Take An Extra Moment

Many things can happen while hunting to make it dangerous.  Such as a clogged shotgun barrel, a ricocheted bullet, use of improperly sized shell or bullet or carrying a loaded gun.  So we take precautions to prevent these from happening.  But there is only so much you can do when you or another hunter does not take the same proper safety precautions.

Just a couple days ago, in Foster County, ND a duck hunter was shot in the lower abdomen after a deer hunter shot at a running deer.  These duck hunters were in the mist of putting on their blazing orange clothing when this accident happened.  As of today, there have not been any updates of this investigation but the local Sheriff reported the injury did not appear to be life threating.

In Oct. 2013, a newlywed duck hunter just 23 years old was fatally shot by his friend while duck hunting from a boat.    As a group of ducks passed by, they both stood up at the same time and when one lost his balance, hunting buddy accidently shot and hit him in the head.

There are many of these types of accidents that take place every season.  Some purely accidental, some claim to be accidental but for the most part they could be have prevented with a little more care for other hunters and precautions.  Some states with keep the deer rifle and waterfowl season apart from each other in hopes it prevents more accidents.

What fears some the most is the possibility of states adopting an already-in-place deer regulation for duck hunters.  At least 6 states now require 144 square inches of blazing orange panels to be used during any firearm deer season on public land.  Of course that would be absolutely pointless to apply for duck hunters but then again, anything is possible.  This is just a thought and will probably never happen.

The best advice to give is know when other seasons will be open in your state, make your presence known – perhaps making some noise occasionally, carry your phone on you and have your local Game Warden/Officer’s contact number, let someone know where you’re going AND the time you should be back by, always check your gun and ammo, be sure to know what is beyond your target and NEVER assume anything.

May you all have a great successful season and most important of all, return home safely!

Camera Line Up

We researched have listed the most popular POV (Point-of-View) cameras.  Providing product details to help you make a decision when searching for that right camera.

Note: These cameras are not listed in any particular order.

GoPro HERO3

Hero3GoPro helps people capture and share their lives’ most meaningful experiences with others—to celebrate them together. Like how a day on the mountain with friends is more meaningful than one spent alone, the sharing of our collective experiences makes our lives more fun. via www.GoPro.com  Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tmZ_o1Eec20

 

Warranty: 1 year limited

Digital Still Resolution:  Up to 5.0MP 

High Definition:  Yes (1080p)

Audio Recording:  Yes

Time Lapse Recording:  Yes, interval snapshot recording

Remote Control:  Yes (Optional)

Type of Lens:  Fisheye

Type of Mount:  Base Plate with Pivot Arms (Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EuFLCCGeU-gCompatible only with select GoPro quick-release cameras.

Flash Memory: MicroSD Card – not included

Connectivity: USB-HDMI

Rechargeable Battery:  Yes

External Mic Ready: Yes (3.5mm Mic Sold Separately) 

Color:  White with Clear Housing

Shoot and Share:  No

Waterproof:  Yes

What’s Included – GoPro

  • GoPro HERO3 HD Camcorder
  • Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery
  • USB Charging Cable
  • QR Buckle, 1 curved Adhesive Mount, 1 Flat adhesive Mount, Assorted Mounts and Mounting Hardware
  • Owner’s Manual

$199.99 via http://gopro.com/cameras/hd-hero3-white-edition

 

 

Tactacam

TactacamA good camera has to have a good lens and a good image sensor.  Well, the new Tactacam has both.  Using the best lenses with a 12 megapixel sensor to record your hunt.  Fisheye lenses push everything away making them not ideal for hunting.  Tactacam uses a 60 degree lens this is very close to the view that we see with the human eye. via www.tactacam.com  Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3W20cBNDSUU

 

Warranty: 6 Months, No Questions Asked

Digital Still Resolution:  12MP 

High Definition:  Yes (1080p)

Audio Recording:  Yes

Time Lapse Recording:  No

Remote Control:  No

Type of Lens:  60 Degree Lens

Type of Mount:  Tripod Mount – Compatible with most tripods and attachments with a 1/4″ diameter threading.

