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I had a garmin 276map. It worked for several years, great until it got wet and was unrepairable! I purchased a garmin montana 610. I find it very cumbersome, the screen too small to really use easily and difficult to manipulate etc, It was a $600 gps. Can you suggest a larger unit that would be easier to use and have a larger better display. I am familiar with garmin basemap etc. I am not a computer whiz so ease of use is a serious factor in my future purchases. I noticed several chart plotters/gps on sale at

Can you please suggest a model that would fit my needs? Please email me privately.


Paul Yakupzack
Houma, LA

August 22, 2018 at 6:23am
A comment titled: Re: Slow vs fast steel loads in response to a report titled: Slow vs fast steel loads

I have found that #2 steel is much more effective on ducks past 35 yards than smaller shot. I shoot 1550FPS 1 1/8 oz or 1 1/5 oz #2 in a modified choke. smaller shot #4 and #6 is adequate at close range shots in decoys but tends to cripple more on 35yd and farther shots. velocity differences of 100fps or so are probably not significant. size of shot with greater momentum is significant in my opinion.


January 09, 2019 at 9:11am
A comment titled: Re: My Opinion on no ducks in response to a report titled: My Opinion on no ducks

The major problem is that the duck regulators (usfws, states and flyway councils will not admit there is a problem! To solve a problem it must be acknowledged. Real serious duck hunters know there is not anywhere near the ducks that there was 20 years ago. I have had the worst season this year in my 59 years of duck hunting. Many of my friends hunt everyday and they all agree . There are not many ducks. Cold weather should have them stacked up in LA but they are not here. I hope that the regulators wake up and make changes but it maybe already too late!!??

Contact DU, Delta and state regulators because when the ducks are gone there will be no need for Delta or DU. Duck hunters, are leaving the sport in droves for one major reason no ducks. I have contacted DU all I got was excuses .what have your donations to DU or Delta done for ducks on your lease lately?

Bull Nutria

January 16, 2018 at 8:09pm
A comment titled: Re: My Opinion on no ducks in response to a report titled: My Opinion on no ducks

