds, their nests and their eggs are protected by the federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act and must be left alone. But there are rare times when humans can “intervene.”
In the 2016 survey, 157,028 ducks, 33,468 geese and 5,896 swans were observed. Goose observations increased in 2017, while duck observations were down about 5 percent and swan observations down 13 percent.
The Commission adopted waterfowl season orders that include opening the early teal season on the Saturday of Labor Day weekend – a week earlier than staff had proposed and the same as the 2016 teal season
The annual hearings are being held by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, and Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department and Board.
Four public hearings allow waterfowlers to provide Wisconsin DNR comments on fall duck, goose hunting season structure
Near-record population estimates from 2016 bode well for 2017 season.