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.


The True Sportman's Paradise

There is truly no place in America like the Louisiana Gulf Coast.

$50 to Spend: Camo Lingerie or a Single Goose Decoy?

Some time ago, I made it known to all of my friends and family members not to get me “gifts” for any occasion. Like many of you, I stockpile all of my freebies as gift cards, usually to a major outdoor retailer. Those gift cards get eaten up quickly this...

Autumn Has Arrived

The calendar says Autumn is here. The ducks say it louder.

Secrets for Cooking Duck

Learning a few simple concepts go a long way when cooking waterfowl

I'm NOT In Shape for Duck Season

There’s no way I’ve got 20 more years of this in my body. It probably doesn’t help that my three favorite foods are beer, ice cream, and fried fish, but it felt as if the lake was trying to suck me down...

Balog on Early Season Geese

“North Dakota’s early Canada goose season is set, and the season will open Aug. 15. The limits are 15 daily and 30 in possession.”

Four Tips for Better Duck Shooting

Ducks aren't real difficult to hit. They're just very easy to miss

Death, Taxes, and Labrador Retrievers

In my world, everyone hunts with a dog, and I own Eukanuba.

Duck Season Dates and Global Warming

Why is it that the ducks seem to show up the day the season ends?

Balog on Calling Contests

Duck calling contests have nothing to do with ducks.

Expensive Shells Worth the Money?

Are expensive duck loads really worth the money, or does cheap steel work just fine?

Gear Review: Cabela's Northern Flight One Strap Waders

Balog reviews the Cabela's Northern Flight One Strap wader