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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7 Tips for Better Bluebill Hunting

If June seems like an odd time to discuss bluebill hunting , remember this: Those black-and-white rockets will be on the move in 100-some days. As such, it’s time to hone your game. Try these tips to boost your success on ’bills this season. Be a Hoarder Decoying scaup —...


Delta Waterfowl: Who Laid the Egg?

Have you stumbled on duck eggs and wondered which species was nesting there? In this video, Delta Waterfowl 's president and chief biologist tells you how to distinguish the nests of some common puddle ducks . Click here for more Realtree waterfowl hunting content. And check us out on Facebook .


Justin Martin Recalls the Mallard that Hooked Him

Editor’s note: When you’re a true devotee, waterfowling grabs part of your soul and shapes your existence. In this multi-part series, we asked three high-profile hunters when they realized they loved duck hunting and how it has changed their lives. Up first: Justin Martin, general manager of Duck Commander. Martin...


3 (More) Duck Hunting Shots That Will Fool You

You might remember a Nov. 17, 2017 blog in which I discussed six “sneakers” — waterfowling shots that can trick you into a three-gun salute that punches holes in the air around birds. Admittedly, some days, I can turn any shot into an adventure. However, some shot opportunities consistently prove...


Duck Hunters: Are You Waking Up Too Early?

The question arises most days from September through January: When do I need to get to my spot? More important, how early do I have to get up? Here are some quick thoughts on timing your waterfowling arrival and setup schedule. Usually, Get Up Early In general, this rule holds...


Waterfowling by the Numbers

People love lists, and they especially enjoy lists with numbers. Waterfowlers are no different. So in that spirit, I threw together a few numbers to which every duck and goose hunter can probably relate. 1: When a single blast echoes across the marsh, you can usually assume someone has killed...


3 Half-Hour Duck Hunts

Turkey hunters sometimes use the term "flash hunt," which essentially means they locate, call in and then kill a bird extremely quickly. And although that definition doesn’t quite fit in the waterfowling world , duck and goose hunters can at times enjoy extremely brief yet productive hunts. You have to...


How the Duck Pros Deal with Hunting Pressure

Every waterfowler knows that guy — the dude with access to a prime private spot, where he always works unpressured birds and never worries about other hunters. But most of us aren’t that guy. In fact, many trips to the marsh — whether it’s public water, a management area, an...


Top 6 Waterfowling Boating Fails

Many days, waterfowl hunters are boaters. We use all types of crafts — skiffs, canoes, jon boats, deep-Vs and more — to access hotspots. Shoot, some days, we hunt from those rigs and stay in them all day. But now and then, we seemingly forget many cardinal rules of boating...


Manitoba Trust Grant Will Help Delta Produce More Ducks

Delta Waterfowl was recently awarded $100,000 from Manitoba’s new Conservation Trust to build and install 500 Hen Houses in the province during Winter 2019-’20. The grant is one of the first round of projects approved through the $102 million trust. Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister and Sustainable Development Minister Rochelle Squires...


5 Reasons You're Not Killing Ducks on Public Land

Public land: Those words carry a special weight when describing a hunt, especially in sometimes high-pressure world of waterfowling . Finding success at spots open to everyone — public water, wildlife areas, walk-in properties and others — can be challenging. (Thanks, Capt. Obvious.) Birds have been harassed, spots are burned...


6 Signs That You’re Not Easing Gracefully Into Waterfowling’s Off-Season

Your waders hang motionless in the basement, and the dog finally seems to smell like something other than marsh muck. Yep, waterfowling ’s off-season is in full swing. That doesn’t mean you have to accept this period of forced inactivity. In fact, some hardcore hunters seemingly refuse to ease into...


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