Sunday, 28th November 2021

THE ETHOS:

Waterfowl are not just a business for Fowlplay, they are a way of life.

From promoting safe and responsible hunting to enthusiasts of all ages to truly making a difference through wild and domestic conservation, Fowlplay guides live what they believe in.

Having spent 15 years hunting, fishing and boating on the Ohio river, Fowlplay Waterfowl is now committed to helping to pass their love of nature, hunting and conservation down to the next generation.

Whether you are looking for a guide to lead a group of seasoned hunters, or a group of young hunters on their first hunt, you can be sure that Fowlplay will tailor the trip to the needs and desires of the group, providing any assistance and instruction required along the way.

 

HUNTING WITH FOWLPLAY:

Hunting every day can take a toll on a single hunting dog. Fowlplay Waterfowl have four different labs that go to work with them every day. Each is a part of the family, with individual personalities, talents and strengths. Watching them work with the hunters shows the remarkable bond between man and his dog.

With hunting divers come rough and harsh conditions. We have teamed up with Ure-a-Duck decoys to provide our clients with the most natural and unsinkable decoys on the market.

 The Fowlplay 20’ tender boat/blind was manufactured by Highway Products for the Army Corp of Engineers. Its original purpose was to be locked together with more of the same boats then covered with planks to become a floating bridge for tanks and other military vehicles. It is equipped with dual propane heaters and oven/stove to make your hunt that much more enjoyable. Hot breakfasts can be ordered ahead for your hunt to warm a chilly morning.


CONSERVATION

Although freshwater wetlands cover only 1 percent of the Earth's surface, they hold more than 40 percent of the world's species and 12 percent of all animal species. Of the more than 900 bird species that breed in North America, about 138 species in the United States depend on wetlands. Wetlands are critical waterfowl habitat. Every species of duck, goose and swan in North America depends on wetland habitat throughout their life cycle.

Here at the Fowlplay Waterfowl facilities we raise and breed waterfowl not only from all three major flyways but we also raise and breed birds from all over the world. We currently are raising Mandarins, Chiloe Widgeons, Chesnut Teal, Ringed Teal, Red Crested Pochards, Black Bellied Whistling Ducks, Fulvous Tree Ducks, Ruddy Shelduks, Cape Shelducks, Wild Muscoveys, Hooded Mergansers, Bahama Pintails, and Chilian Teal.  If you are interested in buying chicks or breeding pairs, please contact us early to ensure we let you know when the species is avaliable.

Although a lot of money and effort goes into our captive breeding program we also do our part with wild migratory birds. We build, install, and maintain hundreds of nest boxes and nesting sites in our area of the Mississippi Flyway.

How many times have we heard, "It can't happen here?" But it is easy for history to repeat itself if we do not learn from our mistakes.  We don't have to look far to see the disappearance of the labrador duck from our eastern sea shores. Just as early as 1952, there were only thirty Nene geese left in the world on the Hawaiian Islands. However, this species breeds well in captivity and has been successfully re-introduced; in 2004, it was estimated that there were 800 birds in the wild, as well as 1,000 in wildfowl collections and zoos. If it had not been for breeding wild waterfowl in captivity this species of waterfowl would more than likely been extinct along with our Labrador Duck.

The Laysan teal is another bird that was also almost knocked out of existence. In 1912 there were only seven adult birds know to be in existence, today there are nearly 1,000 wild birds on several Hawaiian Islands. With sucessful captive breeding this species may be reclassified from endangered species to threatened. Although we do not raise Nene Geese and Laysan Teal, the birds we raise are no less important. With tragedies like the gulf oil spill of 2010 for example, it would not take much have a huge effect on our migratory bird population. With thousands of collectors keeping waterfowl aviaries around the world we can ensure there will always be a healthy gene pool that can be released into the wild if the need ever arose.

There are more waterfowl losses every year due to predators killing young, hens and eating eggs than any other threat. Predator hunting is not only a good way to pass the time until winter, but it also helps us keep our predatory species numbers in check. This not only includes coyotes but also skunks, oppusoms, foxes, racoons, minks, weasels and crows. If booking a hunt with us please be sure to ask about our afternoon and evening predator hunts.

By joining Delta Waterfowl, Ducks Unlimited, purchasing Federal/State Waterfowl stamps and joining many local waterfowl clubs you will be donating money from your proceeds to the future of our migratory birds and wetlands.