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Wildfowl September 2019

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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KSE Sportsman Media, Inc.
USD 27.97
7 Números

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4 min.
have gun, must travel

THE BLIND WAS tucked neatly into the treeline, yet we brushed it in heavily anyway, something you don’t normally have to do in Saskatchewan, which is why you go there. Scouts reported a remnant mob of gun-shy sandhill cranes staging in the area, and as light slithered in across the wetlands a few hundred yards away and started to turn the water’s surface dark and coppery, black blobs appeared, stump-like in the shallows of a marsh, most likely grass clumps. Then the croaking started, gwa-a-a-wk, gwa-a-a-awk, rising through the air and driving our blood pressure right up with it. The grass clumps started unfolding their wings and cruising our way. Smart, spooky, old prehistoric birds, cranes look down their long, shrewd discriminating noses at you like the snobby professors of avian…

7 min.
boom time

IF YOU BELIEVE everything you read, you might think these are dark days for waterfowl hunters. Mallards don’t migrate south like they used to. Hunters at the bottom of the flyways spend more time cussing empty skies than working birds. Atlantic Flyway hunters were just hit with a one-two punch of shortened seasons and reduced bag limits on Canada geese and a cut to the daily limit on mallards. Pintail populations continue to struggle and wigeon numbers have been relatively flat for decades. Bad? Sure, but if you can look beyond the gloom and doom, you’ll see a world filled with ducks and geese. Things are actually pretty darn good out there. Snow geese continue to provide unprecedented hunting opportunities throughout the central U.S. Specklebelly geese are also increasing in numbers.…

1 min.
pass shots

MORE REFUGES OPEN TO HUNTING Interior Secretary David Bernhardt announced plans to open as many as 1.4 million additional acres of national wildlife refuge land to hunting and fishing. The new hunting opportunities will take place on 74 refuges that currently are either closed or partially closed to hunting. Bernhardt also wants to streamline refuge hunting rules to be more in line with state regulations to reduce confusion. CANADA MAKES HUNTING EASIER Canadian hunters will no longer be required to tag individual ducks and geese if new rules proposed by the Canadian Wildlife Service are adopted. Instead, hunters can tag an entire batch of birds with one label. That rule is meant to reduce the regulatory burden on resident and non-resident hunters. Hunters can also gift birds to food banks or other charity…

1 min.
fifth flyway

DO WILDLIFE WATCHERS MATTER? The USFWS is planning to make it mandatory that the theme of the federal duck stamp be hunt-focused. Starting in 2020, it’s likely the artists who enter the annual contest will be required to create “waterfowl hunting elements” on their submission, and judges will need to have a background in waterfowl. We’re all for it, but hope it doesn’t alienate wildlife watchers, which are now 34 percent of Americans. With roughly 1 million duck hunters and 1.5 million stamps sold each year, we may need the support of non-hunters too. SHARKS SNACKING ON MUD HENS An ecologist studying tiger sharks in the Gulf of Mexico found migratory birds are a regular part of the tiger shark diet, according to a story from the National Audubon Society. The American coot…

5 min.
is wind energy good for greenheads?

AS DUCK HUNTERS we know, and are constantly concerned about, weather, habitat, spring hatches, pond counts—basically anything that could derail the health of the birds we love to pursue. Unlike whitetails or big game, our quarry migrate up and down four flyways, traversing thousands of miles and inhabiting innumerable wetlands along their journey. This makes them vulnerable, with plenty of ways for doom and gloom to creep in. Nesting and wintering grounds are in jeopardy each season. Wetlands are drained for farming, siltatation damages rivers, CRP acreage shrinks. From 2004-09, 45,000 acres of wetlands were lost per year, according to Ducks Unlimited, much of it in the Prairie Pothole Region—vital to duck mortality. But thanks to mostly wet springs, the last decade has produced record numbers of waterfowl. “I had access to fields…

3 min.
retriever hydration concerns

A GENERAL RULE for all dogs is that they require about an ounce of water for every pound they weigh, per day. If you’ve got a couch potato canine that only goes outside to relieve itself, this is a solid rule. If you’re running a hard-charging retriever that is expected to run long-distance drills a couple of times each day, then you can throw that rule out the window. Water aids in just about every biological function your dog has going on at any given time. It is crucial for cellular function, digestion and the absorption of nutrients, lubrication of joints, and a host of other processes that keep your dog healthy and going strong—including simply helping cool down quicker after a few drills. Without a proper amount of hydration, health issues…