Light Goose Conservation Order – D.U.

Light goose conservation order is a well anticipated season for waterfowl hunters as it is the time to have an absolute blast.  Besides the fact that the birds are everywhere, the regulations are relaxed allowing for optimal harvesting.  Ducks Unlimited put together the basics about this fun and important season below.

In the late 1990s, then-DU-Chief-Biologist Dr. Bruce Batt served as chairman of a committee anxious to address a very serious conservation problem: overabundant mid-continent snow geese causing damage to arctic and sub-arctic nesting grounds critical to a variety of other waterfowl and wildlife. With the light goose population increasing by five percent each year, Batt and his fellow committee members performed population modeling and made a recommendation to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Canadian Wildlife Service that pleased many waterfowl hunters.

“We were concerned about the degradation of this habitat in the arctic and sub-arctic regions, and we found the best way to control adult survival was to relax hunting restrictions on snow, blue and Ross’s geese,” Batt said. “This option made the most sense. Hunting is a socially acceptable pastime, hunters are educated in the proper methods and they could help our cause at basically no cost to the government or private conservation organizations.”

The eased-up restrictions this act has provided for hunters include:

  • The ability to use electronic callers

  • The ability to use unplugged shotguns

  • Shooting hours extended to a half-hour past sunset

  • No bag limit

  • Hunters must possess a valid hunting license from any state.

  • Shooting hours during the Snow, Blue and Ross’ Goose Conservation Order are one-half (½) hour before sunrise (local time) until one-half (½) hour after sunset (local time).

Continue Reading Here: http://www.ducks.org/hunting/goose-hunting/light-goose-conservation-order?poe=homepage

Best Waterfowl Videos

Best Waterfowl Videos was launched on Facebook July 2013.  Now reaching over 19,000 Likes, they have become extremely popular.  Sharing great video footage from fans have submitted and shared their own videos have assisted in their popularity.  Job well done Best Waterfowl Videos!

Facebook Page:  https://www.facebook.com/WaterfowlerForLife

Read their “About” below:

It’s simple. We love Duck Hunting. Goose Hunting. Birds Over Fields, Muddy Waders and a Wet Retriever. We love being able to shake hands with a perfect stranger and talk for hours sharing stories and continuing this great tradition. We’re the type that doesn’t blink at a 3:00 wake up on your only day off, followed by a half mile hike through the mud…We’re waterfowl hunters.

The internet today is full of film-it-yourself duck hunters living our favorite moments. This page is dedicated to creating a place for you to safely share your hunts, as well as provide you with daily updates of the very best videos, conservation initiatives and articles to your news feed.

A Pike and A Coot

With more and more hunters, fisherman and outdoor enthusiasts carrying a camera on them, odd events become a little less rare.

This video recently shared on Facebook shows a few baby Coots strolling around some shade grass and a pike directly below and precisely strikes one of the coots.  The person behind the camera follows as the pike devours the baby Coot.

Now it won’t be unusual if you have not heard of a fish snapping up a bird for supper, but there have been many occurrences caught on video and photo.  View below!

 

Scot Storm – DU’s Artist of the Year

There are many wildlife and more specific, waterfowl artists that submit their work to Ducks Unlimited with hopes of grasping the title of the newest Artist of the Year.  However, for Scot Storm this is the second Artist of the Year.

Photo Courtesy: Ducks Unlimited

Photo Courtesy: Ducks Unlimited
MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Jan. 2, 2014 – Wildlife artist Scot Storm, of Freeport, Minn., has been named as the Ducks Unlimited (DU) 2014 Artist of the Year. Storm’s painting Tranquil Waters catapulted him into his second Artist of the Year title for DU

A full-time wildlife artist since 1999, Storm won the 2004-2005 Federal Duck Stamp Contest and was also named DU’s Artist of the Year in 2005. His Tranquil Waters painting, which depicts a trio of wood ducks, took top honors in this year’s DU art contest.

“That painting actually came from a pond on our homestead,” Storm said. “I spend a lot of time out there taking photographs with my friend Tom Martin, especially in the spring. We had some cool morning sun coming through, which created the glow reflecting off the ducks.”

Storm’s passion for waterfowl, however, stretches far beyond his canvas. For the past seven years, Storm and his brother have mentored young hunters by coordinating an annual waterfowl hunting trip to North Dakota.

Ducks Unlimited’s art program has raised more than $300 million for the organization’s wetlands conservation mission over 40 years, $36 million of which has come from the Artist of the Year program.

