Waterfowl

  • Tips for Calling in Mallards: Separator Call

    In the fifth installment of this nine-part calling series , Chad Belding, host of The Fowl Life , teaches us how to perform the separator call, which is also known as the feeding chuckle. Give a listen, and learn how to sound just like feeding ducks on the water. Click...

  • Journey to 41: Pursuing the Waterfowl Slam

    Looking back on the past 20 years, memories of hunts good and bad fill my mind, but it has been a great journey. Completing the waterfowl grand slam has been a longtime dream, and the realization of completion becomes stronger with each year. To date, I’ve taken 29 of the...

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Food Plot Seed: How to Plant Buckwheat

This warm-season annual is a great food plot seed option for most hunters. It isn’t a legume or grain species. It's a forb and it can grow as tall as 4 to 5 feet in height. Crude protein levels are high, often surpassing 20 percent. Deer, turkey, waterfowl, upland birds...


Waterfowl Weirdness: Trick Shots You Must Master

I love those classic duck and goose hunting shots. You watch the target come into range, rise with perfect form and footing and then follow through precisely, just like at the skeet range. Thing is, you’re not at the skeet range. Or the trap field. Or even a sporting clays...


Tips for Calling in Mallards: Standing On It

In the fourth installment of our video calling tutorial, Chad Belding, host of The Fowl Life , explains the importance of "standing on the call." The simple variation of the first note tells ducks that your spread means business. Click here for more Realtree waterfowl hunting content. And check us...


Atlantic Flyway Mallards on the Brink

Most Atlantic Flyway duck hunters are realists. They hope opening day will bring a mallard or black duck and maybe a limit of wood ducks. As the season moves along, many venture onto big water for divers and sea ducks, sporadically finding clusters of puddlers to pursue. Honkers are in...


How to Blow Your Duck Hunt Before Firing a Shot

If you’ve spent much time knee-deep in green timber or hunkered in a muddy field, you know many factors can ruin a hunt. The weather might change. Shooting can go south. Dogs break. Or the situation just goes sideways. But often, we sabotage hunts before loading our guns, usually because...


Federal Premium Releases New, Improved Speed-Shok Waterfowl Ammo

No matter how long we hunt or shoot, new ammunition options almost always get our attention. Just last week, Federal Premium Ammunition announced a redesign of its complete line of Speed-Shok waterfowl loads. According to the company, the new-and-improved lineup includes more than 10 new loads in several shot sizes...


Tips for Calling in Mallards: Greeters

In the third installment of this calling series, Chad Belding, host of The Fowl Life , shows you how to huff out perfect greeters. And he imparts some calling wisdom given to him years ago by a legendary pro. Further, he shows you how to sound like several ducks on...


How to Buy a Duck Call

The colors get your attention first first. Why not? Bright reds, blues and oranges catch the light from the display case, shining like jewels in a museum. The exotic woods are stunning, too. And those slick camouflage patterns? They aren’t too shabby, either. Next, you lean in and squint to...


Early Geese are Different

The first shots of goose season echoed across many states this past week, kicking off the 2018-’19 hunt. Early morning smiles and multi-honker piles have returned. But although the act of September goose hunting — endless scouting, seeking permission, lugging decoys, grassing in blinds and tuning up calls — resembles...


Tips for Calling in Mallards: Finding the Quack

In the first installment of this nine-part video series, Chad Belding, host of The Fowl Life , taught us how to find the range of a call. Here, in the second episode, he guides us toward finding the perfect hen mallard quack. Man, does that sound real. Click here for...


A Duck Hunting Starter Kit

There’s no doubt that duck hunting has always been a gear-intensive endeavor — enough that the thought of procuring, paying for and packing everything that seems to be required can scare many would-be waterfowlers away from one of autumn’s finest pastimes. Buying into any popular duck hunting TV show or...


Researchers Marvel at Mysterious Wandering Hen

What’s the deal with Hen No. 173012? No one’s sure, but as part of Delta Waterfowl’s continuing study of ring-necked ducks , she and her compatriots continue to provide new glimpses into the world of these important birds. Hen No. 173012 and 13 other ringneck hens were implanted with transmitters...


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