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.

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The X: Waterfowl Tip: How to Deal with Nocturnal Feeding

Most waterfowlers have dealt with the maddening scenario of ducks and geese feeding at night. The guys at Fowled Reality have a solution. Watch this great tip video, and learn how to turn the tables on nocturnal birds. Click here for more Realtree waterfowl hunting content. And check us out...


The X: Sandhill Crane Hunt: Ribeye of the Sky

If you've ever dreamed about hunting sandhill cranes, you need to watch this video from Fowled Reality. The guys head south to Texas for a field-hunting foray with Premier Sandhills. Click here for more Realtree waterfowl hunting content. And check us out on Facebook .


Waterfowl Hunting Tip: Traffic Hunting

Often, you can't set up on a hot field or jam-packed slough. Don't fret. You can run traffic to pull in passing birds . The guys at Fowled Reality do it all the time. Here, they explain how. Click here for more Realtree waterfowl hunting content. And check us out...


Waterfowl Hunting Mistakes I Made This Season

Reflecting on the 2018-’19 waterfowl season , I’ve identified and relived several errors that cost me birds or at least hindered my hunts. Everyone makes mistakes, of course, but we should at least try to eliminate dumb gaffes . In that spirit, here’s a light-hearted look at my biggest autumn...


Delta Waterfowl's January Migration Report

Mild weather nationwide has waterfowlers pondering the whereabouts of ducks and geese. Delta Waterfowl's January migration report gives you a heads-up. Get out there for the final few days. Click here for more Realtree waterfowl hunting content. And check us out on Facebook .


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...


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...


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