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Weather Slows Pacific Flyway Waterfowl Hunting

Date: Jan. 16 Region: entire Pacific Flyway Weather and Water Trends In western Washington, the trend has been rain, from showers to heavy downpours . According to meteorologists, the region ended 2019 with a rainfall deficit of 8 to 10 inches. We’ve made up some of that during 2020, with...


Realtree 365: Tough Arkansas Duck Hunting and Louisiana Cribs

This week's Realtree 365 waterfowl roundup showcases two facets of the duck hunting world: the long, sometimes tough grind of public-land hunting and the ins and outs of Honey Brake Lodge, Louisiana's premier waterfowl and recreation destination. Honey Brake Experience — Honey Brake Cribs: 20,000 Acres, 26 Beds, 19 Baths...


Small-Bore Shotguns for Duck Hunting

Why would any duck hunter trade his 12-gauge for a pipsqueak shotgun? There are several reasons, actually. How many times do you need a 2-by-4-esque punch to the shoulder from a 3.5-inch magnum before you wonder if there might be another way to bring down a duck? Reduced recoil is...


Atlantic Flyway Action Spotty; Ducks Stale

Date: Jan. 14 Region: Atlantic Flyway; Maine south to Florida, including West Virginia and Pennsylvania Weather Trends/Habitat Conditions Another season is ending, but a few weeks remain for much of the Atlantic Flyway. There’s no telling what might happen between now and the final moments , but if current weather...


Mississippi Flyway Action Good but Mixed

Date: Jan. 9 Location: Middle and southern portions of the flyway Major Weather Trends Heavy rains recently hit parts of the Deep South, and warmer-than-normal temperatures have dominated the entire flyway, making waterfowl hunting tough at times. "It’s pretty mild here right now," said Luke Naylor, waterfowl program coordinator with...


20 Duck Hunting Wishes for the New Year

A new year is upon us, bringing fresh hope and the promise of better days. And as many duck hunters finish their campaigns and slip into the off-season, I think it’s fitting to reflect on another year and look forward to the next one. Here’s what I’m wishing for in...


Delta Waterfowl January 2020 Migration Update

The final few weeks of duck season are here, and birds are on the move. The experts at Delta Waterfowl are keeping close tabs on waterfowl movements and have some good advice on where you can cash in. Here's the scoop. Click here for more Realtree waterfowl hunting content. And...


Realtree 365: Kicking off New Year with Arkansas and Louisiana Ducks

The year 2020 began much like 2019 ended: with the Realtree pros scouring migration hotspots for fresh ducks and then enjoying some hard-earned hunts. This week's Realtree 365 waterfowling roundup features a great hunt from the Arkansas timber and some heart-touching youth action froom Louisiana. Black Cloud on Realtree 365:...


Bird Numbers Remain High but Scattered in Southern Central Flyway

Date: Jan. 6 Location: southern portions of the Central Flyway Major Weather Trends December was bookended by blizzards in northern portions of the Central Flyway. A post-Thanksgiving front buried most of the Dakotas with cold and snow, but temps rebounded throughout mid-December. The most recent blizzard just before New Year’s...


12 Reasons Duck Hunters Get Skunked

Most hunters don’t shoot ducks every day. Bad luck, mishaps afield and many other factors let the skunk creep into our blinds now and then. Even so, some hardcore guys fill the boat consistently. If you’re not in this elite group, you might take a long look at your tactics...


Grandpa Goes Retro for Duck Season

Grandpa is at it again. Realtree.com’s waterfowling sage and social media critic is tired of modern conveniences. He’s been longing for simpler times, so this duck season, he vowed to switch back to retro equipment and traditional tactics . We chatted with Grandpa to see what worked — and what...


Realtree 365: Incredible Late-December Duck Hunts

The holiday season typically brings great duck hunting action, and the Realtree pros cashed in. This week's Realtree 365 roundup is packed with special outings and barrel-melting hunts. Black Cloud on Realtree 365 — Home for the Holidays: A Christmas Hunt with Family Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars Produced...


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