ABOUT AWA WATERFOWLING
Welcome to Anatidae Wingshooting Adventures, LLC (a.k.a. AWA Waterfowling). It’s all in the name – Anatidae are the scientific family of birds that include Waterfowl – Ducks, Geese and Swans…the rest is clear. AWA is not all about just killing birds….we are about the total experience…the past, the present and the future of waterfowling. You will see this site is all about the waterfowling lifestyle we are proud to live 365 days a year! AWA and the AWA retrievers are looking forward to sharing and creating some lasting memories with you at some of the finest duck and goose wingshooting destinations across the country! These destinations include Spring Snow Goose hunting in South Dakota and very soon duck and goose hunting at Izembek Lagoon, Cold Bay, Alaska. Future AWA locations include the prairies of North Dakota and Saskatchewan, Canada. We have no doubt that you will feel right at home with the AWA guides in the blind…we make it a point to treat our clients as long time friends and hunting partners! Let AWAs outfitting services turn your waterfowling dreams into reality! We want to thank and acknowledge our PARTNERS - they are companies or individuals that have lent support to AWA in one form or another – and we fully endorse and use their great products or services….again….thank you! Finally, AWA wants to give a big thank you to all the fine individuals that are part of our PRO STAFF and FIELD STAFF - we are proud to have all of them on the team!
I wanted to give you a brief background on me – Jeff Pelayo, Owner-Operator AWA Waterfowling and Owner-Trainer AWA Gun Dogs. I am also a Spring Snow Goose hunting guide in South Dakota for Bill Saunders – Big Guns Waterfowl Outfitters. I am on Pro Staff with Bill Saunders Calls and Gear and DOA Decoy Company. Waterfowl and waterfowling have been a passion and a lifestyle of mine since I was a young boy! This website is a culmination of my travels and life experiences. I have over 30+ years hunting experience from across the USA and Canada. My favorite places to hunt are the prairies of the USA and Canada and also Izembek Lagoon, Cold Bay, Alaska. My favorite waterfowl to hunt is the amazing and wary Snow Goose! I am a Waterfowl Research Biologist by trade. I received my early training in Waterfowl Biology at the world renowned Delta Waterfowl and Wetlands Research Station in Portage la Prairie, Manitoba, Canada. I earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Wildlife Biology from Humboldt State University, Arcata, California and a Master’s of Science degree in Biology (emphasis on Ornithology) from the University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. For my graduate thesis, I studied some important questions in life history evolution, those directly related to offpring survival of Ruddy Ducks in Minnedosa, Manitoba. My study was funded by Delta Waterfowl, Canadian Wildlife Service and the University of Saskatchewan. I have studied other breeding and wintering waterfowl in remote regions of Alaska and throughout the prairie potholes of the USA and Canada. My research findings are published in prominent Ornithological journals. I have been employed by such organizations as California Waterfowl Association, Delta Waterfowl, Ducks Unlimited and the USGS Alaska Science Center.
I am a collector and scholar of old decoys and other WATERFOWLING ARTIFACTS from mainly the Chesapeake Bay region. I am grateful to be a temporary caretaker of this valuable history. To give you a quick look into waterfowling of the past….here is an article that I published in Decoy Magazine CLICK HERE. I very much enjoy outdoor photography…especially of my dogs and the “hunt”…and I try my best to capture the story. Most important to me are my young boys, the AWA BLACK DOG TEAM – Cypress Creeks Black Jet “Jet”, Riversides Razmataz “Raz” and my new pup Cypress Creeks Black Ace “Ace”. In addition, my brother owns another young dog that is part of the team…her name is Cypress Creeks Creole Queen “Cree”. I enjoy training my labs to be the best gun dogs they can be! I want my clients to experience what it is like to hunt over wonderful retrievers with tons of drive! To me…one of the most rewarding aspects of waterfowling is watching black dogs that love the game as much as I do! My older brothers are largely responsible for who I am today….taking me at a very early age to hunt rabbits, dove, quail and eventually waterfowl on California refuges was enough to do it! For me, life has come full circle – welcome to my world! AWA WATERFOWLING – From the Prairies to the Tundra!