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Q&A with Tiffany Lakosky

Tiffany Lakosky, co-host of The Crush TV show

Migration Alert: Early Migration Fuels Strong Start in North Dakota

Timely spring and summer rains throughout North Dakota's Prairie Pothole Region aided breeding efforts for mallards, northern pintails, blue-winged teal, and other ducks. Since then, cool temperatures have sent some of those local birds packing for warmer climes, but new birds from the north have helped keep the action hot for hunters during the first weeks of the season.

Field Notes: Boat Blinds

Captain Bob Wetherald of Maryland's Mid-River Guide Service explains how he builds boat blinds. Visit ducks.org/DUTV for other DU TV Better Waterfowling Tips and more.

DU TV Migration Report: Ontario Weather May Benefit Waterfowlers

Field Hudnall, host of DU TV, details a significant weather system that may play a role in increased migration activity throughout the Great Lakes region.

Migration Alert: Wet Spring Bodes Well for Atlantic Flyway Hunters

A wet spring and early cold fronts may have set the stage for a strong start to waterfowl seasons in the Atlantic Flyway.

Migration Alert: State-by-State Pacific Flyway Hunting and Habitat Preview

Pacific Flyway waterfowl hunters, much like those across the entire continent, should expect another large fall flight of ducks and geese this year. With good to excellent conditions for waterfowl production across Prairie Canada and another bumper crop of geese headed south from Alaska and northern Canada, expectations are soaring.

DU TV Migration Report: Good Opening Weekend for Louisiana Teal

DU TV crew opens the season successfully at Honey Brake Lodge in Louisiana.

Field Notes: Wrapping Decoys

Captain Bob Wetherald of Maryland's Mid-River Guide Service explains two techniques for wrapping line around your decoys. Visit ducks.org/DUTV for other DU TV Better Waterfowling Tips and more.

Field Notes: Teal Gear

DU TV host Zach Pederson and Jared Mophett of Honey Brake Lodge talk about gear you need for early-season teal hunting. Visit ducks.org/DUTV for other DU TV Better Waterfowling Tips and more.

Field Notes: Stove Pipe

DU TV Host Field Hudnall shows how using the "stove pipe" technique can help keep you and your buddies safe when hunting waterfowl. Visit ducks.org/DUTV for other DU TV Better Waterfowling Tips and more.

Field Notes: Using Shadows

DU TV host Field Hudnall explains how to use shadows for concealment when hunting waterfowl. Visit ducks.org/DUTV for other DU TV Better Waterfowling Tips and more.

Migration Alert: Texas Waterfowlers Looking to Finish Strong

Texas coastal ponds, prairies and marshes rested for 14 days and an Arctic front pushed ducks in from the north. Unfortunately, the second split opener of the 2013-214 season coincided with a full moon, leaving hunters to watch empty skies as sat idle.

Migration Alert: South Carolina Hunters Off to Strong Start

Last weekend, waterfowlers along the South Carolina coast put up numbers that would be impressive anywhere in the country. Hunter-success rates approached a limit of ducks per person at two wildlife management areas.

Waterfowler's Gear: Guide Series - Ducks Unlimited - Waders

Waterfowl hunting means facing tough weather and staying out in the elements all day. The Guide Series Ducks Unlimited Boot-foot Chest Waders provide warmth and comfort no matter the weather conditions.

Migration Alert: The Stage is Set for North Dakota's Duck Season

For much of the past three weeks, Joe Fladeland has been bumping around North Dakota's back-roads chasing early season Canada geese, but the number of ducks gathered on the state's prairie potholes has the Avery pro-staffer excited about the opening of the general waterfowl season later this month.

Waterfowl 360: The Ultimate Waterfowl Hunting Resource

Waterfowl360.com is the ultimate waterfowling resource. WF360 includes articles, videos, DU Migration Map, Waterfowl ID and much more.

Waterfowl 360: Your Season Begins Here

Waterfowl360.com is the ultimate waterfowling resource. WF360 includes articles, videos, DU Migration Map, Waterfowl ID and much more.

2013 Waterfowl Calls Guide

Waterfowl calls are specific to every species, hunter, and region. This makes finding the perfect duck or goose call a difficult task. The DU Newsletter makes it easier to start your search. Begin with the newest additions to the market – new waterfowl calls for 2013.

