Delta Waterfowl’s 2013 Spring Raffle

All ticket buyers will be able to enjoy Delta Waterfowl’s 2013 Spring Raffle knowing they are spending money on continued conservation efforts.
With 40 prizes to be raffled off, such as a 2013 Polaris Sportsman, commemorative Stoeger 12 gauge coach shotgun and a Wood Duck box signed by multiple legendary stock car drivers, a $50 ticket seems to be a little bit easier to explain to my wife.
Take a look at the whole prize list before the deadline on July 1, 2013. Then be sure to not miss the drawings on July 5th. Delta Waterfowl gives you the options to purchase your tickets through the site with a debit/credit card (North Dakota gaming law does not allow credit to be extended for raffles. Please enter your debit card information only) or by contacting Delta’s Bismarck office at 1-888-987-3695.

Mallard Life Cycle – Ducks Unlimited

In the space of one year a duck experiences the full spectrum of seasonal changes that usher in opportunities and challenges. Follow the life cycle diagram from breeding to wintering for a better understanding of the activities and energy requirements in different phases of a duck’s annual cycle.

For the full article, please click HERE.

Low Pressure Tactics for High Pressured Ducks

Submitted by: Michael Pendley

We’ve all been there. The scouting trip from the previous evening had pinpointed that perfect public land spot. The birds had poured in, the cover was thick enough to hide in and the wind was forecast to be perfect. Early the next morning you make the trek back to the spot, hopes high and spirits soaring with the promise of the high paced shooting to come. Then you see it, the tiny pinpoint beam of headlights in the distance that lets you know someone else had marked the spot as well. Or even worse, you get there and place your decoys, build your makeshift blind and hunker down to wait for shooting light only to watch someone come in and set up on top of you, ruining both your chances for a good hunt.

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Photo courtesy of B. Pendley

Or maybe you have had the spot mostly to yourself for a while now. Several good hunts have resulted and it has been a pretty spectacular season so far. But lately the ducks are shy, flaring farther and farther out and refusing to work. No amount of added decoys or pleading calls can coax the fowl into shooting range. It is clearly time to make a change.

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Photo courtesy of B. Pendley

It’s time to make a move. Hang up the decoy bags and break out the maps. Downsizing the water you hunt and the equipment you use can be just the ticket this time of year. Follow these simple steps to get back on the ducks.

Internet scouting can work: No, I am not talking about scanning the forums for grip and grin photos of successful hunts then paylaking their spots. Instead, pull up your hunting area on Google Earth or Can’t get good images of your spot? Pick up a good old fashioned topo map of the area. Think back to previous hunts and scouting trips in the area. What flight path did most of the birds use?  Check that area for smaller ponds and creeks away from the road. Keep an eye out for hardwood timber areas where beavers might have dammed a creek and flooded a section. Moving water can be particularly productive in the late season when standing water has locked up with ice.

Hang up the decoy bags: When you find a hot spot on small water, a half dozen decoys is more than enough spread to attract attention. To make up for the small number of decoys, run at least two of the six rigged as a jerk string. Ducks can pick up on the movement from remarkable distances as they fly over. Since you don’t need a lot of decoys, make the ones you do use the most lifelike available. As the birds make their fly overs, they will have time to check out each and every deke, make sure they pass inspection.

Leave the waders at home: I like a good pair of hip boots for small water hunting. To get away from high pressured public areas often requires one heck of a hike. Chest waders will wear you down in hurry. Most small waters are wade-able with hip or even knee boots. If you do find a deeper spot, pack your chest waders in a backpack and put them on when you get to your destination.

And keep the calls in your pocket: Well, not really, but tone your calling WAY down. High pressured birds have been hit with more highballs, feed chuckles and pleading comebacks than a contest judge in Stuttgart. Once the birds start to work, stick mainly with quiet chuckles and quacks. Throw in a drake call or two or mix things up with gadwall, pintail or wood duck calls to give the birds something they haven’t heard. When the birds are in range, take the shot. Wary birds over small water are hard to land. They might not make that extra pass either. Don’t pass a shot when you have it, you might not get another chance.

