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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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How and When to Hunt a Duck Roost

Waterfowl

How and When to Hunt a Duck Roost

One of the biggest taboos in all of waterfowl hunting is busting the roost. It’s a guaranteed way to ruin any field hunting around, it scatters the birds, pushes them out of the area, and educates masses of waterfowl in short order. Most of the time you should avoid hunting the roost. If you don't...
How to Kill Ducks at Midday

Waterfowl

How to Kill Ducks at Midday

The half hour before sunrise is the favorite time of the day for most duck hunters, and for good reason: there’s a flurry of activity as the marsh wakes up and many birds move from their roost to their feed. But that quick action is commonly followed by a long lull, sending many duck hunters packing...
The Truth About Duck Vision

Waterfowl

The Truth About Duck Vision

If you spend a single day out hunting waterfowl, you’ll quickly learn that their eyesight is almost second to none. They can pick out even the most hidden blinds, they’ll flare off the simplest of movements, and they have an uncanny ability to see and land with a lone real duck instead of your...
10 Tools Every Waterfowler Should Own

Waterfowl

10 Tools Every Waterfowler Should Own

Waterfowl hunters are notorious for pushing their gear to the limits in extreme weather—while simultaneously expecting it to never fail. But when you’re 20 miles up a frozen river or chasing feeds down gravel roads, stuff is going to break. While this list of gear would be useful for all sorts of...
How to Get Waterfowl Hunting Permission

Waterfowl

How to Get Waterfowl Hunting Permission

If guiding and hunting in the Central Flyway has taught me anything, it’s how to scout hard and get hunting permission. Don’t get me wrong, I do my fair share of striking out; I was turned down by 18 different landowners on my worst night of permission seeking. But with a little luck and a lot of...
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

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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...