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The Benelli Super Black Eagle: One of History's Great Duck Guns

Dark forms whirled overhead as I glanced nervously at my phone, wishing legal shooting light would arrive just a little sooner over the North Platte River. Soon, the familiar rituals of another duck hunt would consume me. Yet this day was different. I was carrying a Benelli Super Black Eagle,...


6 Killer Late-Season Duck Calling Tips

Late-season duck hunting brings many challenges, including calling. Some days, it seems like birds have heard — and ignore — every sound you can utter. Don’t despair. Even the pros have days when ducks shun their best routines. But they adapt their approach to find notes that bring birds sure-kill...


How to Hide a Big Group of Duck Hunters

Disappearing into the environment greatly increases your chances of waterfowling success, whether you’re crouched in tall cattails or snug against a broad tupelo gum tree. But when you add several other hunters to the equation — perhaps folks who can’t sit still or want to stare at passing birds —...


5 Tips for Running Traffic with Field Ducks and Geese

In a perfect world, every waterfowler would be on the X daily, waiting for birds at a hot feed or midmorning loafing area. Then, afternoon scouting would reveal another hotspot for the next day. That, of course, is fantasy. Despite our best scouting efforts , we’re not always on the...


Our 30 Best Mallard Hunting Tips

Mallards captivate and mystify hunters across the country, and filling straps with plump greenheads remains one of waterfowling’s top achievements. That’s partly because wary, unpredictable mallards can be tough to hunt. If you want to bag more greenheads this year, try these tips. 1) Like many ducks, mallards love fresh...


6 Ducks You’ll Hate During Tough Seasons

Uncooperative ducks get on your nerves every season, but they’re especially vexing during tough years. From flaring to almost disappearing at times, their mocking behavior makes you shake your head. Hopefully, you’re not having a difficult season . But if you are, you’ve probably met these annoying birds. And if...


The Dangers of Duck Hunting

Soapbox alert: Lovett is going to discuss duck hunting safety again. Yawn, right? Yet every season, we’re reminded in tragic fashion that those basic lessons don’t always sink in. And they must, because waterfowling can sometimes be risky business , even for experienced hunters. So in the hopes of sparing...


Quick Field Fixes for Keeping Decoys Looking Lively

Modern duck and goose decoys look incredibly realistic when new and pristine, but they can get dirty or marred with use, reducing their effectiveness. You can’t clean them in the marsh or pit with a garden hose and soapy water , so you must resort to quick fixes to make...


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The Best Hunting Gear for the 2020 Holiday Season

The best holiday gifts are those that blend right in under the tree, thanks of course to a perfect camouflage pattern. This year we’ve pooled our resources to come up with a wish list of gear that’s sure to please the hunter on your list. And if you want to...


Tips for Big-Water Mallards

Here’s an inconvenient truth: Mallards — a duck comfortable on sheet water, in creeks and marshes, or even feeding in ag fields — love big water. They roost on huge lakes and rivers, and loaf and feed at sprawling sloughs. And all that water can make hunting tough, especially considering...


Five Fixes for Stale Ducks

Duck hunting holds few guarantees, but here’s a solid bet: At some point during the season, stale, overpressured birds will give you fits. It happens every year. Warm weather and southerly winds stall the migration . Ducks that arrived days earlier and seemed so naive and eager suddenly act like...


Feeling the First-Shot Blues

See if this sounds familiar: Ducks swing over your decoys , so you rise, mount your gun confidently and — miss the first shot. It happens frequently; probably more than we’d like to admit. Often, you redeem yourself on the second or third rounds, and then your buddies crack cheesy...


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