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.

  • Top 5 Waterfowl Hunting Concealment Fails

    Fancy calling, slick shooting and masterful decoy spreads mean nothing if ducks and geese see you. Concealment might be the No. 1 key to success at any waterfowling setup. Yet day after day, season after season, you see experienced, well-intentioned hunters stumble horribly when trying to hide. Maybe they underestimate...

  • Duck Hunting Literature: Separating Fact From Fiction

    Waterfowlers love a good read, especially when it involves our passion. Whether we dig deep into stuff by the greats — Buckingham, MacQuarrie, Ruark, Hill and others — or just peruse a hunting story on a local outdoor blog, we enjoy reading about hunting almost as much as going afield...

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Fowling Bliss: Defining Perfect Hunting Conditions

In previous blogs, I’ve discussed how wind, rain, sun, clouds and temperature extremes affect duck and goose hunting. In fact, I dissected some conditions to the extent that folks might wonder if Lovett considers any day to be ideal for waterfowling. I sure do. In fact, I think any hunt...


7 X-Factors That Could Ruin Your Duck Hunt

We plot and scheme for months before opening day and fret endlessly during the season. Yet sometimes, unforeseen or even uncontrollable factors ruin our waterfowling plans. Hey, that’s duck hunting. You can only control a finite amount of any outdoor pursuit involving wild animals. However, savvy hunters know how to...


Junior Duck Stamp Contest Highlights Young Talent

Editor's note: This is a guest "Duck Blog" authored by "Timber 2 Table" blogger Michael Pendley. Earlier this year, I was honored to be included on the judging panel for the Kentucky Junior Duck Stamp Competition. For those not familiar with the program, the Junior Duck Stamp Competition is a...


Wood Ducks: The All-American Waterfowl

On this uniquely all-American day, I thought it would be cool to nominate an all-American duck. My pick? The wood duck. Yeah, I know mallards are more plentiful and widespread. And it’s true that wood ducks aren’t unique to the United States, as many breed in Canada, and some winter...


Duck Hunting: 6 Ways to Do it Right

You can pursue waterfowl in many fashions and at widely varying areas. But whether you wade narrow streams, ply vast open water or hunker in muddy fields, how you conduct yourself defines you as a duck hunter. Everyone’s personal code of ethics varies, of course. But let’s agree that following...


Duck Hunting Royalty: Why the Mallard Reigns

Anas platyrhynchos is the world’s most common and widespread wild duck ; even a frequent resident of parks, golf courses and city ponds. Yet when we sit by the fire and talk of fowling and hunts past, it becomes clear that we cherish and revere the mallard over all other...


5 Ducks You'll Miss This Season

We practice all summer, focusing hard on those clay targets, following proper form and swinging through the bird after we slap the trigger. Our score sheets look great, and confidence swells. Then we go out opening day and blow at least one or two opportunities. Hey, it happens. But why?...


Goose Calling Tip: Perfecting The Goose Cluck and Moan

Perfecting the cluck and moan of Canada geese might seem a bit daunting at first. However, Banded pro Chad Belding, host of The Fowl Life , breaks down the process into several simple, common-sense steps. Practice these techniques during the off-season, and then use them this fall to lure more...


Duck Hunting Decoy Debate: Big Spread, Small Spread?

Decoy setups often reflect the space in your boat, the amount of walking and lugging you’re willing to accept, or the size of the water or field you plan to hunt . As a result, you commonly see spreads of two- to six-dozen blocks dotting America’s marshes, lakes and corn...


How to Miss a Decoying Duck

Hanging over the decoys in perfect range, a cupped, committed duck or goose is probably the easiest target in waterfowl hunting. So why do we miss those gimme shots so often? Various factors combine to turn ideal decoying shots into embarrassing whiffs or panicked follow-up volleys. Let’s examine how cake...


How to Scout for Early Season Honkers Right Now

OK, any thoughts on serious scouting for early season honkers might be premature. Still, hardcore goose nuts can take some early steps toward finding potential hotspots for late-summer and early fall Canada goose hotspots long before it’s time to place decoys. Narrow the Food Search In many areas, early season...


3 Public-Land Duck Tactics That Really Work

Public property offers an uncountable amount of waterfowling opportunity throughout the country. Trouble is, many folks don’t take advantage because they don’t want to compete with crowds or stare at a shot-out marsh. It shouldn’t be that way. True, hunting publicly accessible land or water isn’t like walking into an...


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