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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...


The 6 Worst States for Duck Hunting, Revised

You might recall the 2017 blog in which we listed our picks for the worst duck hunting states . Reaction was phenomenal. Days after the blog appeared, an email from West Virginia popped up, and I expected to receive a thorough scolding for listing that state among the most awful...


The Best 5 States for Mallards

Drum roll — or feeding chuckle — please. This past season’s mallard master was … . Some of you might recall that we published a July 2017 blog that listed the top five harvest states for mallards, using U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service data from the 2015-’16 season. Well, we’re...


Tips for Calling in Mallards: Refuge Call and Putting it All Together

In the ninth and final installment of this video calling series , Chad Belding, host of The Fowl Life , explains and demonstrates the refuge call and illustrates how to mix everything together. Turn the volume up. Play it again and again. You won't hear better duck calling unless the...


Best States for a Bull Canvasback by Flyway

In 2017, we published a brief guide to the top six canvasback harvest states . In hindsight, that probably held little value, as everyone knew Texas and California would top the list. Further, Lovett stretched the list to six so he could include his home state of Wisconsin. This year,...


Delta Waterfowl's October Migration Report

October has set the wheels in motion, and ducks and geese across the country are beginning their annual migrations. Our friends at Delta Waterfowl have the scoop on bird numbers and location in all four flyways. Now, get out there and take advantage. Click here for more Realtree waterfowl hunting...


Tips for Calling in Mallards: Your Decoys are Now Alive

In the eighth installment of this nine-video series, Chad Belding, host of The Fowl Life , brings all his previous lessons home and tells you how to combine everything — single cuts, double cuts, greeters and quacks — to sound like a mass of ducks on the water. You'll want...


Get to Know DayBreak Outdoors

Realtree recently partnered with DayBreak Outdoors , an innovative, up-and-coming outdoor media production group out of southeastern Missouri. We thought you’d like to get to know these waterfowl -crazed hunters and become familiar with their vivid short films, which you can watch on YouTube, Instagram, Facebook and other media outlets...


Tips for Calling in Mallards: Getting Even More Real

Here, in episode No. 7 of this nine-part series , Chad Belding, host of The Fowl Life , injects even more realism into his calling presentation by mixing single- and double-cut feeding chuckles (separators). You'll want to play the demonstration sequence again and again, because it's pure hen mallard ...


7 Ducks You Don't Want to Hunt This Season

OK, despite the hokey title of this blog, let’s admit that the list of ducks you don’t want to pursue is likely brief. Ducks, after all, are the No. 1 component required for a successful duck hunt (duh). Finding them — even tough ducks — puts you halfway to victory...


Tips for Calling in Mallards: Starting to Get Real

In the sixth installment of this nine-part series, Chad Belding, host of The Fowl Life , demonstrates how to mix vocalizations from the previous lessons — including quacks, greeters, lonesome hen calls and separator calls — so your decoys transform into a raft of real ducks . Watch the the...


Delta Waterfowl's September Migration Report

Bluewings and other early migrators are on the move. Are you ready? Our partners at Delta Waterfowl have you covered, with information on duck and goose movements throughout the country. Now, get out there and hunt. Click here for more Realtree waterfowl hunting content. And check us out on Facebook .


Wood Duck Rendition Tops 2018 Federal Duck Stamp Contest

And a wood duck for the win. An acrylic painting of a drake woodie and a decoy by artist Scot Storm, of Freeport, Minnesota, recently won the 2018 Federal Duck Stamp Art Contest and will appear on the 2019-’20 Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp. “I look forward to seeing...


Tips for Calling in Mallards: Separator Call

In the fifth installment of this nine-part calling series , Chad Belding, host of The Fowl Life , teaches us how to perform the separator call, which is also known as the feeding chuckle. Give a listen, and learn how to sound just like feeding ducks on the water. Click...


Waterfowl Weirdness: Trick Shots You Must Master

I love those classic duck and goose hunting shots. You watch the target come into range, rise with perfect form and footing and then follow through precisely, just like at the skeet range. Thing is, you’re not at the skeet range. Or the trap field. Or even a sporting clays...


Tips for Calling in Mallards: Standing On It

In the fourth installment of our video calling tutorial, Chad Belding, host of The Fowl Life , explains the importance of "standing on the call." The simple variation of the first note tells ducks that your spread means business. Click here for more Realtree waterfowl hunting content. And check us...


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How to Blow Your Duck Hunt Before Firing a Shot

If you’ve spent much time knee-deep in green timber or hunkered in a muddy field, you know many factors can ruin a hunt. The weather might change. Shooting can go south. Dogs break. Or the situation just goes sideways. But often, we sabotage hunts before loading our guns, usually because...


Tips for Calling in Mallards: Greeters

In the third installment of this calling series, Chad Belding, host of The Fowl Life , shows you how to huff out perfect greeters. And he imparts some calling wisdom given to him years ago by a legendary pro. Further, he shows you how to sound like several ducks on...


Early Geese are Different

The first shots of goose season echoed across many states this past week, kicking off the 2018-’19 hunt. Early morning smiles and multi-honker piles have returned. But although the act of September goose hunting — endless scouting, seeking permission, lugging decoys, grassing in blinds and tuning up calls — resembles...


Tips for Calling in Mallards: Finding the Quack

In the first installment of this nine-part video series, Chad Belding, host of The Fowl Life , taught us how to find the range of a call. Here, in the second episode, he guides us toward finding the perfect hen mallard quack. Man, does that sound real. Click here for...


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