Flash Memory: MicroSD Card – not included

Connectivity: USB-HDMI

Rechargeable Battery:  Yes – via USB Charging

External Mic Ready: Yes (2.5mm Mic Sold Separately) 

Color:  Realtree Xtra, Realtree APS, Lost Camo, Lost Camo AT, Flat Black and Tactical Mixed

Shoot and Share:  Yes (Facebook and YouTube Ready)

Waterproof:  Yes

What’s Included – Tactacam

  • Tactacam Camcorder
  • Bow Stabilizer Mount
  • Gun Mount
  • AUX/Universal Mount
  • Data/USB Charging Cord with Wall Charger Adapter
  • Lens Cleaning Cloth
  • External Mic Closure (External Mic Not Included)
  • User Manual

$229.99 via http://shop.tactacam.com/

 

XCEL HD Hunting Edition

XCELCapture full HD 1080p footage of your hunt with this compact action camera. Perfect for mounting to your bow, scope or forehead allowing you to replay, enjoy and share every moment of your hunt with wide angle video. via www.spypoint.com  Video:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FUEGbwF2PrE

 

 

Warranty: 1 Year Full Warranty

Digital Still Resolution:  5MP

High Definition:  Yes (1080p or 720) 

Audio Recording:  Yes

Time Lapse Recording:  Yes

Remote Control:  Yes (Included)

Type of Lens:  Fisheye

Type of Mount:  Base Plate with Pivot Arms

Flash Memory: MicroSD Card – not included

Connectivity: USB-HDMI

Rechargeable Battery:  Yes

External Mic Ready: Yes (2.5mm Mic Sold Separately)

Color:  Black Carbon Fiber Look with Camo Housing

Shoot and Share:  Unconfirmed

Waterproof:  Yes

What’s Included – XCEL HD

  • XCEL HD Hunting Edition Camcorder
  • Camo Waterproof Housing
  • Remote Control + Velcro Strap
  • Lithium-ion Battery + Battery Cover
  • HDMI + USB Cables
  • Carrying Case
  • Wrist Strap
  • Lens Cleaning Clothe
  • Slide Adapter
  • Quick Release Stand
  • Head Strap Mount
  • Bow Mount (Suitable for all bow models having an opening for a stabilizer)
  • Scope Mount  (Fits any scope within 0.91” to 1.38” diameter)
  • Lens Protector

$250.00 at select retailers only

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

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

Early season goose hunting tips.

Early season goose hunting tips.

Once again that time year has come upon us, as hunters we patiently wait for the hunting season to start. During the off season we have to prepare ourselves for a successful season ahead. As early goose season begins there are some things that are going to be important to know to have a successful season.

1. Preparation- prepare your self for the weather conditions. It maybe an early in the season but the mornings will be much colder than the days. Hunt comfortable not miserable. it’s better to pack more clothes than less.

2. Scouting and location- it is so important to put in the time and effort to scout so when opening day comes you will have the geese located and patterned. The best time to scout geese will be early and late in the afternoon. In the morning they are making their morning flight to their feeding ground which would be the perfect setup spot for early morning setup. Scouting late in the afternoon will be a very important. Once you know where the geese are resting at night you will then know where to setup the next morning.

1174430_10151549938746813_821496944_n3. Blind setup- There’re many different blinds out on the market today but the best way to find the right blind all depends on where you are hunting and what you are comfortable hunting in. Pit blinds are one of the most common blinds for hunting in a field with a group of friends. You can move a round a bit more and have a bit more comfort in the blind. Another common blind being used for goose hunting in fields are lay out blinds. Layout blinds are one man blinds that you layout in or around your decoy spread to conceal your presents.

4. Decoy setup- when it comes to early season goose hunting your decoy setup will be very important. Unlike hunting in the late season where you are targeting more migratory birds the early season1174283_10151549938741813_940205894_n will consist of more young immature Juvenal birds. There’re 2 deadly way to set up your decoys for this time of year. 1: setup your decoy in to small family groups consisting of 5-7 decoys per set. 2: make a decoy spread as you would during the late season into a U shape where they have a landing zone in front your blind but instead of using a ton of decoys in this set back off to about 15-25 birds.

