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.

  • 6 Ways I Goofed Up This Duck Season

    Disclosure: I made some mistakes this past waterfowl season. Don’t get me wrong. It was a great year — better than the past few. Still, in the bright glare of hindsight, I’ve recognized some situations where I made seemingly innocent errors that hamstrung my efforts. Let’s look at six of...

  • Realtree Becomes Official Camo Conservation Partner of Delta Waterfowl

    Editor's note: This great news comes to us via Realtree staff. Realtree, the world’s leading camouflage company, continues its legacy of strong backing for conservation by renewing a corporate partnership with Delta Waterfowl . For the next three years, Realtree will support Delta’s conservation programs and efforts to recruit and...

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Waterfowling Gear I Really Liked This Season

Each duck season brings surprises and new experiences, and part of that is trying new gear. Whether out of necessity or curiosity, I typically field-test several items from the balmy early goose season through the frozen finish of duck hunting. And every year, I stumble onto some I really like...


8 Tips for Staying Warm During Frigid Duck Hunts

For several years, Duck Hunting Nation has begged for cold weather. This season, we got it. That’s great for duck and goose hunting, of course, but it creates real challenges in the apparel department. After all, dressing for an ice-breaking boat ride in minus 5 temps and a howling north...


The X: River Duck Hunting in Arctic Cold

When a recent cold front moved more mallards into Nebraska, the crew from Fowled Reality was ready. And a moving-water setup in frigid temps proved to be just the ticket. Enjoy all the wings-back, feet-down action. It'll make you forget the cold. Click here for more Realtree waterfowl hunting content...


Hunting Trucks: When Your Duck Dog Rules the Roost

Editor's note: This is a guest blog from Realtree.com contributor James Buice. About three weeks into waterfowl season , the cab of my trucks looks like it belongs to a vagrant that has taken quarter. Currently, identifiable objects include one Canon camera with a telephoto lens in the passenger side...


One-Shot Waterfowl Kills: Make the First Round Count

Most of us tote pumps or semi-autos to the marsh or pit, and for good reason. Those repeaters let us double or even triple on willing flocks but more often allow second and third chances when we whiff. Backup shells come in mighty handy many days, of course, but they...


Wish List: A Waterfowl-of-the-Month Club

During a recent Christmas shopping frenzy (read: panicked online searches), I recognized again the popularity of gift-of-the-month clubs. Those make sense, as they give the recipient a nifty present — whether cheese, wine or something else — that usually fits into a theme for that time of year. I then...


Warm Winters in the South: The New Norm

Editor's note: This is a guest blog from Realtree.com contributor James Buice. Warm weather in the Mississippi Delta has hampered duck hunting the past few years, but the CIA Weather Machine is about to fix it. I’ve written before about my contempt for meteorologists and their dartboard mechanics in forecasting...


3 Ducks and Geese You Want to Hunt

Most of us card-carrying waterfowl bums want to hunt ducks and geese every day, and often, we can kill birds during most outings. However, we typically do better some days than others, mostly because we encounter the right kind of ducks and geese. Sure, conditions, dumb luck and other factors...


The X: River Duck Hunting Tips

As winter sets in and many waters freeze, streams and rivers become the only viable duck hunting options in many areas. That presents some challenges, as hunters must adapt their approach to take ducks and geese on moving water. Thankfully, the Fowled Reality crew has answers. Check out these great...


Are We Losing Paradise in Florida?

Many duck blogs discuss methods and strategies we can use to become better hunters, and sometimes, we take a light-hearted look at the idiosyncrasies of our lifestyle. Too rarely, however, do we discuss habitat. And that’s too bad, because as every duck hunter knows, waterfowl — all wildlife, actually —...


21st Century Semi-Autos: Reliability in the Marsh

Most modern waterfowlers prefer semi-automatic shotguns when chasing ducks and geese. Sure, pumps remain popular, and double-guns have a strong, opinionated following, but auto-loaders dominate the scene. And why not? Manufacturers have given us great choices; smooth-swinging, quick-shooting shotguns that spit out and feed shells while we concentrate on the...


5 White Lies Heard in the Duck Blind

Everyone has told a little white lie now and then. Maybe you did so to avoid hurting someone’s feelings, or perhaps you fibbed to ease a potentially tense situation. It’s not right, but we’ve done it. Those seemingly innocent falsehoods extend into waterfowl hunting. In fact, you’ve probably heard a...


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