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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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Tips for Hunting Late-Season Diving Ducks
Posted on: 01/09/19
Sure, you’ll pop a bufflehead from your puddle duck spread on occasion. But dedicated diver hunting means swarms of bluebills, redheads, canvasbacks, and goldeneyes decoying just off the gun barrel. It takes place on big water and is at its best when the weather is cold and dangerous. But a hot shoot can make mallard snobs trade Texas rigs for longlines. Here’s your crash course...

Washington Brant Goose Season Opens with Restrictions Jan 12, 2019
Posted on: 01/09/19

The Washington State traditional 10-day brant season in Pacific County will open Jan. 12. However, The WDFW announced a restricted, three-day hunting season for brant geese in Skagit County, while continuing hunts in three other counties where brant counts have been stable. This year's brant seasons are...

Kentucky Biologist Forecasts Better Waterfowl Hunting
Posted on: 12/31/18

A bitter cold front is expected to wash over duck-holding areas north of the Ohio River early next week, which should mean good news for waterfowl hunting in Kentucky, according to experts at the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. The cold is coming and an expanding cold trough should...

Rising River Level Causes Mississippi to Close Pascagoula River WMA to Hunting
Posted on: 12/31/18

Continued heavy rainfall and projected Pascagoula River levels in Mississippi have resulted in extensive flooding of Pascagoula River Wildlife Management Area (WMA). Effective December 29, 2018, the (WMA) will be closed to public access except for waterfowl hunting to river gauge levels. All deer and small game hunting is closed based on these parameters...

Vermont Spring Snow Goose Conservation Order 2019
Posted on: 12/31/18

Each spring, Vermont places a conservation order for harvesting snow geese. A free permit is required to participate in the Spring Snow Goose Conservation Order that opens March 11, 2019. Daily Bag Limit: 15 geese -- Possession Limit: No limit. In addition...

Hunt Ducks & Geese in New Mexico into the New Year
Posted on: 12/28/18

Hunt ducks and geese in New Mexico into the new year. Hunt ducks, light and dark geese in the Centrail and Pacific flyways north and south zones. A Light Goose Conservation Order Permit is required for hunters participating in the conservation order hunts Feb. 1–March 10, 2018. Duck and goose hunting season dates and bag limits are...

Arkansas 2018-19 Final Split Season of Duck Hunting Opens Dec 26
Posted on: 12/21/18

The Arkansas regular duck season in Arkansas will have a brief break Dec. 24-25 before resuming for the third and final split season Dec. 26 through Jan. 27. More than 1.2 million ducks were estimated to be residing in the Arkansas Delta region, based on counts in last week's annual December aerial waterfowl survey report. In addition...

South Carolina Ducks Unlimited contributes $25,000 to Crab Bank Conservation Initiative
Posted on: 12/21/18

Leaders from the South Carolina Chapter of Ducks Unlimited (SCDU) today presented a $25,000 check to the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR) from the SCDU Tag Fund to support the work of the S.C. Coastal Bird Conservation Program. In addition...

Alabama Duck Hunters Hope for Repeat of Last Season
Posted on: 12/19/18

The snowstorm that skirted just north of the state recently should be good news for Alabama’s duck hunters.The waterfowl seasons in Alabama are always weather-dependent. If it’s cold and snowy north of us, the birds will migrate in significant numbers into Alabama. Without the cold or precipitation to cover their food sources, the birds won’t...

Minnesota DNR Issues Ice Warning for Aerated Lakes
Posted on: 12/19/18

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has issued its annual ice safety warning for lakes with winter aeration systems. Aeration creates areas of thin ice and open water that are extremely hazardous to people and pets. Open water areas can shift or change shapes, depending on...