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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Small Decoy Spreads: Keeping 'Em Real

Some days, you can only tote a few decoys to your duck or goose hotspot . Maybe you have to slug through a half-mile of prairie to reach a pothole, or perhaps you need to hoof a few full-bodies over a wet, muddy barley field to set a honker trap...


Delta Waterfowl's November Migration Report

Delta Waterfowl reporters indicate that unseasonably cold temperatures have pushed many waterfowl out of Northern haunts and guided them south. In short, they're coming. Get out there. Click here for more Realtree waterfowl hunting content. And check us out on Facebook .


Confessions of a Rookie Green-Timber Hunter

Forty-one years and thousands of waterfowl hunts hadn’t prepared me for that December morning. I’d seen a bit: rice-choked marshes, rolling big water, dry fields of every description, and waterfowl hunting sunrises in several states and Canada. Yet I’d never experienced the zenith; the dream of duck hunters across the...


Pre-Fixes: Troubleshooting Waterfowling Problems

Most duck and goose hunters react well to problems that hinder success. Honkers picking you out? Find better cover. Ducks landing in the next bay? Move. Birds not finishing? Switch up the dekes. However, we often observe and attempt to fix trouble spots too late. After all, unless you realize...


Shotgun Review: Browning Cynergy Waterfowl

Editor's note: This is a guest blog from Realtree.com waterfowl contributor James Buice. I tend to find a gun and stick to it. Call me a romantic or a sentimentalist, but I usually develop a strong bond or at least an affinity for my shotguns . I find a gun...


The World Stands Still: Waterfowling With No Wind

I’ve long suspected a cabal of evil TV weather-folks delights in frustrating waterfowl hunters . Much of their false-forecast conspiracy involves wind. You’ve been there, right? The 10 p.m. news promises northwest winds at 5 to 10 mph building to 15 to 25. A quick check online confirms that, so...


Realtree, Delta and Partners Hunt for Conservation

Realtree, the official camouflage partner of Delta Waterfowl , has teamed up with Delta and other partners to boost waterfowl conservation and give a raffle winner a Realtree Timber prize pack and a world-class Arkansas hunting trip. As part of the Realtree + Delta Waterfowl Hunt for Conservation Raffle ,...


Catchin' Deers: Iron Sharpens Iron

The guys at Catchin’ Deers take some time away from the tree stand to enjoy waterfowl hunting . Check out their latest video, which features some great dry-field action for mallards and honkers. Click here for more Realtree waterfowl hunting content. And check us out on Facebook .


The Worst Goose Hunting States by Flyway

Not every state can be a honker or snow hotspot . Some, because of their habitat, location or other factors, just don’t enjoy great goose opportunities . In fact, several states stand out as the worst in their respective flyways. Disclaimer: These numbers, taken from U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service...


Atlantic Flyway Waterfowling Changes Approved

Atlantic Flyway hunters will have to settle for fewer mallards and honkers on their straps beginning in Fall 2019. On Oct. 16 and 17, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service approved Atlantic Flyway Council recommendations to reduce the flyway’s daily mallard limit to two, only one of which can be...


Snap Shots: When Waterfowl Get Ultra-Close

Waterfowlers love to talk about decoying birds sure-kill close. Sometimes, whether intentionally or by accident, we take that to the extreme. Everyone probably has a different definition of “too close,” but let’s agree that birds within 15 yards probably fit that description. Yet when ducks or geese seemingly want to...


High Rollers: States Where Hunters Average the Most Waterfowl

Reports on top waterfowl harvest states typically underwhelm, as the list ultimately ends with Texas and California. (Of course, astute observers will note that hasn’t stopped Lovett from producing several such blogs when creativity fails. Ahem.) It might be more interesting to look at states where hunters average the most...


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