Out with the old, in with the new site.

The Fowl Life LOGOChad Belding, waterfowl specialist from Banded Nation and the Fowl Life has rolled out a whole new website.

As the Banded empire continues to grow, a new-modern and user friendly website becomes live.  The new www.BandedNation.com  becomes the home of The Fowl Life.  The website also brings all of their co-brands into one place.  Such as Dead Dog Walkin, Banded Fushion, Banded Hunts and much more.

The website offers fans live twitter feeds, news & updates, on-the-road blogs and many clickable links.  The Banded Nation is now also offering you a way to become part of the Banded Nation for as low as $25.  Not to forget they are holding a contest for a lucky winner to hunt with Chad by purchasing a package of Lucky Brand Jerkey for as little at $5.

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They are also showing off their new Banded Gear, from hats 7 shirts to can koozies.   Head over and check it out for yourself, www.BandedNation.com.

More teal in early-season bag…

More teal in early-season bag, higher possession limit encourage hunters

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – July 1, 2013 – This fall, early-teal-season hunters may have an opportunity to bag more teal. Additionally, if the Department of Interior finalizes the waterfowl harvest regulations as initially proposed, the possession limit would increase. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has proposed a six-teal bag limit for early teal season and a possession limit for all seasons equivalent to three daily bag limits. Current limits are a four-teal daily bag during the special season and a possession limit of two daily bag limits.

“Ducks Unlimited is always pleased to see increased opportunities for waterfowl hunting,” said DU Chief Scientist Dale Humburg. “Harvest regulations are biologically based, and teal population trends have certainly been favorable in recent years.”

Habitat conditions in the Prairie Pothole Region have generally been wet and favorable for the last several years, laying the foundation for excellent nesting success for prairie nesters. Habitat conservation efforts by DU and others across North America have also served to bolster waterfowl populations.

“To date, Ducks Unlimited has helped conserved more than 13 million acres of important waterfowl habitat across the continent, but we cannot rest on that success,” Humburg said. “Despite record numbers in the breeding waterfowl surveyover the last few years, if left unchecked, all prairie-breeding ducks will be negatively impacted by the continuing trend of wetland and grassland losses.”

The higher possession limit will be especially helpful for the thousands of waterfowl hunters who travel for hunting trips each year and want to take their harvest home with them. If approved, they will be able to possess up to three daily bag limits at a time, rather than two. For hunters that take week-long trips across the country to harvest waterfowl, this change will make a difference. Because state regulations may vary within the federal framework, DU reminds hunters to check state-specific regulations before heading to the marsh.

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Tennessee Waterfowlers Are Asked for Their Opinion

Not too often do hunters get to give their input into their state’s wildlife decision making but Tennessee is asking just for that.

The first issue-TWRA is asking for your help is the 2013/2014 opening day.  Normally opening day for duck hunters is on Thanksgiving morning, which kicks off their 60-day season.  The TWRA has the option to change the opening day to November 16 which has the possibility of little or not enough water and ducks or to November 23 which is also opening day of deer rifle season.

Both dates proposed by TWRA have their conflicts.  Daryl R., Chief of TWRA’s Wildlife & Forestry Div. had this to say about the conflicts. “Considering the potential conflicts that all those options present, we would like to hear what our waterfowl hunters would prefer.”  To input your opinion, click here to take their online survey!

Their second issue they are seeking input for is the possible Sandhill hunting season.  Recently the USFWS (United States Fish & Wildlife Service) recommended a potential 60-day season on the “Ribeye-of-the-sky” Sandhill Crane.  The majority of the population typically migrates to the southeastern area of the state, so that is where the proposed Sandhill Crane zone would be restricted to.  To submit your input on the Sandhill Crane issue, send your email to TWRA.Comment@tn.gov, subject line of “Sandhill Crane”.

Both of these issues comment period will be available till August 10, 2013.  If someone you know does not have internet access, they can still submit their input by sending a letter to the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, Att: Waterfowl Regulations, P.O. Box 40747, Nashville, TN, 37204.  Be sure to include your TWRA ID number if you are submitting your input on the opening day issue.

