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Duck Hunting Through the Eyes of a Novice

Duck hunters talk a lot about recruiting the next generation of waterfowlers , and rightfully so. But I think we sometimes fail to hit the right formula for generating interest and fostering the development of young hunters. Too often, I fear, we take newbies hunting but treat the event like...


Duck Hunting Decisions Revisited

As I’ve mentioned in previous blogs, success or failure in the duck marsh often hinges on quick in-the-field decisions. Some work. Many don’t. And in hindsight, the wisdom or folly of your actions becomes clear. Consider these examples from my 2019–'20 season. Moving On The first hour at the flooded...


11 Signs of an Obsessive Duck Hunter

We’re taught as children to avoid categorizing people based on first impressions. However, not-so-subtle signs reveal much about folks — especially duck hunters . These observations, none of them especially clinical in nature, might or might not confirm that you’re dealing with an obsessive duck hunter, or ODH. 1. You...


Are You Seeing Any Poults?

The quail-sized poult, likely 3 weeks old or so, darted out into the road from where it had been bugging, followed by a lanky brood hen. While spotting just a single young bird indicates a tough run for that brood, one sighting is just that — no occasion for panic...


Sweet New Duck Gear for 2020

July’s hot, muggy weather might seem an odd time to think about frosty mornings in the duck woods, but hardcore waterfowl nuts know it’s never too early. In fact, forward-thinking folks are already checking out the latest, greatest duck gear. Here’s a sample of some must-have stuff for the upcoming...


2020 Antler Nation Grades, Part 3

Our third Antler Nation roundup centers on the Midwest region. These big-woods and grain states offer good to great deer hunting, and we’ve updated each state’s page with current hunting regs, license costs, and other vital information. Illinois With advanced planning and in-the-field scouting, it’s possible to find a public-land...


Video: Delta Waterfowl's HunterR3

Delta Waterfowl’s HunteR3 programs — First Hunt, Defending the Hunt and the University Hunting Program — are leading the charge to strengthen hunter numbers and secure the future of waterfowl hunting . Click here for more Realtree waterfowl hunting content. And check us out on Facebook .


Are Inferior Deer Running Off Your Big Bucks?

Really old whitetails with undesirable antler traits appear nationwide, but sometimes, these animals exist in higher concentrations. This occurs even in states and regions known for incredible genetics. From unmanaged areas to properly managed tracts, let’s examine this phenomenon. Unmanaged Areas In unmanaged settings, many hunters are satisfied with shooting...


What if Duck Hunters Talked Like Deer Hunters?

Pundits suggest that duck hunting and deer hunting differ only slightly, but we know the truth. If duck hunters started talking like deer hunters, the marsh would be a crazy place. You might hear things like: 1. “I’m not seeing much rutting activity. We need to trim some hens from...


The Country’s Best Elk-Hunting Units

There are promised lands in the elk world where a 300-class bull is just okay, compared to the mammoths roaming around. Multiple elk states have these hidden gems. The difficult part is drawing a tag. Each state handles things a bit differently, and wait times can be up to 20...


Video: Another Delta Hen House Success

Matt Chouinard, senior waterfowl programs and Delta Marsh property manager for Delta Waterfowl , finds promising news at a Delta hen house in a prairie pothole . Check out this fascinating glimpse into the hatching process. Click here for more Realtree waterfowl hunting content. And check us out on Facebook .


7 Worst Pre-Season Deer Hunting Mistakes

Hunting season might still be months away, but serious deer hunters everywhere are starting to prep for fall. Summertime is a good time to scout and get ready — but a few missteps now can have consequences later. Here are seven mistakes to avoid at all costs. 1. Hanging Treestands...


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