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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.

  • Choosing an Ultimate Waterfowl Hunting Destination

    Mired in the off-season — that is, after duck season , before turkey season and unable to chase light geese — a waterfowler’s mind begins to scheme about the future. Faster boats, better decoy rigs or perhaps a new gun — anything’s up for consideration. But equipment doesn’t necessarily equate...

  • What Spring Ducks Can Teach Us

    Spring holds a special appeal for waterfowl hunters , even if we can’t chase light geese or have to wait until April for turkey season. Ducks, long absent from many Midwestern and Northern areas, begin their journey northward, arriving in spectacular numbers and resplendent in full breeding plumage . Better,...

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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...


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...


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...


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...


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 .


Delta Study Details Struggles of Nesting Canvasbacks

If you think you have it rough, try being a nesting hen canvasback in southwestern Manitoba. Research conducted by Delta Waterfowl and reported in an article by our good friend Paul Wait, editor of Delta Waterfowl magazine, has revealed that nesting cans in that region face an array of threats...


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