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5 Ducks That Probably Really Ticked You Off This Season

Depending on where and how you hunt, you probably experience several types of ducks that frustrate you year after year. Some birds don’t read the playbook and — gasp — adopt annoying behaviors that keep them alive and make you pull your hair out. I feel your pain. In fact,...


The 10 Best States for Snow Goose Hunting

Even if you didn’t know much about spring snow goose hunting , fields covered with white decoys and parking lots jammed with muddy trailers would reveal hotspots across the country. And for good reason: Depending on the weather and hatch, many areas typically produce year after year. Now and then,...


North Carolina Duck Hunters Die in Plane Crash

A plane carrying a group of waterfowl hunters, including four teens, crashed near the coast of North Carolina’s Outer Banks on Sunday, Feb. 13. All of the plane’s occupants died in the crash, and their bodies have been located. The News & Observer reports that divers recovered the bodies during...


E-Caller Strategies for Spring Snow Geese

When the federal government mandated the Light Goose Conservation Order in the late 1990s, hunters became giddy at the prospect of new opportunities, including being able to use electronic calling devices. Nowadays, e-callers are standard equipment for serious snow goose geeks . But unless you’re intimately familiar with how to...


Snow Goose Guns of the Pros

Spring snow goose hunting demands specialized gear, and that’s especially true with shotguns. Hunters often enjoy high-volume shooting in miserable conditions during spring, so guns must be consistently reliable. Further, with no restrictions on the number of shells a gun can hold, many shooters beef up their magazine capacity, hoping...


Snow Goose Hunting Outlook for Spring 2022

With duck season in the rearview mirror, most waterfowlers have switched their focus to light geese and wonder what to expect this spring. The answer isn’t clear — thanks, COVID — but some reports offer glimmers of hope for the 2022 season. Hunting success during the spring conservation order season...


Duck Decisions Revisited: What Worked, What Didn’t

As duck season fades, it becomes easier to reflect on decisions you faced afield and realize how they made or broke a hunt. Sometimes, choices that seemed tough during the fog of battle look much clearer in hindsight. And typically, you’ll smile at your victories but cringe again at the...


How to be a Good Duck Hunting Mentor

Waterfowling scribes harp a lot about introducing newcomers to the sport, but we often forget to mention that there’s no instruction manual for being a good mentor. Some might say that’s silly, as the main responsibility of any mentor is simply offering someone a chance. True, but a good teacher...


Justin Martin’s First Duck Call, First Greenhead, and Meeting Willie Robertson

The hit A&E reality series Duck Dynasty may no longer be airing, but the good times haven’t stopped for one of its stars. Known to many of the show’s fans as “Friar Tuck” or simply “Martin,” Justin Martin says he’s a happy man doing what he loves, which is working...


5 Decoy Spreads for Late-Season Free-Lance Hunting

Free-lancing during the late season might be the apex of American waterfowling . With a pair of binoculars, a tank of gas and a few decoys in your truck bed, the possibilities seem endless. But that spawns a potential dilemma. You never know what you’ll find when scouting the prairies...


Turn Your Ho-Hum Duck Season Around Now

Some years, duck season seems to flow seamlessly. Everything works, familiar spots produce and new adventures abound. Other seasons, however, seem doomed from the start, as the weather warms, flights stall, honey holes dry up, birds get stale and light straps become the norm. Sound familiar? Don’t panic. Even if...


Duck Dinner in 30 Minutes

With these five easy duck recipes , you can have a delicious wild-game dinner on a busy weeknight.


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