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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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Arizona 2018-19 Waterfowl Hunting is Underway through Jan 2019
Posted on: 11/10/18

The Arizona 2018-19 general waterfowl season in the “Mountain Zone” (Game Management Units 1-5, 7, 9, 11M, 12A, and those portions of Units 6 and 8 within Coconino County) began Oct 5 and runs through Jan 13, 2019. The general waterfowl season in the “Desert Zone” began...

Apply Online for Arkansas 2018-19 Waterfowl Hunts by Nov 11
Posted on: 11/10/18

The first application period for Arkansas waterfowl hunts is Nov. 8-11 for hunts on Nov. 17, 18, 20 and 21. Only certain locations are drawn online, and only for Saturdays and Sundays. If a permit holder does not claim their location before that day’s on-site draw is...

Georgia 2018-19 Waterfowl Season Opens Nov 17
Posted on: 11/10/18

Georgia 2018-19 waterfowl hunting season opens Sat, Nov. 17. Duck season dates are Nov. 17–25 and Dec. 8–Jan. 27. Duck and goose hunters across Georgia should find similar wetland conditions to last year, according to experts with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division. Last year...

Apply for Kentucky 2018 Youth-Mentor and Mobility Impaired Waterfowl Quota Hunts by Nov 15
Posted on: 11/09/18

Online applications are being taken through Nov. 15 for Kentucky youth and mobility-impaired waterfowl quota hunts at two state-owned fish hatcheries near Frankfort and Morehead. Hunts will be available on each Saturday and Sunday in January 2019. Hunts are being held at...

Ohio 2018 Duck and Goose Hunting Reopens Nov 10th - Hunters are Reminded to Brush Up on Waterfowl ID
Posted on: 11/09/18

Ohio 2018 duck and goose hunting reopens Nov 10-Dec 23 in the North Zone. As Ohio’s duck and goose seasons begin, hunters are encouraged to familiarize themselves with waterfowl identification before heading out. Bag limits for hen mallards, pintails and black ducks have been increased to...

Pennsylvania 2018-19 Duck Hunting Opens in South Zone Nov 20 -- Mandatory Life Jacket Requirement Starts Nov 1
Posted on: 10/30/18

Pennsylvania 2018-19 duck hunting opens in South Zone Nov 20 and runs through Jan 19. The PFBC is reminding boaters that beginning November 1 and lasting through April 30. Bag limits for ducks, sea ducks, coots and Mergansers are...

Oklahoma 2818 Waterfowl Hunting Season Opens in Zone 2 November 3
Posted on: 10/29/18

Oklahoma 2818 waterfowl hunting season opens in Zone 2 November 3 - November 25, 2018 for DUCKS, MERGANSERS AND COOTS and then opens again in both Zone 1 & 2 December 8, 2018 - January 27, 2019. Bag limits and shooting hours are...

Low Water at Grand River will Challenge Wisconsin Duck Hunters
Posted on: 10/29/18

The dam that controls water levels in the Grand River Wildlife Area in Wisconsin has experienced storm-related gate failure. The result, for the near future, will be lower water levels in the flowage and this will affect duck hunters. Severe thunderstorms in Aug dislodged large dense cattail mats and old...

New Jersey 2018-19 Duck Hunting Season Opens Nov 10 in the Costal Zone - Youth waterfowl hunt Nov 3
Posted on: 10/27/18

New Jersey 2018-19 duck hunting season opens Nov 10-Nov 13 and then again Nov 22-Jan 26, 2019 in the Costal Zone. Youth waterfowl hunts Nov. 3 & Feb. 9 in the Coastal Zone. Nontoxic shot regulations apply. All waterfowl hunters 16 years and older are required to purchase a New Jersey waterfowl stamp and HIP certification. In addition...

New York 2018 Duck Hunting Season Nov 22-23 on Long Island
Posted on: 10/27/18

New York 2018 duck hunting season opens Nov 22 - 23 on Long Island. The season opens again Dec 1 - Jan 27. Long Island is located on the eastern flyway for waterfowl. Shooting Hours: one-half hour before sunrise to sunset; see exceptions for Canada geese during September and snow geese during January 16 - April 15. Non-toxic Shot is Required. In addition...