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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Duck Season Predictions Versus Post-Season Results

Football writers often poke fun at themselves by penning self-deprecating stories comparing their pre-season prognostications to a team’s actual results. The main takeaway is that uncountable variables make it almost impossible to accurately predict how the season might go. Duck hunters do this, too. You might get a feeling for...


Delta Waterfowl Launches HunteR3 Program

A Delta Waterfowl initiative featuring an aggressive suite of programs aims to boost the number of waterfowl hunters in North America. HunteR3 derives its name from Delta’s position as “The Duck Hunter’s Organization” and the wildlife-agency term R3, which stands for retention, recruitment and reactivation. “Baby Boomers are aging out...


Federal Duck Stamp Contest Winner Crowned

An acrylic painting of two black-bellied whistling ducks by Eufala, Alabama, artist Eddie LeRoy recently won the 2019 Federal Duck Stamp Contest. The painting will adorn the 2020-’21 Federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp, which will go on sale in late June 2020. “These artists are extremely talented, and...


How Much Cover Does Your Duck Blind Need?

Sometimes, when the weather is right, birds are fresh and the sun blazes at your back , you can enjoy great shoots with only sparse cover. But on most days, you must become invisible to paranoid waterfowl. Duck and goose hunters obsess about concealment because the old cliché is true:...


States with the Most Waterfowl Hunters

While waiting at a crowded boat launch or paddling into a marsh filled with headlamps, you might grumble about the number of duck hunters in your state. Maybe you’re right. However, statistics from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service paint a clearer picture of heavily pressured hotspots throughout the country...


Duck Hunting During Unseasonably Wet Years

Capt. Obvious might point out that ducks need water. Likewise, duck hunters depend on water. Some years, however, Mother Nature’s faucet never turns off, inundating the landscape with too much precipitation . And that can create headaches. Overabundant water spreads birds out, letting them use secluded, unpressured spots to feed,...


Soul-Crushing Quotes from the Duck Blind

Editor's note: This blog originally appeared on May 11, 2017, on Realtree.com. Call me a grouch, but some statements make me cringe or roll my eyes. Many of those are uttered in a duck blind or goose field. I try to be polite and open-minded, of course, especially when chatting...


Quick Shooting Fixes for Duck Season

You jolt awake, soaked with sweat and still reeling from the dream. A flock of mallards had parachuted into your decoys, seemingly hovering in the breeze at 20 yards and begging for steel. Yet as you emptied your shotgun, nothing fell. You didn’t cut a feather. “I didn’t shoot at...


The Yin and Yang of Duck Hunting

Dark-thirty, Sept. 1: Daylight won’t arrive for almost an hour, but the distant clucks of honkers and buzzing of teal already fill the air. Soon, the grand game will be on, and another waterfowl season will have begun. These first moments bring more than jitters. The smell of freshly cut...


The Worst States for Duck Hunting, Revised

As I’ve pointed out previously , some states simply don’t offer great duck hunting opportunities. Maybe they’re not in a major flyway. Perhaps they lack waterfowl habitat. Whatever the case, hunters in several areas consistently tote lighter straps than their brethren in duck-rich regions. In the spirit of fun, I...


Delta Waterfowl Early-September 2019 Migration Update

As early waterfowl seasons open across the United States and Canada, Delta Waterfowl staffers are monitoring habitat conditions and bird location. Here's the scoop. Click here for more Realtree waterfowl hunting content. And check us out on Facebook .


How Duck Hunting Will Die

Nothing lasts forever. The dinosaurs held out for about 165 million years before an asteroid put them out of business. Humans? Homo sapiens have been tromping around for about 200,000 years, but a quick look at natural history proves we won’t be here infinitely. That also goes for duck and...


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