The Legend of the Million-Dollar Duck Band

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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...
Sean Weaver Aug 4, 2021
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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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MeatEater Welcomes Sean Weaver to the Crew

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MeatEater Welcomes Sean Weaver to the Crew

I grew up smack dab in the middle of Iowa, arguably one of the worst places in the country to be a waterfowl hunter. Most of the marshes were drained or tilled long ago. Living in a place with limited habitat sure makes you capitalize on the opportunities you have. But my father went to college at...
Sean Weaver Jun 21, 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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Is a Raw Diet the Right Choice for Your Dog?

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Is a Raw Diet the Right Choice for Your Dog?

Few things will turn south an otherwise civil conversation about dogs faster than the topic of what to feed them. As a practicing veterinarian and bird hunter who spends a great deal of time engaged in tailgate banter, I’ve both received and dished out my share of subtle eyerolls and outright looks...
Dr. Seth Bynum Jun 10, 2021
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Why Waterfowl Hunters Should Track Summer Storms

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Why Waterfowl Hunters Should Track Summer Storms

Summer is the season of duck neglect. Fishing, food plots, and cold beer all take priority over preparing for duck season, and maybe rightfully so. The ducks are brown, the marshes are filled with clouds of mosquitos, and a migratory bird is quite likely move spots between now and opening day. But...
Sean Weaver Jun 4, 2021
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Best Hunting Gimmicks Ever: Seasoned Shotgun Shells

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Best Hunting Gimmicks Ever: Seasoned Shotgun Shells

A common angling refrain holds that some lures are better designed to catch fishermen than fish. Hunters are no less guilty. In this series, I’m going to highlight the greatest hunting gimmicks of all time. Some might make you feel nostalgic. Others might make you nauseous. My hope is that all of...
Spencer Neuharth Feb 25, 2021
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3 Bird Dog Training Mistakes to Avoid

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3 Bird Dog Training Mistakes to Avoid

There are an infinite number of ways you can screw up a puppy. Common mistakes tend to result in dogs that are just situationally annoying throughout their lives. Examples include the Lab that jumps up on every person it meets or the German shorthair that decides you aren’t being serious when you...
Tony J. Peterson Feb 10, 2021
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4 Waterfowl Shotguns That Have Stood the Test of Time

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4 Waterfowl Shotguns That Have Stood the Test of Time

Our parents and grandparents hunted ducks and geese with walnut-stocked,  fixed-choke shotguns without complaint. Those old guns keep you in touch with waterfowling’s past in a way that a plastic-stocked, camo gun never can. Hunting with older guns is like hunting with hand-carved decoys—it’s a...
Phil Bourjaily Feb 8, 2021
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Reelfoot Lake Double Homicide Suspect David Vowell Found Dead

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Reelfoot Lake Double Homicide Suspect David Vowell Found Dead

On Jan. 30, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation announced they recovered the body of David Vowell in Reelfoot Lake. According to the Tennessee River Valley News, Vowell was discovered by a hunting guide in an area locals refer to as Grassy Island. The 70-year-old suspect was accused of killing...
Spencer Neuharth Feb 1, 2021
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New Details Emerge on Reelfoot Lake Double Homicide

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New Details Emerge on Reelfoot Lake Double Homicide

Earlier this week we reported on the death of Zach Grooms, 25, and Chance Black, 26. They were fatally shot by 70-year-old David Vowell while duck hunting on Reelfoot Lake in Tennessee. New details emerged yesterday surrounding the incident. Jeffrey Crabtree, who was in the duck blind with Grooms...
Spencer Neuharth Jan 28, 2021
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