Hunter’s Life

California Gun/Ammo Tax Proposal

June 23rd, 2022|1 Comment

California Gun/Ammo Tax Proposal Bears Watching... Wherever You Hunt Ducks by Bill Miller California lawmakers are again confirming their claim on proposing the most outlandish and contradictory legislation aimed squarely at hunters and [...]

A Goose Against All Odds

May 7th, 2020|1 Comment

A Goose Against All Odds A late April snow-goose hunt in central South Dakota generally offers up lower than usual odds of success. Delta Waterfowl digital media creator Ben Peterson and his [...]

Responsible Recreation

April 8th, 2020|0 Comments

Responsible Recreation Dear Delta Supporter – If there is any silver lining to the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s the unexpected free time many of us are experiencing. When asked, “Why do you enjoy [...]

Delta Waterfowl HunteR3

January 28th, 2020|0 Comments

Delta Waterfowl HunteR3 Delta Waterfowl continues to work toward a bright future for waterfowl hunters. And now, we’re redoubling our hunter recruitment, retention and reactivation efforts through HunteR3, a bold new initiative of [...]

Forgotten Paradise

January 23rd, 2020|2 Comments

Forgotten Paradise Photos by Ben Peterson If you dread packing away your gear after the seasons close in North America, consider heading south — way south, beyond the U.S. border. The birds [...]

Hunting Saved His Life

October 17th, 2019|0 Comments

Hunting Saved His Life Josh and Ronnie Raggio share a bond even beyond father and son – it’s the lifelong bond of duck calling. When a life-threatening illness struck Ronnie, they were certain [...]

Getting Ready

September 23rd, 2019|0 Comments

Getting Ready By Kyle Wintersteen You don’t need a calendar to tell you opening day is near. You feel it in the breezes of those first crisp September mornings. Your hunter’s spirit calls [...]

This Is Why…

September 23rd, 2019|0 Comments

This Is Why… By Paul Wait “This pass,” I whispered to myself, alternately tensing and relaxing my grip on the autoloader poised across my chest, all but the last few inches of barrel [...]

The Tin Can

September 4th, 2019|1 Comment

The Tin Can A discovery sparks memories of bygone waterfowlers’ country boy ingenuity By Bill Miller A while back, I was ransacking the garage in search of a socket wrench I last recalled [...]

June 2019 Conditions Report

June 18th, 2019|0 Comments

June Conditions Report Will good conditions for duck production in the United States be enough to offset a dry breeding season in prairie Canada? Delta biologist Matt Chouinard provides analysis. [...]

Torturous Fun

March 1st, 2019|1 Comment

Torturous Fun A Chesapeake Bay sea duck hunt tests the limits of hunters and gear By Brad Heidel As the calendar flipped to 2019, I was excited to be headed to [...]

July Conditions Report

July 26th, 2018|1 Comment

July Conditions Report How’s the fall flight shaping up as waterfowl nesting draws to a close? Get an updated duck-season outlook with our final Conditions Report of 2018. [...]

June Conditions Report

June 28th, 2018|0 Comments

June Conditions Report Thunderstorms have soaked the Upper Midwest in recent weeks — were they enough to improve the dry nesting conditions in key stretches of the prairies? Get an updated fall-flight [...]

May Conditions Report

June 14th, 2018|0 Comments

May Conditions Report Conditions vary widely across key nesting regions during this critical duck production period. Get an updated outlook for your flyway’s fall flight with Delta’s May Conditions Report. [...]

April 2018 Conditions Report

April 26th, 2018|1 Comment

April Conditions Report Were this month’s record-breaking snow showers enough to offset dry conditions in key nesting regions? Get an updated outlook for your flyway’s fall flight with Delta’s April Conditions Report. [...]

April 2018 Migration Report

April 4th, 2018|0 Comments

April Migration Report The snow goose migration is delayed in the western U.S., but things are heating up in eastern Canada. Find out where birds are concentrated in your flyway with Delta’s April [...]

March 2018 Migration Report

March 14th, 2018|1 Comment

March Migration Report A lingering winter has stalled and concentrated snow geese in several regions. Find out where birds are on the move in your flyway with Delta’s March Migration Report. [...]

His Prayer Was Answered

February 21st, 2018|1 Comment

His Prayer Was Answered A Delta Waterfowl supporter shot a unique goose in Arkansas By Paul Wait As Kenny Jenkins and his three buddies settled in for an afternoon waterfowl hunt, they [...]

January Migration Report

January 11th, 2018|4 Comments

January Migration Report Ducks and geese are on the move again as the south thaws following a major cold spell that had iced over much of the country. Here’s Delta’s January migration report, [...]

December Migration Report

December 13th, 2017|3 Comments

December Migration Report A major winter weather event and plummeting temperatures have spurred migration activity across much of the United States. Find out where ducks and geese are on the move in your [...]

A Healing Hunt

November 10th, 2017|0 Comments

A Healing Hunt Three combat-wounded U.S. veterans experience memorable Mississippi River waterfowling Story and photos by Paul Wait Bryan Gray stood over his truck’s tailgate, talking as he carefully field dressed [...]

November Migration Report

November 8th, 2017|0 Comments

November Migration Report Freezing temperatures have kicked the waterfowl migration into high gear! Find out where ducks and geese are on the move in Delta’s November Migration Report.

October Migration Report

October 12th, 2017|0 Comments

October Migration Report Happy October! With hunting seasons now underway across much of North America, find out where ducks and geese are on the move in this month’s Migration Report. [...]

February Migration Report

February 15th, 2017|0 Comments

February Delta Waterfowl Migration Report Unseasonably mild weather has spurred substantial numbers of snow geese to push north early this year. Watch Delta Waterfowl’s February Migration Report for up-to-date analysis. [...]

The Other Snow Goose

February 7th, 2017|2 Comments

The Other Snow Goose By Kyle Wintersteen The scene was both beautiful and rather surreal as hunters arranged windsock-style snow goose decoys on an island of marsh grass, backlit by the [...]

January Migration Report

January 17th, 2017|1 Comment

January Delta Waterfowl Migration Report Winter weather has pushed ducks and geese south, and hunters are taking advantage in all four flyways. Here’s your January migration report from Delta Waterfowl. [...]

Waiting for the Big Flight

December 6th, 2016|0 Comments

Waiting for the Big Flight It was 70 degrees in Pennsylvania last Christmas, and everyone rejoiced — everyone, that is, except the waterfowlers. More miserable yet, the extreme warmth was no [...]

Late-November Conditions Report

November 30th, 2016|0 Comments

Late-November Conditions Report Finally! Snow and ice have hit the U.S. and Canadian prairies, which has spurred a push of ducks and geese. Here’s Delta’s late-November migration report. Good luck hunting! [...]

The Take ’Em Moment

October 5th, 2016|0 Comments

The Take ’Em Moment Duck chatter rains down through the oaks of our beaver pond, shattering the stillness of the crisp December morning. Long, squealing wingbeats reveal an unmistakable cause for [...]

Why I Buy Two Duck Stamps

October 5th, 2016|3 Comments

Why I Buy Two Duck Stamps Kyle Wintersteen, Managing Editor “Two duck stamps, please.” How I look forward to uttering those words every summer. They signal it’s soon time to quit [...]

A Promise to My Shotgun

September 28th, 2016|2 Comments

A Promise to My Shotgun Kyle Wintersteen, Managing Editor  Dear Shotgun, Dad long ago instilled in me that if you shoot a gun, you clean a gun. A rusty shotgun, he said, [...]