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The Early-Season Goose Shuffle (and Backup Plans)

Geese have a wry sense of humor. Don’t believe me? What else explains the preseason switcheroo? After monitoring local Canada geese locked into consistent patterns for weeks during late summer, many waterfowlers view opening day as a potential slam-dunk. Then those seemingly predictable neighborhood honkers might switch routines and locations...


Prairie Drought Leads to Reduced Fall Duck Flight

After years of mostly good news, waterfowlers now face a tough reality: Poor breeding conditions in the drought-stricken prairie pothole region have led to decreased duck production, likely resulting in a smaller fall flight than hunters have seen in years. “This is a unique year in that the prairie pothole...


Dr. Duck's Summer Gear Guide

The thermometer might say 90, but it's still time to gear up for duck season. In this video, Dennis "Dr. Duck" Loosier and Billy Campbell, the co-hosts of Federal Premium's Black Cloud on Realtree 365 , discuss their favorite stuff. Top picks include: Allure Decoys , which feature a paint...


Will Duck Hunters Be Able to Find Ammo This Fall?

COVID-19 has brought many changes to our lives, including a particularly troubling problem for duck hunters: an ammo shortage. Now, waterfowlers wonder if that might cause headaches this fall. The answer is complicated, but industry insiders say there’s reason for optimism. Throughout most of 2020, manufacturers of firearms and ammo...


The 5 Guns Every Outdoorsman Needs

If you’re like me, you’d own 20 or more rifles, shotguns, and handguns, however many you could afford. But truth is, to have a blast shooting targets and hunting every species of bird and animal across America, you really only need five firearms. And those are the ones we’re talking...


Duck Numbers Down Due to Prairie Drought

Drought has hit much of the Prairie Pothole Region, and the dry conditions will likely affect duck production in 2021. The North Dakota Game and Fish Department’s May water index was down 80 percent from the previous year and almost 68 percent lower than the long-term (1948 through 2020) average...


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29 Father's Day Gift Ideas from Realtree

Old Dad deserves something really special this Father's Day, and your friends at Realtree are here to help. From socks to coolers to shotguns, this lineup suits any budget and will help make his time in the outdoors better.


Essential Off-Season Duck Hunting Projects

The off-season might seem long and dreary, but hardcore waterfowlers know it offers them precious time to prepare for the next campaign. In fact, preseason to-do lists often seem so daunting that hunters don’t know where to start. Here’s how several high-profile duck and goose nuts spend their “down” months...


Delta Waterfowl’s Hen Houses Thwart Predators, Boost Nesting Success

Nesting mallards have it tough, but Delta Waterfowl ’s hen house program has been making their lives easier and boosting production for decades. In fact, by 2022, the group will have almost 10,000 hen houses available for ducks, which could produce about 45,000 ducklings. “When you look at the landscapes...


How to Plan an RV Hunting Trip

Thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, hunting license sales skyrocketed across the country in 2020 as folks turned to the fields and forests to enjoy outdoor recreation away from large crowds. Hunting is a great option for entertainment and low-risk for COVID-19. But if your hunting destination is a long distance...


How Many Ducks Can You Keep in Your Freezer?

Of all the waterfowling misconceptions perpetuated by social media and barstool banter, confusion about possession limits might be the most perplexing. Online questions about how many ducks or geese you can keep in your fridge or freezer often prompt wildly varying responses, such as: “Three times the daily limit plus...


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The 10 Toughest Game Animals in North America

Is there really such a thing as a “tough” game animal? After all, a bullet or arrow through the vitals will do the job on anything, from squirrels to elephants, right? That’s true. But equally true is that some critters, due to the size of their vitals, thickness of hide,...


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