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.

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.

Click here to Read more!

New Shadow Grass Blades, The Latest Evolution in Waterfowl Patterns

The folks at Mossy Oak introduced their first waterfowl camo pattern back in 1986.  The pattern was Bottomland and it was designed to hide hunters in the flooded timber shadows by incorporating the dark and light patterns and colors of bark and soil.

Bottomland worked great in its intended environment, but it didn’t help hunters hide as well in the grass and cattails of pond edges and fields.  Mossy Oak’s design team recognized the need for a pattern that would work in these conditions and, in 1995, added blades of grass as an overlay to the Bottomland pattern to make a new pattern called Shadow Grass.  Now, there was a pattern that would work in almost any waterfowl hunting environment in North America.

Over the years, the Mossy Oak team has continued to enhance and improve their waterfowl patterns.  As digital imaging techniques improve, designers were able to add more detail and shadow to their patterns, giving them an almost 3D effect that broke up the human outline when viewed from any direction.

The evolution continued with improvements to Shadow Grass in both color and detail until the year 2007 when a new pattern named Duckblind was launched.  Duckblind was built on a base background of true dirt colors with different tones to represent wet and dry ground. Then, elements of millet, wild oats, corn stalks, phragmites, Johnson grass, soybeans and native grasses were added. The unique shadows enhance depth, while the muted shades of brown, tan, gray and soft black work well for blending into virtually any waterfowl environment across the country.

All of this leads to today and the introduction of the new Shadow Grass Blades pattern.  I asked Larry Moore, the Director of Research and Development for Mossy Oak Camo about the new pattern and what went into its design.  He replied, “The development of Blades took two years of research and element collection across the entire waterfowl flyway systems.  We carefully selected grass that was true to color and detail to represent any water edge or open field.  Because of the success and long run of original Shadow Grass we arranged the grass blades in a similar fashion and used a natural straw like background to utilize a naturally dirty look of mashed down or repeatedly flooded grass.  This created the look found in original Shadow Grass and allows the flooded timber hunter to use it as well as the field hunter.”

When I asked how they went about designing a pattern that works everywhere, Moore explained that the new Blades pattern has grass types found from Minnesota to Louisiana or California to New England.  These grasses were then carefully blended into a natural reproduction of some of the photos taken on location to match a wide array of settings. The precise arrangement of individual blades of grass, whether windblown, broken or bent, onto a background of thatch consisting of lesser or dead grass creates the perfect pure grass pattern. In addition, carefully placed shadows were added to create depth and further break up the human pattern. “Blades will work anywhere you have grass and dirt and I think that is everywhere”, Moore said.

After viewing the new pattern, I think it will blend perfectly into the pond edges and fields just about anywhere ducks and geese are hunted.  My biggest problem with darker waterfowl patterns is their tendency to blob out from a distance.  When viewed by a high flying duck or goose, that dark blob fairly screams “hunter”.  The overall light tone of the grasses blended with just enough shadow in the new Blades pattern should avoid that problem and help waterfowlers blend into just about any cover.

Limit in the Morning, Gold in the Afternoon. Redemption Calls provides high quality duck and goose calls, at a price you can afford.

Redemption Calls LLC is proud to announce the newest additions to our product lineup:

The Keystone Crush Goose Call and the Fits-the-Bill Duck call.

Redemption Calls LLC strives to deliver great products, at a price hunters can afford. We do everything we can in order to get you a call at the lowest possible price possible. We spend hours perfecting our processes in order to provide the best sounding and most durable calls on the market. We take our savings and pass them on to you, so you can enjoy hunting and reap the success of these calls like we have, at a price you can afford.


The Keystone Crush goose call is one of the most all purpose goose calls on the market today. With its wide range of tone the Keystone Crush can hit anything from deep, gravely murmurs all the way up to high pitched fast calling. This call can earn you a limit in the  morning, and get you a gold on stage in the afternoon. The call has an endless amount of choices whether it is in Acrylic, Cocobolo, Bocote, Hedge, Walnut, Goncalo Alves, or African Blackwood it sounds great!

In the field: For nearly two years, the staff at Redemption Calls has tested the Keystone Crush in the harshest terrain and landscape that the east coast has to offer. Through all this testing the Keystone Crush has proven time and time again to be one of the most reliable calls on the market. The Keystone Crush allows the hunter to go from loud calling down to subtle, finesse calling at a moments notice. This is a call made by hunters, for hunters.

The Keystone Crush has the ability to hit deep, gravely tones in the beginning of the season for those large resident birds, all the way up to fast high pitched tones for those late season migrators. The best part about it is all of this can be done without ever changing the tuning of the call.

On the stage: The Keystone Crush’s unique design not only allows it to be a versatile, all purpose hunting call, but also allows it to be one of the best sounding competition goose calls on the market today. The Keystone Crush has a large range of volume and power that make it a force to be reckoned with when you step onto the stage.

The Keystone Crush combines explosive volume and a lightening fast response with the unique ability to hit any note a judge could want. Whether you are hitting higher pitched, high volume hails, or your working down to the finesse trick notes and murmurs, this call has everything you could ever want in a comp call.  Visit the link below to hear the Keystone Crush in action.

(Link to Call sound file): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o3c7OuaagZM


The Fits-the-Bill duck call is a call that both birds and hunters can’t get enough of. This duck call’s raspy tone, with its whiny squeal makes it perfect for that soft, sexy calling that drives Mallards crazy. This call features a single reed or double reed design with a smaller back-bore so the call blows soft and easy for those close in birds. We offer this call in many different colors of acrylic, Cocobolo, Bocote, Hedge, Walnut, Goncalo Alves, or African Blackwood.

In the field: Much like our Keystone Crush Goose Call, The Fits-the-Bill duck call has heavily tested in nearly all types of climates on the east coast in the Atlantic Flyway. The staff at Redemption Calls took this call out into the field hunting and put it through a gauntlet of tests to ensure that it would hold up in any condition. Whether you are feed chuckling to some close in mallards in the middle of snow and freezing rain, or hailing  to a group of ducks out in the distance on a sunny day, this call will perform flawlessly.

We originally designed this call to be used as a hunting call, and that is evident from the moment you pick it up and start blowing it. This call is all duck. It can get loud and hail out to birds in the distance, or get low and soft to work those close in birds with finesse and pure-duck tone. We have enjoyed a ton of success using this duck call our in the field and we hope you can too. Get yours today!