Strategies2018-11-20T16:47:14+00:00

Strategies

Know Your Shotgun

November 8th, 2018|0 Comments

Know Your Shotgun In the first installment, we discuss how to safely operate and familiarize yourself with your shotgun.

Shotgun Safety

November 8th, 2018|1 Comment

Shotgun Safety Here’s how to handle your shotgun safely and establish safe zones of fire for each member of your hunting party.

Weather Safety

November 8th, 2018|0 Comments

Weather Safety Cold weather often leads to good duck hunting, but winter storms and sudden weather changes can be hazardous. Here are some precautions to ensure you’re prepared for a variety of [...]

Boating Safety

November 8th, 2018|0 Comments

Boating Safety Duck boats tend to be loaded with a lot of gear and used in fairly challenging conditions. Here’s how to determine the limitations of your boat or canoe and err [...]

Choosing a Duck Call

November 8th, 2018|0 Comments

Choosing a Duck Call This handy guide to the different types of duck calls will help you determine the right one for you.

Duck Calling Fundamentals

November 8th, 2018|0 Comments

Duck Calling Fundamentals Here's everything you need to know to get started calling mallards and other dabbling ducks.

Cleaning Ducks

November 8th, 2018|0 Comments

Cleaning Ducks So, you just shot a couple ducks - now what? From breasting to plucking, here are a variety of ways to prepare your birds for the table.  [...]

Let’s Get Cooking

November 8th, 2018|0 Comments

Let’s Get Cooking There's no better way to celebrate a successful hunt than with a delicious duck dinner. Here are some simple cooking methods you're sure to love. [...]

The Joys of Coot Shooting

June 19th, 2018|5 Comments

The Joys of Coot Shooting Often ignored by waterfowlers, “mud hens” can turn a dull hunt into one to remember By John N. Felsher “Shoot,” I yelled as birds exploded in [...]

Make Your Own Duck Hunting Honeyhole

November 20th, 2017|7 Comments

Make Your Own Duck Hunting Honeyhole By John N. Felsher A swirling black cloud appeared over the horizon above the seemingly endless grass. Soon, the swarm broke into numerous black specters. [...]

Diver Strategies for Decoy-Challenged Hunters

November 7th, 2017|0 Comments

Diver Strategies for Decoy-Challenged Hunters Can’t put out a massive spread? Here’s advice to help you make the most of a smaller setup. By Brian Lovett Diving ducks and massive decoy rigs [...]

Resourcefulness Can Save the Hunt

July 20th, 2017|0 Comments

Resourcefulness Can Save the Hunt By Joe Shead I’d been watching a flock of ducks through my binoculars for the better part of an hour. They were about 300 yards away, [...]

5 Creek and Ditch Setups for Ducks

June 21st, 2017|0 Comments

5 Creek and Ditch Setups for Ducks By Tom Carpenter Sit back for a moment, close your eyes, and picture the most classic piece of duck hunting water your mind’s eye can [...]

Float Your Way to More Ducks

April 18th, 2017|0 Comments

Float Your Way to More Ducks By Bill Miller It’s one of my favorite personal hunting photos of all time. Unfortunately, it was from the era when 1-hour photomats used that [...]

Snow Geese Over Water

January 17th, 2017|0 Comments

Snow Geese Over Water By Kyle Wintersteen, Managing Editor Given the popularity of employing massive field spreads to pursue snow geese, hunters under 30 years old might be surprised to learn [...]

Find Ducks in the Late Season

December 7th, 2016|0 Comments

Find Ducks in the Late Season By Kyle Wintersteen What’s my favorite time to hunt ducks? It’s not the early season, despite its pleasant temperatures, nor even the mid-season, when the [...]

5 Ways to Take More Wood Ducks

September 28th, 2016|2 Comments

5 Ways to Take More Wood Ducks It seems that the wood duck’s survival strategies include behaving far differently than typical dabblers, thereby eluding hunters who cling to conventional tactics. Woodies show [...]

Winning the Early Season

September 28th, 2016|1 Comment

Winning the Early Season The early season is an exciting time. Sorely missed shotguns are back in our hands. Retrievers return to blinds, eager to put their training to use. And [...]

How to Find the X

September 28th, 2016|0 Comments

How to Find the X Practically every waterfowler knows that if you find “the X” — a magical place where clouds of ducks and geese appear on a given day — [...]

5 Strategies for Pressured Ducks

September 28th, 2016|0 Comments

5 Strategies for Pressured Ducks Conventional wisdom dictates that late-season ducks are the most challenging to hunt. Nonsense, I say. The toughest time to put mallards on the strap is right now [...]

Gunning for Gadwalls

September 28th, 2016|1 Comment

Gunning for Gadwalls In three decades, gadwalls have gone from rare trophies to duck-strap staples across much of North America. Their populations have expanded nearly three-fold since the 1980s — totaling 3.71 [...]