Ducks

  • Spring Duck Numbers Look Promising

    With many duck seasons just weeks away, hunters have received great news: Spring 2017 duck numbers were strong, and some species showed gains. The 2017 Waterfowl Breeding Population and Habitat Survey , released Aug. 15, put the breeding duck population at about 47.27 million birds, just 2 percent lower than...

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    7 Ducks You’ll Loathe This Season

    Duck hunting doesn’t usually produce the kind of resentment inherent in deer or turkey hunting. After all, waterfowlers don’t often have multiple encounters with one bird or buck that consistently thwarts them. But let’s admit that some general duck behavior traits might leave you shaking your head or even cussing...

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Online Waterfowl Band Reporting System Offers Convenience

If you have to refer back to this blog, chances are you’ve been lucky. That is, you’ve likely shot a banded duck or goose and want to know how to report it. The answer is pretty simple: www.reportband.gov , the U.S. Geological Survey’s Patuxent Bird Banding Laboratory’s website for reporting...


How to Introduce Your Older Hunting Dog to a Puppy

You're likely pretty excited about bringing your new puppy home. Your older hunting dog might not share the same feelings. Ways to introduce your adult dog to the new pup in your life follow here. Short, Positive Interactions Your adult dog has learned plenty in your time together. It's the...


Water Quandary: Should You Ground-Swat Ducks and Geese?

We hold some truths, to paraphrase Mr. Jefferson, to be self-evident. In the waterfowling world, one such tenet is that birds should be shot while flying, not standing, sitting or swimming (with the exception of cripples). But when a well-meaning co-worker recently questioned that principle, it made me pause. “Why...


Top Duck Calling Myths Exploded

Like any discipline, duck calling has its share of truths, misconceptions and outright falsehoods. In fact, a quick glance at any online forum or social media group will reveal many varying and conflicting opinions about the proper way to call ducks. But who’s right, and which self-proclaimed expert is full...


How to Crate Train Your Hunting Dog Puppy

I’ve been around hunting dogs most of my life. Nope, this doesn’t make me an expert. I’m still learning, like all of you dog owners. That’s the fun part. My dad ran beagles, which I took care of being the oldest boy, and a dog lover from the start. We...


Hunting Funnels for Puddle Ducks

As canoes glided past and boats chugged along the channel, I felt somewhat foolish. Yeah, I’d beaten everyone to the landing, but I hadn’t exactly claimed a classic spot. Instead, I had tucked in along a tree-lined shore about halfway up a narrow bay, with a small open channel at...


5 Sleeper Duck Hunting States

With duck season approaching quickly, many hunters have locked in travel plans for famous destination states. North Dakota ? Check. Arkansas ? After Christmas. California ? Someday. Alaska ? Oh, man. But those go-to states aren't the only places that offer quality duck hunting. In fact, U.S. Fish and Wildlife...


Waterfowl Camo for Hunting Any Season; Realtree Max-5 Pattern Review

We're obviously big fans of Realtree's Max-5 camouflage pattern around here. But why take our word for it? Check out this great video review of Max-5 from the Wingmen . Also note how awesome Max-5 looks on Tanglefree's Panel Blind. Sure makes a guy think about duck season . Click...


Hunting September Teal

“If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen,” President Harry S. Truman was fond of saying. And right then, sweating, standing thigh-deep in a steamy, marshy backwater of the Osage arm of Missouri’s Harry S Truman Lake, it occurred to me that was pretty good advice. Two...


Greenhead Greats: Top 5 Hunting States for Mallards

Hardcore duck hunters always seek the best locations, especially when it comes to mallards . Often, they debate the merits of one region or state versus another. Arguments are fun, but what do the numbers say? We recently perused mallard harvest data in the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Migratory...


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6 Tips to Keep You Thinking About Ducks in the Off-Season

Duck hunting might be on hold until fall, but there’s plenty you should be doing to get things shaped up for when the season rolls around again, according to Realtree pro-staffer Chad Belding, host of The Fowl Life on The Outdoor Channel. “As a duck hunter, our main goal should...


Duck and Goose Decoy Clinic: Keeping Blocks in Top Shape

The calendar brings a stark realization: Teal and many early goose seasons are only about five weeks away. If you haven’t thought about it already, you’d better get those decoys ready to go. Here’s a quick look at how top waterfowling professionals keep their blocks in good working order during...


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