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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Essential Off-Season Duck Hunting Projects

The off-season might seem long and dreary, but hardcore waterfowlers know it offers them precious time to prepare for the next campaign. In fact, preseason to-do lists often seem so daunting that hunters don’t know where to start. Here’s how several high-profile duck and goose nuts spend their “down” months...


Delta Waterfowl’s Hen Houses Thwart Predators, Boost Nesting Success

Nesting mallards have it tough, but Delta Waterfowl ’s hen house program has been making their lives easier and boosting production for decades. In fact, by 2022, the group will have almost 10,000 hen houses available for ducks, which could produce about 45,000 ducklings. “When you look at the landscapes...


How Many Ducks Can You Keep in Your Freezer?

Of all the waterfowling misconceptions perpetuated by social media and barstool banter, confusion about possession limits might be the most perplexing. Online questions about how many ducks or geese you can keep in your fridge or freezer often prompt wildly varying responses, such as: “Three times the daily limit plus...


Is It OK to Jump-Shoot Snow Geese?

If you want to watch a fight, mention jump-shooting to a group of die-hard snow goose hunters , and then grab a cold drink, sit back and listen to the fireworks. Depending on whom you ask, jump-shooting spring light geese is an efficient, ethical way to kill a bunch of...


How To Choose the Right Snow Goose Outfitter

Unless they have excess vacation time, several trailers packed with decoys and an unlimited fuel budget, most spring snow goose hunters book with a guide to (hopefully) assure a quality experience. But laying down your cash is the easy part. Before that occurs, you should thoroughly investigate outfitter options and...


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...


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