Fall Issue Celebrates Canvasback Hunting and Drone Research

To study ducks, you first have to locate their nests. And for over-water nesters such as canvasbacks, redheads and ring-necked ducks, that’s an especially painstaking task. However, breakthrough drone research by Delta Waterfowl is proving a potential game changer. In the Fall Issue, you’ll learn how Delta scientists are using drone-mounted thermal-imaging cameras to find over-water nesting ducks, which could streamline the efficiency of waterfowl research and ultimately help Delta make more canvasbacks for you.

Of course, if it weren’t for hunting, the canvasback would just be another pretty bird — not “the king of ducks.” You’ll celebrate the canvasback’s appeal in a stirring essay by Ken Bailey that explores the history, tactics and appeal of pursuing North America’s largest diving duck.

With the waterfowl migration upon us, the Fall Issue provides thorough analysis of the 2017 Waterfowl Population Status report, and forecasts the size of this year’s duck and goose fall flights.

You’ll also find plenty of new, cutting-edge strategies to improve your success and enjoyment of the hunt. David Hart details how to survive waterfowling emergencies, while “Mr. Prepared” Bill Miller reveals everything (and more) needed for a successful hunt, and photos by Fred Greenslade provide new ideas for tasty duck blind eats.

You’ll join managing editor Kyle Wintersteen for a Manitoba adventure in search of Canada geese, mallards and pintails, and discover the merits and unique history of Wisconsin’s state dog, the American water spaniel.

As always, the Fall Issue carries a full slate of informative and entertaining columns such as Duck Dogs, Shotgunning, Strategies and Duckology to help you get the most from your waterfowl season.

The only way to receive Delta Waterfowl magazine is to join The Duck Hunters Organization. If you are a member, thank you for your support. The Fall Issue will arrive soon!

To join Delta Waterfowl, call (888) 987-3695 or visit www.deltawaterfowl.org/memberships.