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Some Sounds Duck Hunters Love

Waterfowlers probably depend more on their eyes than their ears when trying to fill limits. But relying only on your vision is a sure way to screw up a hunt. And I’m not talking about calling in birds. I’m talking about noticing nearby birds that you haven’t seen yet. Or...


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...


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...


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Guide to Blackpowder Squirrel Hunting

If you're looking for a challenge and enjoy a white plume of blackpowder smoke, then you should try squirrel hunting with your muzzleloader. You probably won't fill the freezer, but you'll have guaranteed fun trying. And the familiarity you gain with your rifle will come in handy if you decide...


10 Pro Tips for Deer Hunting with Decoys

Blood-shot eyes rolling back in their sockets. Tattered ears pinned backward. Snort-wheezes erupting. And then — a good whoopin’. Those are the sights you can look forward to when hunting with a buck decoy during the rut and Phillip Vanderpool, host of “The Virtue,” wants to help you make it...


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...


Realtree 365: Last-Minute Prep, Unforeseen Challenges and Giant Whitetails

Deer season is open in just about every state in the country now, and the action is red-hot on Realtree 365 . Fall is here, and the big boys are starting to move. Check out all the great stories from this week. Whitetail TV: Crop Dusters, No Man’s Land, and...


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...


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