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New Waterfowl Hunting Gear for 2013

New Waterfowl Hunting Gear for 2013

It’s that time of year again when companies begin unveiling new waterfowl hunting gear for the coming year. Last year we had a collection of posts regarding new waterfowl gear and we’ll do the same this year. The SHOT show was just a few weeks ago. This is an outdoor industry show where manufacturers from every outdoor industry come together. Since it takes place during the end of our season, we were unable to attend, but we’ve found some new waterfowl hunting gear for 2013 that has been put on the internet. Look for more posts on new waterfowl hunting gear in the coming weeks. Even though the season is over, it’s never to early to start thinking about next year!

Bag’Em Outdoors Windsock Decoy Bag

Bag'em Outdoors Windsock Decoy BagWhen snow goose hunting, you’re dealing with hundreds if not thousands of decoys. It requires lots of work that often takes place in muddy fields. The new windsock bags from Bag’em Outdoors gives snow goose hunters a solution for quicker transport, ease of storage, and cleaner decoys. Their new bags are made of the tough seed bag material. In the past, we’ve transported our Silosocks in 6 slot honker bags. We end up with 20 dozen in a bag and stakes poking everywhere. Holes quickly get poked through the tops of the bags and carrying 20 dozen at a time get tough. The new bags from Bag’em can carry up to 15 dozen of any windsock style bag. The tough material will not get holes poked in it from the stakes and is sturdy enough to stand on it’s Bag'em Outdoors Windsock Decoy Bagown. The 6 slot bags we used to use required two people to fill them. The material they’re constructed out of falls over on itself. Instead of one guy filling bags and the other pulling decoys, it required both people resulting in a longer tear down time. This is no longer an issue! Whether you use Silosocks, White Rocks, Northwinds, or any other windsock snow goose decoy, these bags are for you.

 

Winchester Blind Side HV

 

New Waterfowl Hunting Gear 2013

A faster shell will carry more energy upon entry, thus causing more damage and more downed game. Winchester has followed in the footsteps of other shotshell manufacturers and increased the speed of their Blind Side shell. The original was just 1400 fps, but the new Winchester Blind Side HV is now 1675 feet per second which makes it one of the fastest on the market. Way faster than the older Blind Side. The main marketing for Blind Side centers around the 6 sided shot. These shells are not filled with your standard rounded pellets, but rather small little cubes. They are said to result in faster kills and 250% more trauma. The cube shape also allows 15% more pellets to go into each shell. A typical 3 inch #2 shell carries 1 1/8 oz. of shot. The ability of the Blind Side pellets to stack tighter allows for 1 3/8 oz. of shot to go into a 3 inch #2 shell.

 

 

Mossy Oak Shadow Grass Blades

Mossy Oak is coming out with a new waterfowl hunting gear pattern, Shadow Grass Blades. The original Shadow Grass was great for the marsh and cattails. The new and improved pattern looks more high definition. They’ve added detail to each blade, varied the layout of the blades, and added more color. The final product offers more depth and detail than the previous version. Some grass blades on the new Mossy Oak Shadow Grass Blades are straight up, while others are bent, bowed, and broken over. It present a true to life representation of a typical scene you would see in a wetland environment.

New Mossy Oak Shadow Grass Blades

New Waterfowl Hunting Gear 2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thermacell Heated Insoles

New Waterfowl Hunting Gear 2013When it comes to waterfowl hunting gear, this one might be the most important. Whether you’re standing on a cold concrete pit, a frozen corn field, or freezing water cold feet are a waterfowl hunters worst nightmare. As the mercury dips, the hunting always seems to get better. No one wants frozen feet to force them back to the house. This problem could be a thing of the past with the new Thermacell Heated Insoles. Thermacell has long been a player in the mosquito and gnat deterrent arena, but now they’re moving elsewhere. Their new heated insoles are wireless and rechargeable. No need for carrying around packages of batteries. You just need to keep track of the remote and remember to re-charge them at the end of the hunt. The beauty of these is that they offer varying degrees of warmth. You are able to control how warm or hot you want them depending on the conditions you’re hunting in. This allows the waterfowl hunter to keep from getting too warm and begin sweating. Hot hands or heat packets for insoles offer no control over the heat they put off, often resulting in sweaty cold feet. Many times, when waterfowl hunters get cold feet, it’s from sweat, not from the cold itself.

