Ducks

  • The X: Duck Hunting Opening Day

    Every waterfowl hunter counts opening day as special, and the Fowled Reality crew is no different. In fact, the guys celebrated in style this year with a great mixed-bag trip. Enjoy the in-your-face decoying footage, and let the countdown begin until your opening day. Click here for more Realtree waterfowl...

  • Sneakers: 6 Flying Ducks That Will Fool You

    “When you have shot one bird flying you have shot all birds flying. They are all different and they fly in different ways but the sensation is the same and the last one is as good as the first.” — Ernest Hemingway No doubt, Papa’s words hold great wisdom for...

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Cold Snap Kickstarts Atlantic Flyway Shooting

Date: Nov. 16 Location: Entire Atlantic Flyway Summary What a difference a little cold snap can make. Atlantic Flyway hunters groaned through another marginal first split throughout much of the East Coast, but an early November cold front has things looking good. As in, really good. Temperatures dipped into the...


Pacific Flyway Heats Up with Strong Migration

Date: Nov. 16 Location: Entire Pacific Flyway Summary First thing’s first. To all you veterans, Julie and I can’t thank you enough for your service and sacrifice. Your dedication to this great country is why I’m able to do what I do and enjoy the boundless freedoms I have. Our...


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Mapping Out Your Float-Hunt for Ducks

An autumn ride in a boat or canoe is nice. Shooting ducks along the way is better. To do it requires a little planning and a lot of strategy. Sure, there’s some luck involved, too. Are there even ducks there? You can control that by choosing the right stretch of...


How to Shoot from a Layout Blind or Boat

I often harp about practicing good wing-shooting form , including proper foot placement, weight distribution and other factors. However, much of that advice is useless in two common waterfowling scenarios : hunting in a layout blind or open-water layout boat. We use those horizontal hides because they’re darn effective, almost...


Crowded Skies: 8 States with the Most Duck Hunters

Statistics reveal the number of waterfowl hunters is declining nationwide. However, that’s tough to believe some mornings at your local wildlife area. Trucks fill the parking lot, spilling onto the road, and the glare of headlamps makes the marsh look like a Vegas laser show. You woke up ridiculously early,...


Texas-Rigging Decoys: Pros and Cons

Many hunters Texas-rig decoys nowadays — so many, in fact, that it seems to be the new norm. That makes sense on many levels. With the system, you use heavy monofilament line instead of traditional Nylon decoy cord, so the lines don’t tangle. Further, loops in the mono let you...


Cold Weather Spurs Good Action in Mississippi Flyway

Date: Nov. 9 Location: Flyway-wide, trending toward the northern and Midwestern states. Major Weather Trends Several major fronts, unseasonably cold weather and numerous days with northerly winds have had the migration in full force since late October. Forecasts call for teens and single digits early Nov. 10 in Minnesota and...


Northern Freeze Has Central Flyway Action Red-Hot

Date: Nov. 9 Location: Flyway-wide, trending toward the middle portions of the flyway Overview Some years on the northern plains, autumn just drags on, and it seems like the ducks will never arrive. Other years, birds trickle and dribble their way down the northern part of the flyway. Either way,...


Top Mallard Hunting Myths Exploded

Like any outdoors pursuit, mallard hunting has many subtle nuances and hard-and-fast rules. It also carries many misconceptions, half-truths and downright myths. Let’s separate fact from fiction by getting the skinny from America’s top waterfowl hunters. Here’s a look at their favorite mallard hunting myths — and a dose of...


Top 5 Sea Duck and Merganser Harvest States

This might be one best-of duck hunting list that won’t feature Arkansas. That’s nothing against the South, Great Plains and other waterfowling hotspots , of course. I just thought it would be fun to examine U.S. Fish and Wildlife data from the 2016 season to see which states harvested the...


Stream Walking: A Waterfowling Quest for One

The flow takes you at first. Unaccustomed to walking with fairly swift current at your heels, you stumble at bit and test the bottom before trusting your balance. But soon, with your “stream legs” underneath, you gain confidence and begin concentrating on stealth. “Go with the river,” you think. “No...


Truth in Waterfowl Shotshell Ballistics

Most modern waterfowl loads push a 3-inch magnum load of 1-1/8 or 1-¼ ounce of shot somewhere in the neighborhood of 1,400 feet per second, give or take 50 fps. A few companies push loads faster, with some reaching a blistering 1,700 fps. Man, that is fast, but what does...


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