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Waterfowling Optimism: They're Coming

Seventy degrees in December. I thought this had to be some sort of record. “ Duck season ain’t happening this year” is a phrase heard in diners from Stuttgart to Tunica. I always attempt optimism, but after a while, it becomes difficult to argue with fact. Somewhere sitting in limbo...


Avoid These Waterfowl Shooting Mistakes

You can make countless shooting mistakes while hunting ducks and geese . Some are fairly innocent. Others, however, can cause friction in the blind or hamper your performance. Let’s look at some often-overlooked fails and how to fix them. Shooting While Sitting When You Don’t Have To Sometimes, you cannot...


Waterfowl Action Slow in Mississippi Flyway

Date: Jan. 10 Location: southern portion of the flyway Major Weather Trends Unseasonably wet and warm conditions have Southern Mississippi Flyway duck hunters in a late-season funk. Many birds remain north of their usual January haunts, and abundant water has spread out the already stale ducks in the South. “I...


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...


Wet, Mild Weather Hinders Central Flyway Waterfowl Action

Date: Jan. 10 Location: the Central Flyway’s southern reaches — specifically Kansas and Oklahoma south to Texas. Major Weather Trends The only major weather trend right now is that there is no major weather trend (in the form of snow or extreme cold) descending on the southern plains. Mostly, conditions...


The X: Diver Duck Hunting on Lake Erie

The crew at Fowled Reality recently enjoyed some great diver action on Lake Erie. Check out these decoying flocks. Click here for more Realtree waterfowl hunting content. And check us out on Facebook .


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...


New Year's Resolutions for Waterfowlers

I’m not really big on resolutions, figuring that forward thinking and maximum effort 365 days per year trumps any surge of resolve that accompanies a fresh calendar. But hey, it’s a new year, and in the spirit of the moment, let’s offer up some worthy waterfowling goals and high hunting...


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...


Destination Eider: A Maine Sea Duck Hunt

“Hey, that’s my boat.” Well, it wasn’t really my boat. The big aluminum V-hull was the same make, model and color as my open-water duck craft. In fact, they even had similar 115-horsepower four-stroke motors and smaller kicker motors. But glancing at the gray surroundings in the still November dawn,...


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...


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