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John Pollmann

John Pollmann

John Pollmann is a lifelong waterfowl and upland hunter. His writing frequently appears in magazines from conservation organizations like Ducks Unlimited and Pheasants Forever. He lives with his wife, two sons, and yellow Lab in South Dakota.

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How to Stay Hidden from Ducks and Geese

Waterfowl

How to Stay Hidden from Ducks and Geese

Outside of actually finding the birds and securing a place to hunt, there is no single factor more important to consistently killing ducks and geese than staying hidden. Effective concealment involves a whole lot more than simply picking a pattern of camouflage for your coat, hat, and gloves. If you...
The Best Waterfowl Shotgun

Waterfowl

The Best Waterfowl Shotgun

Waterfowl hunting is a gear-intensive sport, but there probably isn’t a single piece of equipment more important than a shotgun. Choosing the right firearm for the job requires some planning. Here are a few thoughts on how to make the right choice. 12 vs. 20 When steel shot became the law of the...
How to Scout for Ducks and Geese

Waterfowl

How to Scout for Ducks and Geese

For waterfowl hunters, scouting often means hours of windshield time scanning skies, fields, and marshes. It also means hard work, devising a plan, and a bit of luck. Without scouting, a waterfowl hunter’s chances for success go down the drain. But to say that scouting just boils down to driving...
The 3 Duck Calls Every Hunter Should Own

Waterfowl

The 3 Duck Calls Every Hunter Should Own

Working for a lawn care company as a teen, I learned the hard way that more isn’t necessarily better when it comes to fertilizer. Thankfully the homeowner and my boss were forgiving, but I cringed with embarrassment every time I drove by the lawn that turned a shade of brown I’d never seen. And...
3 Best DIY Waterfowl States for 2020

Waterfowl

3 Best DIY Waterfowl States for 2020

Waterfowl hunters are no strangers to working the road. While Canada offers some of the best waterfowling on the continent, COVID travel restrictions will likely keep hunters from visiting our neighbors to the north this season. Thankfully, there are plenty of great DIY opportunities south of the...
How to Build an Inexpensive A-Frame Duck Blind

Waterfowl

How to Build an Inexpensive A-Frame Duck Blind

After my first time hunting mallards from an A-frame blind, I knew I wanted one. It was easy to shoot from, there was space for storage, and it was just damn comfortable. And the most important part: The ducks had no idea we were there. A-frames are the choice for duck hunting parties that don’t...
3 Hot Tips for Spring Snow Goose Hunting

Geese

3 Hot Tips for Spring Snow Goose Hunting

For more than two decades, hunters have helped manage a burgeoning population of snow, blue, and Ross’s geese by participating in the spring Light Goose Conservation Order. But anyone who’s spent more than a day in the decoys knows that these light geese—or snow geese—can humble even the savviest of...