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Realtree 365, Black Cloud: Migration Heads South

In the third episode of Black Cloud , Dennis and Billy head south to keep pace with the migration. Hard scouting and a decisive move lead to a great mallard morning — and some bling. Check it out. Black Cloud on Realtree 365: Migration Heads South Rating: 4.5 out of...


Tested: New Hunting Pack and Headwear from Ergodyne

Who doesn’t like new gear, especially when it’s good stuff that’s affordable? I’ve been testing these three products — a new rucksack, face mask and beanie — from Ergodyne this deer season, and that’s exactly what they are. Good stuff that’s affordable. Here’s the 411. Arsenal General Duty Gear Backpack...


Why Your Duck Season Has Sucked So Far

Editor's note: This blog originally appeared Oct. 29, 2016, on Realtree.com. Sometimes, duck season can turn sour. Months of pre-season planning, shooting and calling practice culminate in a huge thud instead of a breakout year. And after a while, you hit the snooze button more often or question whether hunting...


24 Tips for Today’s Duck and Goose Hunters

Today’s waterfowl aren’t like the birds of 20 years ago. With technological innovations such as hyper-realistic decoys and motorized spinning wings, and guys who can seemingly call better than real ducks and geese , the flyways have become a different ballfield. But these 24 tried-and-true tactics can put more birds...


Mild Weather Has Pacific Flyway Migration in Holding Pattern

Date: Nov. 14 Location: entire Pacific Flyway Major Weather Trends Unfortunately, mild is the word in western Washington. Indian Summer is nice, as I get a lot of things done that should have been a month ago, but it doesn’t help duck hunting . We’ve experienced lows in the low...


8 Ways Deer Hunters Have Changed

Open a hunting magazine from 1970. Then flip through one on the newsstands today. They won’t look the same. That’s not altogether surprising – magazines and their audience are bound to change over the course of 50 years – but once you start looking at digital content, social feeds, and...


6 Guide Level Rut Hunting Tips

Few people log more time in the deer woods than hunting guides. Knowing their craft is a necessity to their livelihood. Bad deer guides don’t last. That’s why we asked some of the country’s most established outfitters for their best rut-hunting secrets. Here’s what they said. No. 1: Hunt on...


Realtree 365, Black Cloud: Northern Green: Action Continues in the Dakotas

In the second episode of Realtree365's Black Cloud , Dennis Loosier and Billy Campbell keep rolling during their Dakota tour. And they found a prairie mallard hunt to remember. Check it out. Black Cloud on Realtree 365: Chasing Northern Green Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars Produced By: Realtree Digital...


Hunters Optimistic as Cold Snap Looms for Atlantic Flyway

Date: Nov. 12 Location: New England, New York and south to Florida What a difference a few weeks can make. Months of record heat and rainless days had hunters up and down the Atlantic Flyway wondering if this season would be another bust . Weather Trends That changed with a...


How to Kill a Locked Down Buck

The rut is in full swing, and there’s a hot doe dragging a big buck behind her everywhere she goes. That’s the good news. The bad? She’s nowhere near your treestand. This is what we call the lock-down phase; it’s that period of the rut when a doe is receptive...


Grandpa Reacts to Internet Duck Hunters

Our old waterfowling sage Grandpa has become more technologically savvy, and lately he’s been perusing Facebook, reading tweets, watching YouTube videos and even scrolling through Instagram. He’s perplexed at the way modern hunters interact via social media. In fact, folks from his generation sometimes view the online duck and goose...


On Duck Hunting New Spots

You have no memory of this place. Lost amid a sea of cattails, you rub your hands together for warmth, trying to recall what you saw on the map. The channel should cut west, but thick bog says otherwise. You cannot go south, as flooded trees and thick willows prevent...


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