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Diver Duck Hunting Methods

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Diver Duck Hunting Methods

Diver ducks, also known as diving ducks, are capable of diving beneath the water’s surface in order to feed. They are generally associated with larger and deeper waterways than puddle ducks. Due to the fact that they have proportionately smaller wings than puddle ducks, they are incapable of lifting...
Waterfowl Blinds and Camouflage

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Waterfowl Blinds and Camouflage

Camouflage clothing is essential for waterfowl hunting unless you’ve got a good blind that keeps you entirely hidden. Wear clothes and waders that match the vegetation or ground cover where you hunt. But camouflage can’t work miracles, you also need to use employ some tactics of stealth when trying...
A Primer on Waterfowl Regulations

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A Primer on Waterfowl Regulations

Unlike most game animals, which are managed on the state level, waterfowl is managed both on the state and federal levels. As a waterfowl hunter, it is your responsibility to know and follow all the laws that pertain to the activity. These rules change every year, so check them thoroughly each...
Wood Duck Profile

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Wood Duck Profile

Regarded by most hunters as the most beautiful species of North American waterfowl, wood duck males, or drakes, are colorful enough to be mistaken for some exotic jungle species. The places that wood ducks call home are equally pretty. They prefer small, heavily wooded bodies of water such as beaver...
A Species Profile on Mallards

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A Species Profile on Mallards

Duck hunting in North America usually means that mallards are the target species.  A big flock of greenheads flying into a decoy spread instills excitement into the hearts of even the most seasoned duck hunters. Mallards are the most common North American duck species, and the most commonly hunted...
A Basic Overview of Puddle Ducks

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A Basic Overview of Puddle Ducks

Puddle ducks, also known as dabbler ducks, are ducks that feed primarily in shallow water and that do not dive beneath the water’s surface. Mallards, teal, wood ducks, widgeons, gadwalls, pintails, and shovelers are all puddle ducks. They have large wings relative to their body size, which enables...
Puddle Duck Hunting Strategies

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Puddle Duck Hunting Strategies

It’s difficult to list all the scenarios that one might encounter when hunting puddle ducks. The birds use so many different habitat types in so many different ways that the possibilities are endless. In one week you could feasibly kill mallards on a bedroom-sized beaver pond, along a drainage ditch...
A Guide to Hunting Teal

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A Guide to Hunting Teal

You may think you’re good shot but the small, fast-flying teal will challenge even the most talented wingshooters. North America has three teal species, blue-winged teal, cinnamon teal, and green-winged teal. They are the smallest of the puddle ducks, with most teal topping out at well under a pound...