The Duck Blog

Realtree waterfowl editor Brian Lovett has been an obsessive duck and goose hunter for more than 30 years, chasing his passion on the Dakota prairies and the marshes and open water of his home state of Wisconsin. He's been a writer and editor in the outdoors industry since 1991.

  • Truths, Suspicions and Other Utterly Pointless Observations from the Past Duck Season

    The end of duck season lets us reflect on our days afield, ponder many observations from the marsh and forge some strong opinions about the state of waterfowling. As such — and having little of substance to write about — I thought I’d share some of the thoughts that have...

  • Rewind: Views of the 2017-'18 Duck and Goose Hunting Season

    The 2017-’18 waterfowl season brought a bit of everything: an unseasonably warm early season, some arctic freezes after the holidays and plenty of surprises throughout. But the question everyone asks is, “How was it?” Of course, when trying to determine the overall quality of any season, the answers are subjective...

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Why I Hate Duck Hunting Video Games (and Other Rants)

OK, admittedly, I don’t play video games. And when I do, I stink at them. My nephew convinced me to try “Call of Duty” a few years ago, and the results were predictable. Minutes into the game, I couldn’t figure out how to get my American character to climb a...


Why the Final Days of Duck Season Rock

The calendar tells us that duck season is finished. That’s always difficult to accept, especially when you’ve devoted much energy and passion to a pursuit. Still, I always look back fondly on the final days of a campaign. Maybe it’s just me, but the last few hunts seem to create...


Peril Above: Watch for Dead Waterfowl

Waterfowlers often discuss the inherent dangers of the activity, including rough water, frigid cold and sketchy boat rides in the dark. Yet we often forget about another threat: freshly killed birds falling toward us at high speeds. It’s no joke, as any veteran goose hunter can attest. In fact, an...


The X: Oklahoma Waterfowl Smorgasbord

Specks? Lessers? Snows? Ducks ? All over a dry field in high winds? The Fowled Reality crew has you covered. Check out this feet-down, wings-back late-season hunt in Oklahoma. It'll make you long for this past season ... or fire you up even more for 2018-'19. Click here for more...


Other Waterfowl Hunting Product Highlights from SHOT

Great new guns and ammo weren’t the only notable new waterfowl hunting products showcased at the 2018 Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade Show. The event also featured some really cool calls, decoys and other hard gear. Here are some of the highlights. Click here for more Realtree waterfowl hunting content...


Hot New Waterfowling Apparel from the 2018 SHOT Show

Waterfowlers know that a boatload of nifty gear does no good if you’re not comfortable and concealed in the blind, pit or field. So naturally, quality clothing is at the top of every duck and goose hunter’s shopping list. The 2018 Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade Show recently offered a...


The X: Late-Season Concealment Tips For Waterfowl Hunting

Staying concealed from the ultra-sharp eyes of late-season ducks and geese can be tough. Here's how the pros at Fowled Reality do it. Use these tips to finish your season in style. Click here for more Realtree waterfowl hunting content. And check us out on Facebook .


Great Waterfowl Ammo and Max-5 Shotguns from SHOT

The desert air had a decidedly un- waterfowl feeling as I stepped out of a cab just off South Las Vegas Boulevard, ready to tackle the annual Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade Show. And then two mallards zipped over, headed for an inviting fountain near The Palazzo. An omen? Perhaps...


Double-Guns for Ducks and Geese

Admit it: You’ve raised an eyebrow when someone totes an over-and-under or side-by-side shotgun to the pit or blind. Those fancy guns sometimes seem out of place. No doubt, semi-autos rule the modern waterfowl scene , and everyone’s a fan of the venerable pump-gun. But double-guns seem to be almost...


Seemingly Insignificant Waterfowl Hunting Gear You Shouldn't Forget

You know the drill. In a rush to hit the marsh before the crowds, you run through a hazy mental equipment checklist. “Gun, shells, dog, waders, calls, hat — check. “The boat’s hooked up, and I switched out the decoys last night. Good to go.” Well, maybe. Sometimes, seemingly unimportant...


Duck Hunting Diversity: Ultimate Mixed Bags

Now and then, the stars (and ducks) align in fine fashion and let you take a one-species duck limit, whether that’s four greenheads in the Arkansas timber or six gaddies on a North Dakota slough. But most days, a full strap features a mix of ducks. And honestly, many folks...


6 Ways I Goofed Up This Duck Season

Disclosure: I made some mistakes this past waterfowl season. Don’t get me wrong. It was a great year — better than the past few. Still, in the bright glare of hindsight, I’ve recognized some situations where I made seemingly innocent errors that hamstrung my efforts. Let’s look at six of...


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