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Duck Hunters Rescued from Kentucky Lake

In what was described as a “huge victory,” rescue personnel recently saved three stranded duck hunters during frigid conditions on Kentucky Lake, 13 years after three hunters were killed in an accident on the same water. “There was no better feeling than reuniting the hunters with their anxiously awaiting families,”...


Blind-Bag Essentials

Gear-related articles provide good insights about essential equipment, but they’re also subjective and depend greatly on hunting situations. For example, I have four blind bags I use frequently during duck season, and each contains essential stuff for a specific style of hunting. Still, let’s agree that some equipment is mandatory...


Forecast Brings Hope to Waterfowlers

Warm weather has been the bane of waterfowl hunters along much of the Atlantic Flyway — locally and on duck production areas to the north — for most of the season. One big storm hammered the coast this past week and pushed ducks and geese to grateful hunters throughout the...


Pacific Flyway Duck Hunting Varies

This installment will wrap up the Pacific Flyway reports for the 2022-23 season, which has received mixed reviews during the 10 weeks since the October openers. However, with January to go, Western ’fowlers might be looking at some of the best hunting to come. But where are we at currently?...


Weather, Water Boost Hunting Success

With 2023 right around the corner, waterfowl seasons are closing in the northern parts of the Mississippi Flyway. In the core wintering areas in the middle and southern parts of the great highway in the sky, seasons are just hitting their stride. Late December and January are prime time for...


Hot and Cold: Central Flyway Action Mixed

For many waterfowlers in the Central Flyway, especially in the upper states, the season was almost finished before it began. Low duck numbers and drought conditions at the start of the season were quickly followed by cold temperatures and freeze-up on the few wetlands that had water. Hunters who didn’t...


The Ultimate Duck Boat: What the Pros Prefer

Duck boats vary almost as much as duck hunting situations, ranging from light shallow-draft rigs that can jump a beaver dam to hulking vessels that appear ready to cruise through icebergs at sea. Obviously, one style or type of boat does not fit every situation. But if you’ve spent enough...


Season Splits: Do They Help Duck Hunters?

Starting a good argument among duck hunters doesn’t require much. Just mention a hot-button topic, stir the pot with a loaded comment, and then enjoy the show. And if you really want to see fireworks, spark a debate about duck season splits. Using splits — that is, separating duck season...


Mud, MAX-7, and Louisiana Mayhem

I’d been warned about the mud. Still, as I hopped on the back of a four-wheeler, felt those big tires churn into the greasy road, and watched my soil-splattered rental car disappear into the night, I thought I might have underestimated the situation. But with duck camp ahead, I figured...


10 Colossal Duck Hunting Screw-Ups

An old saying holds that life is tough, but it’s tougher if you’re stupid. Duck hunters might interpret that to mean waterfowling is inherently difficult, but becomes much tougher if you make silly mistakes. Think about it. Waterfowlers already deal with multiple variables such as weather, other hunters, and the...


Our 20 Best Tips for Hunting Diving Ducks

Diving ducks have an allure for a unique cadre of waterfowlers. Just check out the number of big duck boats across the country and the crush of black-and-white decoys in catalogs. Although divers might not receive the respect given to mallards and pintails, they can be tough to hunt. Moreover,...


How to Find Ducks in Dry Fields

Most field hunting articles start with a brief thought about putting in windshield time to find ducks and then delve deeply into setup tactics, decoy placement, and concealment concerns. That’s almost comical, because sometimes the toughest element of a field hunt is locating birds and obtaining permission. Sure, driving along...


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