Friday, April 2, 2010
This article is somewhat of a follow up to my last blog. My last blog was related to building mallard nesting boxes and placing them in the wild.
This is just another step to becoming a full fledged Duck Junkie.
Hope to hear you in the marsh,
Duck Junkies Pro staff
Thursday, April 1, 2010
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Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Also you have to be very careful when traveling the back roads looking for geese. The water run off has flooded out many bridges and culverts. Also the ditches are beyond full and a crash into one of them has already caused the death of one local woman I went to school with growing up. So just drive a little slower and keep your eyes open and on the roads.
The reports( a little farther west ) I have heard that were good have come from areas with a normal amount of sheet water in the fields. The best set-up I have found is to find a small to medium sized sheet water pothole in a cut corn field that the snows having been feeding in and set decoys from the edge of the water fanning out into the field. You will want to be within a mile or two of some of the main roost waters. Also add some flyer decoys to really seal the deal.
If you want to hunt snow geese in ND now is the time to get them as the temperatures are getting unseasonably warm already, and they won't sit around too long.
Vacaville Turkey Hunter Killed By FriendA Vacaville man is dead after a member of his hunting party mistook him for a turkey and shot him.
Tehama County Sheriff Clay Parker says Larry Gene Pendley was hunting on the opening day of turkey season in the Paynes Creek area off Highway 36 with five friends. Pendley was on his hands and knees crawling through a bush when his friend, Stephen Henderson of Fremont, mistook him for a turkey and fired.
Pendley was in camouflage, the usual dress for turkey hunters.
He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Parker says Henderson and the other members of the hunting party have all been hunting turkeys for 30 years. Pendley had been hunting with them for 10 years.
***This just reinstates the fact that we as hunters need to always be aware of our surroundings. This is a really sad story of something that could have been easily prevented. This is not the first nor will it be the last accident to happen, but with that, we all need to take the time to educate and promote safe hunting activities. No matter how long you have hunted and how experienced you are, you can never be complacent
I've worked diligently in the last ten years to help preclude the loss of Suisun Marsh to the efforts of the water development agencies and water users, to use Suisun as "mitigation" for the impacts of "tweaking" water development projects by converting it to saltwater tidal marsh. This is basically a 100K + acres of brackish) wetlands. To address endangered species issues through the ESA Habitat Conservation Planning process. Unfortunately, taking care of only endangered, threatened and proposed species can be extremely damaging to other species. In this case, the long history of managing waterfowl populations and efforts to replace lost habitat stands against waterfowl enthusiasts. Waterfowl, with a few exceptions, have stayed off the ESA list because of money from hunters and other sport enthusiasts which have succeeded.
Also, since the sixties the number of women biologists and other outdoor related professions have burgeoned. Some hunt, some do not; but I think their presence, needs need to be acknowledged and met.
That's my soapbox for the day.
Sunday, March 28, 2010
My first hunt took place when I was around the age of 8 when my dad took me out the first time. Ever since that day Ive been hooked for life. Ill never forget that day it was one of the best days of my life. I think my old man thought of me as a labrador retriever LOL cause all I wanted to do was retrieve all the ducks that he either sailed or punished in the decoys. He purchased my first shot gun for me when I was 10 which was a single shot 20 gauge which I still have in my gun case today. Ive been a guide now for the past 8 years for one of our local resorts and I cant tell you enough how much I enjoy meeting new people every year who are passionate about this sport we call duck hunting. Just in the past year I have gotten a promotion and have became the Head Huntsman which takes away from some of the guiding aspects of it, but when I get the oppertunity here and there to get out, believe me I never pass it up.