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Not what you’re looking for? Find more articles on hunting birds! Think about how, when and where you’ll use your decoys before you buy As a waterfowl hunter, I love decoys and can’t ever seem to have enough of them. It seems every year I add more decoys to my spread. My collection includes both duck and goose decoys and consists of full bodies, shells, windsocks, silhouettes and floaters. While each variety of decoys will attract and lure birds, there are times, locations and conditions where one decoy type is better suited than the others.   Full-body decoys Full-body decoys … Read more »

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For some, available time afield is the limiting factor. Other times, the juice simply isn’t worth the squeeze. I may have found a way to maximize the most of minimal hunting time, especially when working the typical nine-to-five rush. When hunting weekends, we are often looking for more than just first or last light. So, how do you make a day of it? In my experience, scout locations that offer combinations of cover and food sources, which attract and hold various species of game throughout overlapping seasons. Close to town I stumbled upon a series of small ponds in a … Read more »

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Not what you’re looking for? Find more articles on hunting birds! If you want to be shown a glaring example of your shortcomings as an amateur gun dog trainer, share a duck blind with someone who has had their dog professionally trained. I did just that last year on a cloudy October morning, with more ducks flying than we even tried to count. Delou, my wirehaired pointing griffon, was beside me. A few metres away, my friend Russ sat next to his chocolate Lab, Mac. The birds had been coming in hard and fast since daybreak and it was still … Read more »

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Not what you’re looking for? Find more hunting articles! Waterfowling in the west If you like to hunt ducks or geese in western Canada, rejoice. There has simply never been a better time to be a waterfowl hunter. This is especially good news considering the less positive prospects for deer hunting this fall. The upside of a snowy winter is that the spring runoff fills the prairie duck nesting ponds to the brim and ensures a good hatch of ducklings. This, on top of a couple of years of excellent duck production, is about as positive a forecast as could … Read more »

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Timed with the opening of duck season in the north, this story describes the unique circumstances when poor logistics during a field research project enabled our crew (Robert, Craig and I) to reconnect with the fertility of the boreal landscape. The setting is along a rich confluence of the Churchill River in northeast Manitoba. The season was that magical transition from summer to fall. I was exploring an old burn, behind our simple plywood cabin overlooking the river, one foggy September morning. About the time we were running out of food, I couldn’t help but notice a veritable supermarket of … Read more »

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Not what you’re looking for? Find more articles on hunting birds! An alternative to traditional duck hunts on the water Have you ever wished you could silently approach a flock of ducks hiding in a cattail marsh? Have you ever dreamed about setting up a decoy spread on a distant shore, but had no way of accessing it? You might think that these are pleasant daydreams for the quiet moments in your duck blind, but they can easily become a reality if you hunt from a boat. There are many different types of boats that the waterfowler can use. I … Read more »

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If you’re a migratory bird hunter, here’s your chance to have your voice heard in regards to new legislation. Environment Canada has drafted a number of changes to the federal Migratory Birds Regulations. The changes, which have been published to allow for public comment until June 9, 2014, respond to issues, concerns and challenges identified by hunters, hunter organizations, migratory bird population biologists and enforcement officials. The main issues addressed in the proposal pertain to the possession of migratory birds, labelling, transportation, wastage and processing. For full details on the proposed changes, go to www.ec.gc.ca. Comments can be e-mailed to … Read more »

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Not what you’re looking for? Find more articles on hunting birds!   I must admit – I love busting birds, be they of the clay, upland or waterfowl variety. I’m not sure how many rounds I have put down the barrels of the many shotguns I have owned over the years, but it has to be in the many thousands. What is even more surprising, at least from my perspective, is that I still enjoy a round of trap or a pheasant hunt as much today as I did when I first starting hunting with shotguns a half century ago. … Read more »

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