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: 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...


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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...


Going to Duck Camp: Enjoying the Entire Play

“I’m going to duck camp .” Those words can hold meaning with broad interpretation depending on the number of zeros in your bank account and, in Southern parlance, “who your daddy is.” I’ve always been a fan of the modest camp, requiring little more than a cot and indoor plumbing,...


Calling the Shot: When to Say No

Every duck hunter has been there: A bird flies in at the edge of effective shooting range but then turns or starts to land short, leaving you a split second to decide whether to fire or hold off. On the surface, that seems like a straightforward call: If the bird...


Waterfowling Savvy: Qualities of a Good Pit Boss

Every group hunt at a pit, blind, boat, slough or timber hole needs a pit boss — a leader who guides the hunt from start to finish and makes tough decisions. That can be difficult. After all, even seasoned veterans don’t have all the answers, and no one wants to...


Skunkings: The Waterfowl Struggle is Real

Hunting results vary based on myriad factors, but sometimes, we fail in epic fashion and end the day without any ducks or geese . The schneid. The collar. Zeroed. An SS — same shells — day (which is when you load three shells before shooting hours and then remove those...


Winging it for Waterfowl: When Scouting Fails

Scouting kills ducks and geese — period. And resourceful, intelligent scouting kills more ducks and geese. But sometimes, our best recon efforts fall flat. Birds move. Conditions change. We’re pressed for time. Or we simply whiff. And then we’re left with no solid game plan for the next morning. That...


Waterfowlers United: Cooperating, Not Competing

The truck slid gently onto the snow-covered shoulder of the town road, and then reality struck . “Headlights,” I thought. “Nah, no one else would be hunting here, would they?” But as the beams approached, slowed and stopped, I knew the answer. Sensing a brewing and perhaps contentious conversation ,...


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