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...
Sean Weaver Jul 7, 2021
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4 Plants Every Duck Hunter Should Know

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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...
Sean Weaver Jun 15, 2021
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Why Your Bird Dog Should Learn Hand Signals

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Why Your Bird Dog Should Learn Hand Signals

One of the most common mistakes amateur dog trainers make is wanting to communicate with their dogs like they communicate with people—by talking. Verbal commands are a must with dogs, but just because your pup learns to plant its butt on the ground when you say “sit” doesn’t mean that approach will...
Tony J. Peterson Dec 11, 2019
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The Real Difference Between American and British Labs

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The Real Difference Between American and British Labs

The hunting dog world is full of stereotypes and generalizations—none more entrenched in the bird hunters’ zeitgeist than the perceived differences between British and American Labrador retrievers. It’s commonly believed that British (or English) Labs are smaller, stockier, quieter, more easily...
Tony J. Peterson Oct 18, 2019
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Ask the Eagle: What Do You Do With Waterfowl Legs?

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Ask the Eagle: What Do You Do With Waterfowl Legs?

Introducing Ask the Eagle, where I’ll be answering your questions about everything from hunting to butchering to marriage. This week, Adam wants to know if I save waterfowl legs and what I do with them. Have a question of your own? You can write to me asktheeagle@themeateater.com.
Janis Putelis Oct 10, 2019
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Do Waterfowl Limits Matter?

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Do Waterfowl Limits Matter?

Does hunting mortality have significant long-term influence on waterfowl populations? This debate continues within both the hunting and biological research communities, but the answer isn’t as simple as some hunters might like. Some biologists believe hunting to be additive. That is, birds killed by...
David Hart Jul 25, 2019
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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...
Steven Rinella Sep 3, 2018
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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...
Steven Rinella Aug 15, 2018
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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...
Steven Rinella Aug 9, 2018
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The Language of Ducks by Sam Terrell

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The Language of Ducks by Sam Terrell

Words by Sam Terrell The first difficult word I ever learned was gregarious. It’s an adjective with two definitions. The first is in reference to people being fond of company, and the second is in relation to animals living in flocks or loosely organized communities. As a duck hunter coming from a...
MeatEater Staff Aug 3, 2018
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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...
Steven Rinella Jul 15, 2018
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Featured Gear

Ground Control Pack
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First Lite
$250.00
Hauls everything Waterfowl hunters need for long mornings of directing air traffic into the landing zone. Multiple carry configurations, stowable backpack straps, external molle panels, internal folding dividers, and a sonic-welded bathtub design to keep your gear dry through seasons of abuse on the water.
LZ Jacket
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First Lite
$400.00
A full-season waterproof Waterfowl jacket designed to fit over varying degrees of insulating layers to keep you warm down to 30°F. The LZ is patterned for wing-shooting with heavily articulated arms and specialty pocketing optimized for security and quick access to essential gear.
Refuge Bib
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First Lite
$500.00
A Waterfowl bib built for performance in the extreme cold of late season field hunting with a robust insulation package, durable waterproof/windproof fabrication, and an extensive feature set optimized for pit and layout blinds.
Mallard Fully Flocked Floating 6 Pack
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Dakota Decoy
$129.99
These are designed to give hunters the most life-like duck decoy they can get.
Packable Mallard 6 Pack Painted Heads
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Dakota Decoy
$79.99
The decoys are lightweight, collapsible, and packable for those who must carry their decoys into the honey hole.
Refuge Parka
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First Lite
$500.00
The Refuge Parka was built for performance in the extreme conditions of the late season with its robust insulation package, durable waterproof materials, and an extensive feature set optimized for every moment of the hunt.
Refuge Muff
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First Lite
$90.00
Built to keep cold, wet hands warm and digits nimble in the extreme conditions of the late season with its waterproof/windproof fabrication, hi-loft merino sherpa fleece liner, and exclusive zip-open design for quick drying between hunts.
Flight Series Panel Blind
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Tanglefree
A revolutionary new concealment system from Tanglefree. Offering the ultimate in portability and concealment to effectively hunt field edges, cattail sloughs, standing corn, river banks, and even in the middle of the field from a sitting position while being completely concealed.
Little Buddy Dog Blind
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Tanglefree
Keep your favorite hunting partner concealed and protected from the harshest conditions. Built with a corrosion resistant aluminum frame, rugged 600D coated Polyester, a double entry door, extra stubble straps for adaptability and a low profile, your companion will be ready to work all day.