Wading Through Guns to NEW Waterfowl Hunting Gear – SHOT Show

Day one is a vision of meetings and wading through the miles of aisles of guns in search of the latest, greatest hunting gear at SHOT Show. Don’t worry. We always love the guns too, and believe it or not, there is a lot of hunting gear. What we were in search of is a “WOW” piece of which the industry has been in need.

We found the new Delta Wader at the Sitka booth, and although they don’t have it for women — Yet — it’s going to have the guys taking a look. It’s a highly technical item and something I think you men should know about.

The Delta Wader is a very technical piece of gear. It is built with Sitka’s traditional attention to detail and has a warranty to make any hunter happy. The designers at Sitka have taken every detail into account and want you to simply go out and hunt, be comfortable, dry, and have the best chance at staying warm.

The priorities taken into account in the design process of the wader included special attention to the suspension system. The straps are a hook and loop design, which allows for approximately 8-10″ of adjustment (This varies slightly between size patterns.). The straps lay flat, close to the body and won’t cause your calls to become tangled.

Marsh_Delta Zip WaderIf you’ve used any waders in the past, you know a belt is a must to prevent internal flooding in the event of a fall or slip into too deep of water. One thing you may have noticed is that preventing loss of the belt when you’re transporting or storing the waders is sometimes a chore. Sitka has designed the Delta Wader belt with an oversized head, so it’s not going to slip through the loops. You’ll never have to worry about it slipping out in the truck and not being where you need it when the time comes.

Sitka has added a built-in D-ring making it easy for a hunter to carry decoys to the field. There are chest-pockets for easy to access storage.

The front chest zipper is a waterproof YKK with aqua seal. A friend boasted that he was pleased, it unzips low enough that a man can relieve himself without undressing. On that note, if and when they design a women’s version, hopefully, they’ll remember that consideration for us as well.

As a hunter who spends time maneuvering in the field, maneuverability is important to me. I have to be able to get around out there and so do you. Sitka has put their waterproof seaming locations on the back of the leg but also added articulated seaming to the knee area.

If you’ve read my review of the women’s SubAlpine system by Sitka, you may have considered my account of the knee pads. If you haven’t read that, what you need to know is they are a God-send, or maybe a Sitka-send. The Delta Wader incorporates the flexible kneepad system along with protective laminate overlay for added protection.

Sitka partnered with LaCrosse Footwear to include a 1500 gram Thinsulate boot. You’ll be dry and warm, plus have the ultra-lightweight Aeroform rubber-soled traction. If you’re thinking of using these waders as a crossover to fly fishing, great idea, but take note there is not a felt sole. You may need sole spikes for those slimy rivers.

The boots are attached to the wader with an ultra-flex adhesive that will cooperate in extreme conditions. In the event a wader has an issue, needs replacement, the adhesive can be heated and the boot removed. The waders can be replaced or repaired and reattached, or vice-versa.

The Delta Wader will be available early in Sitka’s Marsh and Timber patterns, the summer of 2018, in 38 size combinations! Boot sizes range between men’s size 8 to 13. I’m hoping it won’t be too awful long before we see a similar product made for women.


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Why You Need to Hunt Waterfowl in the Rice Fields

Many friends are counting the days until hunting season, but are they anticipating antelope, deer, elk, bear, dove, or one of my favorites, duck hunting?! I’ve spent the past few days in hot pursuit of those tasty speed goats out on the eastern plains of Colorado. That hunt is always short because it’s immediately followed by those mentioned above and one I’ll tell you more about below.

7 Reasons to Hunt Rice Fields for Ducks

Screen Shot 2017-08-17 at 12.50.38 PMLast year I passed up my annual Louisiana waterfowl hunt to join Beretta and Sako on an epic journey to Finland and Russia. While that trip has trumped all other birthday events, I have fond memories of cutting birds from the Southern skies on the date of my birth celebration.

