Ducks

  • 6 Ways I Goofed Up This Duck Season

    Disclosure: I made some mistakes this past waterfowl season. Don’t get me wrong. It was a great year — better than the past few. Still, in the bright glare of hindsight, I’ve recognized some situations where I made seemingly innocent errors that hamstrung my efforts. Let’s look at six of...

  • Cold Creates Epic Hunting in Atlantic Flyway

    Date: Jan. 18 Location: the mid- to lower Atlantic Flyway Summary You wanted cold, you got cold. And then some. Thanks to an extended period of brutally cold weather, almost every creek, river and pond was locked in ice from New England south to central North Carolina. Even places such...

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Pacific Flyway Waterfowl Hunting, Weather Steady

Date: Jan: 18 Location: flyway-wide Summary Well, it’s official. Goose season has ended in southwestern Washington’s Goose Management Area 2 — at least, that is, for a time. The final bell sounded Jan. 14. However, a last hurrah opens Feb. 10 and continues through March 10. It’s a last chance...


Avoid Duck and Goose Decoy Disasters

Man, that decoy spread looks good in the dark. Illuminated by your truck’s headlights, you’re sure the hard work will pay off. Then failure. The birds don’t come or don’t land where you want ’em. Disaster strikes as hard as No. 2 steel. Are your sure-bet Canadas landing behind your...


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January Gems: 5 Places Late-Season Ducks Love to Hide

January brings a wave of excitement across the country. No, not the football playoffs. It’s the final push of duck season , and hunters know they only have a few weeks to make memories for another year. Trouble is, January ducks can be … um, challenging. Many birds have been...


Realtree Becomes Official Camo Conservation Partner of Delta Waterfowl

Editor's note: This great news comes to us via Realtree staff. Realtree, the world’s leading camouflage company, continues its legacy of strong backing for conservation by renewing a corporate partnership with Delta Waterfowl . For the next three years, Realtree will support Delta’s conservation programs and efforts to recruit and...


Waterfowling Gear I Really Liked This Season

Each duck season brings surprises and new experiences, and part of that is trying new gear. Whether out of necessity or curiosity, I typically field-test several items from the balmy early goose season through the frozen finish of duck hunting. And every year, I stumble onto some I really like...


8 Tips for Staying Warm During Frigid Duck Hunts

For several years, Duck Hunting Nation has begged for cold weather. This season, we got it. That’s great for duck and goose hunting, of course, but it creates real challenges in the apparel department. After all, dressing for an ice-breaking boat ride in minus 5 temps and a howling north...


The X: River Duck Hunting in Arctic Cold

When a recent cold front moved more mallards into Nebraska, the crew from Fowled Reality was ready. And a moving-water setup in frigid temps proved to be just the ticket. Enjoy all the wings-back, feet-down action. It'll make you forget the cold. Click here for more Realtree waterfowl hunting content...


Recent Thaw Gives Hope to Southern Mississippi Flyway Hunters

Date: Jan. 11 Location: Mid-South and Southern states. Major Weather Trends Arctic air has held a grip on much of the Mississippi Flyway for weeks, pushing many ducks and geese south but making hunting conditions difficult. A recent thaw and some much-needed rain in the Deep South gave folks increased...


Arctic Push and Subsequent Thaw Create Great Central Flyway Hunting

Date: Jan. 11, 2018 Location: Southern portions of the Central Flyway Overview It’s a new year. And it’s still duck season in some zones and units in the middle and southern portions of the Central Flyway. If you live in Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Texas, you know the opportunities available...


The ABCs of Duck and Goose Decoys

A lways have a Plan B in mind should your sure-bet decoy spread fail. B right days should have the decoys out in front and you on the shady side of trees in flooded timber. C hildren’s snow sleds can haul your load of decoys to and from your spots,...


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A Dandy Duck Hunting Dilemma: Timber or Impoundments?

My license plate, barely visible under days of accumulated road salt, might have read Wisconsin, but I sure wasn’t up North. Constant quacks and feeding chuckles echoed across the water as flock after flock of mallards halted in mid-air and then parachuted down toward us through the tupelo and cypress...


Hunting Trucks: When Your Duck Dog Rules the Roost

Editor's note: This is a guest blog from Realtree.com contributor James Buice. About three weeks into waterfowl season , the cab of my trucks looks like it belongs to a vagrant that has taken quarter. Currently, identifiable objects include one Canon camera with a telephoto lens in the passenger side...


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