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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3 Great Light-Goose Setups from the Pros

Many waterfowlers have been on a few spring snow goose hunts and know the basics: lots of scouting, decoys and calling. But hardcore guys who chase white birds for months instead of days typically acquire Ph.D.-level chops and a knowledge base built on thousands of experiences. Their advice can help...


Four Overlooked Snow Goose Hotspots

Spring conservation-order light-goose seasons hold few surprises for modern hunters, as folks can easily anticipate when birds might arrive at traditional hunting hotspots. However, that can lead to crowded and competitive situations in many areas (think Arkansas, northwestern Missouri and South Dakota). This spring, consider avoiding the crowds and trying...


Outlook Uncertain for Spring Snow Goose Seasons

As spring light-goose seasons rev up across the flyways, anxious hunters want to know what to expect. And although answers are difficult to find this year, reports point to a somewhat down season with a few possible bright spots. Hunting success during the spring conservation-order season (for snow, blue and...


Duck Hunting Dilemmas: Patience Versus Impatience

Success in duck hunting typically involves a simple recipe, mixing experience, observation, hard work and finely honed skills. But sometimes, it also requires quick in-the-field decisions that can make or break a hunt, and those often entail patience versus abrupt changes in strategy. Decide correctly and you’re a hero. Goof...


5 Great Tips for Late-Season Ducks

Duck season has dwindled down to the final days, and birds have seen every spread and heard every call in your arsenal. That doesn’t mean you can’t fill straps. You’ll just have to tweak your approach and hunt a bit smarter. Try these tips for last-chance ducks . Intercept the...


5 Subtle Ways You’re Missing Ducks

Veteran duck hunters know the drill after whiffing on a bird: Stand as if stunned, mouth agape, and shake your head, as if it’s never happened before. It’s a good way to save face. However, with honest introspection, we typically know that our form or swing was off. Now and...


6 Killer Late-Season Duck Calling Tips

Late-season duck hunting brings many challenges, including calling. Some days, it seems like birds have heard — and ignore — every sound you can utter. Don’t despair. Even the pros have days when ducks shun their best routines. But they adapt their approach to find notes that bring birds sure-kill...


How to Hide a Big Group of Duck Hunters

Disappearing into the environment greatly increases your chances of waterfowling success, whether you’re crouched in tall cattails or snug against a broad tupelo gum tree. But when you add several other hunters to the equation — perhaps folks who can’t sit still or want to stare at passing birds —...


5 Tips for Running Traffic with Field Ducks and Geese

In a perfect world, every waterfowler would be on the X daily, waiting for birds at a hot feed or midmorning loafing area. Then, afternoon scouting would reveal another hotspot for the next day. That, of course, is fantasy. Despite our best scouting efforts , we’re not always on the...


6 Ducks You’ll Hate During Tough Seasons

Uncooperative ducks get on your nerves every season, but they’re especially vexing during tough years. From flaring to almost disappearing at times, their mocking behavior makes you shake your head. Hopefully, you’re not having a difficult season . But if you are, you’ve probably met these annoying birds. And if...


The Dangers of Duck Hunting

Soapbox alert: Lovett is going to discuss duck hunting safety again. Yawn, right? Yet every season, we’re reminded in tragic fashion that those basic lessons don’t always sink in. And they must, because waterfowling can sometimes be risky business , even for experienced hunters. So in the hopes of sparing...


Quick Field Fixes for Keeping Decoys Looking Lively

Modern duck and goose decoys look incredibly realistic when new and pristine, but they can get dirty or marred with use, reducing their effectiveness. You can’t clean them in the marsh or pit with a garden hose and soapy water , so you must resort to quick fixes to make...


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