Next season, when the birds get shy and the crowds get thick, put these small water, low pressure tactics to work. The shooting might not be as hot and heavy as an open water blind with fresh birds, but it beats the heck out of sitting all day without picking up your gun.

Looking for Bloggers

We are looking for bloggers to add to our writing staff here at  Duck and goose hunting bloggers are what we are looking for.  From conservation, to do-it-yourself, to news in the industry.

What’s a blog?

A blog gives you your own voice on the web. It’s a place to collect and share things that you find interesting— whether it’s your duck hunting commentary, a personal diary, or links to web sites you want to remember.

Many people use a blog just to organize their own thoughts, while others command influential, worldwide audiences of thousands. Professional and amateur journalists use blogs to publish breaking news, while personal journalists reveal inner thoughts.

In simple terms, a blog is part of a web site, where you write stuff on an ongoing basis. New stuff shows up at the top, so your visitors can read what’s new. Then they comment on it or link to it or email you.

Sounds interesting? Go to our Contact Us page and fill out the form provided or leave a message on this post with your contact method!

Report-A-Band NOT coming to an app near you.


As cellular technology continues to amaze us with well-built & convenient applications, we start to expect more out of our devices.  Sometimes the excitement and anticipation of reporting a band can almost drive us crazy, especially when it is your first!  There a many helpful applications available and useful for a duck hunter.  Rather it is designed for you to follow the migration or to help you mark where you have found ducks with a GPS location, there is not one with a way for you to report a band without having to call 1-800-327-2263 or find a data connection to report it online.  Most of us will resort to just giving them a call like we have for years now.  But we start to expect more convenient ways to do things that need done.

I contacted the USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center Bird Banding Laboratory where they mentioned that finances, technology sources and government regulations are the three things standing in the way.

DCVR Superior Outdoor Products allow you to transform floaters into field decoys.


DCVR Superior Outdoor Products released their new innovated products featuring the most popular, Amphibious Decoy Stake.  These products let you take any decoy with a “keel” and quickly and easily transform it into a standing decoy.  Made of ¼” cold-rolled steel and powder coated, it makes it perfect for placing them at the water’s edge, through ice in a shallow pond, cut corn field and many other scenarios.  DCVR has released a total of 8 different stakes including the Turkey Auger Stake, Spinning Wing Auger Stake, Spinning Wing Decoy Stand, the Amphibious Decoy Stake, Stand, Low-Profile Stand, Dual Decoy Stake & Stand.  In select stake boxes, DCVR gives you one Defeeters Duck Feet and Goose Feet.  These along with their black rubber Stabilizers, are available as accessories.

Quacker Smackers is the premier waterfowl social networking website with tools that allow hunters to prepare for their next hunt and make every hunt successful. Although QS has a passion for chasing ducks, we created a site for all hunters!

Although QS won’t be sitting in the blind with you on every hunt, we still managed to find a way to help make every hunt a success. QS is here to do whatever it takes to make every day in the great outdoors an enjoyable day. We also give back! A percentage of all our sales goes to Ducks Unlimited to help continue preserve wetlands across North America.

Valley Waterfowlers

“For Hunters by Hunters”

About Valley Waterfowlers:
Valley Waterfowl works throughout the Pacific Flyway, with our home office located in Lodi, California which is in the heart of the San Joaquin Delta. We were founded in 2003 by a group of hunters who wanted to increase hunting opportunities for waterfowlers throughout the Pacific Flyway, while increasing waterfowl numbers.

Influencing the future…

Valley Waterfowl strongly believes that the key to a successful hunting season starts with good habitat. Because of this we are involved with area landowners to help increase their habitat for wintering waterfowl. This is done by constructing and maintaining nesting huts and wood duck boxes, as well as educating them on how to better maintain their land, in ways which would benefit waterfowl.

