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06/29/2017 @ 05:52 AM

Four Rivers Layout To Celebrate 20 Years

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The weather was cold and windy, the season had been a long and the tiredness was setting in on certain duck hunt in the remote Canadian pothole country. He had been hunting out of a highly functional and best of its time, all wooden Kara style layout boat. This particular day it was a duck hunters dream for hunting, but getting back to the truck seemed to be mission impossible. The winds were strong and the waves were rolling, he quickly found that getting his heavy, water logged wooden layout boat across this body of water and to his truck was much more difficult task than he had ever expected. This daunting task transitioned into the most desirable, highly sought after duck boat in the waterfowl industry.


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GHG Duck Decoys

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Excellent condition. Less then 4 years old.
11 hot buy mallards and two teal, w/strap weights $20
1 Doz GHG life size Mallards /wstrap weights. $40 If you buy them all the mesh bag is included.
I am walk in only now and own to many deeks to carry, that is why down sizing.

Geese have been sold.
Des Moines, call or text 515-557-0879
Thanks, Mike

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sillosocks for sale

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11 doz total plus four flyers. 8 doz snow feeders, 2 doz blue feeders, 1 doz 3d head snow uprights. 1 year old, used about 4 times. some are a little muddy but not bad. $500. I will throw in Snow Bait and SOP2 cds if I can find them. Located in Omaha, Ne. I will ship if you pay. YOU MUST CALL 402_218_3258. Thanks, Mark.

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5.5 scavenger long tail

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5.5 hp scavenger mud motor, real good shape, turns over easy and has a custom built handle built like the bevertail motors bought it from a buddy this time last year but it never made it on a boat. low hrs. and the prop is good. got 4 LT's and don't need this one. $1000 o.b.o blinko_87{AT}hotmail{dot}com Plymouth, ia (North Central)

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The Iowa Department of Natural Resources is teaming up with several state and local outdoor groups in sponsoring a Youth Waterfowl Fun Field Day Sept. 26 and mentored waterfowl hunt Oct. 4 at the Chichaqua Bottoms Greenbelt in Polk County.

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Iowa Deer Hunters Share Harvest with Needy

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1.3 Million Servings of Venison

Des Moines – Iowa deer hunters donated more than 7,300 deer to the needy by the close of the 2008-09 deer season through the cooperative Help Us Stop Hunger (HUSH) program. Venison from those deer amounted to 320,000 pounds, or about 1.3 million quarter-pound servings.
Last season was the sixth year in which hunters could leave field-dressed deer at nearly 90 lockers around the state. It brought the total to about 32,500 donated deer, or 6.2 million servings of venison.

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Scientists Look to Outer Space to Solve Iowa Duck Mystery

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Scientists band a female lesser scaup duck captured on the Mississippi river at Keokuk.
According to project coordinator and Louisiana State University professor, Alan Afton, more than 6,000 migrating scaup were captured and banded here during the past week. An additional 17female scaup were implanted with powerful satellite transmitters that will allow scientists to monitor the birds' movements and survival from outer space.
The purpose of the project, says Afton, is find answers on why scaup numbers are in decline. While other duck species are holding their own, scaup populations have waned by 50 percent since the 1970s.

By Lowell Washburn
Iowa Department of Natural Resources

KEOKUK---Tens of thousands of migrating lesser scaup [bluebill] ducks are currently visiting Iowa wetlands as they surge northward toward Canadian nesting areas. One of the migration’s most important stopovers is Pool 19 of the Mississippi River.

Swarming here from winter resorts in Texas, Louisiana, and Cuba, the birds arrive to refuel on abundant populations of fingernail clams. Once the birds have fed and rested, they will leave the Mississippi and head northwest across the continent. It is the beginning of a journey that will terminate on the remote, boreal forest breeding grounds of northern Canada.

