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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5 Ways Duck Hunters Can Enjoy the Off-Season

Your duck boat has been in storage for months, and now that spring turkey season is finished, the cold reality of the off-season is finally sinking in. Don’t despair, though. You can actually use the months between duck campaigns to become a better hunter. Here’s how to make the off-season...


Video: Delta Waterfowl Seeks Solutions to the Pintail Problem

If you're like most duck hunters , you love seeing pintails in the fall flight but are tired of only being able to shoot one. In this video, Delta Waterfowl proposes an innovative solution. Click here for more Realtree waterfowl hunting content. And check us out on Facebook .


3 Keys for Duck Hunting All Day

Sometimes, hunting all day is the only way to eke out full straps of ducks, and those ordeals can test your resolve and mettle. Careful preparation and a solid mindset can help you succeed during daybreak-to-sunset “grinder” hunts. Let’s examine three critical considerations to pull off sunup-to-sundown sits. Pick Your...


Should You Jump-Shoot Those Ducks?

Most waterfowling is straightforward. After mallards in green timber? Set up at a likely hole, and work that call. Honkers in cut corn? Set the layout blinds and full-bodies before dawn. Divers on big water? Launch in the dark, and have a layout spread ready at first light. But areas...


5 Diving Ducks You Love to Hate

Diehard big-water hunters know that diver hunting can be just as rewarding — and frustrating — as chasing greenheads and honkers . Consider these birds, which will probably visit a lake or river near you this fall. 1. Offshore Bluebills Every diver guy has seen this: Distant bluebills suddenly gain...


The All-Time Best Duck Hunting Snacks

Duck hunters face plenty of logistical and equipment considerations, but few things rival the importance of snacks in the blind, pit or timber . It’s not easy staying focused when your stomach growls and you’ve been up since 3 a.m. Fortunately, quality grub can keep you in the game. We...


Duck Hunters: Sit Tight or Move?

Most duck hunters love being mobile. If we can use aggressive moves and critical thinking to get on the X, we usually will. But sometimes, sticking with a setup can be the best decision, even if it doesn’t pay dividends immediately. Let’s examine four scenarios when staying put can trump...


Delta Waterfowl’s Answer to the No. 1 Reason for Duck Nest Failure

Delta Waterfowl's predator management efforts boost waterfowl production in the prairie pothole region. See how the organization targets nest-raiding critters. Click here for more Realtree waterfowl hunting content. And check us out on Facebook .


When Small Duck Decoy Spreads Work on Big Water

Big-water duck hunting calls for large decoy spreads, but hunters can’t always oblige. Whether you’re lugging blocks to a prairie slough or hunting a vast lake for an hour before work, sometimes you just have to deploy a small rig and hope for the best. And the truth is, small...


Only at Duck Camp

Years ago, my buddy Joe rolled out of bed before daylight, stumbled into the kitchen of the tiny South Dakota farmhouse and raised a John Belushi-esque eyebrow at the cluttered table. “High-fiber breakfast bars,” he muttered. “These have absolutely no place in duck camp.” The bars, packed by my health-conscious...


Are Duck Guns with Long Barrels Better?

It’s no surprise that many serious duck hunters have specific preferences about their shotgun dimensions, including length of pull, drop at comb and other particulars. But weight and barrel length might be the most hotly debated measurements. Conventional wisdom holds that heavy shotguns with longer barrels perform better for the...


Delta Waterfowl's Top Mallard Production Tool

Delta Waterfowl's hen houses have helped boost mallard production in habitat-challenged areas for years. Learn why in this new video. Click here for more Realtree waterfowl hunting content. And check us out on Facebook .


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