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How to Tune Up Your Duck Calling Before Opening Day

You know it’s wrong. You vow to do better. But every year before the opener , you shamefully admit that you haven’t blown your duck calls since the previous season. And the last thing you want is to sound like you’re playing a kazoo or New Year’s Eve party horn...


2020 Duck Hunting Nation: Pacific Flyway

Our fourth and final Duck Hunting Nation roundup focuses on the Pacific Flyway. From the legendary pintail gunning of California to Pacific brant and the Great Salt Lake, this flyway features some of waterfowling’s true bucket-list destinations. We’ve updated each state’s page with license costs, links to current regulations, and...


4 Things We Got Wrong About Duck and Goose Hunting

Like many other outdoor pursuits, waterfowl hunting spawns fallacies that folks regard as gospel. And only hard experience exposes those mistaken beliefs. My buddies and I are no different. For years, we bought into many misconceptions simply because experienced waterfowlers repeated them. But ducks and geese ultimately reveal the truth...


7 Ways to Have Your Best Duck Season Yet

Ambitious folks love to set goals, and duck hunters are no different. But sometimes, our visions don’t mesh with reality. When I was young, my buddies and I would naively discuss silly waterfowl hunting aims we hoped to achieve that year. “I want to kill 50 birds at Rush Lake...


2020 Duck Hunting Nation: Central Flyway

Our third Duck Hunting Nation roundup covers the big skies of the Central Flyway. From huge flocks of mallards and geese whirling over North Dakota grainfields to endless lines of redheads and pintails off the Texas coast, this flyway offers perhaps unlimited potential. We’ve updated each state’s page with license...


Best States for a Bull Canvasback, Revisited

No matter where he hunts, every waterfowler wants to score a prime bull canvasback. That can prove challenging, however, as cans are notoriously finicky about where they migrate, stage, and winter. Further, there just aren’t that many canvasbacks in North America, with a breeding population estimate of about 651,000 in...


Is Southeastern Missouri the New Arkansas for Duck Hunters?

Years ago, when someone steered a truck towing a duck boat onto Interstate 55 during December or January, you knew where they were heading: the rice fields or flooded timber of Arkansas. But for about the past decade, many of those rigs have veered a bit northeast of the world’s...


Are You A Terrible Shot? Here's How to Kill Ducks Anyway

The old guy stunk at skeet. I mean, he was a positively terrible shotgunner. But his Polaroids from the duck blind told a different story. “I ain’t a great shot,” he said repeatedly. “But I’ve learned to put birds in my lap so I don’t have to be.” Basically, the...


2020 Duck Hunting Nation: Mississippi Flyway

Our second Duck Hunting Nation roundup covers the waterfowl-rich Mississippi Flyway. Stretching from remote Minnesota rice lakes through Louisiana's coastal marshes, this tradition-rich flyway features some of the country’s most famous duck and goose hunting opportunities . We’ve updated each state’s page with license costs, links to current regulations and...


How Will the Pandemic Affect Waterfowl Season?

Headlamps cut through the hazy pre-dawn, confirming our fears. We had unexpected company in our opening-day goose field, and the uncertain COVID-19-influenced 2020 waterfowl season had begun. The situation shouldn’t have surprised us. With widespread furloughs, layoffs, travel restrictions and safer-at-home orders during the 2020 pandemic, more folks throughout the...


What the Heck Is Rice Breast in Ducks?

The greenwing would have been lunch. The protozoans had other plans. Seconds after starting to skin the plump drake, I noticed its dark breast meat was littered with small white granules. Disappointed, I recalled some college zoology lessons and realized I’d be eating a sandwich that noon. Many hunters have...


2020 Duck Hunting Nation: Atlantic Flyway

Our first Duck Hunting Nation roundup centers on the Atlantic Flyway. From tiny wood duck sloughs to coastal gunning for sea ducks, the region offers perhaps unmatched variety for waterfowlers. Despite recent reductions to daily limits of mallards and Canada geese, the flyway continues to produce solid hunting opportunities. We’ve...


Delta Waterfowl Forecasts a Strong Fall Duck Flight

Duck hunters should anticipate a good 2020-'21 season, according to Delta Waterfowl . The group recently said average to above average breeding conditions in the prairie pothole region, combined with a stable population of breeding ducks, will likely result in a strong Fall 2020 flight. The organization forecast improved flights...


When Awful Decoy Setups Work

Decoy nuts fuss and sweat about the placement of every block , but ducks often laugh at our plans, flaring from textbook spreads. Now and then, however, they finish like champs to decoy configurations we’re embarrassed to claim. I’ve been a decoy nerd for more than three decades, but willing...


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 .


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