History of the Perfect Storm for the Demise of Ducks In North America

1-Agricultural practices have changed from spring plowing to fall plowing. Fall plowing eliminates fall and spring duck foods
2- Adaptive Harvest Management (AHM) stabilized regulations by flyway at very liberal harvest levels
3-High harvest levels appear to have dramatically decreased breeding populations in “Production” States, particularly within the Mississippi Flyway.
4- Senator Trent Lott of MS forced the regulatory framework to be extended roughly 10 days longer into January, while all previous research had indicated that hunting seasons past January 15 broke waterfowl pair bonds, and led to poorer body condition in breeding hens the following spring. However, the northern states opposed this and requested that the frame work be extended on the front end by the same number of days. Instead of the FWS denying the southern states the ability to add days at the end of their season, they allowed northern states to open a week earlier. This makes successful adult females, and HY young ducks extremely vulnerable to hunting. This has likely led to the disastrous declines in breeding populations in many “Production States”
5- Climate changes made this a monumental mistake for southern states because most northern states were usually frozen solid by Dec 1st. Therefore, in northern states ducks were only hunted for 2/3 of the season length no matter how long the season was. So if the flyway was granted a 50 day season southern states hunted 50 days and northern states only hunted 30 because the last 20 days all the water was frozen!! Now most the States in the Miss. Flyway hunt nearly 60 days.
6 – Since 2005, 25 MILLION + acres of CRP and other grasslands (DUCK NESTING HABITAT ELIMINATED) have been converted to agriculture to provide corn for the government imposed ethanol mandates. Somehow starting at the exact same time (2005) the May Survey began to increase, and by spring 2015, minus 25 million acres of CRP, and millions of acres of drained temporary and seasonal wetlands, duck populations – according to the May Survey- had grown to the point that they were higher than they had EVER been.
7- Although the May Survey indicated that there were more breeding ducks in spring of 2015, the waterfowl hunting season in 2015-2016 was one of the worst in several decades with more than a million fewer ducks killed in the Mississippi Flyway alone than in the previous year.
8- Further, although May survey numbers have grown exponentially since 2005, to numbers greater than have ever been counted, mid-winter surveys indicate half the number of mallards than in the 1960’s and 1970’s.
9- Water is now artificially maintained throughout the US and crops are “legally” left unharvested, and FLOODED, for the purpose of killing ducks.
10– The Adaptive Harvest Management (AHM) Matrix was adopted to stabilize hunting regulations in the early 1990’s. The matrix is so biased to high harvest that the duck season in the Mississippi flyway has been 60 days and 6 ducks for over 20 years.
11- The AHM regulations are largely based on the May Breeding Population Estimates conducted by the US FWS, CWS and the States. These estimates were in 2016 --13.9 million breeding mallards. The harvest on mallards has been down 40% in the flyway!!! The Adult to immature ratio is very low. Given these data it appears that near record numbers of Mallards are not producing adequately to sustain the population, or, and this is quite likely given every other source of data concerning duck numbers, the May Survey numbers are not portraying waterfowl population trends in a reliable way. It seems highly illogical that duck populations can continue to increase with the amount of habitat destruction that has gone on the past 10 years. There are very few waterfowl hunters, observers, or biologists that would concede that there are more ducks today than there were in the 1950’s, 1960’s or 1970’s. If that is the case, and the May survey has not changed protocols, then it is hard to believe any of the numbers coming from this survey.
12- The FWS conceded to allow special teal seasons in several “Production” states in the past 10 years. The “production” states within the Mississippi Flyway that took these seasons have all seen dramatic declines in blue-winged teal numbers within their states over the past 30 years. Why would the FWS allow these states, and more importantly, why would these states take a blue-winged teal season, thus adding harvest to their already decimated local blue-winged teal populations?
13- With the above points in mind, there is major concern by knowledgeable biologists and hunters that there are major flaws in the management of Duck populations in North America.
14 - One significant problem in this equation is that duck scientists that question the current system are typically shunned, ignored and not professionally considered. The purpose of this document is not to condemn current management but to open the eyes of the people that actually manage waterfowl in North America. It may not be too late to reverse this perfect storm, but something must be done soon if we are to stem the tide of declining waterfowl hunters, and maintain waterfowl hunting traditions for our children and grandchildren.

Factors that led to Duck Demise

I realize that according to most of the waterfowl scientists responsible for hunting regulations believe that hunting within the current season and bag limits has absolutely no effect on duck populations. However, there are factors that contributed to the Duck Demise that have not been compensated for by AHM in the last 20 years of 60 days and 6 duck limits as follows:

1- better boats, airboats, surface drives, go devils and mudboats

2- Spinning wing decoys and other motorized decoys, better decoys – more realistic, lighter

3- better shotguns and shells (i.e., able to cripple ducks twice as far away – Black Cloud, tungsten, Heavy shot)

4- Google earth and other satellite and computer maps., duck hunting forums; state sponsored sites that tell hunters when hunting is good, state surveys etc. DU sponsored Duck hunter sites

5- better communications with cell phones etc

6- addition of one wood duck, 1 pintail and 1 redhead and 1 canvasback to the bag.

7 – better clothing allows staying out in weather longer, better footwear, better gloves

8 – layout blinds

9 – better calls –acrylic, louder

10- and THERE MAY BE MORE!!!

January 16, 2018 at 5:47pm
A comment titled: Black cloud BBB penetrates 1/2 inch plywood in response to a report titled: Opinion Poll

FYI I patterned my shotgun with various loads of Steel shot. the only brand to completely penetrate the 1/2 inch plywood pattern board at 40 measured yards was the #3 inch Federal Black cloud BBB. Patterns were decent also. I think it is an excellent load for those hard to knock down geese. it is a little pricy but it is about $1/shell whereas Hevi-Shot is $2-3 shell. Hevi -shot is a potent killer of waterfowl

August 22, 2009 at 10:14am
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