Drake Max4 – Discontinued?

One of the most favorite waterfowl patterns, MAX4 and one of the best clothing manufactures are saying goodbye to each other for good.

With Realtree releasing their new Max5 camo pattern, Drake Waterfowl will be clearing out their remaining stock of Max4 gear, including EST, MST and LST bibs, coats, pullovers, boots, etc.

The bad news is not only for those who love and prefer the pattern, but those who use it strategically in their specific hunting areas.  However, if purchasing Drake gear hasn’t been in your budget you will start to find yourself making purchases

So where might you find these Max4 discontinued closeouts, well for us it will be Wing Supply.  They will be offering some deals in their emails here really soon.

Federal Duck Stamp 80th Anniversary

via: Wide Open Spaces

3/16/14

Today is the 80th Anniversary of the first Federal Duck Stamp.
Sunday, March 16, 2014 represents the anniversary of a unique and beneficial fundraiser for the conservation and rehabilitation of waterfowl habitat in the US.
Since its enactment by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt in 1934, Migratory Bird Hunting Stamp Act (as the duck stamp was originally known) sales have conserved more than 6 million acres of waterfowl habitat across the country.

Read more here: http://www.wideopenspaces.com/federal-duck-stamp-turns-80-today/

Brant Decoy Carving Contest to be held in WA.

The 2014 Puget Sound Open Decoy Contest in Burlington, WA is being held by the Washington Brant Foundation.  The WBF supports the history along with the art form of waterfowl decoy carving.  Each year the foundation sponsors a festival and decoy carving contest with cash prizes from $200 to the grand prize of $500.

Click here for more information and available divisions: http://www.wabrant.org/decoy-carving-competition/

A Brief History of Waterfowl Decoys

Waterfowl Hunting is a sport steeped in history and rich tradition, and men have been hunting for waterfowl for centuries, as the sport dates back 2,000 years ago. Hunters and gatherers from centuries back would shoot at geese, ducks, and waterfowl with bows and arrows, but soon discovered that they couldn’t hit the target. These people soon discovered that it made more sense to build some sort of decoy to attract fowl within shooting range. So, someone came up with the ingenious idea to create an ancient version of a duck decoy.

Envision a hunter crouched amidst the tule marsh (a type of grass) of centuries ago. As a flock of geese goes by, he discovers that his arrows don’t fly high enough to hit its prey. After several attempts, the hunter sets his handmade duck decoy, made of wood, cork, into the water, and then a few ducks fly within shooting range.

In the early days of hunting and gathering, natives were able to mock up an antique decoy made of feathers that were woven into the decoy. The decoys of yester-year were carved from either wood or cork, and the waterfowl’s feathers were woven onto the decoy with hemp strings. The hunters were able to paint the decoy’s head and neck for a closer resemblance of a duck or goose.

With a lot of effort and craftsmanship, these hunters were able to fabricate a simplistic, yet realistic decoy, and various types of waterfowl would fly into shallow marsh areas and land within shooting range. At any rate, the replica was good enough to “fool” ducks and geese into believing it was part of the flock.

Today, Native hunters still use tule duck decoys, especially in the Stillwater Marsh area of western Nevada. Located within Nevada’s wetlands, the marshy areas of Stillwater provide excellent grounds for hunting.

Of course the tools of hunting are more sophisticated today, but the concept is basically the same. Hunters use rifles and shotguns to kill their prey instead of bows and arrows, and modern decoys consist of canvas, plastic and paint. Decoys are able to create very good replicas of waterfowl using elaborate painting techniques.

Man’s passion for hunting wildfowl has never changed, but the tools and weapons used to hunt game has evolved, and the art of making decoys has been passed down from generation to generation. New techniques are being used and duck skins from earlier kills are often stretched over the decoys to make them more lifelike.

The Indians in North America are given most of the credit for being the pioneers of duck decoys. The Cree Indians from the Great Lakes area make standing goose decoys from flexible tamarack sticks, while the Chippewa Indians make floating toy decoys, only a few inches in length, from single cattail leaves for their children.

As you can imagine, the world of duck decoys has evolved rapidly, and today’s decoys are ultra-realistic, and include a variety of different types of waterfowl, including, ducks, geese, turkeys, owls, and pheasants.

DOA Decoys has taken full advantage of the waterfowl decoy market by employing some of the best wood decoy carvers in the world, and creating a beautiful line of gunning decoys. They’ve taken on the challenge to create a great line of decoys, and are proud to work with the best artists in the business.

Justin Sieverding has spent most of his life hunting waterfowl in South Dakota and throughout North America. Justin has a true passion and vast experience in everything related to waterfowl hunting including decoy spreads, bird patterns, scouting, and calling.

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.