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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Feds Implement Delta Waterfowl's Working Wetlands Program

Delta Waterfowl’s Working Wetlands program, an incentive-based effort that could support the breeding efforts of 1.8 million ducks, opened enrollment this past week in five states in the prairie pothole region . The program, now dubbed the Prairie Pothole Water Quality and Wildlife Program, is administered by the U.S. Department...


Covid-19 Prompts Feds to Cancel Spring Waterfowl Surveys

In response to Covid-19 restrictions and safety concerns, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Canadian Wildlife Service have canceled the Spring 2020 Waterfowl Breeding Population and Habitat Survey. However, the Fish and Wildlife Service is developing a plan to establish waterfowl hunting formats for 2021-’22, the season for which...


Go it Alone

Waterfowling might be the most social hunting of all. It lets you share a blind or pit with several buddies, laughing and talking while waiting for the next flock. But some of the best duck hunts are best experienced alone. It doesn’t matter if they’re dictated by circumstances or your...


Delta Waterfowl Video: Habitat Conservation — The Delta Waterfowl Way

Habitat conservation efforts are not equal. In this video, John Devney of Delta Waterfowl provides an under-the-hood look at how the duck hunters' organization does habitat conservation and why it's so successful in the United States and Canada. Click here for more Realtree waterfowl content. And check us out on...


Embrace the Misery

Sometimes, duck and goose hunts can be astonishingly simple: Find birds, set up and shoot. But many days, your circumstances and the elements conspire to make things tough. Occasionally, hunts are so difficult that they make you question whether you want to continue. We should embrace those opportunities. Powering through...


Delta Waterfowl Commends NWR Hunting Expansion Plan

A federal proposal to which Delta Waterfowl contributed would expand hunting and fishing opportunities on more than 2.3 million acres at 97 national wildlife refuges and nine national fish hatcheries. Delta recently applauded U.S. Secretary of the Interior David L. Bernhardt and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for the...


Duck Decoy Fix II: 3 Puddler Rig Switchouts

Editor's note: This blog originally appeared Nov. 15, 2016 on Realtree.com Diving-duck hunters seem more decoy-centric, but dabbler fans need decoys, too. Puddlers usually demand some visual attraction, even at hot holes and with great calling. As with the big-water game , one puddle-duck spread doesn’t suit all conditions. Large...


Delta Waterfowl Video: Why More Wetlands Mean More Ducks

John Devney, senior vice president of Delta Waterfowl , explains why multiple small wetlands will produce more ducks than one large wetland. Click here for more Realtree waterfowl hunting content. And check us out on Facebook .


Duck Decoy Fix: 4 Diver-Rig Switchouts

Editor's note: This blog originally appeared Nov. 12, 2016, on Realtree.com. On the surface, decoy rigs for diving ducks can be simple: Throw out as many highly visible blocks as you can safely carry in your boat or lug to shoreline spots. But nothing is that easy. And actually, rigging...


Delta Waterfowl Video: What Really Drives Duck Numbers?

Like most waterfowl hunters , you've probably wondered why duck numbers seem to fluctuate from year to year. In this video, Dr. Frank Rohwer, president and chief scientist at Delta Waterfowl , explains why events on the breeding grounds really drive annual duck populations. Click here for more Realtree waterfowl...


Sea Ducks I Won’t Forget ... and a Few Mergansers, Too

Now that I’ve covered my favorite memories about common dabbling and diving ducks in my previous two blogs, it seems appropriate to reminisce about sea ducks and, yes, even mergansers. I’ll never claim to know much about sea ducks, as I’ve only taken a few dozen. Mergies? I’ll plead guilty...


Diver Ducks I’ll Never Forget

Last week, I reminisced about my favorite encounters with common puddle ducks. But seeing as I’m a big-water diver geek, I probably have more memories involving diving ducks . Here are my favorites. Greater Scaup As young hunters, my buddies and I would often look at the bluebills we had...


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