Waterfowl Recipe: Duck Breast Sandwich

This easy-to-follow video provides every step to make this delicious duck sandwich.

NSSF Shooting Tips: Dove Hunting

These tips from NSSF's Doug Painter will help you bag more birds and improve your shooting, which may carry over into waterfowl season.

Simple System for Calling Canada Geese

Canada geese have an intricate system of vocal communications. "Honkers" make a variety of different calls – long range hail calls, clucks, feeding calls, comeback calls, whines, moans, etc. Each of these calls conveys a different message. Expert callers mimic all these calls and mix them appropriately to entice passing geese to join their decoys.

Shining the Spotlight on Specks

With a pair of refuge areas near his home in central Kansas, waterfowl guide and hunter Zach Simon has the opportunity to watch migrating speckle-bellied geese stage by the hundreds of thousands as they wing their way from the arctic to wintering areas in Texas and Louisiana.

DU-TV Better Waterfowling Tip: Preparing for a Hunting Trip

Wade Bourne offers some tips for preparing for a hutning trip. There's a long list of must-have items for any hunting trip, and Bourne explains the reasons why you will need maps, GPS, regulatiosn books, and much more.

Give Your Duck Blind a Mid-Season "Makeover"

Sometimes duck blinds get a worn down look, and they need a "makeover."

Five tips for staying concealed

Waterfowl's keen vision can make life tough for hunters. After years spent studying the habits of American black ducks for Ducks Unlimited, biologist John Coluccy knows a thing or two about wary waterfowl. In this month's feature story, Coluccy shares his tips for staying hidden from these sharp eyes in the skies.

Combo Hunts

One morning in late September, my high school buddy and I found ourselves standing thigh-deep in a beaver pond. We'd been scouting wood ducks at the pond for a week, and that morning we finally got to trade our binoculars for shotguns. We each knocked down our two-bird limit shortly after daylight and were back at the house before my folks even woke up.

DU-TV Tip: 3 Ways to Call Blue-Winged Teal

Wade Bourne provides three different tactics for call blue-winged teal using a teal call, mallard call, and laughing them into the decoys.

DU-TV Tip: Preparing for a Hunting Trip

Wade Bourne offers some tips for preparing for a hutning trip. There's a long list of must-have items for any hunting trip, and Bourne explains the reasons why you will need maps, GPS, regulatiosn books, and much more.

Give Your Duck Blind a Mid-Season "Makeover"

This usually occurs after the season has been in for a few weeks. Blinds that were thoroughly covered on opening day begin to look tattered as the season wears on.

Retriever Training: The Block

We have all been caught by surprise when our hunting dog has an apparent mental block and hits a wall in training or on a hunt.

WF360 Retriever Photo Contest

AJ Layton's photo received the most votes in this year's WF360/Winchester Ammunition Retriever Photo Contest and will receive a prize package worth $1,000 from Winchester.

Tips for staying concealed

With their highly developed sense of vision, waterfowl can make life tough for those hunters trying to keep out of sight. In the following article, Ducks Unlimited's John Coluccy explains how ducks and geese spot danger and provides five tips on how to stay hidden and put more birds in your decoys.

Duck Calling Tip with Will Primos

Watch as Will Primos of Primos Hunting Calls shows how to preform the basics of calling wood ducks.

Retriever Training: Protect your dog's joints

Mike Stewart, Wildrose Kennels, explains a few ways to protect your retriever's joints. Putting too much stress on a young dog's joints will cause problems later in life.

What's on the Web: November/December

What' on the Web from November/December DU Magazine.

A Freelancer's Guide to the PPR

With its mix of grasslands and wetlands, the Prairie Pothole Region of the Dakotas, Minnesota, Montana and Canada is the destination for millions of nesting waterfowl each spring.

Sleeping In

Think you need to be in the blind early to limit out? Think again.

Discover Card

Ducks Unlimited is excited to introduce Discover as our new Proud Partner.

GORE-TEX® Products

Our best experiences and our best days are defined by our performance and whether we are able to perform to the best of our abilities. GORE-TEX® products are designed and developed to be solutions that empower your best performance.

Waterfowl 360: Ultimate Waterfowling

If you're looking for the ultimate resource for waterfowl hunters, look no further. Featuring hunting tips, waterfowl migration updates, gear and everything in between, Waterfowl 360 has you covered for the 2012-2013 hunting season!

