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  • Sorghum- and Soy-Smoked Mallard

    One of our favorite ways to cook mallards is to smoke them whole. This recipe borrows a few flavors from the traditional Chinese roasted duck, but gives them a Kentucky spin. The blend of Uncle Josh’s Kentucky Sorghum with soy sauce, butter and diced rosemary give the skin a sweet...

  • 5 Duck Hunters You'll Meet This Off-Season

    Until you share a blind or field with someone, you don’t know what kind of waterfowl hunter he or she is. You’ll get some hints here and there, of course. And cell-phone or social-media pictures can provide clues about the type of campaign those folks enjoyed. But until you actually...

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Atlantic Flyway Report: Ducks, Geese Arrive in Force

Date: Jan. 19 Location: New York south to the Carolinas and Georgia Weather Trends A severe cold front in mid-December brought gobs of ducks and geese into the mid-Atlantic, where hunters loaded up on everything from puddle ducks and divers to Canada geese . The cold didn’t stay, though. As...


Duck and Goose Call Clinic: What's On Your Lanyard?

I own way too many duck and goose calls. There’s nothing wrong with that, of course, but only a few of those qualify as indispensable tools on my lanyards for various waterfowling situations. That got me thinking. My favorite combinations were forged through personal experience, but I wondered what the...


Mississippi Flyway Report: Birds Abundant, Success Mixed

Date: Jan. 19 Location: southern portions of the flyway Major Weather Trends Massive December storms and bone-chilling cold fronts pushed ducks and geese to traditional wintering grounds, but the weather has been mixed in January — cold for a spell but then unseasonably warm again. Not surprisingly, hunting success has...


Duck Decoy Mixer: One Hunter's Method

Most duck hunters have strong opinions on what they consider to be the best decoys. If you’re honest, you might simply choose the blocks you used to shoot your latest limit. But the choices go deeper than that, of course. Modern manufacturers have given us an array of fakes, including...


4 Sure-Fire Ways to Finish Duck Season Strong

After the holidays zip past and February nears, we typically arrive at a realization: Another duck season is almost finished. To be fair, many Northern hunters have had their shotguns cleaned and decoys stacked for several weeks. But even die-hard Southern waterfowlers can see the end, and with only a...


The X: Hunting Waves of Greenheads in Cut Cornfields

The folks at Fowled Reality patiently endured several days of rain before springing the trap on a field full of mallards and gadwall . The hunters weren't precisely on the X, but they trafficked enough flocks to enjoy a great day. The footage speaks for itself. The sight of flight...


Getting Real: Duck and Goose Hunting Goals

I laugh at the 22-year-old me. Oh, he was a decent fellow. Naïve and maybe a bit temperamental, sure, but not a bad dude. But he (OK, I) was extremely goal-oriented in those days, especially when it came to hunting . “I’m going to shoot 40 more ducks next year,”...


Avoid These 6 Duck Hunting Scouting Faux Pas

We know the straight and narrow path to duck and goose hunting success: Scout hard, identify patterns, form game plans and put them into motion. But now and then, we veer off the righteous road. Sure, we still scout, but maybe we cut corners or slip into easy traps. Don’t...


Winter Hunts: Dark Geese in the White

Some forms of waterfowl hunting scream rugged adventure. Open-water hunting qualifies, especially when the mercury slides south and the wind whips up. High-effort free-lance hunts on the prairies also require a bit of daring and some gut checks. But for many folks, nothing compares to chasing late-season honkers in the...


Cold-Water Safety for Duck Dogs

Some lessons aren’t meant to be learned the hard way, especially when they involve your No. 1 hunting partner. Twenty-some years ago, a howling northwest blow ripped across Wisconsin, and wind chills plummeted below zero. The lake we hunted would freeze the next day, and the ducks flew like mad...


Waterfowl Hunting Life Vests: Don't Leave Home Without Them

My duck boat has tried to kill me twice. Actually, it was a conspiracy with Mother Nature. Once, I was caught in a freak storm that blew in from nowhere, with nasty swells, high winds and a spotlight that shorted out. The other was during a heavy fog that rolled...


Goose Hunting with Micro-Spreads

It’s common wherever goose hunting is popular. And in this modern age, it’s tough to find a place where goose hunting isn’t popular. I’m speaking of the monster spread; decoys — full-bodies, mind you — that seemingly stretch from horizon to horizon. Trucks, trailers and man-power; they’re part of the...


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