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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Waterfowling Savvy: Qualities of a Good Pit Boss

Every group hunt at a pit, blind, boat, slough or timber hole needs a pit boss — a leader who guides the hunt from start to finish and makes tough decisions. That can be difficult. After all, even seasoned veterans don’t have all the answers, and no one wants to...


Skunkings: The Waterfowl Struggle is Real

Hunting results vary based on myriad factors, but sometimes, we fail in epic fashion and end the day without any ducks or geese . The schneid. The collar. Zeroed. An SS — same shells — day (which is when you load three shells before shooting hours and then remove those...


Winging it for Waterfowl: When Scouting Fails

Scouting kills ducks and geese — period. And resourceful, intelligent scouting kills more ducks and geese. But sometimes, our best recon efforts fall flat. Birds move. Conditions change. We’re pressed for time. Or we simply whiff. And then we’re left with no solid game plan for the next morning. That...


Waterfowlers United: Cooperating, Not Competing

The truck slid gently onto the snow-covered shoulder of the town road, and then reality struck . “Headlights,” I thought. “Nah, no one else would be hunting here, would they?” But as the beams approached, slowed and stopped, I knew the answer. Sensing a brewing and perhaps contentious conversation ,...


Small Decoy Spreads: Keeping 'Em Real

Some days, you can only tote a few decoys to your duck or goose hotspot . Maybe you have to slug through a half-mile of prairie to reach a pothole, or perhaps you need to hoof a few full-bodies over a wet, muddy barley field to set a honker trap...


Delta Waterfowl's November Migration Report

Delta Waterfowl reporters indicate that unseasonably cold temperatures have pushed many waterfowl out of Northern haunts and guided them south. In short, they're coming. Get out there. Click here for more Realtree waterfowl hunting content. And check us out on Facebook .


Confessions of a Rookie Green-Timber Hunter

Forty-one years and thousands of waterfowl hunts hadn’t prepared me for that December morning. I’d seen a bit: rice-choked marshes, rolling big water, dry fields of every description, and waterfowl hunting sunrises in several states and Canada. Yet I’d never experienced the zenith; the dream of duck hunters across the...


Pre-Fixes: Troubleshooting Waterfowling Problems

Most duck and goose hunters react well to problems that hinder success. Honkers picking you out? Find better cover. Ducks landing in the next bay? Move. Birds not finishing? Switch up the dekes. However, we often observe and attempt to fix trouble spots too late. After all, unless you realize...


Shotgun Review: Browning Cynergy Waterfowl

Editor's note: This is a guest blog from Realtree.com waterfowl contributor James Buice. I tend to find a gun and stick to it. Call me a romantic or a sentimentalist, but I usually develop a strong bond or at least an affinity for my shotguns . I find a gun...


The World Stands Still: Waterfowling With No Wind

I’ve long suspected a cabal of evil TV weather-folks delights in frustrating waterfowl hunters . Much of their false-forecast conspiracy involves wind. You’ve been there, right? The 10 p.m. news promises northwest winds at 5 to 10 mph building to 15 to 25. A quick check online confirms that, so...


Realtree, Delta and Partners Hunt for Conservation

Realtree, the official camouflage partner of Delta Waterfowl , has teamed up with Delta and other partners to boost waterfowl conservation and give a raffle winner a Realtree Timber prize pack and a world-class Arkansas hunting trip. As part of the Realtree + Delta Waterfowl Hunt for Conservation Raffle ,...


Catchin' Deers: Iron Sharpens Iron

The guys at Catchin’ Deers take some time away from the tree stand to enjoy waterfowl hunting . Check out their latest video, which features some great dry-field action for mallards and honkers. Click here for more Realtree waterfowl hunting content. And check us out on Facebook .


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