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The Canada Goose

Geese

The Canada Goose

The Canada goose is the most common and most frequently encountered goose species. Their availability is extremely high, and they can be found everywhere from golf courses to grain fields to backwoods marshes. Seasons for Canada geese are long and are often divided into early seasons, when local...
What You Need to Know About Duck Decoy Spreads

Waterfowl

What You Need to Know About Duck Decoy Spreads

Waterfowl decoys are visual aids that serve to attract ducks and geese and convince them that an area is safe for landing. The placement and number of decoys that one uses is highly situational, but wind direction is always a major factor. Like airplanes, ducks and geese approach their landing areas...
Diver Duck Hunting Methods

Ducks

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

Ducks

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

Ducks

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

Ducks

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

Ducks

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

Ducks

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...
Goose Hunting Tactics

Waterfowl

Goose Hunting Tactics

Goose hunting is a favorite pastime of many hunters across the country.  Something about a large flock dropping, fast, right toward your decoy spread is exhilarating. While it seems easy at the time the birds start to cup, it is no easy task to to get them to commit. Geese roost on the water at...
A Species Profile on Snow Geese

Geese

A Species Profile on Snow Geese

Snow geese are an ecological winner of the modern age. They’ve adapted so well to modern agricultural practices in their southern wintering grounds that their populations have exploded wildly in recent decades; today, they stand to severely damage their Arctic breeding grounds with overgrazing...