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September Gear Guide: Traveling Waterfowler

Whether you are planning a day trip to duck country, or a week-long pilgrimage to a waterfowling hot spot, packing the correct gear for a hunting trip is difficult. The following items are a collection of must-pack gear for any waterfowler hitting the road this season.

Gear Up for Bluewings

Blue-winged teal have been on a roll the past few years. In 2013, an estimated 7.7 million breeding bluewings were surveyed on their northern nesting grounds—60 percent above the long-term average. This year, that number is up 10 percent to 8.5 million breeding bluewings. With liberal seasons announced once again, including the addition of several northern states offering an experimental teal season, now is the time to start planning a teal hunt. Following is a list of essential gear to help you start your teal season off right.

May 2014 Gear Guide: Blind Faith

From layouts to boats to chairs, blinds have revolutionized the way waterfowlers approach a day in the field. The constant modifications required to ensure durability, concealment, and other hunter needs make a quality blind a critical tool in any waterfowler's arsenal.Now is the time to select next season's blind, and here's a compilation of new and time-tested waterfowling blinds and accessories.

Waterfowler's Notebook: Anatomy of a Duck Call

It's not a stretch to compare a duck call to a traditional woodwind instrument such as a saxophone or clarinet. Musicians play these instruments by forcing air through a mouthpiece and across a reed, which vibrates to produce sound. Duck calls work in much the same way.

April 2014 Gear Guide

Retriever trainers know that fine-tuning a waterfowling dog is year-round process. Begin this year's training sessions with the most recent retriever training gear and tools.

March 2014 Gear Guide: Next Season's Gear

Waterfowl seasons have ended for most, yet spring continues to elude much of the country. Luckily for those still focused on waterfowling, this is the time of year when many companies announce new gear for next season. The March Gear Guide contains new products from manufacturers that will be available for the 2014-2015 waterfowl season. It's only six months away - start planning now.

January 2014 Gear Guide

There's no reason to suffer through a cold waterfowl hunt ever again. The DU Newsletter editorial team has chosen various levels of quality cold-weather gear for any hunter or situation. From base layers to gloves, this is the gear that will get you through the late season.

High-Tech Duck Guns

A roundup of the latest models and design innovations from leading shotgun makers. By Phil Bourjaily.

Shotgunning: Buying Used Guns

Waterfowlers who know what to look for can get a great deal on a secondhand shotgun. By Phil Bourjaily.

November 2013 Gear Guide

The DU Newsletter editorial team selected several gear pieces that may help you to improve the images and video you work hard to capture from the duck blind.

October 2013 Gear Guide

Decoying ducks and geese with success hinges upon the creative tactics of the hunter and the realism provided by the decoys. Waterfowl 360 covers the tactics, now you just need the decoys. The October Gear Guide focuses on new decoys to get you started—or to complete—your best decoy spread ever.

September 2013 Gear Guide: Digital Tools for Waterfowlers

Get down and digital for waterfowl this season! Tech-savvy or not, it's in every waterfowler's best interest to utilize the tools provided by organizations and companies this season. In this digital age, there are resources available to help you find a new place to hunt, shoot, and potentially help you bag more birds this season. The DU Newsletter Editorial Team has chosen several online tools to help you get your season started.

July 2013 Gear Guide

Great suggestions for gear items and equipment you might need to replace.

May 2013 Gear Guide

Waterfowlers get bogged down with gear gadgets every season and forget one of the most important factors in waterfowling – shooting. The DU Newsletter Editorial Team sourced items, not including firearms, to accompany your off-season shotgunning sessions.

New Guns & Gear for 2013

Take a look at our annual selection of the latest shotguns, ammo and accessories for waterfowlers.

April 2013 Gear Guide

The DU E-News Editorial Team has selected several gear items to add before summer begins—and as a bonus, they are ideal for fall activities as well.

March 2013 Gear Guide

Retriever training is a year-round process and to be sure your retriever is in top shape for next season, it's time to get to work. The DU Newsletter editorial team has chosen a handful of retriever training items that may help you prepare a puppy – or an experienced dog – for the 2013-2014 waterfowl season.

February 2013 Gear Guide

The Light Goose Conservation Order is just beginning, and there's a whole new assortment of gear for these difficult birds. Choosing from a pile of possible gear selections, we've narrowed it down to a few items that may improve your light goose hunting season.

January 2013 Gear Guide

January is the perfect month to reflect on the waterfowl season—good days and bad—and pick out gear items that would have been handy during 2012-2013 hunting trips. The DU Newsletter Editorial Team has chosen several items based on their experiences this fall to help you start planning for the 2013-2014 season.

December 2012 Gear Guide

There is one constant in late-season waterfowling: cold weather. Being prepared for extreme winter weather will keep you comfortbale in the duck blind even in the toughest hunting conditions. The DU Newsletter editorial team has selected winter-weather gear that could find its way onto your Christmas list.

October 2012 Gear Guide

The DU Newsletter editorial team selected several gear pieces which may allow you to improve the images and video you work hard to capture.

Guns of DU

A look back at some of the modern classics selected as DU Guns of the Year

Waterfowling Accessories

Waterfowlers are gear junkies. Many times it can be the small gear items that make or break a good day afield. Enjoy this collection of items that may change the outcome of your next hunt.

Lightweight Zipper Waders are the Real Deal

"Zipper waders? I'd be afraid they'd leak."

New Waterfowl Ammunition

The importance of shooting well in the blind cannot be stressed enough. Choosing the correct ammunition for you, your situation and your firearm is the first step. Here are a few new ammunition options for the 2012-2013 waterfowl season.

New Waterfowl Guns for 2012

Waterfowling firearms are constantly being modifed to improve performance under extreme conditions. Check out these new firearms for 2012-2013 waterfowl season.

Five Small Spreads for Ducks

Here's how to make the most of a limited number of decoys in five common waterfowl habitats. Illustrations by Kevin Hand.
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