Going Public

Many of the author's favorite waterfowling memories were made on public lands, open to one and all.

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.

Easy Come, Easy Go

Waterfowl hunters encounter a variety of shots that qualify as either "incomers" or "outgoers."

Lightweight Zipper Waders are the Real Deal

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

RNT Tips: Fast Feed Call

Butch Richenback, founder of RNT Calls, teaches how to speed up your feeding call. Learn the basic feed call, all the way to a more advanced feeding chuckle.

Tips to Break Bad Shooting Habits

Aaron Fraser Pass shares advice to break out of bad habits that affect many waterfowlers.

Creative Tactics for Suburban Birds

Drive through a city near a major waterfowl flyway and odds are you'll see hundreds of ducks and geese loafing on a shopping mall pond or grubbing away on green grass in a park or on a football field—safely out of reach of waterfowl hunters. At least they think they're safe!

Retriever Training: Far-Bank Retrieves

A serious challenge for many dogs is what's known as a far-bank retrieve, where the dog has to cross an expanse of water and then hunt on land for a bird that has crawled into vegetation on the opposite shore. This may not seem difficult, but it can be a confusing situation for a retriever.

Blue-winged teal tactics

Mike Checkett, Ducks Unlimited Communications Specialist, demonstrates how to mimic the sound of a bluewing teal using both a bluewing teal call and a mallard hen call.

DU-TV Tip: Shoot Decoying Birds

DU-TV's Wade Bourne identifies the best tactics for shooting decoying ducks from several angles, and how to practice these shots at the range.

DU-TV Tip: Diver Decoy System

DU-TV's Wade Bourne explains the details of a particular diver decoy spread used on the show. Learn how to create an ideal diver decoy spread.

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.

Big Decoy Spread Yields Big Results

So, how many decoys are enough? According to veteran hunter Crispin Powley of Paris, Tennessee, more is always better.

Waterfowling Lingo 101

Like many outdoor sports, waterfowling has plenty of slang words, nicknames, and jargon. Some of these words are related to gear; others describe hunting techniques or the birds themselves. All of these terms make a waterfowler's vocabulary as colorful as a wood duck. Here's a beginner's guide to the language of waterfowling.

Short-reed Calling Tips

There are few sounds that get a waterfowl hunter's heart racing like those of a Canada goose. A single, distant honk is often all it takes to send hunters racing to close blind doors and scrambling to bring a lanyard full of calls to the ready.

Make Sure Your Shotgun Fits

"Shotgun fit" is a term of vague familiarity to most duck hunters. They've heard it, but they've never really understood what a proper shotgun fit entails and how it can affect their shooting ability.

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.

Adjust Your Calling to Suit Mood of the Ducks

Sometimes ducks want a lot of calling; sometimes they want a little. It's up to a caller to determine which the birds prefer on the day he's in the blind, then to offer them just the right amount of calling to coax them in.

Bring Old Decoys Back to Life

Worn-out decoys can ruin an otherwise good waterfowl hunt. After all, when ducks and geese lock up and drop toward your spread, it's because they believe your decoys are the real thing.

10 Essential Items for DIY Waterfowl Hunts

If you are planning a do-it-yourself waterfowl hunting trip this fall, packing the right gear can make the difference between a successful adventure and a dismal failure. Here are 10 often-overlooked items that you shouldn't leave home without.

Four Shooting Safety Tips

Facing facts squarely, we must concede that our beloved hunting guns are inherently capable of inflicting great bodily harm and even death when used carelessly or handled incorrectly.

Bluewing Bonanza

Blue-winged teal are truly the "early birds" of the fall waterfowl migration.

Ducks Unlimited Discover Card

Ducks Unlimited is excited to introduce Discover as our new Proud Partner. Using your DU Discover card supports wetlands conservation through Ducks Unlimited.

Migration Alert: Colder weather improves Texas waterfowling

Texas waterfowlers have had steady success throughout the state and cold weather should continue to improve numbers.

Migration Alert: Kentucky forecast could bring birds in for the new year

A forecast of frigid temperatures in the upper Mississippi flyway has raised expectations of a push of new birds and better shooting going into the new year.

Migration Alert: Tennessee hunting success sporadic

Dec. 27, 2011: Hunter success in Tennessee has been sporadic. In many areas ducks have been here-today-and-gone-tomorrow.

