10 Tools Every Waterfowler Should Own

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10 Tools Every Waterfowler Should Own

Waterfowl hunters are notorious for pushing their gear to the limits in extreme weather—while simultaneously expecting it to never fail. But when you’re 20 miles up a frozen river or chasing feeds down gravel roads, stuff is going to break. While this list of gear would be useful for all sorts of...
Sean Weaver Oct 12, 2021
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How to Get Waterfowl Hunting Permission

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How to Get Waterfowl Hunting Permission

If guiding and hunting in the Central Flyway has taught me anything, it’s how to scout hard and get hunting permission. Don’t get me wrong, I do my fair share of striking out; I was turned down by 18 different landowners on my worst night of permission seeking. But with a little luck and a lot of...
Sean Weaver Sep 27, 2021
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Sportsmen Rally to Preserve Duck Hunting in Florida

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Sportsmen Rally to Preserve Duck Hunting in Florida

Florida is home to 21.6 million people on 65,758 square miles of land. That’s a little over 400 people per square mile. With about 900 people moving into the Sunshine State every day, conflict over public land use is escalating. Residential development and sprawling retirement communities are...
Maggie Hudlow Sep 20, 2021
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The Best Waterholes That Duck Hunters Ignore

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The Best Waterholes That Duck Hunters Ignore

Whether in a field or on a lake, it’s hard not to love the sight of thousands of birds. But big numbers don’t always mean successful hunts, and oftentimes some of the best hunting can be on small water with low numbers of birds. One of the best examples of small water is the standard cattle pond...
Sean Weaver Sep 15, 2021
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The Truth About the Molt Migration

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The Truth About the Molt Migration

Every summer, waterfowl across North America have to figure out where they’ll go to molt. The where, why, and who have been misunderstood by hunters for years, but knowing how the molt migration works is valuable and important. What is the Molt Migration? Every year, geese (and all waterfowl) lose...
Sean Weaver Sep 1, 2021
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3 Spreads Duck Hunters Don’t Use Often Enough

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3 Spreads Duck Hunters Don’t Use Often Enough

We all have that waterfowling buddy who moves the duck decoys incessantly, always looking for something to tweak. It might not even be legal shooting light yet but they’ve rearranged the spread five times. If you don’t have that friend, you probably are that friend. But since the goal is convincing...
Sean Weaver Aug 18, 2021
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Should I Adopt My Next Hunting Dog?

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Should I Adopt My Next Hunting Dog?

For all the promise and anticipation wrapped up in a new puppy, there exists a certain charm in restoring the shine on a second-hand bird dog. Tailgate legend has a long chapter devoted entirely to these pups. Their stories feature washed-out trial dogs that just needed more time to blossom or the...
Dr. Seth Bynum Aug 10, 2021
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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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