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2015 Trends in Duck Breeding Survey Results Are In.

Big news in the waterfowl world this week. The USFWS, along with Canadian Wildlife Service partners, released the long-anticipated Trends in Duck Breeding Populations Survey for 2015 . The report summarizes both estimates in waterfowl numbers for all the major duck species, as well as habitat conditions and pond counts...


Choosing Waterfowl Chokes and Loads: Greenheads in the Timber

When most duck hunters imagine heaven, what they’re actually looking at is Arkansas. Yes, the stories you’ve heard are all true, many areas of Arkansas, particularly those around the famed Stuttgart region, are simply full of waterfowl. Green timber is the place to be when hunting this region, and few...


Delta Waterfowl Publishes Plans

Recently, I was quite critical of Delta Waterfowl’s decision to report on North Carolina’s repeal of Sunday hunting restrictions on private lands. I made such statements because, although the state loosened it’s regs, it did so for everyone but waterfowlers. Therefore, I couldn’t understand Delta celebrating the news. I don’t...


Late, Great Northern New England Spring Turkey Hunting

Maine. New Hampshire. Vermont. By definition, that's northern New England. Sure, southern New England has some pretty good turkey hunting, too, but I’m a little stuck in my ways. For me, the northern corridor pulls me in. I hunt all three states for turkeys and have for decades. Why should...


5 Steps to Killing an Osceola Swamp Turkey

Land where Florida turkeys roost is often limited. And these birds feel a lot of pressure. Sometimes aggressive steps to kill one are in order. (Go here for youth, south and north season dates.) FIND SWAMP ROOSTS Osceola gobblers and hens love cypress swamps, flying down to gator-filled bottoms, then...


I've Found it, at Duck Camp.

Duck Camp isn’t a destination. It doesn’t have an address you can load in a GPS, and it’s not the place your wife buys camouflaged curtains for. It’s a mindset, enjoyed by a few wise veterans, not yet appreciated by rookies, and never realized by the unfortunate masses. I’ve been...


5 Awesome Pieces of Duck Hunting Gear

A perk of my job is gear testing. And while I’m not receiving new 4-wheelers or pallets of ammo delivered to my door, I do get to test some cool new waterfowl gear on occasion. As our duck season draws to a close here in Michigan, I find myself reflecting...


Duck Stamp Act Passes Senate

While sportsmen and environmental backers continue to struggle with habitat loss, there appears to be one way to ensure more wetland conservation measures are approved in Washington: cold, hard cash. In what may be the most anticipated license increase in history, the price of the Federal Duck Stamp will be...


Cover Blown: 5 Ways Ducks are Seeing You

You can adjust decoys, change your calling, or turn off the wing-spinners. But when ducks keep veering out at the moment of truth, chances are none of those changes will help because they're seeing you. I do most of my hunting in a public marsh that sees extreme daily hunting...


5 Decoy Mistakes that Cost You Ducks

Nothing is more frustrating than watching working ducks fail to commit at the last minute. We wonder what went wrong. Perhaps it’s poor concealment; maybe the dog moved. But often times, it’s our decoys. When confronted with such a circumstance, many hunters simply move the spread around in a haphazard...


How to Hunt Turkeys in a Tornado

Thing is, I have and maybe you have, too. Extreme weather events seem to dog us spring gobbler hunters, so it’s a factor. By all means, take shelter during tornadoes. If you can’t, and are stuck out there without a way back to camp or home, well sometimes you can...


Guide to the Best Turkey Decoy Setups

Montana Decoy has pulled together tips to help use your turkey decoys more effectively. As the company says: The guide features five proven turkey decoy setups that correlate with specific times of the season. It details what kind of turkey decoys to use, how to set them up, when and...


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