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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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Connecticut 2019-2020 Mallard Duck Bag Limit Being Reduced
Posted on: 03/06/19

The mallard has been one of the most abundant duck species in eastern North America for decades. In the past 20 years, however, eastern mallards have been on the decline. As a result of the long-term decline, the Connecticut 2019-2020 mallard bag limit is being reduced from 4 per day to 2 per day. The 2018-2019 bag limit will remain at 4 mallards per day. In addition..

Tennessee 2019-20 Migratory Gamebird Hunting Seasons Set
Posted on: 03/06/19

The Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission set the state’s 2019-20 migratory gamebird hunting seasons at its February meeting. The commission approved the regulations for next season which includes the season dates and bag limits for ducks, geese, crows, dove, snipe, woodcock, rails, and sandhill cranes...

Maryland Proposed 2019-20 Migratory Game Bird Hunting Seasons
Posted on: 02/28/19

The Maryland DNR is now accepting public comment on the proposed 2019-2020 Migratory Game Bird Hunting Seasons. The comment period continues until noon on March 15. Proposed season dates for all migratory game birds can be viewed on the department’s website. The seasons will be finalized in spring 2019. Summery of proposed season dates are...

New Jersey 2019 Spring Light (Snow) Goose Conservation Order Open Through April 6
Posted on: 02/25/19

The NJDEP has again implemented a Conservation Order (CO) in New Jersey for light geese during the winter/spring of 2019. Conservation Order Dates: February 16 - April 6, 2019, except Sundays. Light geese may not be pursued on Sundays during this period. Permits are not available at license agents. Permits are only available by...

New York Sets 2019-2020 Duck Season Dates
Posted on: 02/25/19

New York State (DEC) recently announced the results of a two-year scientific study to determine optimal duck hunting seasons for the coming years. DEC will announce tentative bag limits for all migratory game birds in early April. Barring changes to season length, duck seasons in New York will be open for the following dates in 2019-2020...

Vermont Waterfowl Blinds Must be Removed by Feb 15 on Lake Champlain
Posted on: 02/11/19

Vermont waterfowl hunters who did not remove their hunting blinds from the waters of the state earlier must do so before February 15 on Lake Champlain or May 15 on inland waters. State law requires removal of the blinds before these deadlines in order to protect natural areas and to prevent boating accidents after the ice melts. In addition...

Maryland Youth Waterfowl Hunting Day Feb 9
Posted on: 02/07/19

Young hunters have one more chance this season to hone their skills with the help of an experienced adult during a Youth Waterfowl Hunt Day Feb. 9, reports the Maryland DNR. Youths up to 16 years of age may hunt coots, ducks, geese and mergansers on private and public land, when aided by an unarmed adult at least 21 years of age. All junior hunters, and...

California Water Bird Die-off at Salton Sea Due to Avian Cholera Outbreak
Posted on: 01/23/19

Thousands of California water birds died of an avian cholera outbreak at the south end of the Salton Sea between Jan. 8-17. Outbreaks like this one occur annually as a result of birds flocking closely together during migration. On Jan. 8, the California DFW began receiving reports of hundreds of dead birds at the south end of the Salton Sea from local waterfowl hunters and...

Delaware Receives Land Parcel Donation Adding Wetlands to Fork Branch Nature Preserve
Posted on: 01/21/19

Delaware announced recently that it has secured two wetland parcels formerly owned by the McClements family of Dover, to become part of the Fork Branch Nature Preserve. The two parcels, one almost three acres in size, the other just over 2½ acres, are located adjacent to the Anne McClements Woods tract of the 247-acre Fork Branch Nature Preserve. Both properties were donated by...

Arkansas Snow Goose Hunt Planned to benefit Hunters Feeding the Hungry
Posted on: 01/18/19

A new, friendly competition may be a great way to bring awareness to a conservation issue and help feed needy families in Arkansas this February. The first World Championship Snow Goose Conservation Hunt competition will take place, Feb. 9-10 at Mack’s Prairie Wings in Stuttgart. The competition enables teams of 10 hunters each to...