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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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Realtree Max-5 Christmas Gift Ideas

Forget snow globes and candy canes this Christmas. Every die-hard waterfowler wants to see Realtree Max-5-clad hunting gear under the tree. Here are some great Max-5-adorned ideas for the season.


Waterfowling Savvy: Qualities of a Good Pit Boss

Every group hunt at a pit, blind, boat, slough or timber hole needs a pit boss — a leader who guides the hunt from start to finish and makes tough decisions. That can be difficult. After all, even seasoned veterans don’t have all the answers, and no one wants to...


Skunkings: The Waterfowl Struggle is Real

Hunting results vary based on myriad factors, but sometimes, we fail in epic fashion and end the day without any ducks or geese . The schneid. The collar. Zeroed. An SS — same shells — day (which is when you load three shells before shooting hours and then remove those...


Winging it for Waterfowl: When Scouting Fails

Scouting kills ducks and geese — period. And resourceful, intelligent scouting kills more ducks and geese. But sometimes, our best recon efforts fall flat. Birds move. Conditions change. We’re pressed for time. Or we simply whiff. And then we’re left with no solid game plan for the next morning. That...


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Realtree Timber Christmas Gift Ideas

Red and green are out this Christmas. New Realtree Timber , the waterfowling camo carved from the Delta, is in — at least if you're a duck hunter. Here are some great Timber-adorned gift ideas for waterfowlers this Christmas.


Waterfowling Perfection: Green Timber and Greenheads

Here’s what’s true: Duck hunting in flooded woods is the ultimate waterfowling experience. For those of us lucky enough to have grown up surrounded by it, nothing else measures up. Flooded-timber hunting is mostly a sport of the southern Mississippi Flyway , because that’s where most of the flood-prone bottomland...


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