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THURSDAY, AUGUST 13, 2020

- BIRDING -
Missouri welcomes numerous flying visitors throughout the year, but the state recently made history after a seabird was spotted in the Ozarks. Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) staff have confirmed a Brown Booby has shown up along the Current River in Ripley County.
- BOATING -
One of the most effective ways we can all help stop the spread of aquatic invasive species is by following proper procedures for cleaning, draining, and drying watercraft and equipment every time you leave the water.
Waterway Guide, the interactive cruising and boater guide has teamed up with Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) to offer a complimentary annual BoatUS membership to all Waterway Guide Premium subscribers.
- CONSERVATION -
Funds from the Worldwide Anglers Relief Fund are directed to help captains impacted by COVID
The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission will offer an additional 3,828 acres of prime waterfowl hunting opportunity during the 2020-21 waterfowl season, thanks to the expansion of the Waterfowl Rice Incentive Conservation Easement Program.

- FIREARMS -
The new Krieghoff K-80 34” Parcours O/U competition shotgun aims at the longer target presentations thrown in Sporting Clays and FITASC. Built on the K-80 frame, the 34” Parcours features an extended sighting plane for a distinct and accurate sight picture.
- FISHERIES -
The daily limit for all trout species at Nine Mile Reservoir was removed Aug. 10, allowing anglers to catch and keep as many of the fish as they want during maintenance work at the reservoir.
- FISHING -
Early indicators are predicting above-average snapper landings for last week, therefore; the projected quota of 784,332 pounds may be met after August 10, 2020
Palaniuk relied on his Minn Kota® and the Humminbird® One-Boat Network™ to locate fish and stay on them despite tough conditions during the competition.

- GEAR -
The secret to running multiple planer boards is having them separated and instantly accessible.The Millennium Marine Spyderlok Rod Tree allows you to run three rods on either side of the boat perfectly spaced in a precise pattern for optimum coverage.
- HUNTING -
Beginning this year all hunters who wish to pursue doves, ducks, geese and other migratory birds in Arkansas will need to register for the Harvest Information Program either online at agfc.com, through the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission smartphone app or at an AGFC regional office, nature center or shooting range.
- INDUSTRY -
Buck Knives is pleased to announce key organizational appointments that reinforce and position the company for a dynamic approach to marketing, product development and business development in the modern arena.
Nilodor announces the appointment of the Steve Chastain Company for Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, and Arkansas.

Bangers LP announces the appointment of Brent Wouters as the company’s new President and Chief Executive Officer, taking over from retiring industry veteran Rick Bestwick.
JEBS Choke Tubes are now available through Chattanooga Shooters Supply.
Kelly Brand Management announces its selection as the sales agency of choice for DSG Outerwear, manufacturer of outdoor apparel specifically designed and developed for the outdoor female consumer.
- NEW PRODUCTS -
Gamakatsu's new Treble SP Medium Heavy hook utilizes Hypershield technology making it more corrosion resistant than standard hooks. The new Treble SP MH is long-lasting and dangerously sharp, allowing anglers to spend more time fishing and less time changing out old rusty hooks.

You get the best features of a poncho and rain jacket with the Brella 1210 Realtree EDGE Camo Microfleece Rain Jacket.
Hogue announces their new Wrapter Adhesive Firearm Grip line. Utilizing the same precision fit standards as their OverMolded® rubber grips, Hogue has engineered a remarkably thin grip solution for polymer frame pistols.
The new Apex Action Enhancement Trigger for the Springfield Armory Hellcat pistol is now available for pre-order at ApexTactical.com. Easy to install, the new trigger is a great upgrade for any Hellcat owner. It’s available in five different anodized finish options: Black, Red, Thin Blue Line, Freedom Edition Black and Freedom Edition Thin Blue Line. Customer pre-orders will ship Monday, August 24.
Galco’s premium deep concealment ankle holster, the Ankle Glove is now available for the popular SIG-Sauer P365XL -- with and without red dot optical sights.

- NOTICES -
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) has issued Executive Order 20-26 temporarily restricting public access to Everglades and Francis S. Taylor, Holey Land, and Rotenberger Wildlife Management Areas.
- ONLINE -
Warne understands the difficulty of fitting a scope to a rifle and now makes finding your next match easier with their new website.The revised site includes aa new layout and features for an enhanced browsing experience.
- ORGANIZATIONS -
Through a partnership between the Indiana Chapter of Backcountry Hunters & Anglers (BHA) and the DNR Division of Fish & Wildlife, multiple volunteer projects have been completed at J.E. Roush Lake Fish & Wildlife Area (FWA) and newly acquired Veale Creek Wildlife Management Area (WMA).
The Professional Outdoor Media Association's (POMA) 2020 Pinnacle Award honorees were announced by Jake Meyer, Public Relations Manager at Mossy Oak, during POMA's Virtual Conference on Tuesday, August 11.