1232421_10151549917431813_1036605454_n5. Calling- Most of the off season we practice out calling waiting the arrival of opening day. The most common mistake we make when it comes to early season calling is that we want to call too hard like we are calling late season birds who have been pressured throughout the season. The key think to remember is that the majority of the birds coming in during early season will be young Juvenal birds who are not call smart yet. Don’t get out there opening day and blowing your best because in reality you are only educating uneducated birds. Best calls for early season hunting will be giving a few clucks and honks here and there as the birds are flying. Once those birds cup those wings lay off the calls they are committed to landing and know where to land if the decoys are setup just right.

6. Enjoy the hunt- Every hunt doesn’t consist of a harvest and thats not what hunting is all about. Hunting is about enjoying gods creation and spending time out in the outdoors with family and friends. It’s about making memories that will last and sharing a life long tradition that has been handed down to us as we should hand it down to the next generation. The next time you go out hunting and think you didn’t bring home anything just think back to the time you spent in the blind listening to the birds, hearing the laughter of a dear friend, and making the best memory that you could ever imagine.

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Josh “SonoftheSouth” Carney

Early season goose hunting can be the best goose hunting known to goose hunters. The birds are much easier to work for a beginning goose hunter or for seasoned veterans. I recommend you take a child on some early season goose hunts and get them hooked in the great sport of hunting. Enjoy your goose season and safe hunting!!

Joshua Carney

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.

HIG28500

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.

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

 

Changing Up Your Decoy Spread

Mallards, gadwalls, wigeons, pintails and teal all fly great distances for winter migration and do you know what they all have in common? They all get shot at and see more of the same looking decoy spreads along the way. Making them more and more wary of decoys as the season goes on.

I’m not going to give ducks credit for being smart animals and having the capability of telling the differences between a real duck and a fake duck. They have a brain the size of a pea. But I will give them credit for being able to recognize the same old decoy spreads time after time and coming to realize or having some sort of instinctual trigger kick in making them say hey every time I fly into a spread like that one I get shot. If they weren’t able to detect danger waterfowl would have went extinct a long time ago.

Most duck hunters have an all mallard spread and who can blame them. Everyone loves shooting limits and mallards and they are the most dominant species of duck in North America. But how often do you just see mallards sitting in a field or on a pond. Not very and I am willing to bet that there is another species of duck sitting in there with them. So why not have more than one species in your decoy spread. It will help lure in other species of ducks to fill out your limit and also set your decoy spread apart from other hunters. Especially helping out when you’re hunting high pressure hunting areas.

I am going to leave you with one more thought. Confidence decoys. They say to ducks all clear everything is safe down here. Goose decoys are a popular choice and will feed in the same area as ducks and will also give you a chance of being able to bag a goose or two if you are lucky. Herons or cranes are another popular option and are some of the wariest birds and by placing one 45 yards or more outside your spread will help instill safety in your decoy spread to other ducks. If you are hunting in an area where coots are around I recommend giving them a try. They often feed in the same areas as ducks and I guarantee you will be one of the few hunters that use them. Just place them on the side of your spread. You may get laughed at by fellow hunters when you pull out your coots, but you will have the last laugh when you are on your way home with a limit of ducks and they are still sitting in the blind wondering why ducks aren’t decoying into their spread.

WI – Sharpen your waterfowl shot.

East Troy, Wis. – As the pre-season gets closer, most waterfowlers will head down to their favorite shooting range to bust a box or two worth of clay pigeons.

Trap, skeet, and sporting clays provides us a challenge in a control environment.  They attract hunters by 10s of thousands year after year.  With clay pigeons being the target these sports, we as waterfowlers seek it to better our shot and become more familiar with the pattern of our favorite load.   Thus, making our skill level higher and wounded bird count lower.

Wisconsin’s Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has brought a pilot program to their hunters this year.  Their “Wingshooting for Migratory Birds” program is intended to help with over-all shooting, shotgun patterning,  technique of leading, distance estimation, selection of loads and chokes as well as the awareness  and effectiveness of shooting ranges.

This program is a great idea, especially for those just getting into shooting and/or waterfowl hunting.  I wouldn’t be surprised if other State DNR began to follow suit.

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.

Banded Capture

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.