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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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Colorado Issues Emergency Closure for Part of Cherokee State WMA Due to Fire
Posted on: 09/17/19

The McNay Fire that started around noon Sunday has forced the emergency closure of the Lone Pine section on the Cherokee State Wildlife Area (SWA), Colorado Parks and Wildlife announced Monday. The closure will have an affect on archery and muzzleloader deer hunters. The only access to the remaining open parcels, including the Roy Brown, on the lower unit is from County Road 80C. The 25,497-acre Cherokee SWA has...

Minnesota 2019 Regular Waterfowl Season Opens Sept 21 - Outlook Good
Posted on: 09/17/19
Duck hunting is expected to be good when Minnesota’s regular waterfowl season opens a half-hour before sunrise on Saturday, Sept. 21. “We’re continuing to see favorable counts of breeding ducks in Minnesota and North America so we hope hunters enjoy what’s shaping up to be a great season. The duck season structure is similar to recent years. Duck season will be open for 60 days in each of the three waterfowl zones...

North Dakota Waterfowl Hunters Reminded of ANS Regulations
Posted on: 09/17/19

North Dakota waterfowl hunters are reminded to do their part in preventing the spread of aquatic nuisance species into or within the state. Waterfowl hunters must remove plants and plant fragments from decoys, strings and anchors; remove plants seeds and plant fragments from waders and other equipment before leaving hunting areas; remove all ...

Alabama 2019 Special Teal Hunting Season is Open through Sept 29
Posted on: 09/16/19
Alabama 2019 Special Teal hunting season got underway Sept. 14-29 (6 per day) The possession limit is three times the daily bag limit. Shooting hours are from one-half hour before sunrise to sunset each day. Regular waterfowl season for DUCK, COOT AND MERGANSER opens in Nov. NOTE: Registration closed September 15, 2019 for 30 hunting blind locations on the Swan Creek Wildlife Management Area (WMA), however, Hunting opportunities; including...

Strong Storms in Iowa Cause Flooding, Closures at Yellow River State Forest
Posted on: 09/16/19
Flash flooding has forced closures at the Iowa Yellow River State Forest campgrounds and trails. The flash flood hit during the evening hours on Thursday, September 12, and has covered many roads. All of the campgrounds are currently closed. The Creekside equestrian campground will remain closed for the season, Little Paint campground will open as work is completed, Big Paint campground will open September 19, and Frontier equestrian campground will...

Maryland Opens Additional Wildlife Management Areas for Hunting
Posted on: 09/16/19

The Maryland DNR announced two new public hunting opportunities in state WMAs. Browns Branch WMA in Queen Anne’s County and Popes Creek WMA in Charles County are now open to regulated hunting and trapping. Those interested in hunting the area must possess a free Central Region seasonal permit and make daily reservations. Hunting on the 1,172-acre Browns Branch WMA will be...

Missouri 2019 Early Teal Hunting is Underway - Flood Damge Could Affect Opportunities this Fall
Posted on: 09/16/19
From Sept 7-22, you may hunt Missouri blue-winged teal, green-winged teal, and cinnamon teal. Northern shoveler, northern pintail, and wood ducks have similarly-colored plumage but are illegal to hunt during this season. Flood damage will affect opportunities for waterfowl hunters this fall and winter (Regular ducks and Coot seasons open in Nov) at Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) wildlife areas. The good news is...

Free Rhode Island 2019 Youth Waterfowl Workshop & Mentored Hunt Sept 26 - Pre-registration is required
Posted on: 09/16/19

The Rhode Island (DEM), in partnership with Ducks Unlimited, will offer a youth waterfowl orientation and training workshop from 4 PM to 7 PM on Thursday, September 26, at the Great Swamp Field Headquarters in West Kingston. Space is limited and pre-registration is required by September 25. The workshop will provide an overview of rules and regulations, firearm safety, waterfowl identification, hunting with dogs, and...

Arkansas Early Teal Season Opens Sept 15
Posted on: 09/13/19

Sunday marks the first shot Arkansas hunters have at taking a duck his year, and it’s a tricky shot at that. The early teal season is open Sept. 15-30, so hunters can have an opportunity to harvest some of these small ducks that typically migrate before the rest of the crowd. Teal, especially blue-winged teal, get on the move well before many other waterfowl. According to recent pre-season aerial surveys...

Texas Hunters Brace for Hot Teal Season Opener
Posted on: 09/11/19

This year’s Texas 2019 early teal hunting season is expected to be a hot one, both in terms of temperature and prospects. The 16-day statewide early teal and Eastern Zone Canada goose season in Texas will run Saturday, Sept. 14 through Sunday, Sept. 29. The daily bag on teal is six, with a possession limit of 18. Bag limit for Canada geese will be five and a possession limit of 15 in the Eastern Zone only. Literally millions of teal are...