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Duck Hunting Through the Eyes of a Novice

Duck hunters talk a lot about recruiting the next generation of waterfowlers , and rightfully so. But I think we sometimes fail to hit the right formula for generating interest and fostering the development of young hunters. Too often, I fear, we take newbies hunting but treat the event like...


Duck Hunting Decisions Revisited

As I’ve mentioned in previous blogs, success or failure in the duck marsh often hinges on quick in-the-field decisions. Some work. Many don’t. And in hindsight, the wisdom or folly of your actions becomes clear. Consider these examples from my 2019–'20 season. Moving On The first hour at the flooded...


Never Shoot the Roost, Except …

Sleepyheads, rejoice: Hunting ducks and geese in the afternoon can work just fine. Evening waterfowl forays might seem like casual, throwaway affairs, but the last hours of the day can hold some great hunting. Try these tips to make your evening hunts as successful as early morning efforts. Know When...


11 Signs of an Obsessive Duck Hunter

We’re taught as children to avoid categorizing people based on first impressions. However, not-so-subtle signs reveal much about folks — especially duck hunters . These observations, none of them especially clinical in nature, might or might not confirm that you’re dealing with an obsessive duck hunter, or ODH. 1. You...


Sweet New Duck Gear for 2020

July’s hot, muggy weather might seem an odd time to think about frosty mornings in the duck woods, but hardcore waterfowl nuts know it’s never too early. In fact, forward-thinking folks are already checking out the latest, greatest duck gear. Here’s a sample of some must-have stuff for the upcoming...


Video: Delta Waterfowl's HunterR3

Delta Waterfowl’s HunteR3 programs — First Hunt, Defending the Hunt and the University Hunting Program — are leading the charge to strengthen hunter numbers and secure the future of waterfowl hunting . Click here for more Realtree waterfowl hunting content. And check us out on Facebook .


What if Duck Hunters Talked Like Deer Hunters?

Pundits suggest that duck hunting and deer hunting differ only slightly, but we know the truth. If duck hunters started talking like deer hunters, the marsh would be a crazy place. You might hear things like: 1. “I’m not seeing much rutting activity. We need to trim some hens from...


Video: Another Delta Hen House Success

Matt Chouinard, senior waterfowl programs and Delta Marsh property manager for Delta Waterfowl , finds promising news at a Delta hen house in a prairie pothole . Check out this fascinating glimpse into the hatching process. Click here for more Realtree waterfowl hunting content. And check us out on Facebook .


4 Awful Duck Hunts and Lessons They Taught Me

Many of my barrel-melting duck hunts of the past four decades have revealed a few great truths about the sport. But I must admit: several stinkers actually hammered home tough lessons better than the best days ever could. Let’s examine four memorable, dreadful duck hunts and what they taught me...


Delta Waterfowl Video: Habitat and Conditions Update 2020

Has it been a good year for duck production? Delta Waterfowl ’s Matt Chouinard and Dr. Frank Rohwer analyze current breeding-duck habitat conditions. Click here for more Realtree waterfowl hunting content. And check us out on Facebook .


5 Duck Hunting Myths That Must Die

Modern waterfowlers know far more about ducks, hunting and habitat than our grandfathers did. And that makes you wonder why we continue to perpetuate myths and outright falsehoods. Some of these old rules make for good blind discussions . Others need to die. 1. Cloudy Days are Ducky Days Overcast...


5 Puddle Ducks You Love to Hate

In a blog this past month, I whined about aggravating diving ducks . But why save all the vitriol for big water when puddle ducks can also incite fits of rage? Consider these, some or all of which will likely visit a slough or flooded woods near you this fall...


North Dakota Reports Strong Breeding Duck Numbers

In a year filled with bad news, North Dakota has given waterfowlers reason for optimism. The state’s 2020 spring survey showed a breeding duck population of almost 4 million birds, an increase of 18 percent from 2019. “Conditions that we have seen since 1994 seem to be the new normal,...


Video: Atlantic Flyway Mallards — What You Need to Know

Dr. Frank Rohwer describes groundbreaking Delta Waterfowl research aimed at boosting mallard populations in the Atlantic Flyway. Click here for more Realtree waterfowl content. And check us out on Facebook .


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...


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