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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.

  • 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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The X: Calling Tips for Ducks During Windy Days

All duck hunters enjoy windy days. Ducks typically move well, and shooting can be fast and furious. However, strong winds can make it difficult to call ducks . The folks at Fowled Reality have a sure-fire fix: Get loud, and stay aggressive. And as the clips from this video show,...


Benelli Super Black Eagle III: Made for Waterfowl Hunters

Straight from the 2017 SHOT Show, Justin Martin of Duck Commander gives you the scoop on the Benelli Super Black Eagle III, an improved, more ergonomic version of the classic SBE II. Look for this great new waterfowling shotgun on shelves this fall — in Realtree Max-5, of course. Click...


Three (More) Ducks and Geese I Missed This Season

Every duck and goose seasons offers fresh challenges — obstacles we must overcome on our path to waterfowling nirvana. This past campaign served up several dandy opportunities, including new ways to miss birds . That concept isn’t unique, of course, as I seem to suffer through a few head-shaking whiffs...


The X: Duck Hunting in Warm Weather (Still Killing Ducks)

When a big thaw followed a long cold snap, the guys from Fowled Reality took advantage and enjoyed a great hunt in flooded corn. Enjoy the in-your-face mallard decoying action in this video. It's enough to keep you warm during the entire off-season. Click here for more Realtree waterfowl hunting...


Wild Mallard Duck Sausage Cooking with The Fowl Life

Chad Belding, host of The Fowl Life , has some great ideas about making use of your wildfowl bounty from this season. Check out these tasty dishes — including marinated mallard breasts and mallard sausage — and learn to turn your ducks and geese into culinary masterpieces. Click here for...


The X: Late-Season Duck Hunting Tactics

Late-season hunting means ice. However, you can often take steps to increase the amount of open water available to ducks and geese. In this video, the crew from Fowled Reality provides several tips to create a late-season waterfowl paradise. Try these where you hunt, and enjoy the final few days...


Duck Limit Switch: USFWS Advises One Pintail, Two Black Ducks Per Day

When one duck season ends, we look toward the next — and find some surprises. As recently reported by our friends at Delta Waterfowl , the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Adaptive Harvest Management Report for the 2017 season calls for a reduction in the pintail limit in all flyways...


Shoot or Not? Range-Finding Tips for Waterfowl Hunting

You’ll likely repeat the question in your head 1,000 times during your hunting career: Is that bird in range or too far? That’s good, of course. No one likes a skybuster, and everyone hates losing a cripple. Still, you want to take advantage of legitimate opportunities, and it hurts to...


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...


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...


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