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.

  • The Best 5 States for Mallards

    Drum roll — or feeding chuckle — please. This past season’s mallard master was … . Some of you might recall that we published a July 2017 blog that listed the top five harvest states for mallards, using U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service data from the 2015-’16 season. Well, we’re...

  • Tips for Calling in Mallards: Refuge Call and Putting it All Together

    In the ninth and final installment of this video calling series , Chad Belding, host of The Fowl Life , explains and demonstrates the refuge call and illustrates how to mix everything together. Turn the volume up. Play it again and again. You won't hear better duck calling unless the...

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Best States for a Bull Canvasback by Flyway

In 2017, we published a brief guide to the top six canvasback harvest states . In hindsight, that probably held little value, as everyone knew Texas and California would top the list. Further, Lovett stretched the list to six so he could include his home state of Wisconsin. This year,...


Delta Waterfowl's October Migration Report

October has set the wheels in motion, and ducks and geese across the country are beginning their annual migrations. Our friends at Delta Waterfowl have the scoop on bird numbers and location in all four flyways. Now, get out there and take advantage. Click here for more Realtree waterfowl hunting...


Tips for Calling in Mallards: Your Decoys are Now Alive

In the eighth installment of this nine-video series, Chad Belding, host of The Fowl Life , brings all his previous lessons home and tells you how to combine everything — single cuts, double cuts, greeters and quacks — to sound like a mass of ducks on the water. You'll want...


Get to Know DayBreak Outdoors

Realtree recently partnered with DayBreak Outdoors , an innovative, up-and-coming outdoor media production group out of southeastern Missouri. We thought you’d like to get to know these waterfowl -crazed hunters and become familiar with their vivid short films, which you can watch on YouTube, Instagram, Facebook and other media outlets...


Tips for Calling in Mallards: Getting Even More Real

Here, in episode No. 7 of this nine-part series , Chad Belding, host of The Fowl Life , injects even more realism into his calling presentation by mixing single- and double-cut feeding chuckles (separators). You'll want to play the demonstration sequence again and again, because it's pure hen mallard ...


7 Ducks You Don't Want to Hunt This Season

OK, despite the hokey title of this blog, let’s admit that the list of ducks you don’t want to pursue is likely brief. Ducks, after all, are the No. 1 component required for a successful duck hunt (duh). Finding them — even tough ducks — puts you halfway to victory...


Tips for Calling in Mallards: Starting to Get Real

In the sixth installment of this nine-part series, Chad Belding, host of The Fowl Life , demonstrates how to mix vocalizations from the previous lessons — including quacks, greeters, lonesome hen calls and separator calls — so your decoys transform into a raft of real ducks . Watch the the...


Delta Waterfowl's September Migration Report

Bluewings and other early migrators are on the move. Are you ready? Our partners at Delta Waterfowl have you covered, with information on duck and goose movements throughout the country. Now, get out there and hunt. Click here for more Realtree waterfowl hunting content. And check us out on Facebook .


Wood Duck Rendition Tops 2018 Federal Duck Stamp Contest

And a wood duck for the win. An acrylic painting of a drake woodie and a decoy by artist Scot Storm, of Freeport, Minnesota, recently won the 2018 Federal Duck Stamp Art Contest and will appear on the 2019-’20 Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp. “I look forward to seeing...


Tips for Calling in Mallards: Separator Call

In the fifth installment of this nine-part calling series , Chad Belding, host of The Fowl Life , teaches us how to perform the separator call, which is also known as the feeding chuckle. Give a listen, and learn how to sound just like feeding ducks on the water. Click...


Waterfowl Weirdness: Trick Shots You Must Master

I love those classic duck and goose hunting shots. You watch the target come into range, rise with perfect form and footing and then follow through precisely, just like at the skeet range. Thing is, you’re not at the skeet range. Or the trap field. Or even a sporting clays...


Tips for Calling in Mallards: Standing On It

In the fourth installment of our video calling tutorial, Chad Belding, host of The Fowl Life , explains the importance of "standing on the call." The simple variation of the first note tells ducks that your spread means business. Click here for more Realtree waterfowl hunting content. And check us...


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