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

Higdon’s Ice Blaster

The morning after the season’s split can be one of the most anticipated mornings for a duck hunter. Knowing the weather has changed with lower-freezing temps, snow and ice you are just hoping the hole is not frozen over.  But just like every single time, it is frozen over solid. I don’t know about you, but one thing I really don’t care for doing is working up a sweat in 15 degree or lower weather while breaking ice!  Higdon has a 12v portable solution to fix this.

Higdon Decoys Inc., who is known for their “Battleship” Super Magnum and Alpha Series decoys, recently released their Ice Blaster.  The Ice Blaster is an underwater motor that pushes the warmer bottom water to the surface allowing the ice to effectively melt.  The Ice Blaster sits just 2 feet below the water providing great and heavy movement to your spread while also providing a landing pocket for those tired migrators.

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Made from a Kasco marine motor, 35’ waterproof rubber power cord with alligator clips & power switch and either metal legs or an easy-to-carry square tubing metal frame.  The Ice Blaster comes available in 4 different sizes according to horsepower:

 

 

  • ¼  Horsepower – $599.99
  • ½ Horsepower – $649.99
  • ¾ Horsepower – 699.99
  • 1 Horsepower – $799.99

Great company, great 1 Year Warranty and great hardware, the Ice Blaster will be a great weapon to add to your arsenal! Duck Hunter approved!
Higdon's new logo.

Hold ‘Em Tight

Rigging your decoys yearly or every other can be tough and just plain expensive. However, Backwoods Decoy Systems has brought out a patent-pending Texas-style rigging that proves American Made products are just made better to last the test of time.

Made from high-quality hardware such as sinkable saltwater fishing line, rust-free crimps, split rings and weights made in Tennessee. The split rings attach to any floating decoy, duck or goose and are made from high-quality zink-coated stainless steel. Can’t forget about their carrying bracelet that allows you to clip your rigs to its d-clip, toss over your shoulder and still have both hands free.

The Backwoods Decoy Systems are available in many different lengths and weight sizes, including their goose rig that is 60 inches long, has 10oz pyramid weights and comes in a half-dozen per order. Their 3ft extensions that can be stored in your blind bag and used for when you have to change to deeper water holes.BDS Carrier Bracelet

They have a lot of great news coming soon so go “Like” them on Facebook, follow them on twitter and be sure to check out their website: www.BackwoodsDecoySystems.com. “Get in the backwoods” with an American Made company.

A Story of a Waterfowler – Savannah

A movie for the duck hunter in your family. Savannah will be released to select theaters and will premier August 23rd. Official trailer below.
Select Theaters:
Savannah, GA, Victory Square Cinema
Atlanta, GA, Plaza Theater
Charlotte, NC, AMC Carolina Pavilion
Columbia, SC, AMC Dutch Square Mall
Concord, NC, AMC Concord Mills
Dallas, TX, AMC Grapevine Miller
Jacksonville, FL, AMC Regency
Kansas City, MO, AMC Barrywoods
Lake Worth, FL, Movies of Lake Worth
New York City, NY, AMC Empire
Scottsdale, AZ, Harkins Shea
Charleston, SC, Terrace Theater on August 30
Delray Beach, FL, Movies of Delray on August 30
(Out on VOD and DVD on Tuesday, September 24, 2013)

“SAVANNAH is the true story of Ward Allen, a romantic and bombastic character who rejects his plantation heritage for the freedom of life on a river. Ward navigates the change of early 20th century America on the wrong side of the law and society, his loyal friend, a freed slave named Christmas Moultrie, at his side. Master of Shakespeare, and the shotgun that provides Savannah’s markets with fowl, Ward fights for his rights as a hunter. His charisma and eloquent rhetoric win the heart of a society woman who defies her father to marry him. An elderly Moultrie tells the story of life on the river with his friend to a little boy, who passes the legendary Ward Allen down to the next generation.” -IMDb