For multiple years I headed south to the warmer, humid temperatures to take aim at the mini-F14-like Blue Winged Teal. If you haven’t partaken in the hunt, I must warn you that it’s an addicting one. While I’m not a fantastic shot at the zinging orange clay targets at the range, I’ve become quite proficient at blasting the little speed demons from the sky. … Read More


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Talking Waterfowl at Beretta USA Blog

For those of you who’ve recently taken to following, today I’m sharing a waterfowl hunting peace over at Beretta Blog. I’d like to extend you and other as “Thank you” for following and showing your support over the years. I enjoy sharing hunting and firearms tips at Beretta’s blog. Head over there and subscribe and learn more.

Beretta-USAWaterfowl Hunters and the Farm Bill

As a waterfowl hunter and a farmer my ears perk up when I hear mention of the Farm Bill.

I’ve been working on the areas on my property that entice these birds. However, I tend to let my place rest and have found other great locations to hunt ducks. While I’d like to tell you my favorite spots, we all know those sites are sacred. Some of these places are on public land, and others are on private leases. One of my favorite waterfowl locations is in the marshes of Louisiana. Another is in the rice fields of Mississippi. Come to think of it, the cattail-covered banks of a Minnesota lake is a fantastic location as well.

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Coyotes Becoming More Territorial

Coyotes may be more territorial in January-February

CPW_SiteLogoDENVER – If it seems that coyotes are less tolerant of human presence during the months of January and February, there is a biological reason: this is their breeding season. As coyotes pair up to breed, they may be more territorial than usual and defend their space as they carve out a place to have their young. Citizens are well-advised to be aware of their presence and the potential for conflicts with humans in metro and rural areas.

cpw-coyote-territory-7b0f031d-f323-4775-a3ed-40344637af15Last year during this time period, Colorado Parks and Wildlife received reports of: a young girl nipped at by a coyote in Centennial; an aggressive coyote approaching a grandmother walking her grandson in a stroller in Aurora; and four separate incidents of a mangy coyote baring its teeth at citizens in Lakewood.

 

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Similar to last year, there have been several reports of coyotes with mange throughout the Denver metro area. Mange is caused by small skin parasites called mites. It is highly contagious and pet owners are strongly advised to keep their pets away from coyotes.

 

“In addition to transferring disease, unfortunately, coyotes can see our pets as a prey source; so pet owners need to be extra diligent about protecting their animals,” said Liza Hunholz, area wildlife manager for Denver. “We hate to see citizens lose their pets to wildlife, but wildlife can’t tell the difference between your dog and a skunk, raccoon, or other wild prey.”

Coyotes are omnivores and eat everything from bird seed to rodents, berries to garbage, and sometimes free-roaming cats and dogs. But Coloradans can share the landscape with these wild neighbors by following three important tips:

1) Don’t feed wildlife!

2) Protect your pets!

3) Haze coyotes when you see them!

CPW recommends that all dog owners take the following precautions:

-Always supervise your pet outside, especially at dawn and dusk.
-Keep your dog on a short leash while recreating, even in areas where off leash is allowed—avoid retractable leashes.
-Do not allow your dog to play or interact with a coyote.
-If possible, pick up your dog when coyotes are visible.
-Avoid potential den sites and thick vegetation.
-If you must leave your dog outside, secure it in a fully enclosed kennel.

In addition, cat owners should recognize that the only way to guarantee your cat’s safety is to keep it indoors. Outdoor cats also face potential death from cars, diseases, foxes, parasites, raccoons, dogs, and birds of prey, such as owls.

Although naturally curious, coyotes are usual timid animals and normally run away if confronted. However, more than 25 people have been bitten by coyotes in the Denver metro area since 2007. Coyote attacks on humans are rare and can usually be traced to people feeding them, a nearby den site where a coyote might feel threatened, or another canine or pet in a coyote’s presence. If you witness a coyote or coyotes behaving aggressively, please report the incident to a local Colorado Parks and Wildlife office as soon as possible. If you are bitten or scratched by a coyote seek medical attention immediately.

For more information on coyotes, go to:

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Tip For Bird Hunting – NAHC

THIS IS FOR THE BIRDS

Mia Anstine
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This Is For The Birds

It’s the time of year many of us are headed to blinds, fields and marshes to bird hunt. With much improved gear, equipment and clothing the hunt has become a bit more comfortable. This means we can bring along our children and husbands are even bringing their wives.

