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Dry Conditions Might Hamper Early Atlantic Flyway Action

Date: Oct. 15 Location: entire Atlantic Flyway Damned if you do, damned if you don’t? 2018’s theme was water, water everywhere. Endless rain raised reservoirs, blew out rivers and turned dry ground into duck habitat from Maine south to parts of Georgia. The birds were scattered, and finding them was...


3 Offbeat Tactics for Fall Turkey Hunting

Maybe you're in a bit of a rut. Sitting on the edge of a field day after day, waiting for a flock of turkeys to walk by, gets pretty old. These three tactics are more exciting, and they just might help you put a tag on your fall bird. 1...


Why You Should Keep a Hunting Journal

The thought of keeping a journal conjures up childhood memories of the time my older sister caught me reading her diary. It resulted in the beating of my life. There’s nothing real glamorous about the thought of revealing to your hunting buddies that you have a deer hunting journal. But...


Delta Waterfowl October 2019 Migration Report

Early-season duck and goose hunting has been good across the northern range of the flyways. And with major cold fronts on the way, action should get even better. Here's what the experts at Delta Waterfowl had to say. Click here for more Realtree waterfowl hunting content. And check us out...


Early Hunting Good in Sodden Mississippi Flyway

Date: Oct. 10 Location: northern portions of the flyway Major Weather Trends Early-fall cold fronts have kick-started waterfowl migrations in the upper Mississippi Flyway, but precipitation still dominates the headlines. Record rainfall in many areas has inundated the landscape, flooding fields and creating numerous temporary wetlands. And the situation won’t...


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...


Ultimate Access: Deer Hunting on Military Bases

For many people, the biggest challenge of hunting isn’t tagging a big buck or finding folks to hunt with. It’s simply finding a good place to go. The lack of access is causing hordes of outdoorsmen to leave the tradition behind. But that doesn’t have to be the case. There...


Duck Season Predictions Versus Post-Season Results

Football writers often poke fun at themselves by penning self-deprecating stories comparing their pre-season prognostications to a team’s actual results. The main takeaway is that uncountable variables make it almost impossible to accurately predict how the season might go. Duck hunters do this, too. You might get a feeling for...


Central Flyway Crop Harvests Stalled, Migration on Time

Date: Oct. 8 Location: northern portions of the flyway Overview Excellent habitat conditions and strong numbers of ducks and geese have set the stage for a successful season across northern portions of the Central Flyway. It won’t be easy, however, as potholes in the Dakota have been inundated with water,...


Bill Winke’s Favorite Week of Deer Season

I’ve hunted just about every day of the rut since 1990 and I have talked to a lot of people. Arguably, the best single day is November 7. Some guys like November 8 or 9, but those three days generally produce the best daylight action of the season, assuming normal...


Dan Infalt on Mind Control and Big Bucks

You know that one guy who seems to have a lucky horseshoe stuck up his rear end every deer season? He seems to be an average guy who hunts like everyone else, but he knocks down big bucks one after another. What’s the deal with him? Why is he so...


Delta Waterfowl Launches HunteR3 Program

A Delta Waterfowl initiative featuring an aggressive suite of programs aims to boost the number of waterfowl hunters in North America. HunteR3 derives its name from Delta’s position as “The Duck Hunter’s Organization” and the wildlife-agency term R3, which stands for retention, recruitment and reactivation. “Baby Boomers are aging out...


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