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

 

 

Vertical Cover Revolution

The vertical cover revolution has started, with Momarsh.  Momarsh released a couple game-changing product for those who would like to walk into any flooded water hole.  Whether you would prefer to stand or not step foot in an old raggedy blind, the Momarsh Invisichair Blind has you…..well, covered!

Original Content: http://www.momarsh.com/shallow-water-solutions/sws-invisichair-blind/

The Invisichair is something totally new, it is designed for hunting vertical cover like flooded corn, cattails, tules, fence lines, woody cover, levees and bullrush.  Many hunters look at vertical cover and think it is easy to hide in because it looks thick from ground level.  However, experience has shown us that many times, vertical cover is weak from above and this is often the ducks perspective!  Sitting on a swamp seat or bucket leave you exposed from above and is uncomfortable.  Marsh boats are made for moist soil/ horizontal cover and often fail in vertical cover due to a large footprint from above and the fact that they look nothing like the surroundings.  The Invisichair is our shallow water solution that solves the vertical cover concealment challenge, while being very mobile, comfortable and effective.

  • chair-sepmobile, portable
  • lightweight (22#)
  • Adjustable for water depths to 34″
  • blind is adjustable for hunter size
  • spring open top for unobstructed shooting
  • mesh blind top for good visibility
  • shoot while sitting or standing
  • storage bags for dead ducks and gear.
  • webbing straps for adding vegetation
  • patent pending

 

 

The INVISILAB is the most versatile dog blind ever introduced to the waterfowling world.  Unlike other dog blinds on the market, it keeps your retriever hidden and comfortable in field OR water settings up to 34” of water depth.  The independently adjustable legs make it the most stable dog stand on the market.  In addition to that, it functions as a comfortable crate for transport to and from the field!  It is also a great training tool for the off season and as an around the house climb.

It has always perplexed me that good hunters go to great lengths to conceal themselves from the elements, and from the wary eyes of a duck, then leave their dog in plain sight of the ducks, and exposed to the elements.  Now you can Keep your dog as hidden and as comfortable as you plan to be while hunting together in wet environments.  The mesh bottom allows for drainage of water, good footing and is a comfortable sling bed for sore bones and cold joints.

 

  • invisPortable, mobile, lightweight (13#)
  • Only dog blind that works in the field and in water – depths to 34”.
  • keeps your dog out of mud and off frozen ground as a field blind
  • Blind is built into the stand.
  • Can be zipped shut to function as a crate for transport.
  • An extra invisilab blind functions as a place to store gear in the marsh out of the water (blind bags, lunch,batteries, etc.).
  • Mesh bottom drains  and provides slip proof footing.
  • Individually adjustable legs give it great stability in deeper water
  • Excellent training tool
  • Patent pending
  • Kennel Dimensions: 31 inches in length; 24 inches in width; 21 inches in height
  • Legs extend from 24 inches to 34 inches in length.

Hen Houses Raise Mallards… – D.W.

South Carolina waterfowlers used to shoot a lot more mallards. According to hunter harvest surveys by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the state’s hunters killed a record 48,000 in 1976. But by 1990, that number had plummeted to less than 16,000 mallards. Something had to be done.

A group of concerned duck hunters decided to take a proactive step, and turned to Delta Waterfowl for help.

The Flyway Foundation was formed in an effort to not only locate where South Carolina’s ducks were coming from, but also to discover how to increase their numbers. Band returns revealed a surprise: 70 percent of harvested mallards actually originated from the Great Lakes, not the duck factory of the Prairie Pothole Region._DSC1554

This eureka moment spurred the Flyway Foundation, in conjunction with Delta Waterfowl, to research the possibilities of using hen houses around the Great Lakes as a means to bolster the fall flight to South Carolina.

Under the direction of Scott Petrie, an adjunct professor at the University of Western Ontario, Master’s student Jeremy Stempka conducted research in northwestern Pennsylvania beginning in 2006. Jim Cook assisted in southern Ontario, while wildlife biologist Kevin Jacobs, a former Delta student, and wildlife management supervisor Roger Coup helped supervise in Pennsylvania.

Stempka’s study showed that mallards would nest in hen houses in the Great Lakes region. Usage rates were upward of 65 percent, with nest success — a hatch — as high as 90 percent. During the study, several banded hens came back to nest in the same hen house they had hatched from.

“It was an interesting study that showed that hen houses could be utilized as a viable management tool,” said Petrie, who worked for Delta Waterfowl in the mid-80s. He is now executive director of Long Point Waterfowl, which is dedicated primarily to the study and conservation of waterfowl and wetlands throughout the Great Lakes region.

Through partnerships with several conservation organizations and state wildlife agencies in the breeding grounds, more than 5,000 hen houses built by the Flyway Foundation have been installed in Ontario, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, Michigan and Maryland._DSC1790

They’ve also sent hundreds more north this fall. About 800 hen houses were recently shipped to Walpole Island, Ontario. The Flyway Foundation, with help from Long Point Waterfowl, is offering them free of charge to waterfowl clubs, conservation organizations, or individuals for placement at wetlands on Lake St. Clair and Lake Erie.

