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  • Great Eats: The Best Tasting Duck Is ... ?

    The short answer to the question posed in the title of this blog is, of course, any duck Michael Pendley is cooking. However, because few of us share the Realtree Timber 2 Table guru’s epicurean skills or vision , let’s get a bit more basic when discussing the relative table-fare...

  • Goose Angst: Three Honkers You Love to Hate

    Canada geese can tick you off, especially if these wary, adaptable birds have experienced hunting pressure. Still, finding a hot field or turning a flock with realistic calling usually lets you turn the tables on many honkers. But a few geese consistently thwart your best efforts and leave you rolling...

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Realtree Joins Delta to Recognize Young Waterfowlers

We hunters love to talk about passing on our lifestyle to future generations. Now, Realtree has joined with Delta Waterfowl to do something about it. America’s No. 1 camo company recently became the presenting sponsor for Delta’s First-Duck Pin program , which recognizes youths who take their first waterfowl ...


3 Ducks I Don't See as Often Nowadays

Like the seasons, duck hunting usually follows somewhat predictable patterns. In the upper Midwest, it usually starts with local mallards, wood ducks and blue-winged teal, followed by early migrants, the peak flight and then a few hardy stragglers at the end. Hundreds of miles south, the season begins with “calendar”...


8 Ways to Make Sure Next Duck Season Sucks

Man, the 2017-’18 duck season could be great. We have another year of liberal-format regulations, waterfowl populations are doing well and hunters have never had better, more efficient gear to use. But do you really want the pressure of all that success? What if you’d prefer to suffer through another...


Arkansas Meetings to Address Flooded Timber Habitat Improvement

Arkansas wildlife officials say management changes are needed at many of the state’s popular artificially flooded timber areas to reverse habitat decline and ensure the future of quality duck hunting at those properties. The state’s Game and Fish Commission has scheduled a series of public meetings in March to discuss...


Putting the Truth-O-Meter to Top Waterfowl Hunting Myths

Many media outlets test the veracity of statements from politicians, using virtual “truth-o-meters” to assess whether elected officials are accurate, fibbing a bit or downright lying. During one slow day in the duck blind, I wondered how a truth-o-meter might shed light on some of waterfowl hunting’s commonly held principles...


Picking Your Puppy: Traits to Look for in Your Next Hunting Dog

You wouldn’t walk into a sporting goods store and purchase the first shotgun you saw without doing some background research first, so why then would you skip that step when selecting a puppy that you’ll be hunting with for the next 10 to 12 years? Many hunters make that mistake...


How Do We Explain Duck and Goose Hunting?

We hunters sometimes find it difficult to express the reasons behind our passion when chatting with the uninitiated. That’s especially true with waterfowlers , I think. Trite answers and easy rationales don’t do us any favors, either. Two-plus decades ago, a co-worker asked me why I hunted waterfowl. “Are there...


Roasted Duck Leg Breakfast Tacos

We just about always save the legs and thighs from the ducks we kill, but several of our recipes only call for the breast meat. Because of that, we often find ourselves in possession of several leg/thigh quarters from various ducks. When we do, one of my favorite things to...


Duck Hunting Truths (and Random Thoughts Only I Care About)

Unless you’re in Mexico or chasing snows during light-goose conservation-order seasons, you’ve probably eased into the off-season by cleaning your guns and giving your pooch some well-deserved rest. There’s nothing wrong with that. Every waterfowl season must end. Otherwise, the beginning of the next campaign wouldn’t be as special. Further,...


A Duck Hunter's Descent Into Pochard Madness

Youth was so simple, at least for duck hunting . In the farm country where I grew up, you might expect to encounter mallards, wood ducks and blue-winged teal. Occasionally, a greenwing or wigeon might sneak in, and if you were lucky, you’d get a crack at a goose once...


Duck Breast and Blackberry Stir Fry

There is something about duck and berries that just seem to go together. A simple stir-fry is the perfect way to combine the two for a quick dinner. Use your favorite stir fry ingredients, I went with julienned bell pepper, shitake mushrooms, snap peas, broccoli, water chestnuts and bamboo shoots...


The X: Snow Goose Hunting

The spring conservation-order season is in full swing, and the guys at Fowled Reality are on the front lines. Enjoy this full-length snow goose hunting video (and check out that spread). Click here for more Realtree waterfowl hunting content. And check us out on Facebook .


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