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 – we are NOT Outfitters…although we started in that direction and may veer back that way down the road. AWA and the AWA retrievers are looking forward to sharing our hunts through this website with you…sort of an online diary of our waterfowl wingshooting adventures! We hunt some of the finest duck and goose destinations across the country! Our hunt areas include Izembek Lagoon, Cold Bay, Alaska, the prairies of North Dakota and Saskatchewan, Canada.
I wanted to give you a brief background on me – Jeff, Owner AWA Waterfowling and Owner-Trainer AWA Gun Dogs. 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, but also collect decoys by Duncan Ducharme and Torry Ward of the famous Delta Marsh in Manitoba, Canada. I am grateful to be a temporary caretaker of this valuable history. 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 dogs, Cypress Creeks Black Jet “Jet”, Riversides Razmataz “Raz”, Cypress Creeks Black Ace “Ace” and Cypress Creeks Creole Queen “Cree”. I enjoy training my labs to be the best gun dogs they can be. 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!