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

 

DU Offers New K9 Club

Your retriever can never be duplicated and most will leave the blind way too soon for the blind in the sky.  Our retrievers become more like part of family and their loyalty untouchable.  So we give our dogs the best we can from food, health treatment to the gear that helps them to get our birds.

Ducks Unlimited has done it again with now offering the Ducks Unlimited K9 Club.  An official club just for your best friend to showcase their hard work, friendship, appreciation and so much more.  For only $15, your pet receives member benefits for one year including the members-only K9 Club decal and DU dog tag, and a personalized membership certificate suitable for display.  Click the link below to learn more about and sign your dog up today!

https://www.ducks.org/support/canineclub/donateonlinesecure.aspx?promokey=canineclub&id=2133&poe=homebanner

Stocking Stuffers

It’s that time of the year when we start scrambling for those great gift and stocking stuffers.  We have taken the privilege to collect a few great ideas.  Not only are they inexpensive but useful.

Hitch Covers – These Avery Greenhead, Canada Goose and Struttin’ Gobbler Hitch Covers would make a great stocking stuffer at only $4.99!  Click here to shop: http://www.wingsupply.com/search.php?search_query=A65001%2C+A65003%2C+A65002

Tee in a Cup – The Duck Dynasty “Tee in a Cup” Short Sleeve Tee/Cup Combo is great for women or men in your family!  Available in sizes Large and Extra Large for $7.99 here: http://www.wingsupply.com/duck-commander-sale/duck-dynasty-tee-in-a-cup-short-sleeve-tee-cup-combo/

Drake Bottle and Can Koozies – Summer time will be here before you know and these koozies are a great addition!  Available in Mossy Oak Duck Blind and the can is available in Realtree Max-4 for $3.95 & $5.99 here: http://www.wingsupply.com/search.php?search_query=99DW816011%2C+DW817

Camouflage Safety/Shooting Glasses - Don’t let the sun ruin a chance of seeing some birds fly by.  Get a pair of the Radians Journey Camouflage Safety Glasses.  Available in Mossy Oak Breakup/Smoke & Max-4/Clear for $5.99 here: http://www.wingsupply.com/closeout-closet/closeout-miscellaneous/radians-journey-camouflage-safety-glasses/

Handwarmer – Finish off that stocking with warms hands!  Haha, yeah that was cheesy wasn’t it, sorry about that!   The Final Approach Mossy Oak Duck Blind Handwarmer is an unbelievably priced item that only will fill up the stocking but make the duck hunter in your life extremely happy!  Great brand and quality, check it out here: http://www.wingsupply.com/closeout-closet/closeout-miscellaneous/final-approach-mossy-oak-duck-blind-neoprene-handwarmer/

Check out many more stocking stuffers by clicking here: http://www.wingsupply.com/categories/closeout-closet.html?sort=priceasc

5 Items To Have In Your Bag

Most blind bags have one or two extra pockets that sometimes, let’s face it, we don’t use.  Well here are 5 items to have in your bag’s extra pockets.

trash_bags_3Black Trash Bag – A black trash bag has a lot of different possible uses.  While setting out decoys in a pond, a friend of mine tripped and filled up his waders full of water.  Keep in mine, this was in January.  With an extra hoodie and a black trash bag in his truck, he quickly changed clothes.  Using the trash bag as a shirt, he was able to stay warm just enough to get a limit and head to the house.

A black trash bag can be tucked away in the smallest hole within your bag and be used for a wind block, waterproof bandages, fight hypothermia, cold compress, water container, storage, water filter, rain cover and may other emergency and survival needs.

shoppingPortable Battery Charger – Even though a lot of you may say that you do not carry your phone on you, we recommend you should.  Keep it turned off to avoid interruptions is a great way to save battery and I don’t blame you for not wanting to get phone calls or texts!  But carry it on you for one reason, in case something happens.

To make sure you have all the battery life you need, get a portable battery charger.  Most of these can be found by shopping on online or in most stores.  You charge them the night before you hunt and toss it in a ziploc bag in your blind bag and you’re set.  Most will have at least a 1500mah battery that when turned off, will last a very long time.  Once your cell phone’s battery is getting close to dieing, plug it into your portable charger!  It will charge your phone to 100%!

antiseptic-wipes_285_large_imageAntiseptic Wipes – Not a lot of explanation with this one.  They are small and effective for sanitizing any time of wound and/or cleaning your hands after handle any raw meat.  They can be purchased at any Walmart or CVS/Pharmacy stores.

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Bayer Aspirin – Take a few of these, place them into one or two ziploc bags (to waterproof) then put them in your bag!  The best for pain relief and to reduce the risks of a heart attack and stroke.

tealight-candlesTea Light Candles – This is in the same category as the black trash bags above, a lot of uses.  A tea light candle is small and can be placed in any pocket or available hole in your bag.

These are great for keeping a flame, create a small heater along with a can or bottle, small flame for quickly sanitizing the point of a knife or even a needle, instant lamp and will light very easily once the wick has been burned.

All of these items can easily fit into any blind bag pocket.  As well as any of the Otterbox Dryboxes, I personally like the 1000 series.  Check out all the Dryboxes here: http://www.otterbox.com/waterproof-cases/waterproof-cases,default,sc.html