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Overcome Last Season's Embarrassing Misses

Waterfowlers come up with a myriad of excuses why they miss birds. Shells are frequently blamed for these failures, and shotguns take some of the heat, but the fact remains that most misses are caused by the shooter, not the equipment. The good news is, with a little off-season practice at the trap, skeet, or sporting clays range, you can see your percentages improve quickly. Here are some of the most common mistakes hunters make and the remedy for each.

Waterfowler's Notebook: Off-Season Scouting

When is the best time to look for a new duck hunting spot? Anytime you can.

Staying Focused in the Off-season

Q&A with waterfowl hunters can help you prepare for next season

Clean Up Your Call

From cleaning your call to practicing in the field and at home, you can improve your duck calling technique all year long.

Summer Drills for Retrievers

The months leading up to opening day provide time to hone your retriever's skills. Gary Koehler provides diagrams and tips for summertime training drills for your retriever.

Break Bad Shooting Habits, Bag More Ducks

Keith Sutton outlines six bad habits that may be affecting your shooting. From gun fit to posture and focus, break yourself of these and you'll be on the road to success.

The Year-Round Waterfowler Hunter

Bummed out now that duck season is over? These activities may help fill the long stretch before opening day.

Back to School for Duck Hunters

Gil and Vicki Ash of OSP Shooting School provide some advice for hunters to get back to basics and improve their shot.

Keep Your Call Warm and Dry

Calling champions and professionals offer advice on keeping your calls in top condition to increase their lifespan and give you the best possible performance every season.

Four Steps to Better Shooting

Improve your shooting with these steps from Scott Robertson of Elm Fork Shooting Sports in Dallas.

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