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Guide to Green Timber Mallard Hunting

There are two types of duck hunters : those who have experienced a lights-out flooded timber shoot for greenheads and the rest of us. Do it once and you’re addicted. A quick limit leaves you wanting more, and wanting to do it again. Getting skunked also leaves you wanting to...


Are Sports Keeping Kids from Hunting?

The 2018-19 deer season was going to be a great one. My husband, Brett, and I joined a deer lease a couple hours from our house with plans to take our kids out every chance we’d get. We’d spend the weekends and holidays pursuing whitetails, hanging out by the campfire...


24 Tips for Today’s Duck and Goose Hunters

Today’s waterfowl aren’t like the birds of 20 years ago. With technological innovations such as hyper-realistic decoys and motorized spinning wings, and guys who can seemingly call better than real ducks and geese , the flyways have become a different ballfield. But these 24 tried-and-true tactics can put more birds...


On Duck Hunting New Spots

You have no memory of this place. Lost amid a sea of cattails, you rub your hands together for warmth, trying to recall what you saw on the map. The channel should cut west, but thick bog says otherwise. You cannot go south, as flooded trees and thick willows prevent...


How to Buy the Right Duck or Goose Call

Deciding which duck or goose call to add to your lanyard is difficult even if you’ve hunted waterfowl for a while. It’s much tougher if you’re new. You can search Google and YouTube for suggestions, but opposing opinions can add to the confusion. Enter Sean Mann, the creative force behind...


14 Ways to Be a Duck Blind Jerk

You overheard the guys talking about the great duck hunting they’ve been enjoying, and you wheedled an invitation to go along on their next outing. What an opportunity. Time to dig out your finest camouflage and grab your calls, shotgun and shells. But not waders (see No. 8). You haven’t...


How to Call Every Duck but a Mallard

When I started duck hunting in the early 1970s, I only knew how to make the traditional mallard quack in three variations — four at best. My dad always carried a call in the upper breast pocket of his old canvas hunting coat, and he’d play it now and then...


Get Moving: 9 Motion Decoys for Waterfowlers

On days with wind and overcast skies, almost any decoy spread can lure in waterfowl . But for slower sits with flat water and bright skies, you need motion to attract birds. The idea of making decoys move isn’t new, and it doesn’t have to be complicated. Heck, guys still...


Predators are Affecting Your Duck Hunting

Hunters would see more ducks funneling down the flyways if we had fewer predators in nesting areas. Or at least that’s what Frank Rohwer thinks. Out of every 100 duck eggs laid in prime nesting areas, 75 to 90 of them never hatch. Most are eaten by predators, said Rohwer,...


10 Commandments for Taking a Child Duck Hunting

Blessed is the waterfowl hunter who taketh a child duck hunting, for that waterfowler shall inherit the earth — or at least get a primo spot in that final duck blind in the sky. Or at least I’m pretty sure that’s how the passage goes. Taking a young hunter (or...


How Millennials are Changing Duck Hunting

Ten of us lay in a cut milo field in the middle of America. Forty-five minutes earlier, our group had plunged hundreds of staked-out socks and silhouettes into the ground while a mixed playlist of rap and Southern steel guitar country rock anthems reverberated across the prairie, keeping us working...


How to Buy Duck Hunting Property

Chilled and sleep-deprived, you’ve huddled in your skiff since 3 a.m., confident your extra efforts have netted you the best spot in the marsh. But as dawn breaks, you watch helplessly as a boat motors 50 yards downwind and its occupants begin tossing out decoys. “Dang,” you think, shaking your...


How to Survive Crazy, Crowded Duck Openers

Editor's note: This article originally appeared on Sept. 22, 2016. Go ahead. Admit that you love yet dread the opening day of duck season if you hunt public spots. You detest the crowds, loathe the skybusters and can’t stand the circus atmosphere. You can’t work a flock without having some...


New Public-Land Duck Hunting Show to Air on Realtree365

This duck season, Billy Campbell and Dennis Loosier, known as “Dr. Duck,” will co-host Black Cloud , a new, fast-paced waterfowl hunting show available on Realtree 365 and other on-demand outlets. The show promises to mirror the passion and enthusiasm of these hardcore waterfowlers, which began with a chance meeting...


Time for September Teal

My stepson, Adrian, and I were hunting a small eastern Iowa marsh on the opening day of the state’s traditional five-day September any-duck season . The marsh was crowded but grew quiet soon after legal shooting time as the knots of homegrown mallards and squealing summer ducks headed for sanctuary...


10 Tips for Early Goose Season

It’s an hour before dawn, with stars twinkling in the sultry September air, and we’re lugging full-body decoys and silhouettes through some Minnesota wheat stubble. Sweat pours. Mosquitoes attack. But we brush in blinds, crawl inside, and wait for light. It comes, and we wait some more. I doze a...


The Waterfowling Problem Solvers

Like most folks, waterfowlers have problems; some — that is, me — more than others, but that’s a story for another time. But back to the subject. From time to time, waterfowlers get frustrated. This doesn’t work. That doesn’t work. No, we’re not looking for easy, simple answers. But wouldn’t...


Beat Duck Depression with These Waterfowling Projects

That bare spot in the driveway tears at your soul. Your duck boat was parked there for several months, brimming with decoys and blind panels, and coated with muck, feathers and black dog hair. Now, only the driveway remains. You’ve entered post-duck-season depression. Your feelings are normal. Most hardcore waterfowl...


Waterfowl Shotgunning Do-Overs

You’ve done it. Ducks pile into or zip over your decoys, and you rise, swing … and whiff with your first shot. Surprise and embarrassment follow, but here’s the good news: Because you’re likely toting an ultra-reliable modern autoloader , you still have two more shots to put a bird...


Finish Duck Season Strong

Most folks agree the 2018-’19 duck season has been challenging, especially for Southern hunters battling wet conditions and waiting for a migration that seemingly never arrived. And now, we can see the end, as only a few days of hunting remain. A cynic might welcome the finish line, anticipating much-needed...


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