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Teal Opens Sept 12! Let’s hunt!

Backwater Waterfowler’s, It’s that time – Teal Season! September 12-27, 2015 TEAL: We still have some dates available for teal hunts during our early season. Hunts will take place in Garwood, Texas. Teal numbers on the prairie are strong and we expect another great season. DOVE: The White Wing numbers continue to hold solid with a strong number of Mourning Doves across the area. We will be hunting the El Campo/Garwood/Eagle Lake area as well as South of I-0 in the Sealy area. We also still have spots available for dove hunting in the Central Zone in Sealy. DOVE/TEAL COMBO: With Teal Season upon us, the time is now to take advantage of a full day of wing shooting. Come out with us in the morning for some past pace teal gunning over decoys and then enjoy an afternoon dove hunt. This is our most popular hunt we offer because it is the best of both worlds for the discerning wing shooter. We have a few dates available. DUCK/GOOSE: We still have openings available throughout the season. I know most of you had a chance to enjoy a great waterfowl season with us last year and with the reported hatch this season is looking to trump last season’s record. Let us know if we can assist you in booking a morning of waterfowl hunting. We want everyone that comes to hunt with us to have a great outing and make a memory in the field. The staff at Backwater Waterfowl will go above and beyond to ensure this. Let us work hard and show you what we have to offer to gain your business. You won’t be disappointed.   For any information or pricing you may require please contact us at the information below or www.backwaterwaterfowl.com. Also check us out and give us a Like on Facebook  Give us a call if you are interested in booking at hunt:  Call Lance: 979-966-7732 or email with any comments or questions: [email protected] Lance Stancik/owner www.backwaterwaterfowl.com

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Teal-Teal-Teal

The teal season has started out unbelievable and I see no reason why it won’t end the exact same way. Opening weekend produced everyone going home smiling with full limits.  The teal numbers continue to hold strong with limit hunts being reach Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of this week.  We still have dates available for the remaining 10 days of the season which goes through September 29th.  If you were pondering getting out this year for a teal hunt, the time has come.  This is a season of seasons for teal hunting.  Call or email to book.

Dove

South Zone Dove season opens tomorrow Friday, September 21st and the outlook is very promising.  The White Wing numbers continue to hold solid while the cool fronts we have been getting dispersed some Mourning Doves across the area.  We will be hunting the El Campo/Garwood area as well as South of I-0 in the Sealy area for the opener.  We still have spots available.

DOVE/TEAL COMBO

With Teal Season in full swing, the time is now to take advantage of a full day of wing shooting.  Come out with us in the morning for some past pace teal gunning over decoys and then enjoy an afternoon dove hunt.  This is our most popular hunt we offer because it is the best of both worlds for the discerning wing shooter.

DUCK/GOOSE

November 3rd has been set for the opening weekend of our regular duck and goose season here in Texas.  We still have openings available throughout the season.  I know most of you had a chance to enjoy a great waterfowl season with us last year and with the reported hatch this season is looking to trump last season’s record.  Let us know if we can assist you in booking a morning of waterfowl hunting. We want everyone that comes to hunt with us to have a great outing and make a memory in the field.  The staff at Backwater Waterfowl will go above and beyond to ensure this.  Let us work hard and show you what we have to offer to gain your business.  You won’t be disappointed. For any information or pricing you may require please contact us.  Also check us out on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Backwater-Waterfowl-Retrievers/244550392248369

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What Type of Hunting Do You Prefer?

Is venturing out on Texas Duck Hunts your thing? Perhaps you prefer the thrill of a good Texas White Wing Dove Hunt? Maybe great, old-fashioned Canada Goose Hunts are more your style?

At Backwater Waterfowl and Retrievers, we pride ourselves on offering our customers the best action packed hunting experience possible, regardless of it is in Texas or Canada. Knowing what our hunters desire is a critical component in providing that action packed hunting experience that we promise.

With that in mind, we wanted to find out what type of hunting trips you like the most.   We also would like to know what factors are instrumental in deciding on the hunting trip of your choice.   Is the location of the hunt your primary concern?   Does the type of waterfowl you are hunting make a difference?   Is the length of the hunting season critical in your decision making process?  Do you prefer hunting in certain weather conditions more than others?  Perhaps there are reasons we have not even mentioned.

