Category: Waterfowl and Upland Birds

7 surefire ways to ruin a duck hunt

Surefire ways to ruin a duck hunt

Waterfowl hunting, like every sport or discipline, has obvious rules—and then there are the unspoken expectations. Adhering to both can mean the difference between maintaining lifelong hunting partners and never getting invited along on a duck hunt again. Here’s a list of key things to avoid when you hit the blind this fall. Skybusting “You

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How to choose the right load for waterfowl hunting

How to choose the right load for waterfowl hunting

Shotgun shells come in a variety of gauges, lengths, shot sizes, and shot composition—a puzzling morass for new hunters to navigate. A cursory glance at the shelves of a typical sporting goods store reveals a different loadout for hunting just about any kind of winged game. Even narrowing that field to a specific kind of

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Stalking turkey: Go get that gobbler

Stalking turkey: Sometimes you just have to go get that gobbler

Nothing announces the coming of spring more jubilantly than the thunderous gobble of a Tom turkey. And few things in the hunting world make a hunter’s heart pound harder with anticipation than hearing that sound coming closer as they sit with their back against a tree, calling back to one. But as the season wears

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It’s almost turkey time. Are you ready?

It's almost turkey time. Are you ready?

As the snow dwindles and the gobblers become more visible, proudly strutting their stuff out in the open, we hunters get the turkey bug quickly. Most diehard hunters are looking to fill a void this time of year. We’ve been out of the field for three or four months and we need to get chasing something

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For your next bird hunt, try a vintage side-by-side

For your next bird hunt, try a vintage side-by-side

Want to turn a few heads on your next pheasant or grouse hunt? Dust off Grandpa’s side-by-side. But first, here are a few considerations to make sure that antique double works reliably and safely. Firearms were once works of art, individually handcrafted by master gunsmiths and lovingly passed down by their owners through generations. As

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A hunting guide’s tips for selecting the perfect layout blind

A hunting guide's tips for selecting the perfect layout blind

When layout blinds first came on the scene in the late 1990s and early 2000s, they were a revolutionary product for field-hunting waterfowl. The first, highly commercialized iterations of the modern layout blinds were Kelley Powers’ “Power Hunter” and Fred Zink’s “Finisher.” Both blinds offered distinct advantages and drawbacks. Now the market has expanded to

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