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Field reports: Ducks bountiful for upcoming hunting seasons

Just as Washington was flush with water this spring, hunters can expect a bounty of local ducks when seasons open this fall.


In brief: Duck and goose seasons approved

With a record number of ducks counted on the northern breeding grounds, the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission approved migratory waterfowl hunting seasons last weekend. Under the waterfowl hunting package, …


Waterfowl hunters could witness prime year

Waterfowl are booming across the continent this year, leaving hunters with only two other variables for success – securing a good spot for a blind and getting the right weather …


Spots available for youth waterfowl hunts

A few slots are available in youth waterfowl hunting opportunities for 10- to 15-year old licensed hunters, including a preseason shooting clinic set for Saturday. The hunts are planned for …


Idaho duck hunters devote day to kids

Mentored waterfowl hunting opportunities for 10- to 15-year old licensed hunters have been scheduled this month by the Idaho Department of Fish and Game and the Silver Valley Chapter of …


Guide your duck-hunting future with lessons from Paul’s Pond

Paul Sullivan, who founded Burbank Guide Service in 1977, has used his former career to hone his waterfowling methods to a science. “I’m an aeronautical engineer,” he said. “I pay …


Landers: Unwelcome parasites don’t have to ruin a meal

Duck breast on rice is a popular winter meal in the home of many waterfowlers. But “rice breast” is less appetizing.


Landers: Unwanted parasites don’t have to ruin a meal

Duck breast on rice is a popular winter meal in the home of many waterfowlers. But “rice breast” is less appetizing. Even the pristine trout in Lake Roosevelt can have …


Idaho delays opening of duck season

While duck and goose populations are in good shape for Inland Northwest hunters this season, Idaho Panhandle waterfowlers will have to wait an extra week for opening day. Both the …


Region’s waterfowl hunters gearing up for record year

Prospects are ducky for waterfowlers across North America this season. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service preliminary report on North American breeding ducks estimates a record population of 48.6 million, …


Idaho continues debate on allowing guided hunting for waterfowl, turkeys

Idaho officials have wrestled for years with proposals that would allow guided hunting for waterfowl and turkeys. In 1988, the interested parties – including the Idaho Department of Fish and …


Landers: Some hunters drawing bead on Wash. proposals

Two hunting- related rule proposals being considered by Washington Fish and Wildlife managers have sportsmen squawking like a flock of ravens swarming a carcass. As The Spokesman-Review reported last week, …


Waterfowling’s   big flap: electronic decoys

If it looks like a duck, acts like a duck and flaps its wings like a duck, conventional wisdom dictates that it is, in fact, a duck. But not always.


Guide makes case for electronic decoys

If electronic waterfowl decoys are legal in 47 states, why not Washington? Virtually all waterfowl hunters and managers agree that adding motion to decoys improves their effectiveness in luring ducks …


Tips for safe canoe hunts

The canoe is a time tested, inexpensive and efficient way to hunt waterfowl on certain waters, ranging from the Clark Fork River in Montana and Idaho to the Winchester and …


Ardent hunter has blind ambition to bag ducks, geese

On a recent weekday, waterfowl hunter Kent Contreras was bubbling with optimism for his coming weekend hunt along the Pend Oreille River. At least a couple of thousand ducks and …


Landers: Results of outdoors surveys revealed

While an aerial survey has just detailed where northern ducks are congregating in the Columbia Basin, wildlife managers in Olympia are using a different type of survey to help guide …


Duck hunt goes foul when teen shot in duck blind

Justin Kevan thanks his buddies, God, cellphones and a whole bunch of medical people for not losing his right arm in a duck hunting accident last season. The Kennewick High …


Safety on water

Guns and cold temperatures, water and dogs, boats and darkness – they all contribute to making waterfowling rife with hazards. The biggest safety issue for waterfowl hunters is “way too …


Panhandle waterfowl wonderland for hunters

While the Panhandle has stood out as Idaho’s hot spot for goose hunting, other waterfowl trends are similarly encouraging, said Jim Hayden, Idaho Fish and Game Department regional wildlife manager. …