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Wildfowl June/July 2018

Wildfowl Magazine is the best magazine out there for the serious goose and duck hunters. Loaded with useful information on guns & loads, decoys & calls, boats & blinds, retriever training, gear & gadgets, Canadian reports and conservation. Join us in the blind each issue!

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defining able

Tyler Densford is a retired U.S. Air Force veteran from Mississippi who just received a service dog named Able from non-profit Retrieving Freedom, Inc (RFI). RFI trains service dogs for disabled veterans and children with autism, as well as diabetic alert dogs. I had the great fortune to hunt with Able and Tyler, who became a paraplegic and is remanded to a wheelchair after falling 50 feet from a Blackhawk helicopter during a training exercise in 2016. Before the accident, Tyler had plans to become a pilot, which he still hopes to do. He has not let this disability dictate his life. “Rather than wilting away in bed, I decided to take this crappy situation and run with it,” Tyler said. Katey McClenny | Via email Chow Time I disagree with Tyler Shoberg’s comments…

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doing the splits

THE FIRST TIME I encountered a split duck season was unpleasant. Years ago, wed ventured back to the family hay farm in scenic west Arkansas, and I was eager to chase the woodies geese and mallards that are sporadic visitors there. But Dad informed me duck season closed the next day—and it was the Christmas holidays. I’d only lived in states without split seasons: Florida, Washington, Utah, and Illinois. But sure enough, even in that part of Arkansas where waterfowling is poor, our ponds filled with ringnecks, mallards and a handful of geese during the closure, and when it opened, well let’s just say we left a lot of feathers floating on that pond! I’m still not a fan of holiday closures, but I now appreciate the dexterity splits can provide…

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flight delays

IT WAS A WINTER for the ages. From western Montana to New England and down to the Gulf coast, there were record or near-record cold snaps in late December and early January, setting up what should have been an epic end to duck season. It was, but not where many hunters expected. Waterfowlers throughout much of the south stared at blank skies and wondered why the record-smashing weather didn’t bring them a bounty of birds. Instead, hunters in Kansas, Nebraska and other mid-latitude states pounded the ducks until the finals days of the season. Even hunters in western New York killed birds during the deep freeze. What happened? “Ducks won’t go any farther south than they have to,” says State University of New York waterfowl ecologist Dr. Michael Schummer. That’s because cold weather alone…

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pass shots

CANADIAN CASH OUT The Canadian Wildlife Service may increase the cost of its migratory gamebird permit and conservation stamp. Hunters currently pay $8.50 for each, but under the proposal, the cost of each stamp will increase to $10.50 in 2019, $12.50 in ‘20 and $14 in ‘21. TRUMP TRUMPS HUNTERS President Donald Trump’s current 2019 budget cuts funding to the NWR system and BLM. It also eliminates the USGS’s cooperative research units and slashes funding to the Land and Water Conservation Fund, which purchases land and access for public use, by 98 percent. The USFWS budget would get slashed by $300 million. WHAT’S A PINTAIL WORTH? A study published in the Journal of Environmental Management found pintails in three primary breeding areas and two major wintering areas had an economic value of over $100 million.…

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fifth flyway

STOP THE BLOCKADE The USGS scored a victory for public-land duck hunters, finding man-made structures aimed at preventing erosion have a negative impact on waterfowl. The results include habitat loss, changes in food availability and spread of invasives. Hopefully that means fewer steel walls and more marsh for the mallards. GO AHEAD: GORGE ON GREENHEADS A report published in Scientific Reports found GMO corn isn’t so bad for you. Researchers say GMO corn crop yields are more than four times higher than non- GMOs and have up to 36.5 percent less toxins. Guess those corn-fed greenheads are better for us than we thought. DRONES DOWN 'UNDA Researchers in Australia are using drones to count bird colonies and other animals, but before they do, the Aussies set thousands of duck decoys on sand bars to “practice.”…

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the not-so-big dogs

WHEN I STARTED training hunting dogs four decades ago, the general belief was waterfowl dogs should be big or they simply couldn’t get the job done. This meant that a lot of the Labs I worked with (especially males) approached the 100-pound range. As far as most hunters were concerned at the time, size certainly mattered. Today, not-so-much. At least, not as much. Most of the gun dogs out there these days range anywhere from 50 to 75 pounds, depending largely on whether we’re talking about males or females. This is due to one main reason: our dogs have evolved from being outdoor kennel dwellers to indoor couch sleepers. It’s a rare day to run across a duck dog that doesn’t also double as a house dog. Even knowing that, there are still…