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Pacific Flyway Waterfowl Action Off to Hot Start

Date: Oct. 17 Location: Pacific Flyway Major Weather Trends The weather west of the Rockies has varied wildly recently. Montana got dumped on with early snow. A good friend was in eastern Washington the first week of October chasing moose and said the area received about 18 inches of snow...


How to Call Every Duck but a Mallard

When I started duck hunting in the early 1970s, I only knew how to make the traditional mallard quack in three variations — four at best. My dad always carried a call in the upper breast pocket of his old canvas hunting coat, and he’d play it now and then...


Monster Bucks: David Blanton Tags a Texas Buck in February

This week on Monster Bucks, David Blanton heads to Texas on a late-season February deer hunt. Few states remain open that long, but Blanton decided to take advantage of the opportunity and put his Savage Arms rifle to work. “It’s breaking day,” he said. “We’re hunting with Paul Holton Deer...


7 Scouting Tips for Modern Hunters

The shrinking availability of hunting land is a major concern, and there are many reasons for it: Suburban sprawl. Leases. Private landowners who don’t grant permission. All of these things make it difficult to find ground. But dedicated deer hunters won’t let that stop them. In fact, finding new hunting...


Our Dirt: Creating a Deer Hunter’s Paradise

Proper land management is like a good marriage. The more you put into it, the more you get out of it. Improvements are slow to materialize, and best measured over time. It’s a lot of work, but the rewards make it all worthwhile. Habitat is a living, breathing thing. It...


Duck Hunters You'll Meet This Season on Public Land

Editor's note: This blog originally appeared March 24, 2016, on Realtree.com. A hunting buddy of mine takes the George Carlin approach when categorizing other waterfowlers on public marshes. They’re idiots or maniacs. There might be some truth in that, but I prefer a broader view. In fact, I’ve identified seven...


Dry Conditions Might Hamper Early Atlantic Flyway Action

Date: Oct. 15 Location: entire Atlantic Flyway Damned if you do, damned if you don’t? 2018’s theme was water, water everywhere. Endless rain raised reservoirs, blew out rivers and turned dry ground into duck habitat from Maine south to parts of Georgia. The birds were scattered, and finding them was...


3 Offbeat Tactics for Fall Turkey Hunting

Maybe you're in a bit of a rut. Sitting on the edge of a field day after day, waiting for a flock of turkeys to walk by, gets pretty old. These three tactics are more exciting, and they just might help you put a tag on your fall bird. 1...


Why You Should Keep a Hunting Journal

The thought of keeping a journal conjures up childhood memories of the time my older sister caught me reading her diary. It resulted in the beating of my life. There’s nothing real glamorous about the thought of revealing to your hunting buddies that you have a deer hunting journal. But...


Delta Waterfowl October 2019 Migration Report

Early-season duck and goose hunting has been good across the northern range of the flyways. And with major cold fronts on the way, action should get even better. Here's what the experts at Delta Waterfowl had to say. Click here for more Realtree waterfowl hunting content. And check us out...


Early Hunting Good in Sodden Mississippi Flyway

Date: Oct. 10 Location: northern portions of the flyway Major Weather Trends Early-fall cold fronts have kick-started waterfowl migrations in the upper Mississippi Flyway, but precipitation still dominates the headlines. Record rainfall in many areas has inundated the landscape, flooding fields and creating numerous temporary wetlands. And the situation won’t...


Get Moving: 9 Motion Decoys for Waterfowlers

On days with wind and overcast skies, almost any decoy spread can lure in waterfowl . But for slower sits with flat water and bright skies, you need motion to attract birds. The idea of making decoys move isn’t new, and it doesn’t have to be complicated. Heck, guys still...


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