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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...


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...


What All Happens When a Buck Tends a Doe

Alright. Alright. Alright. Let the jokes flow forth. Go ahead. Get them all out. We’ll wait. We’re still waiting. You good now? Oops. Sorry. Knew you had one more chuckle-maker in ya. Now to the good stuff. Let’s talk peak rut. So, what really happens when a whitetail buck tends...


10 Commandments of Taxidermy When Prepping Deer for the Taxidermist

I’ve always been a fan of European mounts. They take up less room, cost less money, and have a certain aesthetic that shoulder mounts just can’t match. However, when I arrowed my first Booner last season, it was an easy decision to get a full mount done. I was lost...


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5 All-or-Nothing Plays for Lockdown Phase Bucks

I remember my first Kansas hunt quite well. I arrived just before dark on November 11, 2007, and immediately hung a stand so I could hunt the following morning. Joining me on the hunt and to run the video camera was my mother. We climbed into that ancient cottonwood tree...


3 Ways to Find Pressured Deer

Here are three super hunting tactics that could spell the difference between wall-hanger success and deer-tag soup. Racks In The Rabbit Patch While we deer hunters tend to lean toward the woodlands when hunting, after being hunted for a few weeks, the deer that were there seem to increasingly disappear...


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 ,...


Quail Hunting in Utah

If you own a good pair of running shoes — or better yet, a trained hunting dog — hunting Gambel’s quail in southwestern Utah might be a fun adventure this fall. Population Estimates, Where to Hunt Utah’s quail hunt opened Nov. 3. The number of Gambel’s quail has dipped a...


South Dakota Pheasant Hunting Journal

Artist Ed Anderson recently wrote to us from Idaho and said: This is a reminiscence of traveling to South Dakota with my dad. I couldn’t tell you if the hunting was good or not, but it was such a departure from the suburbs. When I was a kid, those birds...


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