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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...


Overlooked Waterfowling Honey Holes

Thanksgiving can be a homecoming of sorts. Families reunite, sometimes traveling long distances to return to their childhood homes. That’s what I did this past fall, driving six hours to see my folks. And I had an opportunity to hunt the local millpond where I shot my first duck and...


Waterfowl Shooting: Singles, Doubles and Triples

Most waterfowlers tote ultra-reliable semi-auto shotguns to the marsh or pit, and for good reason. Those repeaters let you double or even triple on ducks or geese in willing flocks. Of course, for those guns to work their magic, you must first do your part. Here’s a quick guide to...


Ways to Scout for Waterfowl When You Can't Be in the Field

There’s no substitute for in-field scouting. Keeping tabs on waterfowl movements and knowing exactly where to be each time you hunt is more than half the battle of being successful. But jobs, families and other obligations prevent most people from hunting every day or driving around each evening to locate...


Shoot More Mallards

From Minnesota to Louisiana, most duck hunters want mallards. Oh, they don’t mind other ducks. In fact, they welcome swift teal, eager gadwall and twisting, turning divers. But if you polled everyone with a duck stamp, a clear top duck would soon emerge: Anas platyrhynchos , the mallard. Degree of...


4 Ducks: Public-Land Opening Day in Arkansas

Without abundant access to private property, like many other public-land duck hunters , Dennis Loosier and Billy Campbell spend most of their waterfowl season scouting and searching for mallards. Never is that more evident before opening day in Arkansas. And that's what this original film from Realtree Timber illustrates. Many...


Your Ideal Waterfowling Shotgun: Finding and Using It

Some folks can grab any shotgun off the rack and run 25 straight at skeet or pile up four greenheads . The rest of us mortals, however, must take a longer path. That is, we must find a shotgun that optimizes our shooting skills and then use it enough so...


Waterfowl Road Trip Checklist

Dry cornfields in North Dakota? Maybe some green-timber hunting on one of Arkansas’ famed wildlife management areas? Canada, perhaps? Yep, when it comes to duck hunting , you have a world of great choices scattered throughout North America. Getting to those dream destinations? Road trip! Don’t plan on stocking up...


Hunting Puddles for Puddle Ducks

The puddle didn’t look promising. It was maybe 50 feet by 150 feet, a rough oval. The water looked like chocolate milk, and it was no deeper than a kiddie pool. It was at the northern edge of a large harvested soybean field, hard against a flooded, brushy ditch that...


7 Tips for Hunting the Late Greenhead Show

Long gone are the fair-weather hunters. They Who Only Hunt Early are home sitting by a cozy fire, reading a good duck hunting book and dreaming of blue skies and sort-of-green-headed ducks gliding into serene blocks. But you are a late-season fanatic. Yes, you were out there with the bluebird-day...


Score Waterfowling Wins on Public Land

On public land , just about everything works against you. There are more hunters and more pressure, and typically less good habitat. The way other folks hunt can dictate your success, and you’re darn sure going to sweat for ducks . But that’s all many of us have. Sure, there...


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