The recently released 2019 data from the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System (NEISS) was analyzed to calculate an estimated 1937 people sought emergency department care as the result of an injury from a tree stand fall, which reflects a 65% decrease over the baseline estimate in 2010 and is the lowest estimated number since tree stands were given their own unique tracking number in 2010.
In response to the current Covid-19 pandemic and international travel bans, the 2021 Convention has been moved to February 26-28, 2021, in Hall A3, at the George R Brown Convention Center in Houston, Texas.
The Pope and Young Club is proud to announce the renewal of support from Kryptek through the Club’s Corporate Partner Program.
Three Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) employees tragically lost their lives on August 8 in a helicopter crash while conducting bighorn sheep surveys on the Black Gap Wildlife Management Area in Brewster Country, Texas. The Wild Sheep Foundation joins other conservation professionals across the West in mourning their loss.

The Mule Deer Foundation (DF) welcomes the Department of the Interior (DOI) report documenting the tremendous progress that has been made so far on the implementation of Secretarial Order 3362.
The National Wild Turkey Federation’s recent Turkey Telethon broadcast on Facebook Live saw successes on numerous fronts thanks to the overwhelming support from the conservation and hunting communities.
- PARTNERSHIPS -
Viridian® Weapon Technologies KicksViridian Weapon Technologies is pleased to announce a partnership with the firearm accessory and tool experts REAL AVID. The two companies will combine forces to give consumers and retailers exciting, make-sense packages and special offers.
- RADIO -
Houston Safari Club Foundation (HSCF) and “Hunting Matters” welcomes New York Times Best Selling author and Pulitzer Prize winner, Stephen Hunter.
This week, Outdoors Radio features charter captain “Dumper” Dan Welsch, Riton Optics founder Brady Speth, forager chef Alan Bergo, and McFarland guide Ron Barefield.
This week’s Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World Radio and host Rob Keck will take you to the East Room of the White House, where last week, President Donald J. Trump signed into law the Great American Outdoor Act, the most significant conservation and outdoors legislation in decades.
- RETAIL -
T much talked about Jeep e-Bike powered by QuietKat has made it's official debut and will begin shipping on September 1.
Clenzoil is now offering their loyal dealers the new “Fishbowl” Countertop Display filled with Marine & Tackle 1oz. Needle Oilers.
- STATES -
St. Francis Sunken Lands Water Trail in Poinsett County takes advantage of the effects of the New Madrid earthquakes of 1811-12 and offers canoe and kayak enthusiasts a rare view of the creatures that call these bottomland hardwoods home.
Maine residents are encouraged to review the proposals and provide input by submitting written comments by mail or email to the contact person for this filing or by participating in the virtual public hearing.
The newly-updated version fixes a bug some newer iPhone users were experiencing which left them unable to view the list of fish they had tagged within the app, or made it more difficult to use the app when in dark mode.
A Vermont Game Warden K9 played a crucial role in the successful rescue of a lost mushroom forager Monday on Stratton Mountain.
- TELEVISION -
Every Thursday afternoon into evening, the ocean air is calling on World Fishing Network during “Reel Saltwater Thursdays” beginning at 6 p.m. ET.
This week, Mike Morgan heads to Alberta Canada to Ranchland Outfitters with Rob Reynolds for his last hunt with MOJO TV.
- WILDLIFE -
This year, the DNR has six confirmed reports of cougars in Michigan, all in the Upper Peninsula:
 

Editor’s Note: Today, we give our feature position to this update from Delta Waterfowl that all duck hunters will find informative -especially following the cancellation of this year’s UWFWS waterfowl study.


Excellent breeding conditions in the Dakotas and Manitoba helped produce an abundance of ducks, which should benefit hunters this season

“Conditions were good in key regions for breeding ducks, and production was strong overall. If we get a few timely cold fronts, then it could be a truly memorable season.” — Dr. Frank Rohwer, president of Delta Waterfowl

BISMARCK, NORTH DAKOTA — Delta Waterfowl forecasts that a mix of average to above average breeding conditions in the prairie pothole region, combined with a stable population of breeding ducks, will result in a strong fall flight for the upcoming waterfowl season. Importantly, The Duck Hunters Organization expects improved flights of dabbling ducks over 2019, especially for blue-winged teal, mallards and gadwalls.

Delta’s analysis is delivered despite cancellation of the 2020 Waterfowl Breeding Population and Habitat Survey — a key barometer of the fall flight that’s otherwise been conducted annually since 1955 by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Canadian Wildlife Service. Fortunately, a survey was successfully conducted in an all-important region for nesting waterfowl: The North Dakota Game and Fish Department estimated a statewide breeding population of 4 million ducks, an 18 percent increase over 2019.

“The Service’s cancellation of the survey due to Covid-19 means we don’t have estimates of breeding duck populations or pond (wetland) counts this year,” said Dr. Frank Rohwer, president of Delta Waterfowl. “However, a far more important metric for predicting a quality hunting season is duck production — that’s the overriding factor in whether we’ll see a good fall flight.”

Based on long-term data indicating that most duck populations are well above average (including a 2019 estimate of 38.9 million breeding ducks, 10 percent above average), and the breeding habitat conditions observed across critical regions this spring, Delta concludes that most duck species experienced good to great production. Overall, Delta estimates that spring habitat conditions were excellent in the Dakotas, very good in Manitoba, good in Alberta and poor in Saskatchewan.