Oregon Waterfowl Festival

“….Committed to the fulfillment of youth related waterfowling activities…”, the Oregon Waterfowl Organization has been contributing to conservation efforts for over 12 years.  Donating nearly $20,000.00 to Ducks Unlimited, the Lower Columbia River Esturary Initiative, Sauvie Island, Summer Lake public lands and coastal estuary wetland restorations projects have all been able to benefit.

Their annual festival, held during the weekend of June 29-30, brings waterfowlers together with Hevi-Shot’s BBQ dinner, duck & goose calling contests, boat blind contests, dog events, decoy carving contests, seminars turkey calling contests and raffles & auctions.

Find out more about the Oregon Waterfowl Festival Association by clicking here.

Gloves or Handwarmer

gloves-or-hwPre and post-season sales at your local sporting goods store and online offer some of the best prices and deals.  Every year I start to look for some items I just can’t live without, usually a new pair of gloves.   I have tried many different brands from the in-house brands of sporting goods stores to the rather expensive waterfowl-purpose gloves.  At the end of every season, I just can’t see myself using them again, they’re just not comfortable or there’s something I just don’t like about them.

Now don’t get me wrong, a pair of waterproof neoprene elbow length gloves is great to keep in your bag, but after recently purchasing an Avery handwarmer, I may never again buy a pair of gloves.  I purchased an Avery Outdoors Ducks Unlimited neoprene handwarmer .  This thing clips to your waders, has two Velcro pockets (elastic choke tube holders inside the right pocket), a zipper pocket on the back side with a smaller pocket inside (great for an iPhone), extra shell holders outside, belt just in case and is lined with a fleece lining.  Don’t want to forget about the waterproof seams also.

I would use two HotHand hand warmers for the inside and also have my wader pockets and jacket pockets (when my jacket is tucked into my waders) to help keep my hands warm.  Once I started using this new setup, I quit spending money on waterfowl gloves and more on other gear, like shells and beanies!

So we want to hear from you.  What is your preference, gloves or handwarmer?

Life-Like Look and Rotating Motion…

One of the most anticipated part of being a duck hunter is the start of Dove season.  We get to practice our leading while shooting those fast flying and tasty birds.  In the recent years, motion Dove decoys hit the market running at a full sprint.  Most hunters would either have a wind operated decoy or a battery operated decoy along with a small bag full of “clip-on” decoys normally found clipped to a tree limb or bob-wire fence.  This season, we have a cool new product that won’t break the bank, but help bring more Dove-closer.

dff_web_page100Hunter’s Edge released their Dove Feeding Frenzy alongside their Winged Dove Decoy.  The Dove Feeding Frenzy features three of their Winged Dove Decoys, which are hand painted to not only look real, but move just like the real thing.  The Dove Feeding Frenzy rotates in a clock-wise circular bumping motion, making these decoys simulate feeding on the ground with other Doves.

The Winged Dove decoy is a single decoy that comes with a 24-inch stake allowing you to place it in a cut field or anywhere else where there is not an object for you to clip it to.  However, when you’re hunting along a fence line or bank of a pond, the Winged Dove Decoys has a high quality metal clip for fences, tree limbs, a stick on the ground, etc.

Mossberg® Signs Agreement with Duck Commander™

North Haven, CT – O.F. Mossberg & Sons, Inc, America’s oldest family-owned and operated firearms manufacturer, has entered into a long-term agreement with the Robertson family and the hugely-popular Duck Commander franchise. Bestknown as the stars of the top-rated reality TV series, Duck Dynasty, the Robertson clan lead by family patriarch, Phil, has expanded their Louisiana-based call-making company into a national phenomenon and A&E Television Networks™ mostwatched series. Terms of the multi-year agreement will include focus on the family’s passion of waterfowl hunting, promotion of the shooting sports and family values as well as a series of Mossberg “Duck Commander” firearms.

The now multi-million dollar Duck Commander enterprise was founded by Phil and is led by his son, Willie, and includes family members: Uncle Si, Jase, Jep; known for their long-flowing beards, and Alan. All share in the passion for hunting and time-honored Southern traditions.  “Mossberg is extremely proud to partner with Duck Commander to further promote hunting, shooting sports and family values,” commented Iver Mossberg, CEO. “The Robertson’s widespread appeal and ability to cross over into the mainstream has bridged millions to the traditions of hunting and sharing time in the field with family.”

