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DIY Planning Tips for Out-of-State Waterfowl Hunts

Every hunter’s heart holds some wanderlust, and waterfowlers are no different. In fact, we seem to love setting off for far-flung destinations and exotic locales. But our schemes must delve deeper than just identifying a spot, dreaming up a great hunt and filling the gas tank. Address these considerations before...


Decoy Tricks for the Toughest Ducks and Geese

When you’re on the X and times are good, decoys can become an afterthought. Throw a few over there. Toss a few upwind. Heck, make a J if you feel inspired. During tougher times and when chasing educated birds , however, your fakes become more important. That stiff, motionless J...


Delta Waterfowl April Migration Report

Snows and blues have pushed into the northern United States and Canada. Here's Delta Waterfowl 's final 2018-2019 migration report. Click here for more Realtree waterfowl hunting content. And check us out on Facebook .


5 Ways to Share Waterfowling with Newbies

We talk often about introducing youth and other newcomers to waterfowl hunting . Yet when the time comes to go afield, that job can seem intimidating. Aside from the logistical concerns of transporting extra gear and people, you must find ideal situations that let newbies stay comfortable and engaged in...


Blind Bag Dump: Essential Waterfowling Gear

Every off-season, I make the big dig. That is, I empty my blind bags to clean them up and assess the status of my equipment. Doing so reveals much about seemingly inconsequential but essential gear that keeps me warm, safe and successful afield . In that spirit, here’s a quick...


The X: Tough Snow Goose Season — Lack of Young Geese?

A poor 2018 snow goose hatch has resulted in few young birds and difficult hunting during the 2019 conservation season . Every day has been a battle for the Fowled Reality crew, as they try to fool educated adult birds. But that hasn't kept them from hunting hard. Click here...


Waterfowl Shooting Woes: How We Turn Chip Shots Into Misses

You won’t remember every duck you shoot. You might, however, recall with regret every time you whiff at an easy target. That’s understandable. You practice hard during the off-season and make good on most opportunities, so it hurts when an easy one slips past. “How could I have missed?” you...


Delta Waterfowl Ringnecks in Full Spring Migration Mode

Ring-necked ducks in Delta Waterfowl’s groundbreaking research project have started their northward journey toward the breeding grounds. During the March 7 through 17 reporting period, 31 ducks had begun spring migrations, according to an online update . The first started north in late February, and 21 more headed north in...


Waterfowling Notes Bring Affirmation, Surprises

Hunting journals let us revel in past hunts. Better, they provide tremendous insights for future efforts. I’ve written about this before , telling waterfowlers what details they should record in their journals and how they can interpret that to improve hunting. But while paging through my records recently, I wondered...


Delta Waterfowl March 2019 Migration Report

Snows and blues are on the move in the Central, Mississippi and Atlantic flyways. Here's the scoop on the latest hotspots, courtesy of our friends at Delta Waterfowl . Click here for more Realtree waterfowl hunting content. And check us out on Facebook .


Delta Waterfowl Ringneck Update: Ducks on the Move

Spring might seem like a distant rumor to Northern states, but Delta Waterfowl’s marked ring-necked ducks have already started their spring migration. From Feb. 21 through March 6, according to an online update of the organization’s groundbreaking ringneck project, three of the effort’s birds were on the move. The extreme...


Why it Sometimes Makes Sense to Hunt Ducks at Midday

Duck hunting might seem strange without pre-dawn boat rides, headlamps illuminating decoy setups and the sense of anticipation that arrives with first light. But sometimes, you can’t hunt the early morning or last-hour flights. In fact, during some situations, it actually makes sense to hunt during midday rather than holding...


Crafty Lines to Extend Waterfowl Hunts

You’ve been there: Anticipation of a frenzied first-light flight slowly gives way to empty skies and depression. And minutes later, one of your buddies starts talking about quitting early . Of course, giving up only guarantees failure. But how do you keep your pessimistic friends in the field for a...


How to Make Good Goose Hunts Even Better

Waterfowling provides many striking moments, but few can rival the instant when approaching geese set their wings and begin that telltale glide into your lap. Great goose hunts burn into your memory forever. But sometimes, potentially great hunts fall short. Maybe birds don’t act right. Perhaps we goof up a...


Best Tips for Snow Goose Hunting: You Have to Try These

A poor 2018 hatch means the Spring 2019 return flight of lesser snow geese is comprised mainly of adults, and that equals tough hunting. Don't despair. The guys at Fowled Reality have some great tips for success during tough years. Give them a try this conservation season , and help...


Pro Fixes for Finishing Ducks and Geese

You’ve been there. Birds eye your spread from afar, tip their wings, bank hard across the wind and zip toward you … only to pass by at marginal range. Or land short. Or flare and disappear. Some days, ducks and geese won’t finish. Maybe they’re pressured and skittish, but usually,...


Delta's First-Duck Pin Program Continues to Roll

Delta Waterfowl continues to bring new waterfowl hunters into the sport by awarding youngsters with First-Duck Pins and certificates of recognition for taking their first waterfowl . Realtree is the Official Camo Conservation Partner of Delta Waterfowl, and the Presenting Sponsor of Delta’s First Hunt and First-Duck Pin programs, which...


Delta Waterfowl February 2019 Migration Report

Heading out for spring snows ? The experts at Delta Waterfowl have inside information about the hottest areas. Click here for more Realtree waterfowl hunting content. And check us out on Facebook .


Duck Blog Readers Make Their Voices Heard

With almost three years and several hundred waterfowl pieces in the cybersphere, the Duck Blog has covered a lot of ground. Along the way, we’ve met loads of great folks and shared experiences with loyal readers. In the spirit of reflection — and because, as you’ve guessed, I have nothing...


How to Screw Up Your Duck and Goose Decoys

You can goof up waterfowl hunts in many fashions (as I’ve pointed out frequently via painful personal experience). Sometimes, that involves overlooking seemingly tiny decoy considerations. So, if you’re interested in blowing potentially great mornings and giving yourself headaches, use these tips to screw up your decoy spreads next season...


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