The Duck Blog

Realtree waterfowl editor Brian Lovett has been an obsessive duck and goose hunter for more than 30 years, chasing his passion on the Dakota prairies and the marshes and open water of his home state of Wisconsin. He's been a writer and editor in the outdoors industry since 1991.

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How Much Wind Do Duck Hunters Need?

Duck hunters often gripe about flat-calm days, when most birds are content to loaf on the water and those that move won’t finish. But too much wind can actually hinder hunting efforts, making travel, setups and shooting difficult. That raises an obvious question: How much wind do duck hunters need...


4 Tough Duck Hunting Decisions

Duck hunts often hinge on one critical decision. If you choose correctly, you’re a hero. When you mess up, however, you’ll probably kick yourself all the way back to the truck. To complicate matters, you must usually make these decisions quickly, and you won’t get many second chances. Been there...


Delta Waterfowl August 2019 Conditions Report

Dr. Frank Rohwer of Delta Waterfowl gives you the scoop on wetland and brood-rearing conditions throughout North America's duck-producing region. And the overall news is positive. Click here for more Realtree waterfowl hunting content. And check us out on Facebook .


Make Your Own Spinning-Wing Decoy for Divers

Editor's note: This blog originally appeared Dec. 15, 2015. I spend most of my time in flooded fields, shallow sloughs or timber chasing puddle ducks. However, I hunt big lakes near the Tennessee River for divers when canvasbacks show up in good numbers or backwater hunting is slow. I’m not...


Hunt Ducks Before Work

Life is never fair, and that seems especially true during duck season . The stone-cold bottom line? Sometimes, work or life commitments severely limit your time afield. But not to worry. Assuming you’re ambitious and have some decent spots within driving distance, you can pull off a great hunt and...


Duck Hunters, Don’t Go Deaf

Psst. Can you hear me? That was a joke. Okay, maybe it was corny, but I’m an ear, so I’m not accustomed to telling jokes. Typically, the Duck Blogger leaves that to his mouth, which tends to operate on its own and only occasionally interacts with the brain. Anyway, I’m...


Who Calls the Shot?

Hunting with a group often makes for a good time, but it raises a practical question: Who will dictate the setup and call the shots? Sometimes, the answer is obvious, like when you hunt with a landowner or guide. By default, they’re the de facto pit boss. But in other...


Delta Waterfowl July 2019 Conditions Report

As waterfowl nesting season wanes, Delta Waterfowl biologists are seeing positive signs throughout North America. Here's the scoop. Click here for more Realtree waterfowl hunting content. And check us out on Facebook .


8 Shotgunning Mistakes That'll Make You Miss

Ducks have a knack for bringing out the shooting mistakes in all of us. Sometimes I think I even invent a few new shooting mistakes each season. But the worst gaffes seem to happen before even picking up the gun and pulling it to your shoulder. These mess-ups sting a...


5 Deadly Decoy Spreads

Waterfowlers tend to fall into habits. But often, that’s because those habits pay dividends. I'm no different, especially when it comes to my decoy setups. In fact, during the past several years, I've noticed that I tend to set my decoys in one of five tried-and-true ways, time and again...


9 Things Duck Hunters Never Say on Facebook

Waterfowlers stand out during summer. They favor backwater mud runs over pleasure boating and cut family vacations short because the guys needed a fifth shooter for trap league. That also holds true on social media , where you can see duck hunters interrupting the steady stream of fishing and camping...


North Dakota Spring Breeding Duck Numbers Up

Abundant spring rains might have Midwestern farmers fuming, but they’ve given prairie-pothole ducks a lift. According to a June 24 article on the North Dakota Game and Fish website, Spring 2019 breeding duck numbers increased by about 20 percent from 2018. The GFD’s 72nd annual spring breeding duck survey, conducted...


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