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Wildfowl October 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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to swat or not?

WILDFOWL’s new art director Chuck Beasley asked a great question the other day. An outdoorsman but only a budding waterfowler, he inquired if duck and goose hunters shoot birds on the ground or jump them up first. I told him it’s considered a sort of cheap shot, bad form, as birds on the ground or water are sort of like fish in a barrel. It’s called wingshooting, not ground shooting, and unless they are wounded, “swatting” is considered unsportsmanlike conduct by those who were raised to respect the game. You don’t spit on the church sidewalk, and you don’t flock shoot geese on the ground or ducks on the water. The more murderous of waterfowlers do it, though, if not raised by hunters like my Virginia gentleman father, a literature nut who…

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letters to the editor

Hard-Headed Hounds AS A NEW subscriber I read with interest WILDFOWL’s Big Dog issue. I enjoyed it having raised, bred and trained Labs, springers and Brittanys, but the breed I believe to be the most intelligent, loyal and hardworking of all the retrieving breeds is the Chesapeake Bay Retriever. I have had Chessies since I was 12, way back when I lived in a little place called Tule Lake, California, in the 1940s. I have bred, raised and trained them for the last 30 years. Yes, they are stubborn as my late wife used to remind me. I always replied, “No, only hardheaded, like me.” Dick Lawe Temecula, CA Outdoor Writer Expertise I am on a plane headed somewhere I am less than excited to go to and the trip was made infinitely better…

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the best friends you didn’t know we have

MISSISSIPPI DUCK HUNTERS will soon have access to an additional 18,000 acres of duck-rich bottom-land forest in the Delta. Thank the Nature Conservancy and the state of Mississippi for that new land. The conservation group was critical in the property’s acquisition, one of the largest contiguous private holdings in the state, and the largest public land acquisition in Mississippi in over 40 years. “Only 2 percent of the Delta’s hard wood bottomlands remain, so we thought this was an important piece of property,” says Alex Littlejohn, associate director of TNC’s Mississippi chapter. The Mississippi property known as Steele Bayou WMA is adjacent to Mahannah WMA. It was formerly owned by a corporate timber com pany and will provide world class waterfowl hunting when the land naturally floods. With the help of private donors…

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pass shots

BILL EXTENDS DUCK SEASON TO THE END OF JANUARY A bill making its way through Congress would allow states to extend duck season to Jan. 31. Currently, seasons must end the last Sunday in January. The bill would potentiallyextend the season four days. However, states still have leeway to set season dates as long as they fall within the federal framework established by the USFWS. STATES TO GET POSSIBLE $1.3 BILLION IN WILDLIFE FUNDING A movement on Capitol Hill with strong bi-partisan support could provide relief for state fish and wildlife agencies to the tune of $1.3 billion. The Recovering America’s Wildlife Act (S3223) would use existing royalties from energy extraction on federal lands. The money would be allocated to state agencies to help fund wildlife action plans, which focus on imperiled and…

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fifth flyway

THE GREENHEAD BLUES It seems the two-bird mallard limit for the Atlantic Flyway is almost a foregone conclusion starting fall of 2019. What puzzles us—and Delta Waterfowl, which came out against the proposed limit reduction—is why the USFWS and Atlantic Flyway Council will still allow hunters to kill two hens? If the population is struggling in the that flyway, shooting egg-layers certainly won’t help the cause. Delta proposed a sensible three-mallard limit with one hen. Another proposal was to keep the limit at four birds (two hens) but reduce the season to 30 days. The USFWS didn’t see fit to study those management models. SAVE THE GEESE! PETA (People for the Ethical treatment of Animals) sent out a recent “Action Alert” to its members to stop the extermination of resident honkers in Myrtle…

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leaving a legacy

JACKIE VAN CLEAVE comes from a long line of hunters and anglers. Both his father and grandfather were professional duck guides and fishermen on Tennessee’s Reelfoot Lake, and Jackie—now in his 60s—has been guiding on Reelfoot since he was 13. Over the course of five decades local hunting regulations changed dramatically as hunter numbers increased: 50 years ago Jackie and other Reel-foot guides were free to hunt in any hole or any blind they chose, but today Reelfoot’s duck blinds are numbered and a blind lottery system was established. Fortunately, Jackie’s favorite blind was grandfathered into the program and while he still has to obtain a permit to hunt there every year, his family’s blind will be available for Jackie to hunt for the rest of his life. On days…