Waterfowl Migration Update January 24, 2013

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As the regular waterfowl hunting season begins to draw to a close across the country, we are going to begin to shift our focus on waterfowl migration reports toward snow geese. The wild swings in temperature over the past week has many ducks and geese yo-yo-ing back and forth. The weather over the next few days looks to continue that trend.

 Duck Migration

Waterfowl MigrationDuck season is now closed across most states. Those that are still open, will end this weekend. With no major weather system forecasted across the country, ducks will likely not make any large scale migrations as the season ends. Areas that are currently frozen should stay that way, and little if any new water should freeze over the last few days of the season. Large numbers of ducks have been noted across their typical wintering grounds across the southern tier of the United States.

We recently hunted late season mallards with C&L Outdoors in Southwest Missouri. Late season birds are call/decoy shy. Our success was attributed to light calling and small decoy spreads. At this point in the year, waterfowl have seen and heard it all. Mix it up, give them a different look, and only call as a last resort.

Goose Migration

For the second year in a row, the lack of snow cover has left many wondering where the Canada Geese are. Areas like central and south-central Illinois and Missouri picked up a few honkers shortly after Christmas when they migrated as a brief cold snap was accompanied by some snow. Shortly after, temperatures warmed and the snow melted which sent the leading edge of the Canada Goose migration back north. Since then, no notable waterfowl migration of Canada Geese has occurred.

Snow Goose Migration

Snow Goose MigrationWe are quickly approaching the Spring Snow Goose Conservation Season. Unlike last year, it appears as though most of the snow geese have migrated south of I70 across Missouri and Illinois. There have been a few reports of birds north of that line, but not many. Warm temperatures last weekend led to a northward waterfowl migration of snow geese, but many quickly returned south as single digits lows impacted many locations across the Midwest. One of the keys aspects of the snow goose migration is the snow line. True snow cover can’t be found until you reach South Dakota and Minnesota. Snow geese will typically push north until they reach the snow line. With the snow line that far north, look for snow geese to begin to push north quickly as we begin to make our transition to warmer temperatures. Of course, the snow line is subject to change quickly if any weather systems move through. The one aspect that might hold them for the time being is the cold temperatures and frozen water. Cool to seasonable temperatures are forecasted for much of the Midwest through the weekend, but then a warmup is forecasted for early in the week. This could send birds north on Monday and Tuesday in time for the opening of the Conservation Season on February 1st in Illinois and Missouri. As is the case with snow geese, the leading edge of birds is typically all adults. Hunt at your own risk!

Southern Illinois Waterfowl Migration Aerial Survey

 

Be sure to check out our “Sizzle Reel” for the upcoming season 2 of Fowled Reality.

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Goose Hunting Video – Fowled Reality EP8 “Carnage at Squaw”

Arkansas is for ducks, what Northwest Missouri is for snow geese.  This goose hunting video was shot near the famed Squaw Creek National Wildlife Refuge.  This year, during the peak of the migration, the refuge was holding well over 1 million snow geese.  We recevied a call from our buddy Scottie Madison, who guides for Show Me Snow Geese, asking if we could join him for a couple days.  Two of us were only able to go because of the short notice and trip taking place through the week, but for the two of us, it was memorable!  Scottie said there were tons of snow geese and as it got light the first morning, snow geese filled the sky in every direction.  The amount of adult snow geese, made for tough hunting at times, which you’ll see in the goose hunting video, but there were a good bit of juveniles mixed it.  Nearly all of the flocks that would fly over would have a handful of birds drop out and work the spread.  Even with horrible snow goose hunting conditions; cloudy and rainy, we still had an awesome first day! Day two dawned with a destroyed decoy spread from a rouge 60 mph thunderstorm the night before.  We spent an hour picking up the spread and fought the wind for a bit, but then moved to a bottom field to get out of the wind a bit.  It was a good move to make as the geese were already working the spread as we arrived.  We wrapped up that morning hunt with a little lunch at the Applebees and headed back east after just a day and a half hunt.  Watch this goose hunting video as we drop 84 birds in 1.5 days!  Thanks to Scott Madison for the invite and for showing us one heck of a time snow goose hunting in northwest Missouri!

 

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