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Spring 2020 Waterfowl Habitat Outlook

Spring 2020 Waterfowl Habitat Outlook

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An overview of wetland conditions across key waterfowl breeding areas. Overall wetland conditions are very good and should produce a healthy hatch for this upcoming year.

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How Much Cover Does Your Duck Blind Need

How Much Cover Does Your Duck Blind Need

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Sometimes, when the weather is right, birds are fresh and the sun blazes at your back , you can enjoy great shoots with only sparse cover. But on most days, you must become invisible to paranoid waterfowl. Duck and goose hunters obsess about concealment because the old cliché is true:...

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States with the Most Waterfowl Hunters

States with the Most Waterfowl Hunters

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While waiting at a crowded boat launch or paddling into a marsh filled with headlamps, you might grumble about the number of duck hunters in your state. Maybe you’re right. However, statistics from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service paint a clearer picture of heavily pressured hotspots throughout the country...

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Quick Shooting Fixes for Duck Season

Quick Shooting Fixes for Duck Season

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You jolt awake, soaked with sweat and still reeling from the dream. A flock of mallards had parachuted into your decoys, seemingly hovering in the breeze at 20 yards and begging for steel. Yet as you emptied your shotgun, nothing fell. You didn’t cut a feather. “I didn’t shoot at...

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The Yin and Yang of Duck Hunting

The Yin and Yang of Duck Hunting

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Dark-thirty, Sept. 1: Daylight won’t arrive for almost an hour, but the distant clucks of honkers and buzzing of teal already fill the air. Soon, the grand game will be on, and another waterfowl season will have begun. These first moments bring more than jitters. The smell of freshly cut...

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Duck Hunt New Water This Season

Duck Hunt New Water This Season

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Editor's note: This blog originally appeared Oct. 19, 2017, on Realtree.com At some point this season, your hotspots might falter, and you’ll be scratching your head. Sure, you could grind out a few hunts until conditions improve, but you’re probably better off exploring new water. Here’s how to make that...

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