“The Duck Commander franchise was built on hard work, family values and our great American heritage. As an iconic, hardworking American product, made by a family-owned company, Mossberg is a perfect partnership for our team,” said Willie Robertson, CEO, Duck Commander.

Mossberg will work with the Robertsons to develop a line of branded “Duck Commander” guns across multiple categories including pump-action and autoloading waterfowl shotguns. For more information on Mossberg firearms and future Duck Commander offerings, please visit our web site at www.mossberg.com or follow us on www.facebook.com/MossbergOfficial.

Duck Commander™ is a registered trademark of Duck Commander, Inc. A&E Television Networks™ is a registered trademark of A&E Television Networks, LLC.

About O.F. Mossberg & Sons, Inc. 

Founded in 1919, O.F. Mossberg & Sons, Inc. is the oldest family-owned and operated firearms manufacturer in America, and is the largest pump-action shotgun manufacturer in the world. Leading the way with over 100 design and utility patents to its credit, and standing as the first ISO 9001 Certified long-gun manufacturer, Mossberg is considered to be one of the most innovative firearms manufacturers in U.S. History. For more information on commercial, special purpose, law enforcement and military shotguns, rifles and accessories, please visit their website at www.mossberg.com.

Twelve accused of poaching waterfowl face federal charges

By Rob Parsons/A-D Reporter

A dozen hunters face federal poaching charges in connection with the deaths of more than 100 waterfowl earlier this year in Sutter County.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office filed charges on Friday against the hunters linked to the Jan. 16 alleged poaching in Sutter, according to the complaint filed in U.S. District Court.

Lauren Horwood, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Sacramento, said on Wednesday no court dates have been set.

Federal prosecutors filed six misdemeanor counts including unlawfully possessing untagged migratory game birds, unlawful storage of migratory game birds, exceeding the possession limit of waterfowl, white geese, ducks and migratory game birds and unlawful transportation of migratory game birds.

Each count carries a maximum penalty of six months in jail and a $15,000 fine, according to the complaint.

Nevada David Smith, Jeffrey Allen Catlett and Cody Eugene Shogren were each charged with multiple counts.

Smith and Catlett are charged with possessing 134 waterfowl, 41 pintail ducks and 24 white geese. Shogren is charged with possessing 30 white geese. Jeffrey Leroy Dombo is charged with possessing 28 ducks, the complaint says.

Also charged were: Dennis Edward Clark, Jared Craig Woods, Elliott Robert Peters, Cassandra Mirinda Stearns, Brian Daniel Ness, Carson Andrew Lock, Eric David Ness and Micayla Rae Turner. Hometowns of all the accused people were not listed in the complaint.

Investigators with the state Department of Fish and Wildlife said the hunters were using questionable hunting methods, including surrounding the birds with numerous hunters and shooting into a large flock as the startled birds tried to fly away.

Read more: http://www.appeal-democrat.com/articles/birds-125756-charged-waterfowl.html#ixzz2WUnbRyeZ

House passes bill to make e-duck stamp permanent.

The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Permanent Electronic Duck Stamp Act in early June. Co-sponsored by Reps. Rob Wittman (VA) and Ron Kind (WI), the bipartisan bill will make duck stamps permanently available for purchase online. Physical stamps will still be mailed to buyers, but the online proof of purchase provides new convenience to sportsmen and women by immediately fulfilling the requirement of possessing a stamp to hunt waterfowl. After 45 days, the proof of purchase will expire and purchasers must have the traditional paper stamp to receive its full benefits.

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Delta Goes Live With Duck Cam

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EGELAND, N.D. — All across the prairie each spring, a dramatic struggle of nesting hen ducks to protect incubating eggs and survive in a grassland habitat teeming with predators plays out.

Skunks, raccoons, foxes, opossums and other toothy critters looking for an easy meal threaten to destroy the nests. Ultimately, the drama boils down to a hen — literally a sitting duck — trying to hide her eggs and herself in the grass for more than three weeks to hatch a brood of fluffy ducklings.

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Now, you can watch! The Delta Duck Cam, a streaming webcam placed near an incubating wild duck, is your live, real-time window into the life of a hen on a nest in North Dakota.

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