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.


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...

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 .

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...

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,...

Delta Ringneck Study Expands During Year 2

The ringnecks are back. Well, Delta Waterfowl’s radio-implanted ring-necked ducks, at least, and they’re helping the organization continue its pioneering research into this important duck . Beginning Nov. 28, Delta Waterfowl and its research partners inserted transmitters in 61 ringnecks — 30 originating in South Carolina and 31 more in...

Shotgunning Tune-Ups for Duck Hunting

Many folks believe that wing-shooting is wing-shooting, no matter the targets or circumstances. But during duck season , the game gets real. Streaking, twisting targets during low light test anyone’s skills. Throw in heavy clothing and awkward gunning positions — think layout blind or unstable boat — and the challenge...

The X Waterfowl: Best Tips for Hunting Over Decoys; Taking the Focus Off

Ducks and geese have become more conditioned to how we typically hunt them. That's why the Fowled Reality crew has taken creative steps to boost concealment in fields and marshes. See how they do it. Click here for more Realtree waterfowl hunting content. And check us out on Facebook .

Critical Conservation: 2018 Farm Bill Will Soon Be Law

President Donald Trump was expected to sign the 2018 U.S. Farm Bill today, according to news reports, providing a much-needed boost and security net for hunters , conservationists, farmers and ranchers. Delta Waterfowl recently called the $867 billion bill, officially dubbed The Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018, “the culmination of...

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...

The X Waterfowl: Duck Hunting the Loaf

The Fowled Reality crew is at it again this season. Despite unseasonably warm weather and a full moon, the guys put together some good hunts to start the season in the prairie pothole region . Click here for more Realtree waterfowl hunting content. And check us out on Facebook .

Delta Waterfowl December 2018 Migration Report

No matter which flyway you hunt, extra shells might be in order. Delta Waterfowl reports that ducks and geese are piling up in many areas. Get ready. And get out there. Click here for more Realtree waterfowl hunting content. And check us out on Facebook .

How to Scout Big Water for Ducks

Initially, scouting large waters for ducks seems pretty straightforward. A) Find big water. B) Grab binoculars. C) Look at said water through binoculars. Or, if you’re more hands-on, you can hop in a boat and motor around, provided the seas aren’t too rough. Those approaches work fine much of the...