Ducks

  • 3 Super-Easy Waterfowling Skills You Can Acquire Right Now

    Admittedly, most waterfowl hunters aren’t thinking too seriously about the upcoming season. We’re busy chasing turkeys or recovering from spring light-goose conservation hunts. That’s no problem, as there’s plenty of time to fix decoys, get our boats purring and fine-tune our retrievers. But during this not-so-serious time months before the...

  • 4 Down-and-Dirty Plan B Waterfowling Saves

    Every duck and goose hunter remembers with pride those great mornings when a well-executed plan came together. Of course, we also recall with regret those equally memorable days when our plans crashed and burned. It happens. But even an epic fail at the start of a day doesn’t spell doom...

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Goose Calling Tip: How to Sound Like Two Geese Clucking

Top-level callers lure geese sure-kill close by sounding like multiple birds. At first, that seems difficult. However, Chad Belding, of Banded's The Fowl Life , provided this great how-to video to help you master the skill . Use this technique to call in more honkers this season. I know I...


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7 Great Camo Patterns for Deer Hunting This Season

It’s that time of year again. We’re going through withdrawals because, for most, turkey season is practically over for another year and deer season is still four or five months away. Hunters are looking at gear. Buying it when their spouses will let them. ( Check out these awesome deals...


9 Soul-Crushing Lines Heard in the Duck Blind

Call me a grump, but some statements make me cringe or roll my eyes. Many of those are uttered in a duck blind or goose field. I try to be polite and open-minded, of course, especially when chatting with fellow hunters. But when you’ve heard a few of these lines...


7 Shooting Sins in the Duck Marsh

You can make countless shooting mistakes while hunting ducks and geese . However, provided that you’re safe and at least somewhat proficient, most folks overlook minor gaffes or annoying habits. Still, a few seemingly minor no-nos can create tension in the blind or hamper your performance. Let’s look at seven...


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5 Ways Your Hunting Property Can Pay for Itself

Owning land to hunt on. It’s the American hunter's dream. And sadly, it’s common belief that dream is out of reach. It isn’t. It can be achieved. And with the help of our good friends from Whitetail Properties , we’re here to tell you how and why.


How Do Duck Hunters Measure Satisfaction?

When you review a hunting journal or peruse old photos, days and episodes jump at you. Some leave you with a lasting sense of happiness or fulfillment. Others sting you and make you shake your head. Of course, that prompts an obvious question: why? Specifically, why do duck hunters feel...


Favorite Waterfowl Loads of Top Hunters

When you lust for a lively discussion, ask a group of waterfowl hunters about their favorite loads and shot sizes. Then, sit back, grab some popcorn and prepare to hear many conflicting opinions backed up by pseudo-science and personal preference. If you’d like some expert advice, however, ask that question...


Thoughts on Pass-Shooting Ducks and Geese

Pass-shooting gets a bad name, and it’s easy to see why. For our purposes, let's define pass-shooting as firing at birds as they fly by instead of flushing or working decoys. Often, that practice involves overeager hunters staked out along refuge-boundary firing lines taking long-distance “fliers” at ducks or geese...


Getting Real: Recovering Crippled Ducks and Geese

You practice wing-shooting regularly, and use a gun, load and choke that perform well together. Further, you combine calling and decoys to sucker birds sure-kill close and only take ethical shots. Yet some days, that doesn’t always pay off. In fact, during many hunts, some ducks or geese are wing-tipped,...


Duck Dog Training: Avoiding 'Little' Bad Habits

Duck and goose hunters might seem demanding and particular about our dogs’ discipline and behavior. In fact, some outside observers suggest that we would benefit from a big-picture view. Maybe that’s true at times. However, we have good reason to keep seemingly high standards, and it’s summed up in an...


4 Great Afternoon Setups for Big-Water Divers

Many duck hunting stories begin with some variation of, “We arose before dawn and … .” Nothing wrong with that. But some folks work first shift or have to drop their children off at day care before hitting the water. What if (gasp) they can’t hunt until afternoon? That can...


Fit and Function: Defining the Ultimate Waterfowl Shotgun

You hear it all the time in blinds, fields or other places hunters gather; folks wondering if XYZ company's latest model is a good duck gun. Well … maybe. Many elements combine to create a waterfowl shotgun that some people consider ideal. Several are common, others based on personal preference...


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