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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...


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...


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...


Avoid These 6 Duck Hunting Scouting Faux Pas

We know the straight and narrow path to duck and goose hunting success: Scout hard, identify patterns, form game plans and put them into motion. But now and then, we veer off the righteous road. Sure, we still scout, but maybe we cut corners or slip into easy traps. Don’t...


Winter Hunts: Dark Geese in the White

Some forms of waterfowl hunting scream rugged adventure. Open-water hunting qualifies, especially when the mercury slides south and the wind whips up. High-effort free-lance hunts on the prairies also require a bit of daring and some gut checks. But for many folks, nothing compares to chasing late-season honkers in the...


Cold-Water Safety for Duck Dogs

Some lessons aren’t meant to be learned the hard way, especially when they involve your No. 1 hunting partner. Twenty-some years ago, a howling northwest blow ripped across Wisconsin, and wind chills plummeted below zero. The lake we hunted would freeze the next day, and the ducks flew like mad...


Waterfowl Hunting Life Vests: Don't Leave Home Without Them

My duck boat has tried to kill me twice. Actually, it was a conspiracy with Mother Nature. Once, I was caught in a freak storm that blew in from nowhere, with nasty swells, high winds and a spotlight that shorted out. The other was during a heavy fog that rolled...


The X: Hunting Massive Flocks of Mallards in the Snow

Snow, mud and fog might sound like a dreary combination, but it was just the ticket a few weeks ago for the Fowled Reality guys. The crew located a massive mallard feed in Minnesota and then cashed in big-time. The footage of all those decoying greenheads should get any duck...


The X: How to Brush in a Layout Duck Blind in Snow

Funny how that beautifully brushed-in field blind sticks out after snow covers the ground. Don't fret. The guys at Fowled Reality have a sure-fire system for camouflaging your layout blinds in snowy fields. And based on the recent smack-down of winter weather across the country, these tips should pay big...


A Duck Hunter's Plea: Dear Weathermen (and Weatherwomen)

I believe meteorologist is an accepted gender-neutral term, and because men and women equally render forecasts, often dictating my waterfowl strategies, I wish to show no preference. You’ve done a fine job lately when predicting the weather. It has not rained in about two months, and you’ve called it with...


The X: Scouting Food Sources for Ducks

It's no secret that scouting is critical for consistently finding and shooting ducks in ag fields. But that's often only part of the equation . In this video, the guys from Fowled Reality explain what they look for when scouting food sources and how duck behavior dictates how they'll hunt...


Timber Ducks: Team Calling Seals the Deal

Despite receiving no help from the weatherman (go figure), Chad Belding of The Fowl Life and friends recently enjoyed a great day of green-timber hunting . The key? Great team calling. Listen as these timber hunting veterans show you how to sound like a flock of ducks on the water...


Waterfowl Fix: Save-the-Day Specks

Global warming, shifting weather trends, the moon being out of alignment with Orion’s belt and his pants falling off — I don’t care what you believe is causing this crazy weather. Bottom line, it’s been too dang hot for December. Duck hunters tolerate warm weather during early teal season, but...


Waterfowl Migration in Full Force

Bitterly cold weather in Northern states and several major storm systems have ducks and geese on the move again. In this video, Chad Belding of The Fowl Life reports great action on lesser Canada geese in Colorado and solid duck migrations into other states. Bottom line? Depending on your location,...


Last-Day Ducks: A River Tale

You’ve seen the movie; the one you really enjoyed but that lost some of its luster when the ending left you wanting just a bit more. Duck seasons can be like that. We love the beginning and relish the midseason, and although we might dread the finale, we at least...


Duck Hunting Trouble: Is Your Spread Dead?

We were running late. Someone who shall remain nameless (OK, it was me) forgot to pull the drain plug the night before, and a late-evening rain had filled the boat with about 2 inches of water that subsequently froze overnight. Pulling into the slough, we clearly saw a spotlight working...


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