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Mississippi Flyway on the Brink of Big Changes

Date: Nov. 8 Location: flyway-wide, trending toward the northern and Midwestern states Major Weather Trends Several early- to mid-October fronts brought in plenty of geese, puddle ducks and early divers, letting hunters enjoy unseasonably ducky weather . However, milder temperatures settled in during the middle of the month, and those...


A Delta Specklebelly Primer

It was early January in the Delta, and we were on total lockdown. A weeklong cold front had pushed in and frozen rice fields top to bottom. Our attempts to open water resulted in frozen spigot heads and dead batteries on ice eaters, which wound up keeping enough water open...


November Brings Central Flyway Push

Date: Nov. 8 Location: northern to central portions of the flyway Overview An apparent mid- to late-October lull in duck migration is ending on the northern plains, with a zone of almost-arctic air settling in and waterfowl on the move. That said, duck hunting reports have been solid from North...


Duck Hunting in South Carolina

Not to be outdone by its cousin to the north, South Carolina puts up good waterfowl harvest numbers and offers some quality public gunning. As you might expect, wood ducks dominate the harvest, as inland swamps, creeks and flooded timber provide perfect habitat and great opportunity for the birds. However,...


Duck Hunting in Mississippi

Mississippi is a top destination for waterfowl hunters. Located along the Mississippi River and the Gulf Coast, the state sees a major duck migration and serves as a wintering area to millions of birds. Probably the most famous duck hunting region in the state is the Mississippi Delta, between the...


Duck Hunting in Texas

With almost 1.21 million ducks harvested in 2017-'18 (and more than 231,000 geese), Texas is a great place to hunt waterfowl. In fact, certain areas of the state (the Panhandle, the famed Eagle Lake goose area, and the Laguna Madre and Gulf Coast wintering areas) rival anywhere in the country...


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...


Duck Hunting in Arizona

Arizona gets a C- rating because that’s the fact; average duck hunting with a handful of exceptions for the 2,200-some licensed duck hunters in the state (2017). That doom and gloom noted, Arizona’s lack of fowling attention doesn’t stem from a lack of places to hunt. It’s no Washington or...


Duck Hunting in New Mexico

There’s nothing wrong with New Mexico duck and goose hunting. Where it happens, it can be phenomenal. It’s just that there’s not much of it in a state dominated by high plains, rolling foothills, rugged mountains and excellent big-game hunting. New Mexico’s resident duck hunters probably laugh at that and...


Duck Hunting in Utah

Hunting the Great Salt Lake from a coffin blind during the late December should be on every duck hunter’s bucket list. Such a hunt consists of a frigid airboat ride across one of the most unique waterfront properties on the planet, followed by several hours of lying on your back...


Duck Hunting in Nevada

Say Nevada and even the most dedicated waterfowler will think of Las Vegas, not duck hunting, although The Silver State offers some decent — B-grade — waterfowling options. The state department of wildlife owns and maintains several wildlife management areas scattered across the state, some of which provide modest waterfowl...


5 Ways to Miss More Ducks, Guaranteed

Editor's note: This article originally appeared Sept. 30, 2015, on Realtree.com. Even the sharpest wing-shooters don’t go 100 percent in the marsh. But if you want to fling box upon box of steel skyward to kill only one or two ducks , follow these instructions. Don't Prepare Yourself Some folks...


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...


Anatomy of a Perfect Duck Boat

Duck boats and pornography came up in conversation the other day but not in the way you’re thinking. I was trying to describe what I thought the perfect duck hunting boat would look like, including the features and equipment it would have, and it boiled down to what U.S. Supreme...


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