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Duck Hunting in North Carolina

North Carolina waterfowlers shot almost 360,000 ducks in 2014, including an amazing 117,436 wood ducks. The action didn’t stop there, though, as hunters also took great numbers of mallards, gadwall, wigeon, bluebills, ringnecks, buffleheads, hooded mergansers, black ducks and green-winged teal. When you add the almost 45,000 geese taken in...


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...


Atlantic Flyway Report: Ducks, Geese Arrive in Force

Date: Jan. 19 Location: New York south to the Carolinas and Georgia Weather Trends A severe cold front in mid-December brought gobs of ducks and geese into the mid-Atlantic, where hunters loaded up on everything from puddle ducks and divers to Canada geese . The cold didn’t stay, though. As...


Duck and Goose Call Clinic: What's On Your Lanyard?

I own way too many duck and goose calls. There’s nothing wrong with that, of course, but only a few of those qualify as indispensable tools on my lanyards for various waterfowling situations. That got me thinking. My favorite combinations were forged through personal experience, but I wondered what the...


Mississippi Flyway Report: Birds Abundant, Success Mixed

Date: Jan. 19 Location: southern portions of the flyway Major Weather Trends Massive December storms and bone-chilling cold fronts pushed ducks and geese to traditional wintering grounds, but the weather has been mixed in January — cold for a spell but then unseasonably warm again. Not surprisingly, hunting success has...


Duck Hunting in Texas

With more than 1 million ducks harvested annually (and well more than 300,000 light and dark geese combined), Texas is a great place to hunt waterfowl. In fact, certain areas of the state (the Panhandle, the famed Eagle Lake goose area, and the Laguna Madre and Gulf Coast wintering areas)...


Duck Hunting in Oklahoma

Oklahoma generally isn’t thought of as a primary duck hunting destination, but it should be. Consider the numbers for a moment: 317,000 ducks in the bag for the latest season for which data is available. That equates to a clip of more than 18 ducks per hunter for season, tops...


Hunting Dog Gear at the 2017 SHOT Show

There wasn't a lot of hunting dog gear at the 2017 SHOT Show, but we did discover a few items we wanted to share with you. Dog handlers know that great dogs require a lot of training, time and attention, and just the right gear helps you make the most...


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...


Duck Hunting in New Mexico

There’s nothing wrong with New Mexico duck and goose hunting. Where it happens, it can be phenomenal. It’s just that there’s not much of it in a state dominated by high plains, rolling foothills, rugged mountains and excellent big-game hunting. New Mexico’s resident duck hunters probably laugh at that and...


Video: Frogg Toggs Waders at SHOT Show

Need a new pair of waders? Maybe yours has a hole in 10 different places and is leaking like nobody’s business? Check out this new set from Frogg Toggs. Click here for more waterfowl hunting articles and videos. Follow us on Facebook .


Duck Hunting in Arizona

Arizona gets a C- rating this time because that’s the fact; average duck hunting with a handful of exceptions for the fewer than 3,000 licensed duck hunters in the state (2014). That doom and gloom noted, Arizona’s lack of fowling attention doesn’t stem from a lack of places to hunt...


Duck Hunting in California

California is a good-news/bad-news proposition for waterfowlers. The good news concerns the number of birds, which number more than stars in the sky. The state has a wide variety of species, too, including mallards, pintails, wigeon, shovelers, gadwalls, and green-winged and cinnamon teal, plus clouds of specklebellies and Canadas. The...


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...


Duck Hunting in Nevada

Say Nevada and even the most dedicated waterfowler will think of Las Vegas, not duck hunting, although The Silver State offers some decent — B-grade — waterfowling options. The state department of wildlife owns and maintains several wildlife management areas scattered across the state, some of which provide modest waterfowl...


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...


Getting Real: Duck and Goose Hunting Goals

I laugh at the 22-year-old me. Oh, he was a decent fellow. Naïve and maybe a bit temperamental, sure, but not a bad dude. But he (OK, I) was extremely goal-oriented in those days, especially when it came to hunting . “I’m going to shoot 40 more ducks next year,”...


Duck Hunting in Utah

Hunting the Great Salt Lake from a coffin blind during the late December should be on every duck hunter’s bucket list. Such a hunt consists of a frigid airboat ride across one of the most unique waterfront properties on the planet, followed by several hours of lying on your back...


Duck Hunting in Colorado

OK, so Colorado doesn’t come to mind as your top waterfowling destination. But it’s a seriously good place to hunt ducks in the classic Western styles. More on that later, because we need to start somewhere else: geese. Here’s the rare state where hunters shoot more honkers (and white geese)...


Duck Hunting in Kansas

Kansas previously had a C Duck Hunting Nation rating. That might have been low, so we’ve upgraded the report card to a B based on the evidence. First, Kansas regularly hosts mallards all winter. With relatively mild and open winters and plenty of grain stubble, the table is set to...


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