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The Waterfowling Problem Solvers

Like most folks, waterfowlers have problems; some — that is, me — more than others, but that’s a story for another time. But back to the subject. From time to time, waterfowlers get frustrated. This doesn’t work. That doesn’t work. No, we’re not looking for easy, simple answers. But wouldn’t...


Beat Duck Depression with These Waterfowling Projects

That bare spot in the driveway tears at your soul. Your duck boat was parked there for several months, brimming with decoys and blind panels, and coated with muck, feathers and black dog hair. Now, only the driveway remains. You’ve entered post-duck-season depression. Your feelings are normal. Most hardcore waterfowl...


Waterfowl Shotgunning Do-Overs

You’ve done it. Ducks pile into or zip over your decoys, and you rise, swing … and whiff with your first shot. Surprise and embarrassment follow, but here’s the good news: Because you’re likely toting an ultra-reliable modern autoloader , you still have two more shots to put a bird...


Finish Duck Season Strong

Most folks agree the 2018-’19 duck season has been challenging, especially for Southern hunters battling wet conditions and waiting for a migration that seemingly never arrived. And now, we can see the end, as only a few days of hunting remain. A cynic might welcome the finish line, anticipating much-needed...


Overlooked Waterfowling Honey Holes

Thanksgiving can be a homecoming of sorts. Families reunite, sometimes traveling long distances to return to their childhood homes. That’s what I did this past fall, driving six hours to see my folks. And I had an opportunity to hunt the local millpond where I shot my first duck and...


Waterfowl Shooting: Singles, Doubles and Triples

Most waterfowlers tote ultra-reliable semi-auto shotguns to the marsh or pit, and for good reason. Those repeaters let you double or even triple on ducks or geese in willing flocks. Of course, for those guns to work their magic, you must first do your part. Here’s a quick guide to...


Ways to Scout for Waterfowl When You Can't Be in the Field

There’s no substitute for in-field scouting. Keeping tabs on waterfowl movements and knowing exactly where to be each time you hunt is more than half the battle of being successful. But jobs, families and other obligations prevent most people from hunting every day or driving around each evening to locate...


Shoot More Mallards

From Minnesota to Louisiana, most duck hunters want mallards. Oh, they don’t mind other ducks. In fact, they welcome swift teal, eager gadwall and twisting, turning divers. But if you polled everyone with a duck stamp, a clear top duck would soon emerge: Anas platyrhynchos , the mallard. Degree of...


4 Ducks: Public-Land Opening Day in Arkansas

Without abundant access to private property, like many other public-land duck hunters , Dennis Loosier and Billy Campbell spend most of their waterfowl season scouting and searching for mallards. Never is that more evident before opening day in Arkansas. And that's what this original film from Realtree Timber illustrates. Many...


Your Ideal Waterfowling Shotgun: Finding and Using It

Some folks can grab any shotgun off the rack and run 25 straight at skeet or pile up four greenheads . The rest of us mortals, however, must take a longer path. That is, we must find a shotgun that optimizes our shooting skills and then use it enough so...


Waterfowl Road Trip Checklist

Dry cornfields in North Dakota? Maybe some green-timber hunting on one of Arkansas’ famed wildlife management areas? Canada, perhaps? Yep, when it comes to duck hunting , you have a world of great choices scattered throughout North America. Getting to those dream destinations? Road trip! Don’t plan on stocking up...


Hunting Puddles for Puddle Ducks

The puddle didn’t look promising. It was maybe 50 feet by 150 feet, a rough oval. The water looked like chocolate milk, and it was no deeper than a kiddie pool. It was at the northern edge of a large harvested soybean field, hard against a flooded, brushy ditch that...


7 Tips for Hunting the Late Greenhead Show

Long gone are the fair-weather hunters. They Who Only Hunt Early are home sitting by a cozy fire, reading a good duck hunting book and dreaming of blue skies and sort-of-green-headed ducks gliding into serene blocks. But you are a late-season fanatic. Yes, you were out there with the bluebird-day...


Score Waterfowling Wins on Public Land

On public land , just about everything works against you. There are more hunters and more pressure, and typically less good habitat. The way other folks hunt can dictate your success, and you’re darn sure going to sweat for ducks . But that’s all many of us have. Sure, there...


How to Choose a Waterfowl Guide

Many waterfowlers hire guides at times, and it’s easy to see why. Outfitters can provide expert instruction and great places to hunt, and they might be your best option for a bucket-list trip. But hiring a guide can be daunting, leaving your head spinning about the best choice, what to...


The Scoop on Spoonbills

“Aw, it’s just a spoonie.” How often have you heard that when a hunting partner picks up a duck or accepts one from an excited retriever, and that duck in hand turns out to be a northern shoveler? Perhaps you’ve even uttered and muttered similar words. Maybe it’s the big,...


Semi-Auto Waterfowling Shotguns: Today's Reliable Choice

For years, many waterfowl and upland-bird hunting rituals were passed down through generations. Fathers gave decoys to their sons. Old-timers bequeathed wool hunting coats to grandchildren. And season after season, semi-automatic shotguns would jam in the field — likely at the worst possible moments. Even some all-time great auto-loaders sometimes...


7 Reasons Public Waterfowl Hunting is Better than You Think

So you think hunting for ducks and geese on public-access areas sucks because those spots are overhunted and overcrowded, and you end up in calling duels with sky-busting neighboring hunters who are always out of their blind peeing when birds are trying to come in? Let me tell you why...


Woods Waterfowl: How to Scout Green Timber

Green timber : Just the mention of it conjures images back-flapping mallards, cypress breaks and calls echoing through the flooded hardwoods. Waterfowl hunters who see that on video or listen to stories of dozens of mallards dropping into a hole are inspired to take up the torch and see the...


Waterfowling Perfection: Green Timber and Greenheads

Here’s what’s true: Duck hunting in flooded woods is the ultimate waterfowling experience. For those of us lucky enough to have grown up surrounded by it, nothing else measures up. Flooded-timber hunting is mostly a sport of the southern Mississippi Flyway , because that’s where most of the flood-prone bottomland...


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