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GOLD MEMBER GRANDFATHER CLAUSE SUBMISSION

Due to the fact that many hunters may have already successfully harvested a specific species that is very hard to attain, the UWC is now allowing the ability for a participant to certify up to 3 waterfowl species that have been previously harvested prior to the participant’s official start date for the UWC Challenge. To be eligible to certify a pre-harvested species one of the four following verification sources MUST BE confirmed prior to adding those species to a hunters certified species list. This is a one-time certification option. Once a bird has been certified using the Grandfather Clause it cannot be changed or reversed.

SOURCE 1: Confirmation from a witness who was present at the time of the harvest. Ideally an outfitter who was present at the time of the harvest. However a hunting partner or other credible source is acceptable.

Note: The witness WILL BE contacted via phone to confirm the accuracy of the species harvested. If the witness is not deemed to be a credible source that person may be unacceptable to use as SOURCE 1 in the Grandfather Clause.


SOURCE 2: A photo of the hunter with the bird may be used as a second source. The photo must clearly show the hunter along with the species harvested. If there is any question on the species of the bird or the recognition of the hunter who harvested the bird, or the authenticity of the photo, the photo may be disqualified as acceptable using SOURCE 2 in the Grandfather Clause.

SOURCE 3: If the harvested bird was mounted as a trophy, a photo of the hunter who harvested the bird standing next to the mount, along with the name and contact information of the taxidermist who mounted the bird may also be used as a credible source to verify the species being certified using SOURCE 3 in the Grandfather Clause.

SOURCE 4: If the bird was banded and the UWC participant has the Official Certificate from the USGS with the bird’s info and hunter’s name on the certificate a photo of the certificate may be submitted as a credible source to verify the species using SOURCE 4 in the Grandfather Clause.

NOTE:
There will be a $10.00 Registration fee for entering each bird using “The Grandfather Clause.” Please see the Grandfather Clause page of the waterfowlerschallenge.com website for more information and how to verify a pre-harvested species. Due to the fact that it is always possible to fabricate the authenticity of a bird harvested, we encourage our participants to rely on the proper ethics instilled in the UWC Challenge. The UWC Challenge is set up for the hunter participant to have an enjoyable and rewarding experience. Cheating the system only hurts the participant involved and the credibility of the UWC Challenge overall. If a participant is caught trying to cheat the system they may be disqualified from the challenge.





SPECIAL ENTRY INSTRUCTIONS:

1. DRAKES ONLY are allowed for certification on all species of: Puddle and Diver Ducks, Sea Ducks and Mergansers except the Mottled Duck.

Either sex are allowed on all species of: Geese, Cranes and Swans

2. To complete a certified species entry there will be a $10.00 entry fee per species (see below) to certify up to three species per member. After completing the entry fee transaction, a short entry form must be filled out and submitted, along with two photos for each species. The transaction payment receipt ID code must also be written in the form along with the participant's issued waterfowl ID number to complete the successful submission

3. Photo Instructions: A close up, clear photo of the bird on its stomach, showing the side of the birds head, wings extended, with the participants waterfowl ID card placed directly below the bill of the bird showing the waterfowl ID number clearly

SPECIAL SPECIES SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS:

A. CANADA GOOSE AND CACKLING CANADA GOOSE - Due to the fact that there are 7 different sub species of Canada Geese and 4 different sub species of Cackling Canada Geese, we have elected to simplify these into two categories- Canada Geese and Cackling Canada Geese. To distinguish the difference between the two, there are two different criteria to go off of. Any Canada goose weighing more than 6 pounds will fall under the Canada goose species. Any Canada goose weighing less than 6 pounds will fall under the Cackling Canada Goose species. The second criteria is the length of the goose’s bill. A Cackling Canada Goose will have a short triangular bill normally less than one inch in length, while a Canada goose will have a more elongated bill, over one inch in length.

B. GREATER AND LESSER SCAUP - Due to the fact that it is extremely difficult to determine the difference between the two species, a third photo must be included for certification of these two species. The third photo must show the extended wing to show the white speculum in its entirety. Note: The Greater Scaup will have a white wing speculum that extends the entire length of the wing while the Lesser Scaup will have a white speculum that only extends half way across the wing.

C. BLUE-WINGED TEAL AND CINNAMON TEAL - Due to the fact that it is extremely difficult to determine the difference between the immature drake and hen Blue-winged Teal and Cinnamon Teal, a third photo may be needed for certification of these two species, if it is not evident that the bird is a drake. The second photo must show the extended wing to show the complete white speculum below the blue wing patch. On the drakes the white area will be clearly white, while the hens will have a speckled white wing speculum.D. MOTTLED DUCK - The Mottled duck, found in the southern region of the United States is difficult to tell the difference between the male and female. Therefore either sex is allowed to certify this species.

E. BLACK DUCK - The Black duck, found throughout the United States is difficult to tell the difference between the male and female. Therefore either sex is allowed to certify this species.

F. FULVOUS WHISTLING DUCK - The Fulvous Whistling Duck, found in the southern United States and throughout Mexico
is difficult to tell the difference between the male and female. Therefore either sex is allowed to certify this species.

G. BLACK-BELLIED WHISTING DUCK - The Black-bellied Whisting Duck, found in the southern United States and throughout Mexico is difficult to tell the difference between the male and female. Therefore either sex is allowed to certify
this species.


 

You will receive email verification that your entry was successful within 7-10 business days