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6 Duck and Goose Shots You Want to See This Year

Your gun mount is solid, your swing true and your follow-through polished thanks to round after round of clays. Whatever opportunity duck and geese offer, you’re prepared to make the shot. But let’s admit that you’d like to see some shot opportunities more than others this season — those ideal...


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Top 6 States for Canvasbacks

As the season nears, most waterfowl nuts begin to anticipate decoying honkers, soaring flocks of teal and, ultimately, cold-weather greenheads. But many also turn their attention toward royalty — the bull canvasback . If you haven’t taken a drake can, you want one. When you’ve shot a few, you realize...


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Duck Dog Training: Force-Fetching Basics

Force-fetching is the foundation of a reliable retriever. Some will argue this, and that’s their right. I’ll stick to my guns on this and carry the belief to my grave. You cannot have a finished retriever without force-fetching. There, I said it. Let the hate mail begin. Teaching the force-fetch...


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The Worst 6 States for Duck Hunting

We’re not going to criticize or disparage the duck hunting opportunities in any area. But let’s agree that some states have better waterfowling than others. My home state of Wisconsin , for example, features some excellent hunting, but it’s not Arkansas . Some states simply don’t have the resources to...


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Common Mistakes in Retriever Training

A good bird dog isn’t born. It’s made. Although breeding and natural instinct play decisive roles in a dog’s ability to perform, you cannot simply pluck a retriever from a pile of puppies and rely on instinct to create a reliable, well-trained gun dog. It takes training, discipline and hard...


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7 Ducks You’ll Loathe This Season

Duck hunting doesn’t usually produce the kind of resentment inherent in deer or turkey hunting. After all, waterfowlers don’t often have multiple encounters with one bird or buck that consistently thwarts them. But let’s admit that some general duck behavior traits might leave you shaking your head or even cussing...


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5 Sleeper Duck Hunting States

With duck season approaching quickly, many hunters have locked in travel plans for famous destination states. North Dakota ? Check. Arkansas ? After Christmas. California ? Someday. Alaska ? Oh, man. But those go-to states aren't the only places that offer quality duck hunting. In fact, U.S. Fish and Wildlife...


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Greenhead Greats: Top 5 Hunting States for Mallards

Hardcore duck hunters always seek the best locations, especially when it comes to mallards . Often, they debate the merits of one region or state versus another. Arguments are fun, but what do the numbers say? We recently perused mallard harvest data in the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Migratory...


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6 Tips to Keep You Thinking About Ducks in the Off-Season

Duck hunting might be on hold until fall, but there’s plenty you should be doing to get things shaped up for when the season rolls around again, according to Realtree pro-staffer Chad Belding, host of The Fowl Life on The Outdoor Channel. “As a duck hunter, our main goal should...


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Top 5 Waterfowl Hunting Concealment Fails

Fancy calling, slick shooting and masterful decoy spreads mean nothing if ducks and geese see you. Concealment might be the No. 1 key to success at any waterfowling setup. Yet day after day, season after season, you see experienced, well-intentioned hunters stumble horribly when trying to hide. Maybe they underestimate...


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7 X-Factors That Could Ruin Your Duck Hunt

We plot and scheme for months before opening day and fret endlessly during the season. Yet sometimes, unforeseen or even uncontrollable factors ruin our waterfowling plans. Hey, that’s duck hunting. You can only control a finite amount of any outdoor pursuit involving wild animals. However, savvy hunters know how to...


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Junior Duck Stamp Contest Highlights Young Talent

Editor's note: This is a guest "Duck Blog" authored by "Timber 2 Table" blogger Michael Pendley. Earlier this year, I was honored to be included on the judging panel for the Kentucky Junior Duck Stamp Competition. For those not familiar with the program, the Junior Duck Stamp Competition is a...


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Duck Hunting: 6 Ways to Do it Right

You can pursue waterfowl in many fashions and at widely varying areas. But whether you wade narrow streams, ply vast open water or hunker in muddy fields, how you conduct yourself defines you as a duck hunter. Everyone’s personal code of ethics varies, of course. But let’s agree that following...


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5 Ducks You'll Miss This Season

We practice all summer, focusing hard on those clay targets, following proper form and swinging through the bird after we slap the trigger. Our score sheets look great, and confidence swells. Then we go out opening day and blow at least one or two opportunities. Hey, it happens. But why?...


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Hunting Dog Gear at the 2017 SHOT Show

There wasn't a lot of hunting dog gear at the 2017 SHOT Show, but we did discover a few items we wanted to share with you. Dog handlers know that great dogs require a lot of training, time and attention, and just the right gear helps you make the most...


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Christmas Gifts for Duck Hunters

There really is no place like home for the holidays, and by home, I mean a tricked-out duck boat or pit blind at a hot field. Christmas is a time for waterfowlers. Don’t believe me? Southern hunters are gearing up to enjoy the peak of their duck season. Meanwhile, us...


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Waterfowl Decoy Magic: The Strategic 6

Decoy spreads are only limited by your imagination, but some configurations work better than others. Through almost 40 years of waterfowl hunting, I’ve identified seven sets that produce time after time in specific situations. Be ready if you use them, though. You’ll soon be covered up in birds. Click here...


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Bucket-List Birds, Part IV: Sea Ducks

Almost any sea duck might be a trophy for an inland hunter. And if you throw in the brilliant, unique plumages of full-color drakes, you might be talking about a substantial loan to cover your taxidermy bill. But duck hunters can dream, right? Let’s look at one inland hunter’s picks...


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Gear Review: Keep Cool When Hunting is Hot

We think of waterfowl hunting as a cold-weather sport, but that’s not always the case. Temperatures during teal and early goose seasons can be downright sweltering, and when you dip south of the 30th parallel, forget neoprene waders and fleece beanies most days. Heck, it was 70 the first week...


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Bucket-List Birds, Part III: Big Fowl for the Wall

Some waterfowling buddies laugh whenever I mention geese, brant or swans for taxidermy. “They all look the same,” they say. “One is just like another.” Not true. Actually, the many varieties of Canada geese are distinctive. Sure, run-of-the-mill honkers seem pretty vanilla after a while, but we’re talking about bucket-list...


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