Regardless of your reasons for preferring one type of hunting experience to another, we want to hear them.   We love our hunters, and believe that through receiving constant feedback we will be able to make your next hunting experience with us one that you will never forget.

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Calling All Duck Callers….

Do you like going on Texas duck hunts and consider yourself one of the best duck hunters in the state?   Do hundreds of ducks search for you after hearing your patented duck call?  Good news.   If this describes you, there is an event coming to Texas where you can showcase your abilities. According to ultimatekaty.com, on Saturday, Aug. 11, Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World at Katy Mills Mall in Katy, Texas will host the Texas State Championship Duck Calling Contest.   The contest is only for those individuals 17-years-of-age or older, and prizes will be handed out to the first, second, and third place finishers at the event. Furthermore, the winner of the Texas State Championship Duck Calling Contest will represent all of Texas at he World Championship Duck Calling Contest.  The World Championship Duck Calling Contest will take place this November in Stuttgart, Ark. If you plan on participating in this event, we, at Backwater Waterfowl and Retrievers, would love for you to share your experience at the event with us.    If you take pictures at the event, or come home with a great story to tell, we would be happy to recognize your efforts in a positive way. Now, go practice those duck calls!

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Tips for Successful Canada Goose Hunts

Planning your Canada Goose Hunts in the near future? Here are some important facts/tips for you to consider: Despite being large birds, they have a small kill radius considering their size. A 12-gauge shotgun with number one shells is the preferred weapon of choice. Get a good pair of waterproof boots that can withstand high amounts of walking in wet conditions. The hunting season typically begins in October and extends through winter. Canadian geese eat plenty of grain, so hunting them on private farms is quite common. There are 7 unique types of Canada geese. They are classified as Atlantic, Hudson Bay or Interior, Giant, Moffitt’s or Great Basin, Lesser, Dusky, and Vancouver. Usually, the further north in Canada you hunt, the smaller the geese. The Giant Canada goose is the largest goose in the world. If the end of your gun barrel covers over 50% of the bird, you are unlikely to get a clean kill. Most kills occur within 50 yards. Canada geese like the feel of the wind blowing in their faces. They either land with the wind in their face, or prefer to face or move into the wind when walking and swimming. If you learn these facts and follow the tips included, your next Canada Goose Hunt should be a very successful one.

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Good news for Texas Duck Hunts: More ducks expected than normal this season

With it being summer, it’s a great time to plan your Texas Duck Hunts.   But according to a recent survey from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, duck hunts should be even more prosperous than normal for Texas hunters that venture on duck hunting trips during the 2012 duck-hunting season.  The survey showed that the number of ducks in North America has to grown to an estimated number of 48.6 million breeding ducks. Scientists claim this is the largest amount of breeding ducks ever recorded in North America.   The estimated 48.6 million breeding ducks represents a 7% rise from last year.   It is also 43% more than the historic breeding duck average since 1955. With it being duck hunting season and all, does anyone remember the classic Looney Tunes episode where Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck work hard to convince Elmer Fudd to shoot the other animal?  The episode involved Bugs holding up a sign that said Duck Season while Daffy held up a sign that said Rabbit Season.   They kept switching the signs so fast that Elmer Fudd was thoroughly confused and had no idea which one of them to shoot first.

Here is a clip(courtesy of youtube and Warner Bros.) from that Looney Tunes episode:

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What part of “Man’s Best Friend” do some people not understand?

At Backwater Waterfowl and Retrievers, we love dogs.

To us, a dog is like a member of the family.  Hence, the “retrievers” part of our company name.   Other than going on Texas duck hunts or Canada goose hunts, nothing is more enjoyable to us than training man’s best friend to be the best hunting companion a guy could ever have.  That’s why it pains us greatly to read stories of canine cruelty. A few years ago, it upset us when NFL quarterback Michael Vick was found to have led a dogfighting operation using pit bulls he specifically trained to fight. Today, another story involving the mistreatment of dogs has us trying to figure out why someone would hurt man’s best friend.   According to this article by KHOU 11 in Houston, over 300 dogs were taken from a seven-acre property in Willis, Texas.   The article states that many of the dogs were living in cages so small that they couldn’t even stand up or turn around.   Could you imagine trying to live in a space that cramped?  It would be pure torture. If you have a dog, please make sure to give them a big hug and extra attention when you get home tonight.