Involving our youth

We feel that the youth of today are very important to the future of waterfowl hunting, and thus we support and promote youth involvement by offering free hunter safety courses to our members. We plan to participate in youth hunt days as well as keeping the youth involved in our nesting projects. In a day and age of growing youth delinquency, we strive to instill our youth with good values and a positive understanding of nature.

Keep it local!

All proceeds of Valley Waterfowl work to support local projects. Our funds are used to benefit our members and waterfowl throughout the region. Unlike similar organizations we believe that our members deserve to see and locally benefit from their contributions. The innovative idea behind Valley Waterfowl, which separates it from other organizations, is not only its focus on the preservation of local wetlands but also the organization’s emphasis on promoting continued and new opportunities for local hunters to enjoy our hunting heritage.

Making a difference…

The involvement of hunters and those interested in waterfowl conservation is paramount to the success of Valley Waterfowl. The critical state of west coast sporting opportunities demands immediate attention and change. Valley Waterfowl is the new unified voice for the Pacific Flyway. To begin making a difference today, print out and return the membership form to Valley Waterfowl headquarters or contact a Valley Waterfowl representative.

Duck Commander Shadow Single Reed Mallard Hen Call

Affordable & Effective.

Rating: 8/10 Jump aboard.


For a lot of us as duck hunters, choosing a duck call can be the hardest choice we come across. People have asked me in that past, “What is the best duck call”. My answer always sounded something like this, “I’m not sure I could ever answer that question.” Well, perhaps I might. Behind every great duck call is a duck caller.
Most duck hunters will stick with what has worked and proven it is duck killing worthy and I easily understand as well as respect that. As for myself, I like to try what’s new. I’m always thinking to myself, have they found something that works better?

Duck Commander released the all new Shadow Single Reed Mallard Hen Call in late 2012. A great mid-range single reed that is just as easy to blow and get used to as a double reed. Now I know what some of you seasoned duck hunters are thinking, here’s another single reed and I do not like single reeds. However, I do believe Duck Commander might have found a way to make the single reeds hang with the big boys. Being 4 3/4″ long, long reed board with a long wedge and just over an inch at it’s widest, the polycarbonate Shadow is great in size and allows you to easily be affective in executing quacks, feeding chuckle other cadences. It can certainly get quiet but with the long wedge it is difficult to break over when trying to hit the comeback notes.

Yes, the cost is low but don’t let the cost make you think you are getting what you are paying for.  A single reed that can sound great and is easy to use is worth more than $30, in my opinion. Jump onboard, because this ship isn’t sinking, JACK!

Primos Speak Easy

Small but powerful.

Rating: 7/10 Very good, size is great!


My friends called me to say we were heading to a public hunting area to camp for the night. They also wanted to shoot a couple coyotes. Grabbing my gun, hiking backpack and tent, I remembered my wife bought an electric call for my birthday. With my hiking backpack rather full, I stuck the new Primos Speak Easy remote in a pocket and strapped on the speaker.

After setting up our small camp, I took the speaker to the tree line and strapped it to a limb of a small tree. Walked back 40 yards, grabbed the remote that was hanging from my lanyard and pressed, Coyote Howls & Barks just one of the six buttons that is pre-programmed with tried and true sounds from Randy Anderson.

Throughout the afternoon into the evening, we switched sounds, mixed sounds, stopped and resumed, and adjusted the LED powered volume level. As the night gets closer we got a little desperate. So, we turned up the volume to the max (Level 5). With no distortion and 40 yards from the speaker, we lured in a coyote and accomplished our goal for the night. Before we got ready for the walk back to camp, I found out the remote and speaker can be attached to each other. This helps a lot, since I tend to lose a lot of stuff.

If you are looking for professional calling at the push of a button and under $50, the Primos Speak Easy is the electric predator call for you!