The Duck Blog

Realtree waterfowl editor Brian Lovett has been an obsessive duck and goose hunter for more than 30 years, chasing his passion on the Dakota prairies and the marshes and open water of his home state of Wisconsin. He's been a writer and editor in the outdoors industry since 1991.

  • 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...

  • 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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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...


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...


Keep Those Duck and Goose Calls Sounding Great

Admittedly, I use a fairly common off-season maintenance routine for my duck and goose calls. That is, I hang them in a closet and typically forget about them until summer. Big mistake. Like any piece of waterfowl hunting equipment, calls require some cleaning, tweaking and general maintenance from time to...


Finding Them: Waterfowl and Their Environs

Waterfowl hunting takes many forms — maybe more than any other type of hunting. As a result, the places where we encounter ducks and geese vary widely. I chuckled at that notion this past summer while writing the “ Where to Duck Hunt ” portion of Realtree.com’s “ How to...


Pro Tips to Improve Your Duck and Goose Calling

Waterfowl hunters always want to improve their calling skills, and the long off-season provides the perfect opportunity. But although we huff and puff in hopes of achieving excellence, it seems like our calling journey often stalls or becomes mired in frustrating plateaus. At times, we wonder what it will take...


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