Geese

  • 6 Reasons Why Gaddies Aren't So Bad

    Admit it: You’ve probably maligned the gadwall. Maybe you didn’t mean to. Perhaps mentioning the gray duck didn’t include the snickers or eye-rolling usually reserved for conversations about shovelers or ruddy ducks. Instead, it was probably an unintentional slight, such as discussing a prospective mallard hotspot that turned out to...

  • 4 Steps for Hunting New Waterfowl Waters

    At some point this season, your hotspots might falter, and you’ll be left scratching your head. Sure, you could grind out a few hunts until conditions improve, but you’re probably better off exploring new water. Here’s how to make that sometimes daunting process a bit easier. Be Willing The toughest...

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Hunting Ducks and Geese in the Fog

If you could design your perfect hunting day, what would it be? Most waterfowl hunters would want overcast skies and a stiff north wind to get birds moving. Add in some cool temperatures and maybe an impending storm, and marshes should be buzzing with activity. I love those elements, too...


Atlantic Flyway Wood Duck Action Hot

Date: Oct. 19 Location: Flyway wide, with focus on the northern-tier states Major Weather Trends Late-August and early-September rain offered some hope of filling swamps throughout much of the mid-Atlantic, but that hope faded as almost no rain fell during September. As such, smaller rivers dwindled to a trickle, and...


Pacific Flyway Hunting Off to a Strong Start

Date: Oct. 19 Location: Flyway-wide, trending toward the northern states Summary Ah, it arrived at last — Oct. 14, the opening day of Washington’s 2017-’18 waterfowl season. Coming off an extremely pleasant and physically demanding muzzleloader elk season — alas, no elk this year — it was nice to hump...


Full-Moon Fever: When Ducks and Geese Go Nocturnal

Almost gigging in my field blind, I readied my calls and made sure I had extra shells at hand. We’d set the trap so perfectly that success was assured. Conditions were perfect. A cool front was approaching from the west, and a stiff breeze rocked the corn stubble in front...


What Grandpa Got Right (and Wrong) About Duck and Goose Hunting

Many of us learned basic hunting tenets and skills from family elders. Often, those folks were grandparents or other relatives who started hunting two or more generations earlier. That type of education is priceless from practical and emotional standpoints. Still, as famed turkey author Tom Kelly suggested, lessons learned on...


Defining Duck Hunting's Critical Intangibles

Some folks just have it. That holds true when discussing golf, public speaking or even duck hunting . A few people are just naturally talented and ultra-intuitive at specific activities. A football coach might describe those attributes as intangibles when discussing a remarkable player. You know, the guy who isn’t...


Weather Warm but Hunting Strong in Mississippi Flyway

Date: Oct. 12 Location: Flyway-wide, trending toward the northern states Major Weather Trends A cool late summer gave way to unseasonably warm, dry weather during September and much of October. A few cool nights and north winds gave hunters hope for better conditions, but balmy days continue to dominate. Water...


Rains Hit Central Flyway, Optimism Soars

Date: Oct. 12 Location: Upper reaches of the Central Flyway Overview A strange summer is finally finished on the Big Wide Open . Devastating drought pounded the central to western parts of both Dakotas, as well as eastern Montana, starting in spring, drawing down water tables and limiting grass growth...


Duck Dilemma: Arkansas' Season of Change

On a major migration day, it can seem like all 1.04 million U.S. duck hunters are tucked into the flooded timber of Arkansas’ famed Bayou Meto. Hunters from in state and out vie for their slice of mallard glory. Skeins of green, highballs from a cut-down call and birds that...


Double Up With Duck and Goose Combo Hunts

Many days, you head afield with one type of bird in mind. With some feeding or loafing situations, however, you might have equal opportunities for ducks and geese . Taking advantage of these two-fer opportunities isn’t that difficult. With some hunts, it can be as simple as stumbling onto a...


Great 8: States Where Duck Hunters Score Big

I’ve always been a stats geek, whether it involved baseball, football or waterfowl hunting. My journal is filled with numbers and averages only I understand — and that certainly only I care about. One column reflects the number of ducks I average per hunting trip, and another reveals my shooting...


Six-Shooters: Quick Shotgunning Tune-Ups Before Duck Hunting

If you’re like me, you might feel somewhat insecure about your shooting before the waterfowling game gets real. Off-season practice is great, after all, but bringing down twisting feathered rockets can present a new challenge. This year, tailor your last-minute practice by incorporating shots from several clay-target games. These targets...


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