Hunter’s Life

Teaching Tomorrow’s Conservation Leaders

March 19th, 2019|0 Comments

Teaching Tomorrow’s Conservation Leaders The late November air was crisp, forming a thick haze across the expansive corn stubble and rendering a well-placed pit blind nearly invisible. Huddled inside, a crew [...]

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 [...]

2018 Year in Review

January 15th, 2019|2 Comments

2018 Year in Review Your support made 2018 a standout year for Delta’s mission to produce ducks and secure the future of waterfowl hunting.

Mentor of the Month

November 21st, 2018|0 Comments

Mentor of the Month Though fairly new to waterfowling himself, Adam Beaucage managed to introduce his younger brother and a friend to the sport this season. "This was the second time [...]

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. [...]

Plan Your ‘Hunt of a Lifetime’

July 19th, 2018|1 Comment

Plan Your ‘Hunt of a Lifetime’ By Bill Miller Let’s set one thing straight from the get-go: Hunts are like fingerprints and snowflakes — no two are alike. We’re all looking [...]

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 [...]

Top 10 Ways to Improve Cooler Performance

June 20th, 2018|0 Comments

Top 10 Ways to Improve Cooler Performance Nothing adds to the enjoyment of summertime activities such as retriever training, clays busting, camping and fishing like an icy cooler full of refreshing [...]

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. [...]

Flight of the Electrified Pterodactyls

April 18th, 2018|1 Comment

Flight of the Electrified Pterodactyls By Bill Miller A couple weeks into each North Dakota waterfowl season, Ken “The Crane Man” Toop and his gang of ne’er-do-wells invaded the tiny town [...]

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 Conditions Report

March 28th, 2018|4 Comments

March Conditions Report Were recent rains and snowfall enough to improve dry nesting conditions in key regions? Get an updated duck production outlook with Delta’s March Conditions Report.

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. [...]

February Conditions Report

February 28th, 2018|0 Comments

February Conditions Report With nesting season on the horizon, here’s a look at early water conditions on key waterfowl breeding grounds across North America.

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 [...]

February Migration Report

February 14th, 2018|0 Comments

February Migration Report Find out where snow geese are concentrated in your flyway with Delta’s February Migration Report.

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. [...]

Delta Waterfowl May Conditions Report

May 18th, 2017|2 Comments

May Conditions Report Delta Waterfowl staff details the current water conditions in key waterfowl nesting areas across the United States and Canada, and explain what it means for duck production this year. [...]

Delta Waterfowl April Conditions Report

April 25th, 2017|0 Comments

April Conditions Report More ducks and geese are arriving on the breeding grounds every day, and some have even started nesting. Here’s Delta Waterfowl’s April conditions report — a look at water and [...]

April Migration Report

April 12th, 2017|1 Comment

April Migration Report Are there any snow geese left in the United States? Here’s the answer in Delta Waterfowl’s April Migration Report.

March Condition Report

March 29th, 2017|0 Comments

March Condition Report As ducks and geese push north, here’s a look at early water conditions on key waterfowl breeding grounds across North America.

Quiz: Do You Have ‘Duck Depression?’

March 29th, 2017|0 Comments

Quiz: Do You Have ‘Duck Depression?’ By Kyle Wintersteen Face it: You aren’t you when it isn’t duck season. The air seems less crisp, daily life is downright monotonous and your [...]

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|1 Comment

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 [...]

Rate Your 2016-17 Waterfowl Season

January 30th, 2017|15 Comments

Rate Your 2016-17 Waterfowl Season By Paul Wait Every waterfowl season begins with renewed optimism of swarms of decoying ducks and geese, the camaraderie of sharing the blind with friends and [...]

Duck Steaks

January 17th, 2017|0 Comments

Duck Steaks Delta Waterfowl’s Dr. Frank Rohwer shows you an easy tip to make your ducks on the grill so much better.

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. [...]

Mid-December Delta Waterfowl Migration Report

December 14th, 2016|1 Comment

Mid-December Delta Waterfowl Migration Report Snow storms and frigid temperatures have spurred major migration activity across North America! In this video, Delta staff report on conditions and waterfowl movements in all four flyways. [...]

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! [...]

Proper Field Care Improves Taxidermy Results

October 26th, 2016|0 Comments

Proper Field Care Improves Taxidermy Results By Paul Wait You just shot the most brilliantly colored-up drake of your hunting career, and your buddies are imploring you to have it mounted. [...]

How to Sneak a Duck Mount Past Your Spouse

October 5th, 2016|0 Comments

How to Sneak a Duck Mount Past Your Spouse Kyle Wintersteen, Managing Editor  I have this friend. Let’s call him “Rick”. He’s as passionate a duck hunter as you’ll find, having gunned [...]

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 [...]

In Defense of Shooting Spoonies

October 5th, 2016|0 Comments

In Defense of Shooting Spoonies Kyle Wintersteen, Managing Editor  The horizon was a sea of amber marsh grasses concealing a seemingly endless array of small wetlands. My first trip to North [...]

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 [...]

How to Get Kicked Out of a Duck Blind

October 5th, 2016|9 Comments

How to Get Kicked Out of a Duck Blind Somewhere in the middle of Pennsylvania (I’m cautious with specifics) lies a farm. And at the edge of that farm lies a pasture. [...]

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, [...]