“Scot’s commitment to passing on the waterfowling heritage is rivaled only by his ability as an artist,” said Jane Lawson, DU’s art and merchandise marketing manager. “Thanks to artists like Scot, DU can provide event attendees with unique artwork all while adding dollars for on-the-ground conservation work.”

Tranquil Waters limited-edition prints and canvases will be available exclusively at Ducks Unlimited events beginning this month.

For more information about Storm, visit www.stormwildlifeart.com.

Bird Hitch by Waterfowl Junkie

Here is a game-changing product for those who are seeking a fast way to clean their birds. Even better, for those times when you limit out on ducks and geese and since you stayed later, you’re now in a hurry.

Waterfowl Junkie introduces the Bird Hitch and Bird Hitch H-2.  Both make the job easier and quicker with just a few movements.  Waterfowl Junkie also released the Bird Hitch Table Mount Unit allowing you to mount yours on many types of surfaces, which is great if you have a duck camp!

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$129.99

The Bird Hitch is great for out of town trips,hot days when you want to toss breasts in a cooler or just for removing breasts in the field to avoid disguarding carcus at home. With “The Bird Hitch” you can also leave the head on if that is what your state requires. Fits into any 2″ truck receiver, there is also saw teeth for wing removal. This model works on Ducks, Pheasants and smaller Geese.

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$179.99

The new Bird Hitch H-2 Bird Breaster now works on any sized Game Birds including Large Canada Geese, Cranes,Swans and Turkeys… The new Honk Hammer arm has tons of power to take on the Biggest of birds that you can put on it. Leave the Hammer in the down position and clean smaller birds fast and easy the way the Bird Hitch is famous for. Pull 2 pins and it folds down compact and fits into the free carrying case.

$99.99

$99.99

The NEW Bird Hitch Table Mount Unit is the ultimate tool for cleaning birds at any location. It`s an investment that will last a lifetime saving you countless hours cleaning birds. Mount this unit to just about anything solid, cleaning tables, fence posts,tree stumps, trailers ect.

 

http://waterfowljunkie.com/

Dead Mallards found under power line

AltaLink, one of Canada’s largest transmission companies is investigating reports of dozens and possibly hundreds of dead Mallards under a newly-built transmission line.

A retired scientist was the one to raise the concerns after noticing many carcasses. David McIntyre estimates the deaths may be in the hundreds based on a 10-minute walk along the line he took on Dec. 31. Judging from the damage to ducks, he thinks they may be hitting the line in bad weather when they can’t see it. Falcons and Eagles were seen gorging on the ducks, leaving just their wings.img-wings

The company is sending workers to an area near Pincher Creek and might install “flappers” to help make the lines more visible. The company also says this is common, “Whether it’s a phone line or a telephone tower or a house, birds have collisions with those aerial facilities.”

Though the only picture available from McIntyre only shows a few wings, I am not too sure just what kind of impact this is really doing, if noticeable at all.

DU-TV Dream Team

Ducks Unlimited recently announced the new hosts for their all new DU-TV.  The new season of Ducks Unlimited TV will begin this July with promises of the best waterfowl action, tips and tactics and of course conservation news.  Available only on the Pursuit Channel.

Among the hosts are Ainsley Beeman, Field Hubnall, Wade Bourne and Zack Penderson.  All with their unique tricks and trades, this lineup just may sit a new bar for waterfowl tv.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KlN0UkO6AOs

Click here to learn more about the show as well as each host: http://www.ducks.org/news-media/du-tv?poe=homebanner

Realtree MAX-5™

Waterfowl Concealment Redefined

Realtree Outdoors is off to what some would call, “an extraordinary start” to 2014.  Just yesterday (Jan. 2. 2014) Realtree released a press released announcing and showing off the all-new MAX-5 waterfowl camo pattern.

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“Columbus, GA (January 3, 2014) – Introducing newRealtree MAX-5™ – the hardest working camo for the hardest working hunters.

“New Realtree MAX-5 is the perfect multi-use camo for marshes, mud flats, agricultural fields, flooded timber, grasslands, prairie and other open habitat,” said Realtree Designer and President Bill Jordan. “Never before has a pattern offered so many natural elements and such a wide array of natural tones, shadows and colors.”

