Mid-October Migration Reports – DU

Waterfowl are moving south, find your flyway report.
As ducks and geese begin to move south, waterfowlers need to know when and where. Below are the Migration Alerts from this week, covering each flyway and providing valuable, credible information from DU biologists and state agencies.
Original Article Here: http://www.ducks.org/hunting/migration/midoctober-migration-reports?poe=homebanner

WATERFOWL MIGRATION ALERTS!
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Tennessee Holds First Sandhill Crane Hunt

Tennessee hunters will get the chance to put another big bird on the table this holiday season. The Volunteer State became the 16th state — and just the second east of the Mississippi River — to allow a special hunt for sandhill cranes.

SandhillCranesIn August, the Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission unanimously approved a sandhill crane hunting season, which runs Nov. 28 to Jan. 1, 2014. Four hundred permits were made available by special drawing on Oct. 12. Hunters who drew a permit are allowed to shoot three cranes.

Hunters must pass a crane identification test before going afield so they can determine the difference between sandhill cranes and the endangered whooping cranes.
The process of establishing a crane season this year in Tennessee began when TFWC solicited support from conservation and hunting organizations after delaying a decision on crane hunting in January 2011. Delta Waterfowl responded with a letter of endorsement.

“The burgeoning eastern crane population is creating new opportunities for hunters throughout the flyway. These birds are sporty and wonderful to eat and will create a new unique hunting opportunity,” wrote John Devney, vice president of U.S. policy for Delta Waterfowl. “This provides a rare chance to create an incremental hunting opportunity as populations have expanded is consistent with the sound tenants of scientific wildlife management.”

TFWC received some opposition to the hunt, specifically from the Tennessee Ornithological Society, which pointed to sandhills as a highly coveted species for bird watchers. Commissioners made concessions by shortening the season length from 60 to 35 days, and dropping the number of permits from 775 to 400.

“I’ve hunted cranes in Mexico, and I do know they’re a wary bird and taste just as good as advertised,” said Tom Rice, a voting member of TFWC. “Thanks to the support of groups like Delta Waterfowl, Tennessee hunters will have the opportunity to have those experiences, too.”

Original Story Here:  http://www.deltawaterfowl.org/news/article/2013/10/13/tennessee-holds-first-sandhill-crane-hunt-

Gear Down Blind from Lucky Duck

Lucky Duck Decoys by Expedite International has released a new lightweight and portable ground blind, the Gear Down Blind.

gear-down-blindThe Lucky Duck “Gear Down” Blind is the most portable layout blind on the market. This blind is extremely lightweight (only 9 lbs.) and folds up to the size of a backpack. 28″ x 18″ x 4″. The built in straps leave your hands free. Water resistant heavy khaki fabric with padded seat and pillow for all day comfort. Blind cover has grass straps for that added concealment option.

 

Refuge Areas To Reopen

Washington — The Fish and Wildlife Service said it is reopening 3 million acres in wildlife refuges to allow hunting of pheasants and waterfowl.

The sites, in 10 states, have been closed since Oct. 1 because of the partial government shutdown.

The agency said Friday that despite limited staffing, allowing public access to Waterfowl Production Areas on wildlife refuges will not cost any money or jeopardize public safety.

North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple had threatened to sue unless lands in his state were opened.

Dalrymple said pheasant hunting should begin as scheduled this month. He said a government shutdown is not legal justification to close unstaffed public lands.

The decision opens hunting areas in Michigan and nine other states: North and South Dakota, Montana, Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, Nebraska, Idaho and Maine.

From The Detroit News: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20131013/METRO06/310130043#ixzz2i0j6qZUZ

Natural Camo Facepaint

When you think of face camo, what comes to mind?  Perhaps the Duckmen from Duck Commander, maybe the only item you forget at home or something you dislike using because it’s so hard to wash off?  Those are all common answers from duck hunters but hard to wash off isn’t a worry when using Natural Camo Facepaint.Twyla

Price Range: $6-$25

Price Range: $6-$25

Natural Camo Facepaint is a family owned and operated company from East Minnesota.  They have formulated a natural, handmade skin camo paint that hunters and even people in the military can use without having a mask and greasy feeling.

Individual vials are available as well as their Spring, Fall and Winter kits.  Each kit comes with 3 diferent-colored vials and 5 Natural Camo Quick Clean Towels.  The towels are pressed into small-portable nickel sized tablets.  Just add water, unfold and you have an instant towel.  (Great for keeping in your blind bag)

LogoUsing Natural Camo Facepaint has many benefits such as scent free, non-toxic, non-staining, sweat and water-proof, FDA approved, etc.  An American-made product, used by duck hunters and has us in mind.

Good News for Canadian Hunters

Electric calls, season extensions and bag limits.  These regulation changes are great news for Canadian hunters.

Delta Waterfowl has always focused on duck numbers, but more recently, our focus in Canada has been on the numbers of waterfowl hunters, too. While several factors drive hunter recruitment and retention, regulations play an important role.

Delta recognizes the staff at the Canadian Wildlife Service for dedication to not only to population monitoring, but also for modifying regulations to help ensure the future of hunting. Delta staff and chapters will continue to work with CWS to explore additional ways to improve regulations.

Read about the regulations by clicking here: http://www.deltawaterfowl.org/media/deltanews/130904-canada.php

Hunters Affected by Shutdown

Many hunters along with duck hunters will see a direct impact from the Governement shutdown.   The shutdown forces all government and federal workers to go home without pay.  This also goes for USFWS workers who help provide hunting opportunities.

Across the nation, thousands of Federal public land areas will be closed prohibiting hunters from accessing.  Contact your State’s Wildlife Department before heading out to your spot.  To read more, click here:  http://www.doi.gov/shutdown/fy2014/upload/FWS-Fact-Sheet.pdf