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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Balog on Early Season Geese

“North Dakota’s early Canada goose season is set, and the season will open Aug. 15. The limits are 15 daily and 30 in possession.”


Four Tips for Better Duck Shooting

Ducks aren't real difficult to hit. They're just very easy to miss


Death, Taxes, and Labrador Retrievers

In my world, everyone hunts with a dog, and I own Eukanuba.


Duck Season Dates and Global Warming

Why is it that the ducks seem to show up the day the season ends?


Balog on Calling Contests

Duck calling contests have nothing to do with ducks.


Expensive Shells Worth the Money?

Are expensive duck loads really worth the money, or does cheap steel work just fine?


Gear Review: Cabela's Northern Flight One Strap Waders

Balog reviews the Cabela's Northern Flight One Strap wader


Balog on Hunting TV

During the waterfowl off-season, I spend a majority of my “hunting” time as many of you probably do: looking at Google Earth maps and watching hunting shows. Google Earth never lets me down. Hunting television is another story.


What the Farm Bill Means To Ducks.

The last thing I wanted to do was start this blog with a political rant. But I need your help, because I’m as confused as ever. The one-sided viewpoints of our political leaders and activists just aren’t lining up for me, and I’ll explain why.


Meet Joe Balog

Whoever came up with the idea of Internet blogs must have thought of me at the time. Take a far-fetched story, add a little truth, some controversy, and even a dash of conspiracy, and you’ve got a blog. And that sums up my specialty.


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