Built with waterfowlers in mind, new Realtree MAX-5 is filled with cattails, reeds, cane and grasses to blend into flooded marshes. Plus corn, wheat, oats and sunflowers to hide you in open fields. It has branches, twigs and leaves that work in flooded timber. And with open areas that mimic mud, water, bark and shadows, MAX-5 literally adds another layer of invisibility to camo – no matter where or how you use it.

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Click to enlarge. Courtesy of Realtree.

Of course, all MAX-5 pattern elements are strategically placed to create super-realistic tone, contrast and shadow. Viewed up close, MAX-5 offers incredible detail. At a distance, the pattern obliterates the human outline completely. The result? Maximum effectiveness for your waterfowl success.

About Realtree:

Realtree is the world’s leading camouflage designer, marketer, and licensor with over 1,500 licensees utilizing the Realtree camouflage brand. Thousands of outdoor and lifestyle products are available in Realtree camouflage patterns. In addition, Realtree is committed to supporting individuals and groups that work to ensure our outdoor heritage, the conservation of natural places, and the wildlife that resides there. Realtree promotes its products and relationships widely on television, as well as through http://www.realtree.com and many other outlets.

De-Breasting Knife Guide

SOG – SOGzilla

“The grip is a dual directional prehistoric armor plate and the big-bodied blade features a new opening shape… the likes of which has never been seen before. In hand, the knife points instinctually and feels familiar. Steel liners make a stout construction. Keep your knife caged in your pocket with our patented low carry reversible clip. SOGzilla… It’s a new species. Don’t be caught alone!”

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  • Knife Type:  Folding
  • Blade Material:  8CR13MOV
  • Blade Length:  3.25″
  • Overall Length:  7.35″
  • Handle Material:  Glass-Reinforced Nylon
  • Lanyard Ready:  Yes
  • Pocket Clip:  Yes – Low Profile
  • Warranty:  Lifetime Warranty

Price Range = $20.37-$43.00
Watch Overview Here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hhx0fZeCYY8


 

Gerber – Moment Pocket Folder

“Gerber’s decades of know-how designing knives shine in the clean simplicity of this folder’s features. A rubber inlay molded into the all-stainless design gives positive grip. Dual thumb studs allow for one-handed blade opening, while the otherwise clean handle offers a modest guard anduseful thumb pad on the spine. Add a nicely machined frame lock, and you’ve got a blade that stays put for routine and unforeseen tasks.”

Image courtesy of www.gerbergear.com

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  • Knife Type:  Folding
  • Blade Material:  5Cr15MoV
  • Blade Length:  3″
  • Overall Length:  7.38″
  • Handle Material:  Steel with Rubber Overmold
  • Lanyard Ready:  Yes
  • Pocket Clip:  Yes – Low Profile
  • Warranty:  Lifetime Warranty

Price Range = 14.58-$21.00
Watch Overview Here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Mr0zv9mIco


BUCK – PakLite Skinner

“Lightweight, sturdy and effective. This skinning knife can be carried alone or used to compliment any hunting knife. The skeletal steel frame is heavy-duty, yet lightweight for easy, carry. You won’t even know it’s there. This version features Buck’s Black Traction Coating for a firmer grip. The 420HC steel blade ensures durability and corrosion resistance, while the minimalist design is effective and reliable while in use.”

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  • Knife Type:  Fixed
  • Blade Material:  420HC
  • Blade Length:  2 7/8″
  • Overall Length:  6.62″
  • Handle Material:  420HC with Black Traction
  • Lanyard Ready:  Yes
  • Pocket Clip:  No – Comes with sheath
  • Warranty:  Lifetime Warranty

Price Range = $15.28-$25.99
Watch Review Here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4uGlzgYAZrA


 

CRKT – Pazoda 2

“Lightweight, sturdy and effective. This skinning knife can be carried alone or used to compliment any hunting knife. The skeletal steel frame is heavy-duty, yet lightweight for easy, carry. You won’t even know it’s there. This version features Buck’s Black Traction Coating for a firmer grip. The 420HC steel blade ensures durability and corrosion resistance, while the minimalist design is effective and reliable while in use.”

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  • Knife Type:  Folding
  • Blade Material:  8Cr14MoV
  • Blade Length:  2.12″
  • Overall Length:  5.12″
  • Handle Material:  Stainless
  • Lanyard Ready:  Yes
  • Pocket Clip:  Yes – Low Profile
  • Warranty:  Limited Lifetime Warranty

Price Range = $10.60-$19.99
Watch Review Here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=76YSlBWoS-E