Therefore duck production among species likely varied based on their regional preferences.

Delta expects that mallards took advantage of wet conditions in the Dakotas and prairie Manitoba, which will send plenty of greenheads down the Central and Mississippi flyways. This was reflected in the North Dakota survey, which estimated 872,982 breeding mallards, the 18th highest index recorded.

“Mallards almost never have a terrible year because their nesting range is massive, and they renest aggressively throughout the breeding season,” Rohwer said. “I don’t think it will be a phenomenal fall mallard flight, but it should be very good.”

The Dakota prairies are the core breeding range of blue-winged teal, which spells good news for early teal seasons. Bluewings increased 58 percent in the North Dakota survey.

“Bluewings were off the charts in the Dakotas and should in turn provide an outstanding fall flight,” Rohwer said. “Green-winged teal are more challenging to predict, but they typically nest farther north in the stable wetlands of the Canadian parklands and boreal forest. It’s rare for greenwings to have a bad year.”

Delta anticipates an average fall flight of gadwalls. Roughly 50 percent of the population nests in prairie Saskatchewan, where conditions suffered from low precipitation, while the other half settles in the Dakotas. Breeding gadwalls climbed 6.16 percent to 440,379 birds in the North Dakota survey.

The news is less favorable for pintails, as conditions were well below average in prairie Saskatchewan — the traditional heart of the pintail’s breeding range. However, an increasing ratio of pintails have settled in the Dakotas in recent years in response to vastly better wetland conditions.

“If enough pintails nested in the U.S. prairies, it could help offset the drier conditions in Canada,” Rohwer said. “Regardless I don’t expect a good year for pintails. This wasn’t the spring we needed to get them back on track.”

Wigeon are believed to have had an average nesting season, given conditions in their preferred prairie Canada breeding grounds.

Delta expects a decreased fall flight of canvasbacks due to the poor nesting conditions in the Saskatchewan parklands.

“The canvasbacks that nested in Manitoba will fare better, but it’s just not going to be a good year for cans,” Rohwer said. “They’re very inflexible nesters and will fly right past good water in the Dakotas to reach the Canadian parklands.”

Redheads are far more adaptable in their habits based on the presence of water, which they found plenty of in the Dakotas. Though redheads declined in the North Dakota survey by 11.64 percent, their breeding population estimate of 203,121 birds remains a whopping 72.34 percent above the long-term average.

“The Dakotas will give redheads a much better fall flight than canvasbacks,” Rohwer said. “Even more cans than normal settled in the Dakotas, though not in any significant numbers.”

Production of bluebills is likely to differ between lessers and greaters. Lesser scaup are predicted to have had a decent nesting season in the U.S. and Canadian prairies, climbing 39.62 percent in the North Dakota survey to 275,190. However, greater scaup have experienced poor success in northern Canada’s boreal forest for many years, and 2020 was probably no exception.

“Scaup nest in the uplands, which is unique among divers,” Rohwer said. “I suspect that increasing predator populations are among the reasons they’re doing so lousy in the boreal.”

A close relative of bluebills, ring-necked ducks are expected to have furthered their upward-trending population this spring.

“I’m sure ringnecks kept doing what they do — increasing,” Rohwer said. “They’re spreading south from the western boreal forest, finding relatively stable water conditions in the Canadian parklands and replacing bluebills big time.”

Conditions in the Atlantic Flyway were good to very good in eastern Canada and average in the northeastern U.S. Production of eastern mallards — a population that’s been in decline — was likely strong, particularly in Canada. Good nesting conditions were also present for black ducks, ring-necked ducks and wood ducks.

In the Pacific Flyway, drought conditions returned to the western U.S., most notably impacting California’s sizable population of breeding mallards. Farther north, average conditions were available to nesting ducks in British Columbia, and Alaska was in excellent shape this spring — together, the regions should provide good fall flights of mallards, pintails, green-winged teal and wigeon.

Overall, there should be plenty of ducks winging south in the months ahead. That’s noteworthy for waterfowlers, because a large fall flight — particularly one consisting of ample numbers of naïve, juvenile ducks — is essential to a successful waterfowl season.

“That’s especially true in the southern United States,” Rohwer said. “In years when duck production is poor, Texas, Louisiana and other states experience years like the dismal 2018-2019 season. I don’t think that will be the case this fall. Conditions were good in key regions for breeding ducks, and production was strong overall. If we get a few timely cold fronts, then it could be a truly memorable season.”

For more information, contact John Devney, senior vice president (888) 987-3695 ext. 5218, jdevney@deltawaterfowl.org, or Dr. Frank Rohwer, president (888) 987-3695 ext. 5217, frohwer@deltawaterfowl.org.

Delta Waterfowl Foundation is The Duck Hunters Organization, a leading conservation group working to produce ducks and ensure the tradition of duck hunting in North America. Visit deltawaterfowl.org.

 
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