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3 Goose Hunts that Broke the Rules

Honkers can get under my skin any year, but this past season in particular, I encountered several flocks of geese that spiked my blood pressure and elicited creative vocabulary. But I managed to outmaneuver them in the end. Here’s a look the types of problem geese I encountered and how...


5 Shots Every Duck Hunter Needs to Learn

When the season ends, most duck hunters clean and store their shotguns and don’t pick them up again until the fall. We should do the opposite, and use the free time granted in the off-season to shoot more and stay sharp. This year, try combining several challenging wingshooting activities —...


Realtree 365: A Duck Season for the Ages, and Selecting the Right Choke

In this week's Realtree 365 waterfowl roundup, we recap the epic 2019-'20 season with Honey Brake Lodge . Then, the Black Cloud crew reveals how to select choke tubes for different waterfowl hunting situations. The Honey Brake Experience on Realtree 365: A Season to Remember Rating: 4.5 out of 5...


Realtree 365: Honey Brake's Creative Crew and One Last Ride for Ducks

In this week's Realtree 365 waterfowl roundup, we get an inside peek at the creative folks with The Confluence Group, the marketing arm of Honey Brake Lodge. Then, we catch up with Dennis and Billy as they savor the final moments of duck season. The Honey Brake Experience on Realtree...


Delta Waterfowl February 2020 Migration Update

Duck seasons have closed, but spring snow goose action beckons. The experts at Delta Waterfowl let you know where the action is heating up. (Spoiler alert: Prospects look good from coast to coast.) Click here for more Realtree waterfowl hunting content. And check us out on Facebook .


My Duck Dog Reviews the Season

There he goes with the shotgun. It’s time, it’s time — oh. He’s not loading our duck gear; just cleaning his pheasant gun. Yawn. I knew I got up for nothing. Well, that’s OK. Back to my chair. I figured duck season was finished a few weeks ago when he...


Realtree 365: Finishing Strong on Ducks in the South

In this week's Realtree 365 waterfowl roundup, the Black Cloud crew and friends make the most of a late-season duck hole and finish their 2019-'20 campaign with straps full of green. Black Cloud on Realtree 365 — Last Ride: Success Down South with a 6-Man Limit Rating: 4.5 out of...


5 Snow Goose Stops You’ve Never Tried

Chasing spring snow geese is one of the fastest growing pursuits in hunting, and with good reason. The most obvious of its attractions are the tens of millions of birds that string out from Texas to the Canadian tundra and from the coast of California to the Eastern Shore. But...


Battling the Post-Duck-Season Blues at Honey Brake

Sunrises anywhere promise great things. But when that brilliant orange orb lights up 250-plus decoys on a sprawling Louisiana marsh, the expectations are especially sweet. “One minute,” David Cahill said, readying his guide charges for the day. “Go ahead and load up.” And with that, our January delta adventure began...


Why Hunt Ducks?

Scientists have never identified a duck hunting gene, but if they do, I’m guessing the chromosome carrying that information will be a bit crooked. That might be the only plausible explanation for the ways duck and goose specialists differ from other hunters. Because, let’s face it: Hardcore waterfowlers are a...


Realtree 365: South Dakota Throwback, Delta Ducks and Deer

This week's Realtree 365 waterfowl roundup catches Dennis and Billy grinding through a tough stretch in the timber. But a break in the action lets viewers see some amazing mallard footage from earlier in the season. Then, Tyler Jordan and Riley Green take over Honey Brake, scoring on Louisiana ducks...


Plan B Options to Save Your Duck and Goose Hunts

Editor's note: This blog originally appeared on May 18, 2017, on Realtree.com. Every duck and goose hunter remembers with pride those great mornings when a well-executed plan came together. Of course, we also recall with regret those equally memorable days when our plans crashed and burned. It happens. But even...


Realtree 365: Duck Hunting on Foot and a Louisiana Family Weekend

This week's Realtree 365 waterfowl roundup illustrates the ups and downs of the traveling duck hunter, and the Black Cloud crew must roll with the punches. Also, we join the Honey Brake crew for a special family hunt and then get a look inside the timber pack of a veteran...


Six Things to do Before Duck Season Ends

The calendar betrays us. Sure, a few duck seasons remain in full swing, but February beckons, and the end is near. So don’t just play out the clock this year. Make the final days of your duck season memorable by trying new things. Getting out of your comfort zone might...


Pro Tips for Duck Hunting’s Toughest Challenges

If you’ve hunted ducks and geese much, you know how this goes: You try a setup, but it doesn’t work. You rearrange the spread. That doesn’t work either. You try a different setup. Same story. You keep asking yourself, "What am I doing wrong?" Sometimes you can’t figure it out...


Weather Slows Pacific Flyway Waterfowl Hunting

Date: Jan. 16 Region: entire Pacific Flyway Weather and Water Trends In western Washington, the trend has been rain, from showers to heavy downpours . According to meteorologists, the region ended 2019 with a rainfall deficit of 8 to 10 inches. We’ve made up some of that during 2020, with...


Realtree 365: Tough Arkansas Duck Hunting and Louisiana Cribs

This week's Realtree 365 waterfowl roundup showcases two facets of the duck hunting world: the long, sometimes tough grind of public-land hunting and the ins and outs of Honey Brake Lodge, Louisiana's premier waterfowl and recreation destination. Honey Brake Experience — Honey Brake Cribs: 20,000 Acres, 26 Beds, 19 Baths...


Small-Bore Shotguns for Duck Hunting

Why would any duck hunter trade his 12-gauge for a pipsqueak shotgun? There are several reasons, actually. How many times do you need a 2-by-4-esque punch to the shoulder from a 3.5-inch magnum before you wonder if there might be another way to bring down a duck? Reduced recoil is...


Atlantic Flyway Action Spotty; Ducks Stale

Date: Jan. 14 Region: Atlantic Flyway; Maine south to Florida, including West Virginia and Pennsylvania Weather Trends/Habitat Conditions Another season is ending, but a few weeks remain for much of the Atlantic Flyway. There’s no telling what might happen between now and the final moments , but if current weather...


Mississippi Flyway Action Good but Mixed

Date: Jan. 9 Location: Middle and southern portions of the flyway Major Weather Trends Heavy rains recently hit parts of the Deep South, and warmer-than-normal temperatures have dominated the entire flyway, making waterfowl hunting tough at times. "It’s pretty mild here right now," said Luke Naylor, waterfowl program coordinator with...


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