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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,...


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...


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...


Duck Hunting in Florida

The Sunshine State doesn’t receive as much attention from waterfowl hunters as many Southern states. Maybe that’s because Florida hunters shoot relatively few mallards or dislike the state’s quota-permit, limited-entry lottery distribution of hunting opportunity at many public areas. That aside, Florida offers some fantastic duck gunning during December and...


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...


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