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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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...
Steven Rinella Jul 9, 2018
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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...
Steven Rinella Jul 3, 2018
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