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Tips for Calling in Mallards: Separator Call

In the fifth installment of this nine-part calling series , Chad Belding, host of The Fowl Life , teaches us how to perform the separator call, which is also known as the feeding chuckle. Give a listen, and learn how to sound just like feeding ducks on the water. Click...


Duck Hunting in Colorado

OK, so Colorado doesn’t come to mind as a top waterfowling destination. But it’s a seriously good place to hunt ducks in the classic Western styles. More on that later, because we need to start somewhere else: geese. Here’s the rare state where hunters shoot more honkers (and white geese)...


Duck Hunting in Oregon

I enjoy hunting The Beaver State almost as much as I do my home state of Washington. Almost. On the plus side, there’s plenty to do in Oregon ; cacklers in the Willamette Valley, puddle ducks on Sauvie Island, divers on the mighty Columbia and specklebellies near Klamath Falls on...


Duck Hunting in California

California is a good-news/bad-news proposition for waterfowlers. The good news concerns the number of birds, which number more than stars in the sky. The state has a wide variety of species, too, including mallards, pintails, wigeon, shovelers, gadwalls, and green-winged and cinnamon teal, plus clouds of specklebellies and Canadas. The...


Journey to 41: Pursuing the Waterfowl Slam

Looking back on the past 20 years, memories of hunts good and bad fill my mind, but it has been a great journey. Completing the waterfowl grand slam has been a longtime dream, and the realization of completion becomes stronger with each year. To date, I’ve taken 29 of the...


Waterfowl Weirdness: Trick Shots You Must Master

I love those classic duck and goose hunting shots. You watch the target come into range, rise with perfect form and footing and then follow through precisely, just like at the skeet range. Thing is, you’re not at the skeet range. Or the trap field. Or even a sporting clays...


Tips for Calling in Mallards: Standing On It

In the fourth installment of our video calling tutorial, Chad Belding, host of The Fowl Life , explains the importance of "standing on the call." The simple variation of the first note tells ducks that your spread means business. Click here for more Realtree waterfowl hunting content. And check us...


Atlantic Flyway Mallards on the Brink

Most Atlantic Flyway duck hunters are realists. They hope opening day will bring a mallard or black duck and maybe a limit of wood ducks. As the season moves along, many venture onto big water for divers and sea ducks, sporadically finding clusters of puddlers to pursue. Honkers are in...


Duck Hunting in Massachusetts

You won’t find many states where the sea duck harvest equals the number of mallards taken, but Massachusetts qualifies for that list. Massachusetts hunters shot 4,698 eiders in 2017, plus good numbers of scoters and long-tailed ducks. State fowlers also took respectable numbers of mallards, buffleheads, black ducks, wood ducks...


Duck Hunting in Rhode Island

Ah, Rhode Island . The little state offers much to the outdoor enthusiast, including a dose of sleeper waterfowling. Sleeper? No, the Ocean State would never qualify as a waterfowling destination; not even close. However, with only about 1,000 licensed waterfowl hunters in 2017, there’s not much competition for the...


Duck Hunting in Connecticut

It breaks my heart to give The Constitution State a D grade. However, there’s just not much there to stir the blood of an avid waterfowler. A 16,000-plus duck harvest and 11,000-plus geese don’t really excite. But when you consider those numbers were posted by about 2,800 licensed hunters, it...


How to Blow Your Duck Hunt Before Firing a Shot

If you’ve spent much time knee-deep in green timber or hunkered in a muddy field, you know many factors can ruin a hunt. The weather might change. Shooting can go south. Dogs break. Or the situation just goes sideways. But often, we sabotage hunts before loading our guns, usually because...


Tips for Calling in Mallards: Greeters

In the third installment of this calling series, Chad Belding, host of The Fowl Life , shows you how to huff out perfect greeters. And he imparts some calling wisdom given to him years ago by a legendary pro. Further, he shows you how to sound like several ducks on...


How to Buy a Duck Call

The colors get your attention first first. Why not? Bright reds, blues and oranges catch the light from the display case, shining like jewels in a museum. The exotic woods are stunning, too. And those slick camouflage patterns? They aren’t too shabby, either. Next, you lean in and squint to...


Duck Hunting in Illinois

Illinois has a rich waterfowl hunting heritage. The Illinois River was a stronghold for market hunting, and when that was outlawed, many of the old market hunters became guides, taking out wealthy hunters from Chicago, St. Louis and other cities. Charles Perdew, one of the most famous decoy carvers of...


Duck Hunting in Indiana

Indiana probably doesn’t rank high on most hunters’ lists of waterfowling destinations, but residents have opportunities to pursue their favorite quarry. Hunters will find the most “ducky” areas in the north, which features most of the state’s lakes and wetlands, as well as along the Ohio River in the south...


Duck Hunting in Michigan

You would think the Great Lakes State would have plenty of waterfowl hunting opportunities — and you’d be right. Waterfowl hunters will find no shortage of places to set their spreads in Michigan . The state is steeped in waterfowl hunting tradition. The St. Clair River Flats and Saginaw Bay...


Early Geese are Different

The first shots of goose season echoed across many states this past week, kicking off the 2018-’19 hunt. Early morning smiles and multi-honker piles have returned. But although the act of September goose hunting — endless scouting, seeking permission, lugging decoys, grassing in blinds and tuning up calls — resembles...


Tips for Calling in Mallards: Finding the Quack

In the first installment of this nine-part video series, Chad Belding, host of The Fowl Life , taught us how to find the range of a call. Here, in the second episode, he guides us toward finding the perfect hen mallard quack. Man, does that sound real. Click here for...


A Duck Hunting Starter Kit

There’s no doubt that duck hunting has always been a gear-intensive endeavor — enough that the thought of procuring, paying for and packing everything that seems to be required can scare many would-be waterfowlers away from one of autumn’s finest pastimes. Buying into any popular duck hunting TV show or...


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