Duck Lore

MeatEater’s first original Waterfowl series featuring Sean Weaver. Come along as we hunt ducks from Texas to Washington and everywhere in between.

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S1-E01: Texas Teal with Chef Jean-Paul Bourgeois
S1-E01: Texas Teal with Chef Jean-Paul Bourgeois

Every September, as dove and football season are just kicking off, much of the United States has a teal-only duck season, meant to give hunters an opportunity to shoot some of the early-migrating blue-winged teal. In this episode of Duck Lore, Sean is joined by Louisiana-native Chef Jean-Paul Bourgeois, and the two of them set out to hunt teal in a coastal Texas marsh neither of them have laid eyes on. The weather turns for the worst as Hurricane Nicholas forms in the Gulf.

S1-E02: North Dakota Waterfowl with Ryan Callaghan and Delta Waterfowl
S1-E02: North Dakota Waterfowl with Ryan Callaghan and Delta Waterfowl

A grand migration takes place every fall to North Dakota, of both waterfowl and people, and they have the same destination: the Prairie Pothole Region. In this episode, Sean is joined by Matt Chouinard, Delta Waterfowl’s Waterfowl Program Manager, and Ryan Callaghan, Meat Eater’s Director of Conservation. They hunt geese, cranes, and ducks, explore the importance of the Prairie Pothole region, and even give a little back by making and placing some hen houses.

S1-E03: Smartweed, Sandhills, and Ducks with Janis Putelis
S1-E03: Smartweed, Sandhills, and Ducks with Janis Putelis

Hidden in the dunes of the Sandhills in Nebraska is an unexpected sight: thousands of waterfowl scattered across the meadows and sloughs. In this episode of Duck Lore, it’s mid-October, and Sean is joined by MeatEater’s own Janis Putelis. They are knocking on doors for private access, and hunting marshes full of smartweed for mallards, gadwall, wigeon, and even pintails.

S1-E04: Layout Hunting Divers in Michigan with Steve Rinella
S1-E04: Layout Hunting Divers in Michigan with Steve Rinella

While the “U.P.” doesn’t have the puddle duck hunting of The Great Plains, in the shadow of the Mackinac Bridge can be found some of the best diver hunting the Great Lakes have to offer. In this episode of Duck Lore, Sean is joined by MeatEater’s Founder Steven Rinella and local Michigander Dylan Graves. Neither Steve or Sean have hunted layout boats before, and they learn quickly that there’s more to it than meets the eye.

S1-E05: Waterfowling in Washington with Jason Phelps
S1-E05: Waterfowling in Washington with Jason Phelps

Sitting at the top of the Pacific Flyway in Washington is a duck hunter’s dream; liberal limits, lots of public land, and no shortage of ducks and geese. In this episode of Duck Lore, it’s mid-November, and Sean is joined by Jason Phelps of Phelps Game Calls, and Trevor Austin of Pacific Calls. This is Sean and Jason’s first time hunting this area, and Murphy’s Law does its best to keep them from getting on the ducks and geese.

S1-E06: Kansas Pond Puddle Ducks with Ryan Callaghan and Seth Morris
S1-E06: Kansas Pond Puddle Ducks with Ryan Callaghan and Seth Morris

Kansas is world-renowned for its hunting; many know it for its whitetail deer, but just as impressive is its duck and goose hunting. In this episode of Duck Lore, it’s early December, and Sean comes down with Covid. So MeatEater’s own Ryan Callaghan, Seth Morris, and Cal’s dog Snort pick up the torch, and try their hand at freelance hunting ducks and geese in Kansas.

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