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Only at Duck Camp

Years ago, my buddy Joe rolled out of bed before daylight, stumbled into the kitchen of the tiny South Dakota farmhouse and raised a John Belushi-esque eyebrow at the cluttered table. “High-fiber breakfast bars,” he muttered. “These have absolutely no place in duck camp.” The bars, packed by my health-conscious...


10 Old-Time Turkey Hunting Lies That Need to Die

I have seen a lot of gobblers come running like racehorses out of the gate and die with honor, dodge swarms of shot to live again, and, like the sun on an overcast spring day, never show. Win or lose, I loved every one of them. Yet when I was...


Are Duck Guns with Long Barrels Better?

It’s no surprise that many serious duck hunters have specific preferences about their shotgun dimensions, including length of pull, drop at comb and other particulars. But weight and barrel length might be the most hotly debated measurements. Conventional wisdom holds that heavy shotguns with longer barrels perform better for the...


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What Do Wild Turkeys Eat?

Wild turkeys have big appetites. From large-bodied adults to broods of rapidly growing poults, they require considerable amounts of food. Their diets are varied, not only by region but by the season. Think of them as foodies of the bird world, with about a hundred different dietary items on the...


Delta Waterfowl's Top Mallard Production Tool

Delta Waterfowl's hen houses have helped boost mallard production in habitat-challenged areas for years. Learn why in this new video. Click here for more Realtree waterfowl hunting content. And check us out on Facebook .


7 Crazy Differences in Tagging Deer

I travel for whitetails a lot. No two states I’ve ever been to use the same tagging and checking system. After digging a little further, I couldn’t find twin systems anywhere in the nation. There are numerous crazy differences in reporting harvests across America. Behind the Regs The extreme differences...


Do You Need a Custom Turkey Call?

Sure, a mouth call pocketed for the cost of a fast-food burger with fries can yelp up plenty of birds. They're cheap, effective, and all that. But for traditionalists, custom turkey calls embody a certain elegance and history, and that's reason enough for the hardcore turkey hunter to opt in...


Feds Implement Delta Waterfowl's Working Wetlands Program

Delta Waterfowl’s Working Wetlands program, an incentive-based effort that could support the breeding efforts of 1.8 million ducks, opened enrollment this past week in five states in the prairie pothole region . The program, now dubbed the Prairie Pothole Water Quality and Wildlife Program, is administered by the U.S. Department...


April Deer Hunting News Roundup

Deer season is still five or more months away for most of us, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t already making headlines. There’s a lot going on in the deer hunting world right now. Here’s the latest roundup of news you need to know. 2019 Harvest Reports Trickling In Several...


Covid-19 Prompts Feds to Cancel Spring Waterfowl Surveys

In response to Covid-19 restrictions and safety concerns, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Canadian Wildlife Service have canceled the Spring 2020 Waterfowl Breeding Population and Habitat Survey. However, the Fish and Wildlife Service is developing a plan to establish waterfowl hunting formats for 2021-’22, the season for which...


Making the Traditional Bow Switch

Over the past few years, traditional archery has surged in popularity among recreational shooters and bowhunters alike. For many, making the switch from a compound to a recurve or long bow is a way to increase the challenge of a hunt; for others, it’s a way to embrace the simplicity...


Slowing the Spread of CWD

Scientists first learned of Chronic Wasting Disease in 1967, and it has plagued cervids ever since. Now it’s affecting how we hunt, butcher, and transport deer and elk. Even as we learn more about CWD, more cases continue to appear around the country. That’s why it’s important to understand how...


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