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Atlantic Flyway Waterfowl Hunting Holding Steady

In typical Atlantic Flyway fashion, every hunter from New York to Florida has been praying for a cold front to bring in a fresh wave of birds. So far, that hasn’t happened — at least not like it has in previous seasons. So far, the action has been good to...


The Scoop on Spoonbills

“Aw, it’s just a spoonie.” How often have you heard that when a hunting partner picks up a duck or accepts one from an excited retriever, and that duck in hand turns out to be a northern shoveler? Perhaps you’ve even uttered and muttered similar words. Maybe it’s the big,...


Semi-Auto Waterfowling Shotguns: Today's Reliable Choice

For years, many waterfowl and upland-bird hunting rituals were passed down through generations. Fathers gave decoys to their sons. Old-timers bequeathed wool hunting coats to grandchildren. And season after season, semi-automatic shotguns would jam in the field — likely at the worst possible moments. Even some all-time great auto-loaders sometimes...


Pacific Flyway Hunting Spotty as Hunters Await Weather

Date: Dec. 13 Location: Pacific Flyway, with emphasis on western Washington I know. I’m beginning to sound like the proverbial broken record here in southwestern Washington, but I’m just struggling . Stymied. Perplexed. True, there’s almost no sheet water anywhere, which is odd. However, the strangest part of the equation...


How to Scout Big Water for Ducks

Initially, scouting large waters for ducks seems pretty straightforward. A) Find big water. B) Grab binoculars. C) Look at said water through binoculars. Or, if you’re more hands-on, you can hop in a boat and motor around, provided the seas aren’t too rough. Those approaches work fine much of the...


The Best Christmas Gift for Hunters and Fishermen

Looking for that perfect gift for the angler or hunter on your Christmas list? If so, a fishing or hunting license might be the answer. These licenses make great Christmas gifts. And they're easy to buy. It's a simple process. Winter is a great time to give a license as...


Going to Duck Camp: Enjoying the Entire Play

“I’m going to duck camp .” Those words can hold meaning with broad interpretation depending on the number of zeros in your bank account and, in Southern parlance, “who your daddy is.” I’ve always been a fan of the modest camp, requiring little more than a cot and indoor plumbing,...


Calling the Shot: When to Say No

Every duck hunter has been there: A bird flies in at the edge of effective shooting range but then turns or starts to land short, leaving you a split second to decide whether to fire or hold off. On the surface, that seems like a straightforward call: If the bird...


Mississippi Flyway Weather, Hunting Varies

Date: Dec. 6 Location: lower Midwestern and Southern states in the Mississippi Flyway Major Weather Trends As winter moves in, the Mississippi Flyway seems like a tale of multiple climates. Snow and unseasonably cold weather gripped many Northern states, including Minnesota and Wisconsin, as their duck seasons ended, with only...


Central Flyway Ducks, Geese on the Move

Date: Dec. 6 Location: middle and lower areas of the Central Flyway Overview With some robustly cold nights settling in over the Dakotas in early December, we turn our attention to the middle reaches of the Central Flyway. Nebraska probably has all the ducks and geese it's going to get,...


7 Reasons Public Waterfowl Hunting is Better than You Think

So you think hunting for ducks and geese on public-access areas sucks because those spots are overhunted and overcrowded, and you end up in calling duels with sky-busting neighboring hunters who are always out of their blind peeing when birds are trying to come in? Let me tell you why...


Woods Waterfowl: How to Scout Green Timber

Green timber : Just the mention of it conjures images back-flapping mallards, cypress breaks and calls echoing through the flooded hardwoods. Waterfowl hunters who see that on video or listen to stories of dozens of mallards dropping into a hole are inspired to take up the torch and see the...


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