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Duck - Waterfowl Hunting News - Submitted by:  The Backcountry Press (TBC Press)
The latest hunting news and information for ducks, geese & other waterfowl in your neck of the woods and beyond. Includes: teal ducks, geese, sandhill crane, woodcocks, swans and other waterfowl


Helpful Hints for Waterfowlers to Improve Hunting Success

Would you like to improve your waterfowling success and make each trip a bit safer and more enjoyable? These 30 tips from Ducks Unlimited could help. First, Avoid Foul Weather Fowl-ups - Duck caller reeds sometimes freeze or stick in frigid weather. Prevent gum-ups by using a product such as Rain-X or Aquapel that's made to deter rain, snow and ice buildup on windshields. A few drops rubbed on...

Keep Your Bird Dogs Safe in Cold Weather - Follow These Tips

Pay special attention to your bird dogs when the temps dip on late-season hunts. Our bird dogs give 100 percent, and often they don’t know when to stop. We love that about them, but the responsibility to protect them is on our shoulders. And it’s not just big water that can be dangerous....

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Apply by June 25 for LDWF 2019 Waterfowl Group Hunts
Posted on: 05/17/19
The Louisiana DWF will accept applications beginning Friday (May 17) for waterfowl group hunts for up to 12 hunters per group at White Lake Wetlands Conservation Area (WCA). The cost of the 2019-20 waterfowl season hunts will be $30,000 for each group and the application form is available on the LDWF website. A completed application form and $2,500 deposit must be submitted to LDWF by the close of business June 25. The fee covers...

Florida 2019 Waterfowl Regulation Changes and Seasons
Posted on: 05/16/19

Florida 2019-2020 season dates for ducks, geese and other migratory birds are available now. Please be aware that changes for the 2019-20 migratory bird hunting season include a decrease in the daily bag limit of mallards from four to two (no more than one of which may be female) and a decrease in the daily bag limit of northern pintails from two to one. In addition...

Kansas Approves 2019-20 Waterfowl Seasons
Posted on: 05/16/19

At its April 25 meeting in Colby, the Kansas Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KWPT) Commission voted on a number of amendments and approved 2019-2020 waterfowl seasons as follows: TEAL - High Plains Unit: Sept. 21-29, 2019 - Low Plains Zones: Sept. 14-29, 2019. Duck, Geese and Youth waterfowl hunting seasons are...

California Lead-Free Hunting Takes Effect Statewide July 1
Posted on: 05/14/19

The California DFW wants to remind hunters that beginning July 1, 2019, nonlead ammunition will be required when taking wildlife with a firearm anywhere in California. California will become the first state in the nation to require nonlead ammunition for all firearms-related hunting. CDFW strongly recommends that hunters acquire and practice with nonlead ammunition well before heading afield, particularly in advance of upcoming...

New Jersey FAQs Concerning 2019-20 Canada Goose Harvest Changes
Posted on: 05/14/19
Setting New Jersey hunting regulations for a species with two or more populations, particularly populations which may have different population trajectories, can be very challenging. Canada geese are a prime example. Within New Jersey there are three distinct populations of Canada geese: Atlantic Population, North Atlantic Population and Resident Population. The following questions and answers will explain the management strategies behind current and new regulations...

Apply Online for Arizona 2019 Sandhill Crane Hunts by June 11
Posted on: 05/13/19

The Arizona GFD is accepting online applications for 2019 hunt permit-tags issued through the draw process for sandhill crane. All online applications must be received by the department by 11:59 p.m. (Arizona time) Tuesday, June 11. All paper applications must be received by 7 p.m. (Arizona time), Tuesday, May 14. Postmarks don’t count. In addition...

Illinois Schedule of 2019 Waterfowl Blind Site Drawings
Posted on: 05/08/19
Waterfowl hunters are encouraged to mark their calendars for upcoming waterfowl hunting blind site random drawings to be held at several public hunting areas in Illinois in July and August. Duck and goose hunters must register in person for waterfowl blind site drawings and must be present at the drawing – held at each location designated below immediately after the registration period – to claim their blind sites. Mail-in registrations are not accepted. Unless otherwise stated, blind allocations for these sites are...

LWFC Approves 2019-20 Waterfowl Hunting Seasons
Posted on: 05/06/19
The Louisiana WFC approved the 2019-20 migratory bird hunting season, rules and regulations at its May meeting in Baton Rouge. The commission voted to reject an amendment altering the light geese and white-fronted geese hunting season. The season will, as originally scheduled, run 88 days with a daily limit of two birds. The first split will be from Nov. 3-Dec. 2, 2019 with the second split set for...

Arkansas Sets 2019-20 Waterfowl Season
Posted on: 05/03/19
Arkansas recently approved the dates for the 2019-20 waterfowl seasons. New federal frameworks allow regular duck season to extend to the last day of January. This season’s daily waterfowl limits will remain unchanged, with the exception of a decrease to one pintail per day and an increase to two canvasbacks per day. Nonresidents will be able to hunt on Arkansas’s most popular wildlife management areas with the addition of...

North Carolina Sets 2019-2020 Migratory Game Bird Seasons
Posted on: 04/30/19

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission set season dates, bag limits and applicable regulations for the 2019-20 waterfowl, hunting season. While many seasons remain unchanged, some notable changes are: The extension of the general duck hunting season to Jan. 31, 2020 and the reduction of ...