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Big December Canvasbacks

Author: Worth Mathewson
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 1568331533
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The most exciting time of year for any waterfowler is when summer begins to wane and autumn slowly edges in. The anticipation for the upcoming season is almost too much to bear. Big December Canvasbacks is a celebration of waterfowl and the scenic places they inhabit. It is also a candid look into what motivates the waterfowler to pursue these beautiful animals. With illustrations by noted sporting artist Dave Hagerbaumer, Big December Canvasbacks should be required reading for any waterfowler.

The Last Of The Market Hunters

Author: Dale Hamm
Publisher: SIU Press
ISBN: 9780809320769
Size: 65.54 MB
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In 1901, at Crane Lake, seven miles west of Illinois Highway 78, four hunters killed over eight hundred ducks in a single day. In 1902, owing to that kill, a federal limit of fifty ducks a day was established, a limit that has now shrunk to three. But limits were never for the likes of Dale Hamm and the market hunters who took waterfowl out of season and sold them to restaurants. Hamm learned market hunting from his father, Pete, and during the 1930s and 1940s, he kept his family alive by plying his twin skills: shooting ducks and eluding the authorities. At the peak of his career, Hamm poached every private hunting club along the Illinois River from Havana to Beardstown. After market hunting died out, however, he became a legendary and almost respected - if controversial - character on the Illinois backwaters. Eventually, he was invited to hunt on the same clubs from which he had once been chased at the point of a shotgun. Judges, sheriffs, and even the head of undercover operations for the Illinois Department of Conservation hunted with him, and of course, all of these hunters knew his reputation. And their reward for hunting with the most notorious poacher in Illinois? If the joy of the hunt alone were not worth the risk of a slight taint to the reputation, these hunters certainly got their money's worth from Hamm's lifetime of outdoor knowledge gained from slogging through mud, falling through ice, hunting ducks at three o'clock in the morning, dodging game wardens, and running the world's only floating tavern.

The Language Of Wings

Author: E. Donnall Thomas Jr
ISBN: 9780981658490
Size: 15.55 MB
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For the past decade, Thomas's "Closing Time" columns in "Ducks Unlimited" magazine have received wide critical praise. This collection of those columns also includes eight chapters and five introductory essays that have not been published previously as well as photography by the author and his wife.

Decoy Pattern Book

Author: Keith Bridenhagen
Publisher: Sterling Publishing Company Incorporated
ISBN: 9780806978987
Size: 43.14 MB
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Offers detailed patterns for carving a variety of ducks, as well as coots, grebes, kingfishers, geese, rails, snipes, and sandpipers, and shows examples of completed decoys

Sibley S Birding Basics

Author: David Allen Sibley
Publisher: Knopf
ISBN: 9780307545978
Size: 53.99 MB
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“I wrote and illustrated this book to help every inquisitive birder, from novice to expert. Whether you can identify six birds or six hundred, you’ll be a better birder if you have a grounding in the real nuts and bolts of what birds look like, and your skills will be even sharper if you know exactly what to look for and how to record what you see.” —David Allen Sibley The Sibley Guide to Birds and The Sibley Guide to Bird Life and Behavior are both universally acclaimed as the new standard source of species information. And now David Sibley, America’s premier birder and best-known bird artist, takes a new direction; in Sibley’s Birding Basics he is concerned not so much with species as with the general characteristics that influence the appearance of all birds and thus give us the clues to their identity. To create this guide, David Sibley thought through all the skills that enable him to identify a bird in the few instants it is visible to him. Now he shares that information, integrating an explanation of the identification process with many painted and drawn images of details (such as a feather) or concepts. Birding Basics begins by reviewing how one can get started as a birder: the equipment necessary, where and when to go birding, and perhaps most important, the essential things to look for when birds appear in the field. Using many illustrations, David Sibley reviews all the basic concepts of bird identification and then describes the variations (of shape, size, and color) that can change the appearance of a bird over time or in different settings. And he issues a warning about “illusions and other pitfalls”—and advice on avoiding them. The second part of the book, also plentifully illustrated, deals with another set of clues, the major aspects of avian life that differ from species to species: feathers (color, arrangement, shape, molt), behavior and habitat, and sounds. This scientifically precise, beautifully illustrated volume distills the essence of David Sibley’s own experience and skills, providing a solid introduction to “naming” the birds. With Sibley as your guide, when you learn how to interpret what the feathers, the anatomical structure, the sounds of a bird tell you—when you know the clues that show you why there’s no such thing as “just a duck”—birding will be more fun, and more meaningful. An essential addition to the Sibley shelf! From the Trade Paperback edition.

Decorative Decoy Carver S Ultimate Painting And Pattern Portfolio Dabbling And Whistling Ducks

Author: Bruce Burk
Publisher: Fox Chapel Publishing Company Incorporated
ISBN: 9781565232167
Size: 74.63 MB
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The first volume set of expert reference books from Bruce Burk. Each portfolio features gorgeous full-size color painting charts and mixing instructions, full-size patterns, and feather detail. Highest quality digital scanning means the colors are vibrant and true to life. Spiral bound hardcovers lie flat for ease of use. More than 60 color reference photos of live birds in each volume plus championship carved birds by top carvers. Series One features 12 species of ducks.

Best Birds Upland And Shore

Author: Worth Mathewson
Publisher: Stackpole Books
ISBN: 1461750695
Size: 34.57 MB
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In this beautifully illustrated book, Worth Mathewson vividly describes his bird-hunting adventures across North America. Over the course of thirty-nine years, Mathewson hunted all of the United States' and Canada's native upland and legal shorebird species, from the band-tailed pigeon and mourning dove to the ruffed grouse and ring-necked pheasant. His memories of these hunts, accomplished in the company of friends, family, and faithful hunting dogs, are recounted here.

Wings Over The Great Plains Bird Migrations In The Central Flyway

Author: Paul Johnsgard
ISBN: 1609620283
Size: 64.29 MB
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"The Central Flyway has been recognized as a collective North-South migratory pathway centered on the North American Great Plains for nearly a century, but it has never been analyzed as the species that most closely follow it, or the major stopping points used by those species on their journeys between their northern breeding and southern wintering grounds. A total of 114 U.S. and 21 Canadian localities of special importance to birds migrating within the Central Flyway are identified and described in detail. Judging from available regional, state and local information, nearly 400 species of 50 avian families regularly use the Central Flyway during their migrations. Nearly 90 Central Flyway species have wintering areas parly extending variably far into the Neotropic zoogeographic realm, and at least 50 of these winter entirely within the Neotropic realm. A few of these species undertake some of the longest known migrations of all birds, in excess of 8,000 miles in each direction. Seven maps, 49 figures and over 100 literature citations are included."--Abstract.