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Why Turkey Hunters Hate Cows

Cows sometimes seem to show intense interest in turkey hunters and what we do in the field – or just the opposite to the point of endangerment. That’s, um, a problem sometimes. Cover Scent Turkey hunting legend Preston Pittman has had his challenges with cows while turkey hunting, too. He...


Paleo: How to Be a Proud Meat Eater

Many of us probably know at least one person that’s a vegan. And in no way are we sharing this to offend those people. No, it’s just a good old wisecrack to brighten your day. After all, we need a good laugh every now and then, right? I think so...


9 Signs You're Way Too Pumped About Waterfowl Season

Man, I can’t wait for duck and goose hunting. A few months from now, we’ll be welcoming fall and witnessing the great annual migration. Lately, though, I’ve witnessed signs that make me think some folks are a bit too excited for the upcoming season. Anticipation is great, but when waterfowl...


Get to Know These Six Duck-Blind Jerks

First, a disclaimer: Duck hunters are among the world’s finest folks, and you’ll usually become great friends with people who share your blind. However, some guys — rather, some behaviors — irritate fellow hunters and diminish the enjoyment and camaraderie usually associated with a duck blind or pit. Let’s meet...


Reflecting on Great Retrieves

The off-season allows plenty of time for reflection. You can smile about your triumphs, loathe your misses and remember hunts shared with friends. For me, part of that involves looking back at my retriever’s year. In fact, when I get nostalgic, I often dig into the logbook and recall great...


Avoid These 5 Deadly Decoy Mistakes

Yeah, I know it’s only May, but it’s never too early to start plotting your decoy strategy for this fall’s duck and goose seasons. In that spirit, here’s a brief rundown of the five biggest decoy mistakes to avoid. Bunch Crunch Don’t place decoys too close together. Give each block...


The Toughest Duck to Shoot Consistently Is ...

You can whiff on any species of duck. Trust me, I’ve done it. My hunting journal contains a life list of missed birds and head-shaking failure. However, some ducks are inherently more challenging to shoot than others, whether it’s because of size, speed, agility or behavior patterns. Many of these...


In Defense of 'Trash' Ducks

Some hardcore hunters argue that a duck without a green head is not a duck, even going so far as to call anything but a drake mallard a trash duck. (I often point out that drake shovelers and goldeneyes also have green heads, even though I’m not prepared to argue...


6 Traits of Good Duck Hunters

You probably have a buddy who seems infallible with a duck call and shotgun in hand. He usually returns to the landing with a boat full of birds, and he seems to have the answer to every curveball Mother Nature throws his way. Basically, he’s a darn good waterfowl hunter...


The Reasons We Hunt

I’ve always been asked why I hunt. The answer to that question is both very simple and extremely complex. We hunt because we want to experience what nature has to offer us. We hunt to grow in character as individuals who are a part of a much larger society. We...


5 Steps for Waterfowl Doubles, Triples

Efficient waterfowlers know how to maximize opportunity, like plucking two or more birds from a flock when possible. Sometimes, the stars align, and chances for doubles or even triples seem easy. Usually, however, shooting multiple birds requires forethought, strategy and quick reflexes honed by shotgunning practice. These tips can help...


When to Call the Shot

You’ll experience two painful silences in waterfowl hunting. The first occurs as a flock circles for the third or fourth time, just close enough that you and your buddy glance at each other with anticipation, wondering if the other will give the “shoot” signal. The other happens after your partner...


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