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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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What to Expect During Utah 2020-21 Waterfowl Hunts
Posted by TBC Press on: 09/22/20

Utah 202-21 Waterfowl season got underway with Youth in the northern zone on Sept 19 and in the southern zone on Oct 3. If you’re like us, you can’t wait to get back into the marsh! The general waterfowl opener in the northern zone is Oct. 3, and in the southern zone, it’s Oct. 17. General Season waterfowl hunts in Utah are open to anyone with a Utah hunting license. However, you are also required to...

Minnesota 2020-21 Waterfowl/Migratory Bird Hunting Season Opens with Youth Sept 12 & 13
Posted by TBC Press on: 09/11/20

Minnesota 2020-21 Waterfowl/Migratory Bird Hunting Season opens with youth Sept 12 & 13. During the Youth Waterfowl Hunt, youth hunters get their own two-day opportunity to learn how to hunt waterfowl this weekend with an adult who is not hunting. On Saturday, Sept. 12, and Sunday, Sept. 13, waterfowl hunters age 17 and younger, when accompanied by a non-hunting adult age 18 and older, may take ducks, geese, mergansers, coots and moorhens from...

Iowa 2020-21 Migratory/Waterfowl Season Gets Underway
Posted by TBC Press on: 09/08/20

Iowa 2020-21 migratory waterfowl season got underway with the special teal Sept 1-16 and Canada Goose (designated areas): Sep. 5 – 13. Iowa 2020-21 migratory waterfowl season is similar to 2019 with one exception: the scaup bag limit will be 1 for the first 15 days of the season and increase to 2 for the remaining 45 days. The Light Goose Conservation Order will be extended to May 1 (implemented 2021). Seasons are as follows...

South Dakota 2020 Early Canada Goose Hunting Opens Sept 5
Posted by TBC Press on: 09/04/20

South Dakota Game, Fish, and Parks (GFP) reminds goose hunters that the early fall Canada goose season begins Saturday, Sept. 5. The daily bag limit is eight Canada geese per day. Canada goose production has been good this year with large numbers of goslings observed throughout the summer, said senior waterfowl biologist, Rocco Murano. Unlike recent years, dry field conditions and good harvest progression on...

Rain Welcome for Arkansas 2020 Teal Season for Opener Sept 15
Posted by TBC Press on: 09/03/20

Hunters looking for places to find some action during Arkansas’s early teal season may have a bit of renewed excitement from the August rains. With only two weeks to wait until the Sept. 15 opening day of early teal season, waterfowl hunters may want to check out areas like Frog Bayou, Ed Gordon Point Remove, Dardanelle and Cypress Bayou WMAs to look for standing water and fast-flying ducks. But biologists warn a lot can happen in two weeks, both with...

Apply for SCDNR 2020-21 Public Drawing Waterfowl Hunts by Oct 15
Due to COVID-19 concerns, SCDNR will implement changes in procedure at Public Waterfowl Lottery Hunt site locations
Posted by TBC Press on: 09/03/20

The S.C. Department of Natural Resources is accepting 2020-2021 public drawing waterfowl hunts. Applications will be accepted online though Thursday, October 15, 2020 at 5PM. SCDNR is using an online application system for public hunts that are conducted on a lottery basis. Applications for hunts are entered under the heading LOTTERY HUNTS using the internet site. Due to concerns for the potential of COVID-19 transmission, SCDNR will...

Illinois 2020-21 Waterfowl Hunting Updates
Posted by TBC Press on: 09/01/20

The Illinois (IDNR) is reminding waterfowl hunters of key dates and other information regarding the 2020–2021 waterfowl seasons and beyond. Public Duck and Goose Hunting Permits - Sept. 1–14 for the second lottery, and Sept. 15–28 for the third lottery. Hunters should note several changes to the Duck and Goose Hunting Area Permits.Waterfowl hunting sites - Changes to daily procedures at other waterfowl hunting sites are anticipated in response to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. 2020-2021 Waterfowl Seasons - Illinois waterfowl hunters are reminded of...

New York 2020 Canada Goose Hunting Season Opens Statewide
Posted by TBC Press on: 09/01/20

New York 2020 Canada goose hunting season opens Tuesday, Sept. 1, throughout most of the state. In addition, for the first time and for the 2020-2021 hunting season, DEC has incorporated the Harvest Information Program (HIP) registration into the DEC Automated Licensing System (DECALS) licensing system. The September Canada goose season occurs in all goose hunting zones except the Western Long Island zone. All upstate areas open Sept. 1, and run through...

WV 2020 Green Bottom Waterfowl Hunt Modified Due to COVID- 19
Posted by TBC Press on: 09/01/20

Hunters who wish to participate in the West Virginia 2020 controlled waterfowl hunt at Green Bottom WMA near Lesage must obtain a special permit for the October 1-3 segment of the 2020 season. Hunters will not be required to check in or check out of Green Bottom WMA due to COVID-19. Permits may be picked up each morning at the Green Bottom WMA headquarters information booth or by contacting the DNR District 5 Office at 304-756-1023 between...