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What Would Grandpa Think of Modern Duck and Goose Hunting?

A while ago, we looked at what Grandpa got right about duck hunting and poked fun at some misconceptions from back in his day. We were probably pretty tough on the old guy, so this time, I thought we’d give him easier duty. Specifically, I wonder what Grandpa or other...


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Why the Final Days of Duck Season Rock

The calendar tells us that duck season is finished. That’s always difficult to accept, especially when you’ve devoted much energy and passion to a pursuit. Still, I always look back fondly on the final days of a campaign. Maybe it’s just me, but the last few hunts seem to create...


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Other Waterfowl Hunting Product Highlights from SHOT

Great new guns and ammo weren’t the only notable new waterfowl hunting products showcased at the 2018 Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade Show. The event also featured some really cool calls, decoys and other hard gear. Here are some of the highlights. Click here for more Realtree waterfowl hunting content...


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Hot New Waterfowling Apparel from the 2018 SHOT Show

Waterfowlers know that a boatload of nifty gear does no good if you’re not comfortable and concealed in the blind, pit or field. So naturally, quality clothing is at the top of every duck and goose hunter’s shopping list. The 2018 Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade Show recently offered a...


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Great Waterfowl Ammo and Max-5 Shotguns from SHOT

The desert air had a decidedly un- waterfowl feeling as I stepped out of a cab just off South Las Vegas Boulevard, ready to tackle the annual Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade Show. And then two mallards zipped over, headed for an inviting fountain near The Palazzo. An omen? Perhaps...


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The 5 Most Frustrating Waterfowl Hunting Scenarios

By nature, hunting wild birds brings frustration. Weather, fellow hunters and other situations sometimes conspire to stomp our best plans into the marsh muck, leaving us cussing our favorite activity. Don’t get mad. Get after it. Identify these frustrating scenarios and try some quick fixes to come out on top...


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6 Ways I Goofed Up This Duck Season

Disclosure: I made some mistakes this past waterfowl season. Don’t get me wrong. It was a great year — better than the past few. Still, in the bright glare of hindsight, I’ve recognized some situations where I made seemingly innocent errors that hamstrung my efforts. Let’s look at six of...


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January Gems: 5 Places Late-Season Ducks Love to Hide

January brings a wave of excitement across the country. No, not the football playoffs. It’s the final push of duck season , and hunters know they only have a few weeks to make memories for another year. Trouble is, January ducks can be … um, challenging. Many birds have been...


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Waterfowling Gear I Really Liked This Season

Each duck season brings surprises and new experiences, and part of that is trying new gear. Whether out of necessity or curiosity, I typically field-test several items from the balmy early goose season through the frozen finish of duck hunting. And every year, I stumble onto some I really like...


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8 Tips for Staying Warm During Frigid Duck Hunts

For several years, Duck Hunting Nation has begged for cold weather. This season, we got it. That’s great for duck and goose hunting, of course, but it creates real challenges in the apparel department. After all, dressing for an ice-breaking boat ride in minus 5 temps and a howling north...


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A Dandy Duck Hunting Dilemma: Timber or Impoundments?

My license plate, barely visible under days of accumulated road salt, might have read Wisconsin, but I sure wasn’t up North. Constant quacks and feeding chuckles echoed across the water as flock after flock of mallards halted in mid-air and then parachuted down toward us through the tupelo and cypress...


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Wish List: A Waterfowl-of-the-Month Club

During a recent Christmas shopping frenzy (read: panicked online searches), I recognized again the popularity of gift-of-the-month clubs. Those make sense, as they give the recipient a nifty present — whether cheese, wine or something else — that usually fits into a theme for that time of year. I then...


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Free-Lancing for Ducks and Geese in North Dakota

It’s been called the last best place for a free-lancing duck hunter. Spend a week in North Dakota during the peak migration and you’ll see why. It’s not just the astounding numbers of birds that descend upon cut cornfields or that roost on the thousands of pothole ponds and big...


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3 Ducks and Geese You Want to Hunt

Most of us card-carrying waterfowl bums want to hunt ducks and geese every day, and often, we can kill birds during most outings. However, we typically do better some days than others, mostly because we encounter the right kind of ducks and geese. Sure, conditions, dumb luck and other factors...


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5 White Lies Heard in the Duck Blind

Everyone has told a little white lie now and then. Maybe you did so to avoid hurting someone’s feelings, or perhaps you fibbed to ease a potentially tense situation. It’s not right, but we’ve done it. Those seemingly innocent falsehoods extend into waterfowl hunting. In fact, you’ve probably heard a...


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Freeze-Up Ducks: Dos and Don'ts

For many folks, frozen boat landings and iced-over wildlife-management areas spell the end of duck season. For others, it simply marks the next step — a shift to a unique period with rugged challenges but potentially great rewards. Whether you hunt in the North or South, freeze-up shooting can bring...


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Waterfowling Trophies: One for the Wall

So, you have a problem. There’s some empty space on the wall of your trophy room — not much, but enough for, say, four or five bird mounts. Trouble is, you really need to make these count. Where do you go? And what do you (hopefully) bring back? You want...


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9 Tips for Free-Lance Duck Hunting in Green Timber

Hunting flooded woods is the ultimate mallard hunting experience. Here are nine tips to help you succeed, from a 60-year veteran of the green-timber wars. Click here for more Realtree waterfowl hunting content. And check us out on Facebook .


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7 Reasons Why Duck Hunting is Cooler Than Deer Hunting

OK, before I feel the collective wrath of America’s whitetail nation — or maybe just take heat from Realtree.com deer hunting editor Josh “Kentucky” Honeycutt — I’ll admit that headline is intentionally provocative. Actually, I won’t try to convince anyone that duck hunting is cooler than deer hunting. Everyone has...


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Christmas Gift Guide: Wish List for Duck and Goose Hunters

If Santa arrives late this Christmas, it’s probably because he’s been in the marsh enjoying the fantastic 2017-’18 waterfowl season. From the Canadian prairies to the Texas coast, it’s been one to remember. Of course, quality gear helps waterfowl hunters enjoy their time afield by keeping their mind off the...


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