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2019 SHOT Show: New Realtree Timber Camo Products

Realtree's newest camo pattern, Realtree Timber™, made its debut on hunting apparel and gear at the 2019 SHOT Show in Las Vegas, and was a huge hit. Timber is Realtree's most effective and lifelike camo pattern for flooded timber. We like to say it's "Carved from the Delta." Just check...


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18 New Wingshooting and Waterfowl Shotguns in Realtree Max-5 Camo

Need a new duck or goose gun in Realtree Max-5 camo? We have the lineup of lineups for you. Check out these 18 guns that were on display at the 2019 SHOT Show in Las Vegas, Nevada. And try not to salivate on your phone while you’re at it.


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2019 SHOT Show: 5 New Shotguns in Realtree Timber Camo

Looking for a new shotgun in 2019? Like the looks of the brand new Realtree Timber pattern? Here are five of the best shotguns available this year that are cloaked in it. We gave each of them a good look at the 2019 SHOT Show in Las Vegas, Nevada. And...


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SHOT Show 2019: Federal Premium Waterfowl Loads

Federal Premium's Black Cloud TSS waterfowl shells deliver hard-hitting performance on high-flying ducks and geese. Have you seen these hot new loads? More important, can you imagine how they'll perform on waterfowl next season?


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2019 SHOT Show: Realtree Timber Booth

Realtree's newest camo pattern, Realtree Timber, got a booth of its very own at the 2019 SHOT Show where attendees got a first-hand look at the latest apparel and gear decked out in this cool pattern. Designed with waterfowl hunters in mind, Timber is Realtree's most effective and lifelike camo...


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Timber Days in Arkansas' Duck Woods

The distant wailing of specks announced daybreak as muted shapes churned through the water, scurrying toward black trees. Sunrise would soon illuminate the timber, and anxious fowlers gazed skyward in anticipation. Standing knee-deep in flooded timber always brings remarkable promises. That day was more notable, however, because of the circumstances...


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Realtree Max-5 Christmas Gift Ideas

Forget snow globes and candy canes this Christmas. Every die-hard waterfowler wants to see Realtree Max-5-clad hunting gear under the tree. Here are some great Max-5-adorned ideas for the season.


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Realtree Timber Christmas Gift Ideas

Red and green are out this Christmas. New Realtree Timber , the waterfowling camo carved from the Delta, is in — at least if you're a duck hunter. Here are some great Timber-adorned gift ideas for waterfowlers this Christmas.


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How to Blow Your Duck Hunt Before Firing a Shot

If you’ve spent much time knee-deep in green timber or hunkered in a muddy field, you know many factors can ruin a hunt. The weather might change. Shooting can go south. Dogs break. Or the situation just goes sideways. But often, we sabotage hunts before loading our guns, usually because...


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The 5 Stages of Duck Season

We can feel it. Duck season approaches, and our long national nightmare will soon pass. When that opening bell rings, life will take a familiar turn : early mornings, chilly boat rides, brilliant sunrises, muddy dogs and fresh protein. Yet even during duck season, nothing stays the same. Instead, we...


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Make Your Own Pintail Whistle

There’s a great satisfaction from calling in an animal with a call you have fashioned yourself. I admit I’m no duck-call maker. That takes years of trial and error, knowledge of toneboard structure and many other variables. It’s way too much for me to delve into, especially when there are...


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Sharp Shooting: The Best 'Other' Birds for Waterfowlers

Shotgun games — skeet, trap, five-stand and sporting clays — provide fantastic practice and repetition for building wing-shooting skills. But sometimes, there’s no substitute for the real thing. So what can you do when the season is closed or ducks and geese aren’t flying? Well, you’re a hunter, so pursue...


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5 Ways to Goof Up a Great Duck Hunt

Seeing a successful hunt through its many stages — scouting, planning, setup and execution — is one of the great joys of waterfowling. And many times, that process is fairly simple and straightforward. But at the risk of making things too complicated, let’s agree that many stumbling blocks can quickly...


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Duck and Goose Hunting Success: Order of Importance

Many factors contribute to successful waterfowling. Of course, when duck and goose hunters discuss the keys to filling straps, the question of importance arises. It’s not a fair question. Critical factors vary based on habitat, the flyway, phase of the season and even hunters themselves. But just to stir the...


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6 Old-Time Waterfowling Tips That Still Work Today

Old-timers love to give advice, and why not? After all, they’ve been around longer than most of us, and maybe they figure it’s part of their civic duty to pass on wisdom. Of course, if you’re not an old-timer, you often ignore guidance handed down by elders . But when...


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Duck Hunting: 5 Signs You're Doing it Wrong

Failure can be a frequent companion in the duck marsh. Stuff happens, and the pursuit of wild birds offers no surety. However, consistent, repeated failure indicates a problem. It’s easy to forget a few days with a light or empty strap, especially if you respond with several successful hunts. When...


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How Bad Luck Can Ruin Your Waterfowl Hunt

Waterfowlers prepare fanatically for the season and individual hunts. We repaint decoys, check lines and repair blinds. We make sure our boat batteries are charged and trouble-shoot motor problems. We shoot frequently to hone our eyes. And we scout like fiends, noting bird numbers, location and movements. Before the first...


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11 (or 12) States to Duck Hunt Before You Die

As age and time afield pile up, hunters often think less about achievements and more about experiences . In turkey hunting, that leads some folks to pursue the 49-state Super Slam. Waterfowlers are no different, though they tend to focus more on hunting exotic locales or pursuing species that don’t...


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The 4 Biggest Threats to Waterfowl Hunting

Cheer and optimism rule the waterfowling world when times are good. And why not? Bird numbers remain high, and we’ve enjoyed more than two decades of liberal season frameworks. But hunters who have seen enough sunrises in the marsh know that good times don’t always last. And although they view...


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The Best States for Hunting 'Other' Puddle Ducks

In 2017, we revealed the top harvest states for mallards , canvasbacks , other diving ducks and even mergies and sea ducks . Don’t ask me why we didn’t cover the best states for puddle ducks other than mallards Let’s rectify that. Here, based on data from the U.S. Fish...


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