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Hot to Not Duck Hunting After Opening Day

Northern hunters loathe it. Dixie waterfowlers dread it. Yet none can avoid the post-opener doldrums. Whether you’re pursuing local early-season ducks in production states or the first migrants during early splits in the South, there’s usually a drop-off in action and duck numbers right after opening weekend. Basically, hunters blow...


2021 Pacific Flyway Duck Hunting Forecast

Our final Duck Hunting Nation roundup focuses on the Pacific Flyway, which features some of waterfowling’s bucket-list hunting spots . We’ve updated each state’s page with license costs, links to current regulations, and other vital information. Alaska The Last Frontier is a premier waterfowl hunting state, and its Duck Hunting...


2021 Atlantic Flyway Duck Hunting Forecast

Our third Duck Hunting Nation roundup centers on the Atlantic Flyway. From Eastern Shore honkers to mottled ducks in Florida, the region offers perhaps unmatched variety for waterfowlers . Despite recent challenges, the flyway continues to produce solid hunting opportunities. We’ve updated each state’s page with license costs, links to...


2021 Central Flyway Duck Hunting Forecast

Our second Duck Hunting Nation roundup covers the broad vistas of the Central Flyway. From huge flocks of mallards and geese whirling over heartland grain fields to endless lines of redheads and pintails near the Gulf, this flyway offers unlimited potential. We’ve updated each state’s page with license costs, links...


2021 Mississippi Flyway Duck Hunting Forecast

Our first 2021 Duck Hunting Nation roundup covers the waterfowl-rich Mississippi Flyway. Stretching from the dark waters of Lake Superior through the famed Mississippi Delta and points south, this tradition-rich flyway features some of the country’s best duck and goose hunting opportunities. We’ve updated each state’s page with license costs,...


The Early-Season Goose Shuffle (and Backup Plans)

Geese have a wry sense of humor. Don’t believe me? What else explains the preseason switcheroo? After monitoring local Canada geese locked into consistent patterns for weeks during late summer, many waterfowlers view opening day as a potential slam-dunk. Then those seemingly predictable neighborhood honkers might switch routines and locations...


Podcast: The Impact of Spinning-Wing Decoys Part 2: Brian Lovett

Last week, we kicked off our five-part Outpost podcast series on spinning-wing duck decoys by interviewing Terry Denmon , president of Mojo Outdoors and one of the key figures behind the first commercially successful spinning-wing duck decoy. Few hunting products have been more successful, influential — and controversial — than...


Prairie Drought Leads to Reduced Fall Duck Flight

After years of mostly good news, waterfowlers now face a tough reality: Poor breeding conditions in the drought-stricken prairie pothole region have led to decreased duck production, likely resulting in a smaller fall flight than hunters have seen in years. “This is a unique year in that the prairie pothole...


Podcast: The Impact of Spinning-Wing Decoys, Part 1: Terry Denmon

Few modern hunting products have had a bigger impact on the contingent of hunters using them than spinning-wing duck decoys. Trail cameras and deer hunters might be the only product that compares. The spinning-wing decoy concept originated in California, but the Mojo Mallard, the first commercially successful spinner, debuted in...


Dr. Duck's Summer Gear Guide

The thermometer might say 90, but it's still time to gear up for duck season. In this video, Dennis "Dr. Duck" Loosier and Billy Campbell, the co-hosts of Federal Premium's Black Cloud on Realtree 365 , discuss their favorite stuff. Top picks include: Allure Decoys , which feature a paint...


Will Duck Hunters Be Able to Find Ammo This Fall?

COVID-19 has brought many changes to our lives, including a particularly troubling problem for duck hunters: an ammo shortage. Now, waterfowlers wonder if that might cause headaches this fall. The answer is complicated, but industry insiders say there’s reason for optimism. Throughout most of 2020, manufacturers of firearms and ammo...


Duck Numbers Down Due to Prairie Drought

Drought has hit much of the Prairie Pothole Region, and the dry conditions will likely affect duck production in 2021. The North Dakota Game and Fish Department’s May water index was down 80 percent from the previous year and almost 68 percent lower than the long-term (1948 through 2020) average...


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...


Why Waterfowlers Need Good Optics

Think binoculars are only for big-game hunting? Think again. Good optics allow waterfowlers to watch ducks from afar and use landmarks to locate "the X" without disturbing birds for the following morning's hunt. ( Check Out: How to Practice with Your Bow in Low Light )


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