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Journey to 41: Pursuing the Waterfowl Slam

Looking back on the past 20 years, memories of hunts good and bad fill my mind, but it has been a great journey. Completing the waterfowl grand slam has been a longtime dream, and the realization of completion becomes stronger with each year. To date, I’ve taken 29 of the...


Atlantic Flyway Mallards on the Brink

Most Atlantic Flyway duck hunters are realists. They hope opening day will bring a mallard or black duck and maybe a limit of wood ducks. As the season moves along, many venture onto big water for divers and sea ducks, sporadically finding clusters of puddlers to pursue. Honkers are in...


How to Buy a Duck Call

The colors get your attention first first. Why not? Bright reds, blues and oranges catch the light from the display case, shining like jewels in a museum. The exotic woods are stunning, too. And those slick camouflage patterns? They aren’t too shabby, either. Next, you lean in and squint to...


A Duck Hunting Starter Kit

There’s no doubt that duck hunting has always been a gear-intensive endeavor — enough that the thought of procuring, paying for and packing everything that seems to be required can scare many would-be waterfowlers away from one of autumn’s finest pastimes. Buying into any popular duck hunting TV show or...


Waterfowl Adventure: 3 DIY Duck Hunts

A waterfowler’s photo album might give the impression that duck hunting is just a series of action-filled days and hero shots at far-flung landscapes. We know the mystique goes deeper. Duck hunters search constantly for the right gear, perfect setup, right situation or ideal hunt. And they continually challenge themselves...


Waterfowl Taxidermy: From the Field to the Wall

Good waterfowl mounts immortalize birds and extend our memories of special days afield. Bad taxidermy, however, only serves to embarrass a substandard artist and perhaps a hunter who wanted to save money. No serious waterfowler wants to be that guy, of course. When we save a bird for taxidermy, we...


The ABCs of Early Canada Geese

I’ll cut to the chase. Yes, this story is about the ABCs of hunting early — that is, September — Canada geese. But here’s the one thing you must know to hunt these oft-fickle fowl: scout. It’s that simple. The truth? In September, Canada geese really don’t do much. Why?...


Teal Tactics: Big Strategies for Small Ducks

There’s no way around it. I love teal. Would I rather shoot seven greenwings or big, fat bluewings than the same number of greenheads ? Yes. There, I said it. And that’s not because teal are dumb. It’s not because they’re easy. And it’s certainly not because teal fall into...


Avoid Duck and Goose Decoy Disasters

Man, that decoy spread looks good in the dark. Illuminated by your truck’s headlights, you’re sure the hard work will pay off. Then failure. The birds don’t come or don’t land where you want ’em. Disaster strikes as hard as No. 2 steel. Are your sure-bet Canadas landing behind your...


The ABCs of Duck and Goose Decoys

A lways have a Plan B in mind should your sure-bet decoy spread fail. B right days should have the decoys out in front and you on the shady side of trees in flooded timber. C hildren’s snow sleds can haul your load of decoys to and from your spots,...


Pressure Pickle: Can We Avoid Creating Stale Ducks?

Waterfowlers constantly lust for fresh birds — ducks and geese that fly during daylight, commit willingly to decoy spreads and turn on a dime when they hear a greeting call. Yet many days in the marsh bring another reality. Birds that have been spooked, harassed and shot at for a...


5 Ways to Make Your Decoy Spread More Visible

Decoys are arguably some of your most important pieces of waterfowling equipment. But ducks and geese have to see them for those fakes to be effective. Here are five tips to make your decoy spread more visible. 1. Movement Adding movement to your decoys helps a lot. The flashing appearance...


Big-Water Duck Hunting Dos and Don'ts

Hunting diving ducks can provide unparalleled thrills and excitement, but after a while, most up-and-coming diver nuts have an epiphany: Those birds are built for big, open water, and that’s where they spend most of their time. No worries. Where legal, some hardcore guys — OK, nuts — take the...


Waterfowler's Gear List: Top 10 Things You Shouldn't Forget

If you’ve ever sat down in the blind after carefully setting decoys — daybreak soon to come, your dog settled but anxious for the day to begin, shotgun secured and ready in the notch in front of you — but then opened your blind bag and thought, “Dang nab it,...


After the Guide, Become the Guide

Curiosity kills ducks , plain and simple. Your willingness to go places and do things others won’t gives you an edge over couch-surfing weekend warriors who hunt the same stake at the same refuge every Saturday. So, don’t leave that ingenuity at home if you save money all year to...


Multi-Species Decoy Spreads

Most of us don’t have the luxury of choosing which duck species we want to shoot. We hunt ducks, so we gladly take any legal bird that flies over the decoys. But there’s more to hunting ducks than tossing out a random mix of decoys and hoping for the best...


Duck Hunting Scenes That Make You Go Hmm

To my new best buddies: Psst. Hey. Yeah, over here, standing in the cattails about 65 yards from where you set up. I’m pretty sure you saw my headlamp at dark-thirty but chose to ignore it. Anyway, I hope you had a good hunt . Nice shot on the goose...


Truth in Waterfowl Shotshell Ballistics

Most modern waterfowl loads push a 3-inch magnum load of 1-1/8 or 1-¼ ounce of shot somewhere in the neighborhood of 1,400 feet per second, give or take 50 fps. A few companies push loads faster, with some reaching a blistering 1,700 fps. Man, that is fast, but what does...


Canada Geese are Water Fowl

When it comes to hunting Canada geese — from Portland, Maine, to Portland, Oregon — dry field-hunting gets 95 percent of the airtime. Corn stubble. Wheat stubble. Winter wheat. Rye grass. Drive out to the X, drop the blinds and decoys, set ’em up, hide the rigs and crawl into...


Hunting Ducks and Geese in the Fog

If you could design your perfect hunting day, what would it be? Most waterfowl hunters would want overcast skies and a stiff north wind to get birds moving. Add in some cool temperatures and maybe an impending storm, and marshes should be buzzing with activity. I love those elements, too...


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