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June/July 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!

United States
KSE Sportsman Media, Inc.
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PUBLISHERLaden Force (660) 988-3481 ■ EDITORIAL STAFFEDITOR Skip KnowlesASSOCIATE EDITOR Joe GenzelART DIRECTOR Chuck BeasleyPRODUCTION MANAGER Kathryn McGlothlenPRODUCTION COORDINATOR Jenny Kaeb ■ ENDEMIC AD SALESNATIONAL ENDEMIC SALES MANAGERJim McConville | (440) 791-7017 jim.mcconville@outdoorsg.comEASTERN REGIONTom Weaver | (570) 374-5757WESTERN REGIONHutch Looney hutch@hlooney.com ■ NATIONAL AD SALESACCOUNT DIRECTOR — DETROIT OFFICEKevin Donley | (248) 798-4458NATIONAL ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE — CHICAGO OFFICECarl Benson | (312) 955-0496DIRECT RESPONSE ADVERTISING/NON-ENDEMICAnthony Smyth | (914) 693-8700…

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endless fall

WHEN YOU’RE YOUNG you just want the action. A wild boat ride in the dark, ducks and geese back-pedaling point-blank, a black dog exploding to motion and hitting the water, huffing out after fallen greenheads. Gun blasts, recoil, warm birds in hand.Those things never get old, but us hunters, well, we eventually start to. As you mature you realize that hunting is a lot more than outdoor thrills. It is in fact the most amazing way of seeing the world, a visceral lifestyle. You are different from your neighbor, the guy who gets outdoors only to barbecue, attend soccer games and mow his lawn. Through the pursuit of wild game from the field to table, you have developed keen awareness of weather patterns and shifts in nature. While catching…

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prairie pin

MY NAME IS Lewie Casper, owner of Wings of the Prairie Outfitters. We travel from Minnesota to Arkansas, Missouri and South Dakota, chasing birds each year. I am a huge fan of your magazine and work. I took this image earlier this fall that was just a right place right time deal. Being in the field over 250 days a year, we see some incredible things and I would like to share some of it with others. Please feel free to reach out to talk hunting or join us sometime. I always like meeting new people and sharing my passion with others. Thanks for your time and looking forward to hearing from you. Sincerely, Lewie CasperVia e-mail The e-mail below is from my son. It probably won’t mean…

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re-watering the river of grass

AT FIRST GLANCE, Florida might seem like a duck hunter’s paradise. It’s just about impossible to drive anywhere in central and south Florida without running into a sprawling lake or swamp. There is water everywhere, much of it filled with aquatic vegetation that looks like a duck buffet.At one time, Florida was indeed a top destination for duck hunters. These days? Hunters still kill plenty of ducks, but the birds don’t show up like they used in places that held gobs of waterfowl in the past.“They just aren’t using places like Big Cypress Swamp or Lake Okeechobee like they did in the 1980s and 90s,” says Travis Thompson, a fifth-generation Floridian and full-time waterfowl and fishing guide. “We still kill a lot of ringnecks and blue-wings in the stormwater…

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fifth flyway

BATTLING ANTIS WAY, WAY DOWN SOUTH Australian duck hunters are in a fight to keep the sport alive. The country’s Game Management Authority cut season lengths and reduced bag limits this spring, citing lower duck populations and degraded wetland habitat (many hunt sites were closed). According to a buddy who hunts Down Unda, antis have been harassing hunters, hiding in the brush and either jumping out to flare birds when they approach or running out to grab shot birds and keeping them, as Aussie law requires hunters to retrieve a dead duck before shooting another. Keep up with the progress at gma.vic.gov.au. TIL THE BITTER END Southern duck hunters have long lamented the USFWS law that requires duck season to end the last Sunday in January—you can…

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pass shots

THIS IS YOUR LAND A massive public lands bill was signed in March. It includes permanent reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund. The LWCF uses royalties from offshore drilling to fund conservation, urban and rural parks and public access. It is considered one of the most important access funding mechanisms in the country. Other measures in the bill protect 670 miles of river in seven states and designate 1.3 million acres of public land as wilderness. SNOWS FEED THE HUNGRY A February conservation snow goose contest sponsored by Mack’s Prairie Wings raised $31,000 for charity. More than $10,000 went to Arkansas Hunters Feeding the Hungry, which used part of the proceeds to pay for processing the 1,160 geese killed over the two-day contest. The meat…