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DUCK DUCK … GOOSE | Hunting in Texas

If there is one thing that can be said about this particular season is that it was the year of the duck.  Our duck numbers have been overflowing all season and the numbers just keep building as the season starts winding down.  On a normal year Backwater Waterfowl consistently watches as the season draws to a close, the bird numbers start fluctuating in a downward spiral; however this is one of those special years where we don’t want to see it end. We have 11 days of duck season left and if there was a time to come duck hunting, THE TIME IS NOW.  We have openings starting Friday, January 20th and running till the last day January 29th. Don’t miss out on the opportunity that is being presented and take full advantage while you can.  With all of that said comes an end of the season special – All hunts will be discounted 10% for all hunts booked through January 29th.  I hope that everyone has had a safe and successful season so far and we look forward to seeing you out in the field. On a side note, the conservation snow goose order starts Monday January 30th and while our light goose numbers are down a little there will be some great opportunities for anyone looking to get in a late goose hunt. Call or email for any additional info or check out the website, Lance Stancik 979-966-7732

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Waterfowl Hunting | Season Dates 2011-2012

2011/2012 Season Dates

Ducks – South Zone

  • All species other than “dusky ducks”: Nov. 5 – 27, 2011 & Dec. 10, 2011 — Jan. 29, 2012
  • “Dusky ducks”: Nov. 10 – 27 and Dec. 10, 2011 – Jan. 29, 2012
  • Youth-only Season: Oct. 29-30, 2011
    BAG LIMITS | The daily bag limit for ducks is six, to include no more than five mallards of which only 2 may be hens; three wood ducks; two scaup; two redheads; two pintails; one canvasback; and one “dusky” duck. Dusky ducks include: mottled ducks, Mexican-like duck, black duck and their hybrids. For all other species not listed, the bag limit is six. The daily bag limit for coots is 15. The daily bag limit for mergansers is five, which may include no more than two hooded mergansers. Shooting hours are one half hour before sunrise to sunset.

    Geese – East Zone

    • Light geese: Nov. 5, 2011 – Jan. 29, 2012, the daily bag limit for light geese is 20 and no possession limit.
    • White-fronted geese: Nov. 5, 2011 – Jan. 15, 2012, daily bag limit is two;
    • Canada geese: Sept. 10-25, 2011 and Nov. 5, 2011 – Jan. 29, 2012, daily bag limit is three.

    Conservation Season Geese – East Zone

    • Jan. 30 — Mar. 25, 2012, no bag or possession limits.

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    November Waterfowl Hunting Special

    We are offering a waterfowl hunting special for all Backwater Waterfowl clients.  Any goose hunt booked between Nov. 5 and Nov. 24 or a duck/goose hunt on a week day between Nov. 5 and Dec. 9, the price will be discounted 15%.  This is a great time to get in on some early season waterfowl hunting as the birds arrive and you catch that good foggy morning. We have one spot available for a group this Sunday 11/6 (opening weekend) due to a cancellation. From what we have seen in Canada and scouting the last couple days on the Texas prairie, I can say that the biologists were spot on with their predictions.  The amount of ducks seen while in Canada and through the Dakotas was unbelievable.  The snow geese had an excellent hatch with most adult pairs having five to six juveniles following close behind.  Specklebellys also had a great hatch and it seems they beat me south as they were here before I got back.  Duck numbers on the prairie are solid with pintail, teal, gadwall and widgeon at the forefront  and with the front pushing through this Thursday they should only improve for the opener.  As always I can reiterate how we manage our properties.  We believe the more water, the better and with things dry throughout Texas the ones who have water will have the birds.  Second crop rice is starting to be cut throughout Colorado and Wharton County and we have our wells pumping water as we speak. Our properties look to be in tip top shape going into season. We are steadily booking hunts and a couple of dates have already filled up so please get your dates in so we can accommodate everyone.  We are looking forward to a great season and starting the next chapter of Backwater Waterfowl.  Take advantage of our November Waterfowl Hunting Special and let us have a chance to earn your business and I assure you that you won’t leave disappointed. Also wanted to again say thanks to all the clients who made the trip up to the Saskatchewan camp with us this fall.  It was a great year and we couldn’t have done it without you. Be sure and take a look at the website for any additional information. www.backwaterwaterfowl.com Thanks, Lance Stancik & The Backwater Team 979-966-7732 mickstancik@yahoo.com

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