Alternative Land Use Services program participants in Ontario already have claimed 50 hen houses. ALUS is Delta Waterfowl’s community-based, and farmer- and rancher-delivered land conservation program, with sites in Prince Edward Island, Ontario, Alberta and Saskatchewan.

“Hen houses are a wonderful conservation tool that Delta Waterfowl created and that we are now able to utilize,” Petrie said. “I’ve already been contacted by dozens of folks for these hen houses, many who had no idea they even existed. The educational aspect is huge.”

If you live in the Great Lakes region and would like to install, monitor and maintain a free hen house, please contact Theresa Childs at 519-784-1433, or wirodandgunclub@gmail.com; or Ted Barney at 888-448-2473 ext. 151 or tbarney@longpointwaterfowl.org.

Hunting in the Public Eye – D.W.

THE UNEXPECTED SWATCH of camouflage caught my eye, standing out as it did from its corrugated display board at the end of the salad dressing aisle in my neighborhood grocery store. The pitch, of course, was for “Duck Dynasty” schwag — T-shirts, DVDs, braided bracelets, beer coozies, iced-tea cups. You know the deal. Your non-duck hunting friends have asked you about it.

The astonishing, omnipresent popularity of “Duck Dynasty” has been a frequent topic of conversation within the waterfowl hunting community, normally a reserved, low-profile bunch who prefer the quiet of marshes to the bluster of red-carpet celebrity.

Duck hunters can be forgiven for uneasiness about the show’s treatment of duck hunting. Understandably, some hunters have voiced concerns about the trivialization of the duck hunting experience and its association with certain stereotypes. But with all due respect, this is nitpicking. We should be encouraged to see duck hunting gaining such attention, particularly associated with such a harmless brand.

By contrast, consider public campaigns attacking duck hunting. In 2001, the Humane Society of the United States funded a “study” that was used to mount a campaign against duck hunting patterned on similar campaigns that successfully curtailed duck hunting in some Australian states. With a relatively small constituency, duck hunting is seen amongst animal-rights advocates as a vulnerable activity amongst the spectrum of hunting and trapping activities.

The presentation of duck hunting in “Duck Dynasty” will not be to every duck hunter’s liking, but as an unintentional public relations campaign, it is pretty darned good.

Viewed through the shallow lens and short attention span of the mass media viewers, the reality show contains many of duck hunting’s most cogent sales pitches to the general public: food, family and friends. Duck hunting is presented as part of a lifestyle connecting the close-knit Robertson family to the woods. All are good messages to be associated with duck hunting.

Duck hunters who live and breathe duck hunting will wince at certain details of “Duck Dynasty,” but hard-core waterfowlers are not the intended audience. The portrayal of duck hunting to the general public as a quirky, but essentially harmless activity is not the image that duck hunters aspire to associate with their passion — perhaps it is a bit too reminiscent of Elmer Fudd chasing Daffy Duck. However, the “Duck Dynasty” image of duck hunters is certainly better than many of the alternatives. In recent debates on the abolition of the long-gun registry in Canada, duck hunters and farmers were the often-cited poster children symbolizing ordinary citizens who were inconvenienced or traumatized by gun control.

On the heels of the “Duck Dynasty” phenomenon comes the release of “Savannah,” a feature-length movie that portrays duck hunting in a manner evocative of the treatment of fly-fishing in “A River Runs Through It.” Duck hunters might frown on the romanticization of market hunting, but the general public will likely be more inclined to see a more simplistic portrayal of duck hunting as a colorful part of North American heritage. On the whole, the movie provides more positives for duck hunters.

All in all, these public depictions of duck hunting serve as an important reminder: Duck hunting ultimately depends on the tolerance of the middle majority of society who do not duck hunt, but who do vote on laws and regulations that govern duck hunters. The words used and the images shown about duck hunting to the larger community are important to foster that tolerance for duck hunting, even though they are often not the same words and images we favor within the duck hunting family.

Pass the iced tea, Uncle Si.

Original Article: http://www.deltawaterfowl.org/news/blogs.html/article/2013/12/11/hunting-in-the-public-eye

“A NEW WAY TO SEED”

Are you always looking for an opportunity to shoot your shotgun?  I know I am!  

Bird hunting, waterfowl hunting, rabbit hunting, target practice are all common uses for your shotgun but now you are able to finish those gardening chores quicker than ever…with your shotgun!

ST (Studio Total) Development, a Scandinavian company, is currently manufacturing a new gardening shotgun ammunition called Flower Shells. These 12ga. shotgun shells are loaded just like any other shotgun shell but with reduced gunpowder, a wad and the steel is replaced with flower seeds.


Studio Total is offering a variety of 12 Flower Shells: Columbine, Cornflower, Daisy, Poppy, Sunflower, Clematis, Lavender, Sweet Pea, Lupine, Carnation, Peony and a collection of meadow flowers.

You can get your hands on the new Flower Shell by contributing to their developing fund over at indiegogo (a fund raising web site).  You can get your hands on these by purchasing a “perk” for $50.  Choose between 4 shells of Peony, Poppy or Corn flower.  A Christmas Certificate is also available for $50 so you can send the Flower Shell as a gift.

Sources: http://www.flowershell.com/ and http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/flower-shell