But although the river’s waterfowl concentrations are impressive, all is not well. Scaup populations are on the wane ---- down an alarming 50 percent from the 7 million breeding birds inventoried during the 1970s. Although no can say why, researchers are currently seeking the answer. During the past four years, Iowa’s Pool 19 has become the focal point of intense scientific investigation as biologists from across the U.S. and Canada attempt to unravel the mysteries surrounding the decline.

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Millions Of Snow Geese Are Currently Moving North

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Spring Goose Chase Provides Lasting Memory

By Lowell Washburn
Iowa Department of Natural Resources

(Photo) A flock of migrating snow geese descend to the decoys. The peak of this year’s spring migration is on as more than six million snow geese head to arctic nesting grounds.

Remarkable events often have meager beginnings. Last weekend’s spring snow goose hunt was a good example. The whole thing started with a single high pitched honk ---- the signature greeting of a migrating snow goose.

Immediately hitting the switch of my portable caller, I answered the call with the live recording of a thousand feeding geese. It was not until the electronic symphony filled the air that I began to peer skyward for the real thing. I had little trouble spotting the geese --- a group of nine pure white, black wing-tipped birds set against the sharp contrast of a cloudless blue sky.

The geese were way up there. By that I mean they were traveling at an altitude of at least 800 to 1,000 feet. Nevertheless, as soon as the sound of the taped calling struck their ear, the flock simultaneously locked their wings and began to spiral earthward toward the white decoys.

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Iowa Hunter Bags Rare Waterfowl Trophy

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Space Age Research Reveals Amazing Bird Migration

By Lowell Washburn
Iowa Department of Natural Resources

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INDEPENDENCE----For 16-year-old, Jena Siglin, this year’s waterfowl season ended with a bang, a band, and the surprise recovery of a satellite transmitter.

“It was Saturday, and my Dad and I had been duck hunting on the Wapsipinicon River,” recalls Siglin. “Hunting was kind of slow, but as we were driving home, I spotted some ring-necked ducks sitting on one of my Dad’s ponds. I immediately decided to try and get one.”

Utilizing the pond’s earthen dike for concealment, Siglin carefully made her stalk. Inching as close as possible, the hunter rose, took her shots, and successfully bagged two birds. Upon retrieving the ducks, Siglin was surprised to find that one of the birds carried an aluminum leg band.
Even more thrilling was the discovery of a unique piece of “jewelry” around the duck’s neck. That item proved to be a fully functioning satellite transmitter. The satellite radio had been placed on the duck by wildlife biologist, Steve Cordts who is studying ring-necked ducks in northern Minnesota.

(photo Lesser Scaup)

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Contemporary Collectors Pay Big Bucks For Wooden Ducks

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PHOTO: [1 Miller Bluebills] Although Hanc ock County’s Eagle Lake is best known to contemporary sportsmen for its superb mallard hunting, the thousand-acre marsh once attracted impressive numbers of southbound diving ducks as well. The annual phenomena did not go unnoticed by duck shack owner Clarence Miller who, during the late 1940s and early 1950s, assembled an impressive personal rig of 200 hand crafted lesser scaup [bluebill] decoys. Miller used cork for the bodies and white pine for the heads. For added durability, the bottom of each decoy was fitted with a painted pine base. A harness-leather loop for attaching decoy rope was then added to the base. Finally, each piece was brought to life with the installation of high quality, Herter’s glass eyes. The decoys were killers, and Miller later added two dozen cork mallards to the spread. Today, five bluebills are all that remains of the rig. They represent a unique link

By Lowell Washburn
Iowa Department of Natural Resources

The past century is often referred to by waterfowl hunters as America’s Golden Age of Shotgunning. Although sky darkening clouds of ducks and geese indeed seemed limitless, hunters of yesteryear enjoyed little in the way of “store bought” equipment. Decoys, for example, were often hand carved from raw blocks of cedar, balsa, or cork. Most of these old time relics have been replaced by modern, lightweight plastic decoys. The relative handful of authentic old blocks that do remain are now highly prized by collectors. Once an old decoy is discovered, one of the greatest challenges lies in determining what the antique duck is really worth.

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