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  • January 2, 2014

    Video: Seal Climbs into Duck Boat

    By Phil Bourjaily

    A pair of sea duck hunters off Cape Cod had an unexpected visitor in this video. The hunter in the video, Jeremy Brooks, said he was afraid at first the seal might bite, but it was unaggressive so he cuddled up to it. Brooks thinks the seal may have climbed into the boat because there were sharks nearby.

  • November 21, 2013

    Video: The Toughest Duck Dog You’ll See All Day

    By Michael R. Shea

    Everyone knows Quebecers are tough, but get a load of their dogs.

    This video — which first went up in 2011 but is new to me, and probably you — made the rounds last week on one of the popular duck hunting forums. You can’t help but be impressed by this yellow lab. The French at the end of video is the name of a Quebec kennel and breeder called Chenil de la Riviere Blanche, or “white river kennel.”

    As someone who hunts sea ducks in the Atlantic through a good piece of December and January, I’ve had dogs in bad water, but I always hunt from a boat. (The biggest concern there is dogs getting tangled in decoy lines and we often won’t send a dog until the bird has floated clear from the rig.)

  • November 1, 2013

    You'd Think A Birder Would Know The Difference...

    By Phil Bourjaily

    From the Rochester, Minnesota Post-Bulletin round-up of Conservation Officer Reports for the week of October 24, 2013:

    "Officer Tom Hemker of Winona reported getting a complaint from a birder who wanted to report a hunter for "putting a duck on a stick in the water.

  • October 30, 2013

    World War II Veteran Goes On One Last Goose Hunt

    By Phil Bourjaily

    When World War II veteran Herman Ratelle, 90, of Edina, Minnesota, returned to the Twin Cities from an Honor Flight to Washington, D.C. he and the other veterans were greeted by a crowd holding banners thanking them for their service. Ratelle took it all in, then got ready to go hunting. He had asked his son Stephen to take him on one last goose hunt and they left immediately after they got back from Washington.

  • October 29, 2013

    Man Shoots at Duck Hunters

    By Phil Bourjaily

    Two Wisconsin duck hunters, David Reichenberger and Levi Johnston, were hunting a marsh in Barron County when a man with a .410 opened fire, reports. Having already harangued the hunters, Van Hawkinson began shooting his .410 to frighten ducks. Hawkinson claims he was shooting in the air at a 45 degree angle. The hunters say he was shooting close enough to frighten them.

  • October 23, 2013

    Goose Hunter's Lost Jacket (And $1,700 Cash!) Returned After Four Years

    By Ben Romans

    Owen Schipnewski, a mechanic in Clara City, Minnesota, recently received a phone call from a stranger claiming to have a hunting coat he lost four years ago, and he wanted to return it—and the $1,700 he found inside—to its rightful owner.

    Schnipnewski told the West Central Tribune he lost the jacket while goose hunting with his 12-year old son in 2009. Trent Jorgensen found the jacket on the side of the highway, took it home, and hung it in his garage where it remained unused for four years.

  • August 23, 2013

    Longest Duck Call: Illinois Hunters Look to Beat World Record

    By Ben Romans

    Last weekend at an Illinois outdoor expo, two hunters from eastern Illinois unveiled a 56-inch long wooden duck call. Their creation has a chance at besting the current Guinness World Record for longest duck call.
    According to an article from The News Gazette, Mark Hillery and his son Damen began building duck and goose calls as a hobby, but when friends began making requests and Hillery and his son starting filling word-of-mouth sales orders, the hobby turned into a business venture.

  • August 16, 2013

    $3.8M NJ Lotto Winner Wants to Fish and Hunt Every Day

    By Ben Romans

    What are the odds that on the same day the new season of Duck Dynasty is set to premiere, a lucky lotto winner, Will Seeley, appears on the Today Show, looking like one of the duckmen himself, and says his newfound fortune is going to allow him to quit work and spend more time at his cabin in the woods, hunting and fishing—every day. What a life.

  • August 12, 2013

    New Hunting Laws to Curb Game Waste, Fight Poaching in Illinois

    By Ben Romans

    Illinois Governor Pat Quinn recently signed a bill commonly referred to as the “wants and waste bill”—a new law that requires hunters to use all edible parts of harvested animals, and specifies how and where to dispose of carcasses.
    According to the Quincy Herald Whig, the new law is among five others intended to discourage poaching, help curb the waste of edible meat on game animals, and prevent wanton discarding of carcasses. Illinois Department of Natural Resources director Matt Miller says 18 percent of the calls received by the state’s poaching hotline were to report dumped carcasses.
    “It does not follow our idea of fair chase and ethics,” Miller said. “We would like to put (the bill) in place so we can get at those folks who are doing that. It gives us another tool to fight poaching.”

  • July 26, 2013

    Feds to Kill Over 3,600 Barred Owls in 3 States

    By Ben Romans

    Pop quiz Friday: How much money does it take to eliminate 3,603 barred owls from select Pacific Northwest zones to make more room for the endangered spotted owl? Well, if you’re the federal government, $3 million over the next four years.