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Overlooked Waterfowling Honey Holes

Thanksgiving can be a homecoming of sorts. Families reunite, sometimes traveling long distances to return to their childhood homes. That’s what I did this past fall, driving six hours to see my folks. And I had an opportunity to hunt the local millpond where I shot my first duck and...


Waterfowl Shooting: Singles, Doubles and Triples

Most waterfowlers tote ultra-reliable semi-auto shotguns to the marsh or pit, and for good reason. Those repeaters let you double or even triple on ducks or geese in willing flocks. Of course, for those guns to work their magic, you must first do your part. Here’s a quick guide to...


Ways to Scout for Waterfowl When You Can't Be in the Field

There’s no substitute for in-field scouting. Keeping tabs on waterfowl movements and knowing exactly where to be each time you hunt is more than half the battle of being successful. But jobs, families and other obligations prevent most people from hunting every day or driving around each evening to locate...


Shoot More Mallards

From Minnesota to Louisiana, most duck hunters want mallards. Oh, they don’t mind other ducks. In fact, they welcome swift teal, eager gadwall and twisting, turning divers. But if you polled everyone with a duck stamp, a clear top duck would soon emerge: Anas platyrhynchos , the mallard. Degree of...


3 Coyote Hunting Vocalizations You Should Know

You can improve your success calling coyotes if you learn to speak their language, and of all the sounds coyotes use to communicate, there are three you should have topmost in your coyote-hunting bag of tricks, according to Realtree Pro Staffer Fred Eichler . These three coyote vocalizations – lone...


4 Ducks: Public-Land Opening Day in Arkansas

Without abundant access to private property, like many other public-land duck hunters , Dennis Loosier and Billy Campbell spend most of their waterfowl season scouting and searching for mallards. Never is that more evident before opening day in Arkansas. And that's what this original film from Realtree Timber illustrates. Many...


Your Ideal Waterfowling Shotgun: Finding and Using It

Some folks can grab any shotgun off the rack and run 25 straight at skeet or pile up four greenheads . The rest of us mortals, however, must take a longer path. That is, we must find a shotgun that optimizes our shooting skills and then use it enough so...


Waterfowl Road Trip Checklist

Dry cornfields in North Dakota? Maybe some green-timber hunting on one of Arkansas’ famed wildlife management areas? Canada, perhaps? Yep, when it comes to duck hunting , you have a world of great choices scattered throughout North America. Getting to those dream destinations? Road trip! Don’t plan on stocking up...


The Southeastern Elk Boom Success Story

It was a warm September evening and the light was getting dim as Taylor and I made our way up the mountain to check for elk grazing on the ridgetops. Taylor knew where the elk would be, and when we got to a certain point his posture changed. He went...


The Best Scent Strategies for the Rut

White-tailed deer are olfactory-driven creatures. They depend on their keen sense of smell more than any other of their perceptions to avoid predators, locate food, and so much more. While many whitetail hunters depend on calls, food products (where legal), or decoys to bring bucks beneath their stands, many hunters...


Exactly How Rare Are Boone and Crockett Whitetail Bucks?

You scroll through Facebook and Instagram during deer season and it’s like . . . Booner . . . Booner . . . . Booner . . . It’s true, it can seem in fall and winter that everyone is killing the big one, except for you. You aren’t killing...


10 Mistakes That Cost You a Deer This Season

It’s hard to believe another year has come and (almost) gone. But it has. And the final days of deer season (for most) are wrapping up with it. Some filled tags. Some didn’t. But if you fall in line with the latter, it’s important to note that certain common mistakes...


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