It’s a blast to bring a “newbie” on their first bird hunt.

Many of us have a tendency to start our cohorts off using smaller caliber shotguns. This is sometimes a good idea because a 12 gauge shotgun can become quite heavy when you’re walking the fields, flushing birds for hours on end. It’s also pleasant for a smaller stature hunter to have a shotgun that is easier, and safer, for them to balance in the swing. That being said, you may end up with various gauge shotguns on the hunt.

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Colorado Youth Hunters – Banner Lakes Youth Waterfowl Skills Day

CPW DOW header Colorado Parks WildlifeBANNER LAKES YOUTH WATERFOWL SKILLS DAY AUG. 9

DENVER — Colorado Parks and Wildlife is pleased to offer a youth waterfowl skills day on August 9 at Banner Lakes State Wildlife Area near Keenesburg. For those youth who’ve recently graduated from hunter education, this is a great opportunity to advance to the next level and develop skills in waterfowl hunting. For newcomers, this is an excellent way to learn about a great hunting tradition.

Participants will learn how to call ducks and geese, learn about decoying tactics, practice shooting from different types of blinds, and learn about waterfowl habitats.

WHO: Youth ages 10-18 years old and their guardian(s)

WHAT: Banner Lakes State Wildlife Area Youth Waterfowl Skills Day

WHEN: Saturday, August 9, 8 a.m.to 12:30 p.m.

WHERE: Banner Lakes State Wildlife Area, Weld County

HOW: To reserve your spot or for more information, please contact District Wildlife Manager Chris Mettenbrink at 970-472-4405 or email at Chris.Mettenbrink@state.co.us. The number of participants is limited so please make reservation as soon as possible.

DIRECTIONS: From Interstate 76 at Hudson (Exit 31), go 4 miles east on Highway 52 to the property. The property is situated on both sides of the highway. Parking areas are well-marked.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife manages 42 state parks, more than 300 state wildlife areas, all of Colorado’s wildlife, and a variety of outdoor recreation. For more information go to cpw.state.co.us

For more information about Colorado Parks and Wildlife go to: http://cpw.state.co.us.

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Eagle & Coyote Fight Over Prairie Dog

Do you ever simply slow down to look at the world God created? It is truly amazing what is out there. Stop and smell the roses, or look at the wildlife, some time.

I often get the opportunity to witness amazing wildlife events. This one was awe-inspiring so I thought I would share it. I hope you enjoy it one as much as I did.

Yesterday I stopped to watch a coyote as he hunted his breakfast. I thought I might like to take a picture of his stalk. Just as I retrieved my camera, he snatched the small animal and ran. I was happy to be getting footage of a coyote running with his meal in his mouth when someone else flew into the picture.

A bald eagle.

It was truly amazing and reminded me of the Wild America shows I watched as a child. Also, eagles always remind me of my Dad and it happens to be the anniversary of his passing. I was elated to see the two interact. Just when I thought nothing could be added, a Golden Eagle stopped to join the Bald Eagle for some morning sunshine.

Thanks, Dad!


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How to improve turkey population – by Mia & LG

Women's Outdoor News

When a new hunter asks how to get started hunting, LG and I often recommend turkey hunting. That, of course, is after he or she passes a Hunter Safety course. In a Hunter Safety class, a new hunter will learn about safety, firearms, laws and ethics. Conservation is another thing we can learn a lot about while we are hunting wild turkeys.

There were only 30,000 wild turkeys strutting, roosting and rearing broods in our country at the turn of the century,… Click Here to read more.wild turkey tom

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LG Likes Mobile Decoys

LG says get itWe always miss our LG while we are away at SHOT Show. When I saw the Primos Hunting mobile decoys, I had to take a video and text them to her. I knew she would get a laugh. She did indeed get a kick out of them, and of course wants to give them a try in her predator hunting adventures.
She has since made a quick video and added her own selection of music to go with them.
Featured are the “Wooly Bully”, “Stray Cat” and “Frantic Fawn” decoys.

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