November 2016
Issue Contents

FEATURES

The Scavenger Hunt
Some Hunts Are Gifted To Us—
Others Earned
By Jay Strangis

Fowlventure
Giving A New Name To
The Adventure Into The Unknown
By David Rearick

Jersey Buffet
In The Shadow Of A Major City,
A Great Mix Of Birds
By Ron Peach

The Last Goose Hunt
Recalling Two Decades Of Camaraderie
In A Special Place
By Captain John Gribb

Meant To Be
A Hunting Roadblock Overcome
By A Cast Of Good Doers And Sheer Luck
By Jack Hirt

The Sweet Spot
It’s One Thing To Have Access To Prime Ground,
But Quite Another To find It’s Heart
By Gary Zahm

Hold On Ma’am!
Just When We Think We’ve Seen
Everything, Fortune Springs
By Bucky D’Agostino

 

DEPARTMENTS

Hunt Book
Who’s Shooting How Many?
Smart Money: Freezeout Lake, Montana
Safety First—Gentle Firearm Reminders
Three Teal
Plastic And Metal
At Odds With Scaup
At The Gueydan Duck Festival
Lack Of Evolvement? So Be It!
Marh Notes: Two Wins For Fish And Wildlife
New Tools Aid In Migration Research
Unwanted Visitor In Minnesota

From The Editor
Different Uniforms, Same Commitment

Decoying
Using Flyers
By Michael Hungle

Duck Dogs
Recall
By Robert Milner

Shotguns
Inertia Rising
By Jarrod Spilger

Shotshells
Reloading 3-inch 12 and 20 gauge
By Tom Roster

Boats Guide
Floor Replacement

One Last Shot
Almost Quitting Time
By Dean Pearson

Market Hunter
Find An Outfitter, Call, Boat, Retriever, Waterfowling Accessory

PotShots
Changes In Latitude
By Patrick Meitin

December 2015
Issue Contents

FEATURES

Waiting For Calmer Water
A Late-Season, Take-
What-Comes Duck Hunt
By David Rearick

Winter Bayou
Chased South By A Bitter
January Cold Snap
By Ron Peach

Problem Solved
Hiding A Big Boat In Open Water
With A Scissors Blind
By Mike Marsh

Enough
Some Hunts Form In The
Shadows Of Expectations
By Jack Hirt

It’s The Motion
Depending On Its Form, Or Timing,
Motion Can Kill, Or Cure, A Hunt
By Wendell H. Shepherd

A New Dutch Treat
Trophy Goose Hunting
In A Very “Green” World
By Ramsey Russell

Funeral Song
Armed With Little Faith, He Chose
A Resting Place Close To Heaven
By Jon Wongrey

DEPARTMENTS

Hunt Book

Flyway Watch—Taking Notice Of Whitefronts
Smart Money: Coastal New Jersey
Survey Says—Iowa’s Early Teal Season
A Wild Goose Farce?
Why Three Shots?
The Pond
Band Beginnings
Marsh Notes: Seasons Announced Earlier
Award-Winning Beer Gives Back
Green Bay NWR To Expand

From The Editor
That Was Different
By Jay Strangis

Decoying
One-Two Duck Hunting
By Michael Hungle

Duck Dogs
The Trainer’s Fault
By Robert Milner

Shotguns
Tools Of The Trade
By Jarrod Spilger

Shotshells
Practicing And Hunting With Steel
By Tom Roster

Boats Guide
Boat Blinds—Mobile Hides
By David Rearick

Close Calls!
Surprise Shots
By Willard Weikle

Market Hunter
Find An Outfitter, Call, Boat, Retriever, Waterfowling Accessory

PotShots
Born To Please
By Patrick Meitin

Best Of Jay Strangis – The Great Distraction

There’s so much going on in the world that each day is a cascade of tumultuous events, overwhelming to the average person. My Web browser is set to open to one of the national news outlets by default, so each time I search for something, up comes a rash of intriguing headlines.

Did you know Bristol Palin is pregnant again? I was just itching to click on that to find out the latest dirt until I saw a photo of one of my favorite actors with the tag, “People We Lost.” I’m too savvy to get sucked in there. They often put up the photo of a famous person even if the person who died was that famous person’s elderly father. Been there. Not going there.

But there’s plenty more to be “concerned” with. Beheadings here, mass murders there. What the heck is this world coming to? About the only thing that happens in our little corner of the world is the occasional meth lab blowup resulting in Kentucky fried drug dealer.

My problem is that I go to my Web browser with good intentions—usually to background some subject, look up a new product or check a writer’s use of a proper name or spelling—then I get sidetracked by the headlines. By the time I’m done reading them, I’ve forgotten entirely what I came to the browser to do!

I pretty much behave the same way at an outdoor or sporting goods store—now what did I come in here for again? The sheer volume of outdoor paraphernalia is overwhelming these days, and I love that. There’s so much good gear to choose from that I’m much like that five-year-old at the grocery checkout who is melting down over the well-placed candy rack. I totally relate.

As anyone who has ever hunted with me will attest, I love gear, and I don’t like to be without it. Yes, I have been accused of having a sporting goods store in my motel room on more than one hunt. You just never know when that one situation will arise that requires that special set of clothing, those specialized decoys, that specialized blind, the other shotgun and more of this and more of that.

That’s why putting together the American Waterfowler giant Gear Guide issue is so much fun for me, and I don’t think any of the writers who put together the gear sections are any exception. We all want to see what is new, tweaked or improved for the coming season.

But we realize that, like us, readers of the magazine probably get a little overwhelmed by all the gear out there, especially because the marketers of that gear do such an effective job of getting in all of our heads.

But hey, like my distraction with the headlines, it’s not like I don’t somehow welcome it. There must be some corner of my mind that seeks out the sensational. But there are more corners ready to pounce on a bit of news about a new decoy or specialized boat. I think for most of us, waterfowl hunting IS the great distraction. And we’re all on board.

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