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2020 Duck Hunting Nation: Pacific Flyway

Our fourth and final Duck Hunting Nation roundup focuses on the Pacific Flyway. From the legendary pintail gunning of California to Pacific brant and the Great Salt Lake, this flyway features some of waterfowling’s true bucket-list destinations. We’ve updated each state’s page with license costs, links to current regulations, and...


4 Things We Got Wrong About Duck and Goose Hunting

Like many other outdoor pursuits, waterfowl hunting spawns fallacies that folks regard as gospel. And only hard experience exposes those mistaken beliefs. My buddies and I are no different. For years, we bought into many misconceptions simply because experienced waterfowlers repeated them. But ducks and geese ultimately reveal the truth...


7 Ways to Have Your Best Duck Season Yet

Ambitious folks love to set goals, and duck hunters are no different. But sometimes, our visions don’t mesh with reality. When I was young, my buddies and I would naively discuss silly waterfowl hunting aims we hoped to achieve that year. “I want to kill 50 birds at Rush Lake...


2020 Duck Hunting Nation: Central Flyway

Our third Duck Hunting Nation roundup covers the big skies of the Central Flyway. From huge flocks of mallards and geese whirling over North Dakota grainfields to endless lines of redheads and pintails off the Texas coast, this flyway offers perhaps unlimited potential. We’ve updated each state’s page with license...


Best States for a Bull Canvasback, Revisited

No matter where he hunts, every waterfowler wants to score a prime bull canvasback. That can prove challenging, however, as cans are notoriously finicky about where they migrate, stage, and winter. Further, there just aren’t that many canvasbacks in North America, with a breeding population estimate of about 651,000 in...


Morning Hunt Yields an Early-Season Kentucky Monster

Not many stories start out with nine toothy coyotes and a monster buck, but this one does. Last year, Dustin French had a stud 4 1/2-year-old deer at 20 yards. He was drawn back and ready to let his broadhead make some backstrap when a pack of voracious canines charged...


Is Southeastern Missouri the New Arkansas for Duck Hunters?

Years ago, when someone steered a truck towing a duck boat onto Interstate 55 during December or January, you knew where they were heading: the rice fields or flooded timber of Arkansas. But for about the past decade, many of those rigs have veered a bit northeast of the world’s...


Are You A Terrible Shot? Here's How to Kill Ducks Anyway

The old guy stunk at skeet. I mean, he was a positively terrible shotgunner. But his Polaroids from the duck blind told a different story. “I ain’t a great shot,” he said repeatedly. “But I’ve learned to put birds in my lap so I don’t have to be.” Basically, the...


Pick a Fall Gobbler Fight

Are you stuck in a rut making kee-kees and kee-kee runs to call in young turkeys of the year? Try reaching out to autumn gobblers with fighting purrs and other bad-boy tactics. Title Bout The hunt involved three guys, a turkey dog, and a gang of fall longbeards. A friend...


2020 Duck Hunting Nation: Mississippi Flyway

Our second Duck Hunting Nation roundup covers the waterfowl-rich Mississippi Flyway. Stretching from remote Minnesota rice lakes through Louisiana's coastal marshes, this tradition-rich flyway features some of the country’s most famous duck and goose hunting opportunities . We’ve updated each state’s page with license costs, links to current regulations and...


How Will the Pandemic Affect Waterfowl Season?

Headlamps cut through the hazy pre-dawn, confirming our fears. We had unexpected company in our opening-day goose field, and the uncertain COVID-19-influenced 2020 waterfowl season had begun. The situation shouldn’t have surprised us. With widespread furloughs, layoffs, travel restrictions and safer-at-home orders during the 2020 pandemic, more folks throughout the...


What the Heck Is Rice Breast in Ducks?

The greenwing would have been lunch. The protozoans had other plans. Seconds after starting to skin the plump drake, I noticed its dark breast meat was littered with small white granules. Disappointed, I recalled some college zoology lessons and realized I’d be eating a sandwich that noon. Many hunters have...


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