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Sean Weaver

Sean Weaver

Sean is originally from Iowa, but followed ducks to South Dakota—where he now calls home. Before joining MeatEater, he was a hunting guide, photographer, television producer, and writer. If you find him in the wild, chances are there’s water and waterfowl nearby.

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The Best Waterholes That Duck Hunters Ignore

Waterfowl

The Best Waterholes That Duck Hunters Ignore

Whether in a field or on a lake, it’s hard not to love the sight of thousands of birds. But big numbers don’t always mean successful hunts, and oftentimes some of the best hunting can be on small water with low numbers of birds. One of the best examples of small water is the standard cattle pond...
The Truth About the Molt Migration

Waterfowl

The Truth About the Molt Migration

Every summer, waterfowl across North America have to figure out where they’ll go to molt. The where, why, and who have been misunderstood by hunters for years, but knowing how the molt migration works is valuable and important. What is the Molt Migration? Every year, geese (and all waterfowl) lose...
3 Spreads Duck Hunters Don’t Use Often Enough

Waterfowl

3 Spreads Duck Hunters Don’t Use Often Enough

We all have that waterfowling buddy who moves the duck decoys incessantly, always looking for something to tweak. It might not even be legal shooting light yet but they’ve rearranged the spread five times. If you don’t have that friend, you probably are that friend. But since the goal is convincing...
The Legend of the Million-Dollar Duck Band

Waterfowl

The Legend of the Million-Dollar Duck Band

For over a decade, I’ve heard tales of a very special banding project. The rumor holds that there’s $1 million in reward money for the lucky hunter who claims such a band. But the details were always fuzzy. Some versions of this story involve a $250,000 band in each of the four North American...
3 Reasons You Suck at Hitting Ducks

Ducks

3 Reasons You Suck at Hitting Ducks

Shooting ducks isn’t easy. Most of the time either your feet are stuck in the mud, the boat is rocking back and forth, or you’re wearing so many layers that you look like Randy in “A Christmas Story.” And that’s not to mention the different nuances of shooting from a seated position in layout blinds...
MeatEater Welcomes Sean Weaver to the Crew

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MeatEater Welcomes Sean Weaver to the Crew

I grew up smack dab in the middle of Iowa, arguably one of the worst places in the country to be a waterfowl hunter. Most of the marshes were drained or tilled long ago. Living in a place with limited habitat sure makes you capitalize on the opportunities you have. But my father went to college at...
4 Plants Every Duck Hunter Should Know

Ducks

4 Plants Every Duck Hunter Should Know

Most ducks are opportunistic omnivores, feeding on a wide variety of plants, insects, invertebrates, and fish. From sunflower seeds to gizzard shad, I’ve seen them eat just about anything they can get down their gullet. The plants listed below are the crème de la crème. These cornerstones of duck...
Why Waterfowl Hunters Should Track Summer Storms

Waterfowl

Why Waterfowl Hunters Should Track Summer Storms

Summer is the season of duck neglect. Fishing, food plots, and cold beer all take priority over preparing for duck season, and maybe rightfully so. The ducks are brown, the marshes are filled with clouds of mosquitos, and a migratory bird is quite likely move spots between now and opening day. But...
3 Never-Fail Duck Decoy Setups for Small Water

Waterfowl

3 Never-Fail Duck Decoy Setups for Small Water

Duck hunters use a whole range of letters to describe decoy spreads. I can’t speak for all of them, but I doubt the grammarians of the 16th century had any clue their contributions to the alphabet would inspire the tactics of 21st-century waterfowlers. Regardless, the bird’s eye view of these select...