Waterfowl

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  • Top 5 Waterfowl Hunting Concealment Fails

    Fancy calling, slick shooting and masterful decoy spreads mean nothing if ducks and geese see you. Concealment might be the No. 1 key to success at any waterfowling setup. Yet day after day, season after season, you see experienced, well-intentioned hunters stumble horribly when trying to hide. Maybe they underestimate...

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Duck Hunting Literature: Separating Fact From Fiction

Waterfowlers love a good read, especially when it involves our passion. Whether we dig deep into stuff by the greats — Buckingham, MacQuarrie, Ruark, Hill and others — or just peruse a hunting story on a local outdoor blog, we enjoy reading about hunting almost as much as going afield...


5 Tips to Help Travel with Hunting Dogs

If you travel with hunting dogs as I do – any canine pet really – portable, cushioned beds are essential. Good food and fresh water, including a collapsible dish, are also mainstays. Over the past 20 years my English setters have put on many road miles with me. They’ve been...


Bad Hunting Buddy Behaviors

We all love hunting with our pals and look forward to hunt camp each season. But let’s be honest. Sometimes our hunting buddies do things in camp or during the hunt that make us just want to punch them in the face. You know it’s true. That doesn’t mean we...


Fowling Bliss: Defining Perfect Hunting Conditions

In previous blogs, I’ve discussed how wind, rain, sun, clouds and temperature extremes affect duck and goose hunting. In fact, I dissected some conditions to the extent that folks might wonder if Lovett considers any day to be ideal for waterfowling. I sure do. In fact, I think any hunt...


4 Tips to Prevent and Treat Snakebites in Dogs

A dog encounters all sorts of hazards in the field when you open the crate, drop the tailgate and start hunting. Venomous snakes are but one. Some states around the country present a more perilous scenario for such interactions, while others provide less. Ways to prevent and treat snake bites,...


7 X-Factors That Could Ruin Your Duck Hunt

We plot and scheme for months before opening day and fret endlessly during the season. Yet sometimes, unforeseen or even uncontrollable factors ruin our waterfowling plans. Hey, that’s duck hunting. You can only control a finite amount of any outdoor pursuit involving wild animals. However, savvy hunters know how to...


Junior Duck Stamp Contest Highlights Young Talent

Editor's note: This is a guest "Duck Blog" authored by "Timber 2 Table" blogger Michael Pendley. Earlier this year, I was honored to be included on the judging panel for the Kentucky Junior Duck Stamp Competition. For those not familiar with the program, the Junior Duck Stamp Competition is a...


Buying or Leasing Waterfowl Hunting Property

Everyone wants a place of their own — especially duck and goose hunters tired of dodging shot and bumping boats with other folks on public water. That’s why many buy or lease waterfowling property. That sounds simple, but the process and considerations involved in finding quality areas are much more...


Wood Ducks: The All-American Waterfowl

On this uniquely all-American day, I thought it would be cool to nominate an all-American duck. My pick? The wood duck. Yeah, I know mallards are more plentiful and widespread. And it’s true that wood ducks aren’t unique to the United States, as many breed in Canada, and some winter...


5 Tips to Keep Your Hunting Dog Happy

Between early September and late December, I'm on the road, most often in my pickup truck, hunting multiple states for fall turkey flocks. And ducks. And geese. And all those smaller upland birds. We get out plenty here at home as well. My English setter Luna, like my canine hunting...


Duck Hunting: 6 Ways to Do it Right

You can pursue waterfowl in many fashions and at widely varying areas. But whether you wade narrow streams, ply vast open water or hunker in muddy fields, how you conduct yourself defines you as a duck hunter. Everyone’s personal code of ethics varies, of course. But let’s agree that following...


Duck Hunting Royalty: Why the Mallard Reigns

Anas platyrhynchos is the world’s most common and widespread wild duck ; even a frequent resident of parks, golf courses and city ponds. Yet when we sit by the fire and talk of fowling and hunts past, it becomes clear that we cherish and revere the mallard over all other...


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