Waterfowl Hunting Articles

Deadly 1-Truck Decoy Spread for Late-Season Geese

You’ve seen them. Huge diesel pickups towing 24-foot enclosed trailers emblazoned with 5-foot decals from Waterfowl Company A. Inside the rigs are 200 to 300 full-body decoys if there’s one. Once on the ‘X,’ the rigs disgorge camo-clad men who commence setting the hundreds of fakes in scientifically designed configurations...


10 Reasons Why You Suck at Calling Ducks

Duck calling is still something of a mystery to you. You’ve burned countless hours practicing with your call in the truck, watching instructional Youtube videos, and making, well, noise out in the marsh. Occasionally, your calling results in a fly-by that’s close enough for a pass shot. But that’s not...


Balog Goes To Stuttgart

I’m in a rental car driving south through the Mississippi River Delta, reflecting on a duck season for the record books. The deserted highway allows my mind to drift slightly, remembering giant waves of mallards pouring in off the Great Lakes, clouds of divers blackening the sky. The Great Lakes...


Duck Dinner in 30 Minutes

With these five easy duck recipes , you can have a delicious wild-game dinner on a busy weeknight.


Duck Hunting’s Dirty Dozen

Twelve nitty gritty late-season duck and goose hunting tips for hardcore hunters to apply this winter


Ready for Waterfowl Season: Part 2

Here is more great stuff from the Realtree Flyway Reporters to help you prepare for duck season—calling, shotguns, scouting, blinds, decoys and eight reasons why duck hunters are more hardcore than deer hunters.


Ready for Waterfowl Season: Part 1

From favorite decoy spreads to essential gear to hard lessons revealed, Realtree's Flyway Reporters talk duck hunting in this two-part waterfowl package


Featherweight Waterfowling

“We’re not going to shoot a duck sitting here.” Though everyone had been biting their tongues, someone had to speak up. I hate not being satisfied with my position when duck hunting, and my two hunting partners knew it. They also knew we were in the wrong spot. Not the...


Textbook Saskatchewan

I’ve never looked at a flight monitor in an airport and actually read the words “farthest one from here” under the gate listing, but sometimes those words are appropriate. In the Minneapolis/St. Paul airport, a shuttle ride of some sort is typically in order to wherever you may be going,...


Shore Dinners

One bitter cold January morning I found myself in the duck blind of a good friend, an older gentleman with the title to a prime piece of Pamlico Sound saltmarsh. About mid-day my breakfast was wearing thin, and I wondered aloud if there were any snacks to be had. My...


Swampin’ Waterfowl

Beaver swamp mallards don’t make it easy. Birds that skulk the day away in tangled hells of waist-deep muck and eye-high brier, latticed with blowdowns and mined with beaver-sheared saplings sharp as punji stakes—well, you can’t expect such creatures to behave with decorum. Nor obey the rules. Ducks always light...


Stalking Quackers

Those hardcore Gen-X call masters hidden in well-constructed blinds have plenty on this waterfowler! Me, I get down and dirty. I walk some of my quackers and honkers up, taking them on the flush. Yep, I slither like a snake to put the wingshooting hurt on those loafing greenheads. It’s...


Last Call for Ducks

I anticipate duck-season opener as a 5-year-old does Christmas. It’s one of the most exciting days of the year, yet I approach it knowing the best is yet to come. Hunting pressure on the average waterfowl marsh, especially public water, seems to fall away like leaves on bank-side trees as...


Float Hunting

There is no way in this world that I’m going to tell you where David and I had one of the best float-hunting experiences of our lives. No way. I will not tell you where we slipped our canoe into the creek and spent an entire day on the water...


20 Tricks for Waterfowl

We caught up with two Realtree pros to get their thoughts on a range of waterfowl-fooling challenges. You might be surprised at what they have to say. 1) Match the Terrain: Ever hear of matching the hatch in fly-fishing? It’s the same deal in blind building—sort of: “It’s hard to...


PROFILE: The Duck Commander

Phil's home is where he hangs his duck calls. john hafner image {C} Ask Phil Robertson about his days as a three-sport star in high school, and his recollections are a bit vague. Also spotty are his college memories from Louisiana Tech--surprising when you consider he started at quarterback ahead...


Duck Commander Meets Camo Commander

Realtree and Duck Commander Join Forces Realtree recently welcomed Duck Commander as new Pro Staff members and licensees of the Realtree and Advantage patterns. Known throughout the country for their high-action Duckmen videos, cutting-edge calls and duck-hunting knowledge, Duck Commander is a welcome addition to Team Realtree. -- By Stephanie...