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Wildfowl December/January 2019-20

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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United States
Idioma:
English
Editor:
KSE Sportsman Media, Inc.
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Bimonthly
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3 min.
bill collectors

WE ARE OFTEN asked what we love to hunt the most, ducks versus geese, and I laugh because it would sure be a dark day to ever have to choose. My normal instant reaction is that I simply could not live without duck hunting. I think it’s because people who love waterfowling do not just love hunting, we actually love ducks and are endlessly fascinated by them. I think of blue-winged teal and that crescent half-moon on a drake’s face if you can find one in January, the throbbing beauty of a plumed green-winged teal, or chasing greenheads in the sun with friends…the F-18 forward tilt of a sleek drake canvasback in flight…the ever-tantalizing dream of even seeing a cinnamon drake…ahhh, it’s too much. Male wood ducks are so intensely gorgeous…

7 min.
drain the swamp, mr. trump, not our wetlands

THE CONSERVATION community knew it was coming. Rolling back parts of the Clean Water Act was one of Donald Trump’s campaign promises. In September, Trump carried through on that pledge, essentially wiping out protections on millions of acres of wetlands and thousands of miles of ephemeral streams. Soon after, opponents and proponents alike went into overdrive, throwing around hyperbole as predictable as the sunrise. Environmental group Earthjustice claimed the move would make “America’s waters burn again” and “…return our water to levels of pollution we last saw before the Clean Water Act’s enactment in 1972.” A Washington Post headline read, “Make Drinking Water Dirty Again.” Proponents of the Trump administration’s rollback were equally dramatic, calling the action a victory for private property rights and landowners, farmers in particular. “Repealing the WOTUS rule is…

1 min.
pass shots

NC RESTRICTS ACCESS A group of North Carolina hunters wants to overturn restrictive access laws in four coastal counties. The Foundation for Public Trust Resources and Rights says county-imposed regulations prevent the public from enjoying public waters through “safe hunter” laws. Critics argue the laws provide exclusive access to riparian landowners at the expense of the public. Hyde County is also attempting to adopt a “safe hunter” law, which would also restrict public hunting opportunities. HUNTERS FOR THE BIRDS Scientists analyzed data from 50 years of citizen bird counts and concluded that bird populations have fallen by a staggering 3 billion in that time. Most of the losses occurred in sparrow, warbler, finch and swallow families, but grassland birds declined by more than half. The only bright spot? Waterfowl numbers actually increased. Researchers…

1 min.
fifth flyway

PUBLIC-LAND GREEN FOR PROFIT Earlier this year, we reported on some of the negative effects wind energy has on waterfowl. Turns out some conservation groups are in favor of using public lands for renewable energy. Trout Unlimited and the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership are supporting the Public Lands Renewable Energy Act, the premise of which allows wind and solar energy projects on our lands. A percentage of the money will be kicked back to conservation and state/ local governments. We’re looking further into this, and hope to have a clearer picture as to why these organizations are supporting such measures. GREEDY EATING SNOWS A collaborative study is looking at the effects white geese are having on duck numbers in California’s Central Valley. Wintering lesser snow and Ross’s geese are at three times their…

1 min.
by the numbers

51% of U.S. wetlands vulnerable to pollution and destruction courtesy of the Trump administrations roll back of the Clean Water Act. 9.5 million acres of land-locked or inaccessible federal public lands in findings by onX Maps. Another 6.35 million state public acres are isolated by private land, and inaccessible to hunters. 3 number of times a year drake long-tailed ducks molt their body feathers. $12 Cost of a Wisconsin state duck stamp if new legislation is passed, up from $7. It would generate $260,000 for state conservation.…

2 min.
waterfowl band reports

FLYWAY VETERAN 1 HUNTER Bill Psoras East Northport, NY BAND # 1707-38361 SPECIES: Atlantic Brant (M) BANDED: 08/11/2005 LOCATION: Koukdjuak River mouth, NU RECOVERED: 01/13/2019 LOCATION: Freeport, NY 2 HUNTER: Richard Sharpe, Flushing, MI BAND #: 1158-20052 SPECIES: Large Canada Goose (F) BANDED: 07/27/2014 LOCATION: Near Attawapiskat, ON RECOVERED: 10/08/2018 LOCATION: Near Rose City, MI 3 HUNTER: Jimmy Pollard, Pontotoc, MS BAND #: 1697-73878 SPECIES: Mallard (D) BANDED: 09/12/2014 LOCATION: Upham, ND RECOVERED: 12/21/2018 LOCATION: Tallahatchie County, MS 4 HUNTER: Reid Williams, Linwood, MI BAND #: 1208-91121 SPECIES: Large Canada Goose (M) BANDED: 07/23/2018 LOCATION: Near Attawapiskat, ON RECOVERED: 10/13/2018 LOCATION: Linwood, MI 5 HUNTER: Joe Sparacino, Adams, NY BAND #: 1168-62577 SPECIES: Canada Goose (F) BANDED: 07/02/2015 LOCATION: Near Cool Spring, PA RECOVERED: 12/02/2017 LOCATION: Rutland, NY 6 HUNTER: Michael Dwozynski, Carlinville, IL BAND #: 1225-08331 SPECIES: Blue-winged Teal (D) BANDED: 08/12/2018 LOCATION: Yorkton, SK RECOVERED: 09/07/2019 LOCATION: 4.5 mi NW of Henderson, IL 7 HUNTER: Jerod Petry, Lafayette, LA BAND #: 1707-80376 SPECIES: Lesser Snow Goose (F) BANDED: 08/08/2003 LOCATION: 18 SSE Johnson Pt. NU RECOVERED: 12/16/2017 LOCATION: Wright, LA 8 HUNTER: Chris Duffy, Carlsbad, CA BAND…