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10 Colossal Duck Hunting Screw-Ups

An old saying holds that life is tough, but it’s tougher if you’re stupid. Duck hunters might interpret that to mean waterfowling is inherently difficult, but becomes much tougher if you make silly mistakes. Think about it. Waterfowlers already deal with multiple variables such as weather, other hunters, and the...


Our 20 Best Tips for Hunting Diving Ducks

Diving ducks have an allure for a unique cadre of waterfowlers. Just check out the number of big duck boats across the country and the crush of black-and-white decoys in catalogs. Although divers might not receive the respect given to mallards and pintails, they can be tough to hunt. Moreover,...


Are A-Frame Duck Blinds Better than Layouts?

Even in the dark, our hide resembled a skyscraper atop a pool table. And ducks and geese, I figured, would find it just as conspicuous. But 30 minutes later, the first flock of Alberta mallards dive-bombed the decoy spread, and my fears subsided. And an hour after the sun peeked...


5 Tips for Calling Pintails

Among waterfowlers, pintails carry a polarizing reputation. On one side, successful pintail hunters consider the birds to be one of the most prized waterfowl. Admired for their unquestioned regality and good looks, pintails are also considered by many to be the greatest wild game table fare. Despite their tasty reputation,...


4 Tips for Killing More Specklebellies

White-fronted geese and snow geese have experienced a population boom the past few decades. Dark geese are seen less frequently in the southern reaches of flyways — debatably from warming winters, changing agricultural practices or a combination of those factors — but specks and snows saturate the skies where Canadas...


Should You Lease That Duck Field?

A drive from the Missouri Bootheel through eastern Arkansas reveals a landscape littered with rice and bean fields — and, it seems, a pit blind at every glance. That’s just a snapshot of a common duck hunting phenomenon in the mid-South. Fields with pits command a premium in many areas...


Realtree MAX-7 is Our Most Effective Open-Country Waterfowl Pattern Yet

Realtree MAX-7 features photorealistic imagery of common elements found in open waterfowl habitat such as reeds, mud, cattails, milo, and corn. MAX-7 combines these elements in the foreground of the pattern with a highly detailed layer of cracked mud and moss in the background to unite the pattern and enhance...


Justin Martin’s First Duck Call, First Greenhead, and Meeting Willie Robertson

The hit A&E reality series Duck Dynasty may no longer be airing, but the good times haven’t stopped for one of its stars. Known to many of the show’s fans as “Friar Tuck” or simply “Martin,” Justin Martin says he’s a happy man doing what he loves, which is working...


Duck Dinner in 30 Minutes

With these five easy duck recipes , you can have a delicious wild-game dinner on a busy weeknight.


Advanced Tips for DIY Green Timber Duck Hunting

Do-it-yourself green-timber hunts likely rank high on every duck hunter’s bucket list. And that might be the problem: Everyone wants to hunt the woods nowadays, so timber has become tougher. It was never easy. Navigating faint, stump-laden channels in the dark and trying to determine where ducks might parachute down...


Has Southern Duck Hunting Gone to Hell?

For uncountable autumns and winters, ducks and the folks who pursue them have flocked to the flooded timber, rice impoundments, coastal wetlands and river deltas of the South. The experience is a lifestyle for many and a bucket-list trip for others, but everyone seeks the same goal: to experience the...


How to Hunt Sandhill Cranes

Images of giant, sharp-billed birds descending amid trumpet-like calls might seem more like a deleted scene from Jurassic Park instead of a waterfowl hunt. Yet across many areas of North America, that scene plays out year after year, as a small but dedicated group of hunters pursues a unique bird:...


The Benelli Super Black Eagle: One of History's Great Duck Guns

Dark forms whirled overhead as I glanced nervously at my phone, wishing legal shooting light would arrive just a little sooner over the North Platte River. Soon, the familiar rituals of another duck hunt would consume me. Yet this day was different. I was carrying a Benelli Super Black Eagle,...


Our 30 Best Mallard Hunting Tips

Mallards captivate and mystify hunters across the country, and filling straps with plump greenheads remains one of waterfowling’s top achievements. That’s partly because wary, unpredictable mallards can be tough to hunt. If you want to bag more greenheads this year, try these tips. 1) Like many ducks, mallards love fresh...


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...


5 Snow Goose Stops You’ve Never Tried

Chasing spring snow geese is one of the fastest growing pursuits in hunting, and with good reason. The most obvious of its attractions are the tens of millions of birds that string out from Texas to the Canadian tundra and from the coast of California to the Eastern Shore. But...


Why Hunt Ducks?

Scientists have never identified a duck hunting gene, but if they do, I’m guessing the chromosome carrying that information will be a bit crooked. That might be the only plausible explanation for the ways duck and goose specialists differ from other hunters. Because, let’s face it: Hardcore waterfowlers are a...


Pro Tips for Duck Hunting’s Toughest Challenges

If you’ve hunted ducks and geese much, you know how this goes: You try a setup, but it doesn’t work. You rearrange the spread. That doesn’t work either. You try a different setup. Same story. You keep asking yourself, "What am I doing wrong?" Sometimes you can’t figure it out...


Small-Bore Shotguns for Duck Hunting

Why would any duck hunter trade his 12-gauge for a pipsqueak shotgun? There are several reasons, actually. How many times do you need a 2-by-4-esque punch to the shoulder from a 3.5-inch magnum before you wonder if there might be another way to bring down a duck? Reduced recoil is...


12 Reasons Duck Hunters Get Skunked

Most hunters don’t shoot ducks every day. Bad luck, mishaps afield and many other factors let the skunk creep into our blinds now and then. Even so, some hardcore guys fill the boat consistently. If you’re not in this elite group, you might take a long look at your tactics...


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