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No Ducks from Canada? Bird Flu Sparks Import Ban

American waterfowl hunters heading to Canada this fall might face another virus concern, but not from the virus they expected. Because of a large-scale outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza — commonly called the bird flu — hunters are currently not allowed to import meat from game birds taken in...


North Dakota Duck Numbers, Water Index Increase

Duck season might be months away, but thanks to Mother Nature, early indications are looking up. North Dakota’s annual May water index, conducted by the state’s Game and Fish Department, showed a 616% increase from 2021, which represents the second-wettest year in the history of the effort. Further, the state’s...


How to Scout for Ducks in Spring

Critical observers maintain that it’s fairly pointless to scout for ducks in spring. After all, seeing wood ducks zip through flooded timber or watching a raft of cans on a lake never guarantees those areas might produce during fall and winter. However, spring provides good opportunities for duck hunters to...


Avian Flu Sweeping Through Migratory Bird Populations

A new form of avian flu continues to spread rapidly among North American bird populations, especially many species of migratory waterfowl , prompting media headlines and creating concern among duck hunters and other observers. “This strain (of avian influenza) really seems to be devastating for wild birds, especially waterfowl and...


Alert System Unites Duck Hunters Against Threats

The collective voice of duck hunters just became louder and more effective, thanks to a new interactive advocacy system from Delta Waterfowl. The group recently unveiled the Duck Hunters Action Alert System , a state-of-the-art grass-roots program designed for Delta members and North American waterfowlers. The platform lets users call,...


5 Ducks That Probably Really Ticked You Off This Season

Depending on where and how you hunt, you probably experience several types of ducks that frustrate you year after year. Some birds don’t read the playbook and — gasp — adopt annoying behaviors that keep them alive and make you pull your hair out. I feel your pain. In fact,...


The 10 Best States for Snow Goose Hunting

Even if you didn’t know much about spring snow goose hunting , fields covered with white decoys and parking lots jammed with muddy trailers would reveal hotspots across the country. And for good reason: Depending on the weather and hatch, many areas typically produce year after year. Now and then,...


North Carolina Duck Hunters Die in Plane Crash

A plane carrying a group of waterfowl hunters, including four teens, crashed near the coast of North Carolina’s Outer Banks on Sunday, Feb. 13. All of the plane’s occupants died in the crash, and their bodies have been located. The News & Observer reports that divers recovered the bodies during...


E-Caller Strategies for Spring Snow Geese

When the federal government mandated the Light Goose Conservation Order in the late 1990s, hunters became giddy at the prospect of new opportunities, including being able to use electronic calling devices. Nowadays, e-callers are standard equipment for serious snow goose geeks . But unless you’re intimately familiar with how to...


Snow Goose Guns of the Pros

Spring snow goose hunting demands specialized gear, and that’s especially true with shotguns. Hunters often enjoy high-volume shooting in miserable conditions during spring, so guns must be consistently reliable. Further, with no restrictions on the number of shells a gun can hold, many shooters beef up their magazine capacity, hoping...


Snow Goose Hunting Outlook for Spring 2022

With duck season in the rearview mirror, most waterfowlers have switched their focus to light geese and wonder what to expect this spring. The answer isn’t clear — thanks, COVID — but some reports offer glimmers of hope for the 2022 season. Hunting success during the spring conservation order season...


Duck Decisions Revisited: What Worked, What Didn’t

As duck season fades, it becomes easier to reflect on decisions you faced afield and realize how they made or broke a hunt. Sometimes, choices that seemed tough during the fog of battle look much clearer in hindsight. And typically, you’ll smile at your victories but cringe again at the...


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