Where There's Smoke, There's Flavor

If you can grill, you can smoke.

Migration Alert: Hunt Now in Oklahoma

Dec. 13, 2011: Oklahoma's second season opened this past Saturday, bringing with it a level of excitement not seen this year in the area.

Migration Alert: West Tennessee migration improving

Dec. 12, 2011: Hunting on Reelfoot Lake in northwest Tennessee has been slow, but action is picking up today.

Migration Alert: Recent rain and cold have dispersed waterfowl in Missouri

Dec. 7, 2011: An abundance of new water in southern Missouri and ice in the north has shuffled the deck for hunters in this state.

Duck Calling Video: Purchasing a Duck Call

Butch Richenback, RNT Calls founder, provides insights on how he would select a duck call.

Duck Calling Video: Add a Quack into a Feed Call

Butch Richenback, RNT Calls founder, explains how to add a quack into your feed call.

RNT Tips: Timber Hunting Tactics

Jim Ronquest, RNT-V producer describes how he chooses a hole when he is hunting flooding timber.

Q and A with DU Magazine Field Editor and "Closing Time" columnist E. Donnall Thomas Jr.

E. Donnall (Don) Thomas Jr. isn't your average outdoor writer.

Waterfowler's Gear: GSI Outdoors - Stainless Coffee Pot

There's nothing better than fresh coffee in the blind on a chilly morning, so impress your duck blind guests with this 12-cup stainless percolator.

Duck Calling Video: Learn Slow

Butch Richenback, RNT Calls founder, takes you step-by-step on learning to call ducks. Learning slow, and piecing individual segments together, will allow you to learn to be a better caller.

Duck Calling Video: Calling with Rhythm

Butch Richenback, RNT Calls founder, describes how to pull your ducks calls into a rhythm.

Create a Mixed-Species Decoy Spread

Learn a Texas guide's approach to decoying several species with one, well-placed decoy spread.

David Boike

DU Migration Field Editor profile for David Boike (Alexandria, Minnesota)

Waterfowler's Gear: Zippo Windproof Lighters

Zippo windproof lighters get ducky look.

Migration Alert: Colorado - Birds arriving on the Front Range

Nov. 15, 2011: Snowstorms along the Northern Front Range has pushed migrating ducks and geese into several new areas throughout Colorado.

Final Approach: Floating Blind Bag - Medium

Looking for a mid-size blind bag to haul your waterfowling essentials? Check out Final Approach's medium blind bag.

Migration Alert - Early counts show Louisiana duck numbers higher than last year

Nov. 11, 2011: The estimated 1.84 million ducks on this survey is 13 percent higher than last November's estimate of 1.62 million.

Fall Snow Geese

The sound of snow geese migrating south is, for some, the quintessential sound of fall, but for many hunters light geese have become a spring-only target. You don't have to wait until March to target snow geese, and the following tips from a pair of snow goose gurus will show you how.

Duck Calling Video: Calling at Ducks

Calling at ducks, rather than to ducks

Duck Calling Video: General Duck Calling

Jim Ronquest, RNT-V producer, explains how to piece together a string of calls to create a sequence, or cadence.

A Sandwich to Savor

In different parts of the country, the word barbecue doesn't necessarily mean the same thing.

Migration Alert: N. Indiana seeing migration increase

Nov. 4, 2011: Hunters who can find spots with wood ducks and green-winged teal will continue having the best success for now.

Migration Alert: Minnesota - Above average temperatures expected as migration continues

Nov. 3, 2011: Hunting success has remained slow over the past week.

Larry Nelson

DU Migration Field Editor: Bayfield, Wis.

Waterfowler's Gear: GSI Outdoors - Kitchen 11

GSI Outdoors offers an 11-piece gourmet adventure set that will allow you to bring quality kitchen utensils anywhere this season.

Recipe: Out with the Old, In with the New

With the new waterfowl season fast approaching, it's time to take stock of whatever birds you may still have in the freezer.

Waterfowler's Gear: Final Approach Gunner's HD - Feeding Mallards

Birds can become decoy-shy as the season progresses. Add Final Approach's HD Floating Feeder decoys for realism and maximize your spread's potential.

Waterfowl 360 Hunting Photo Contest

Don't miss DU's hunting photo contest for this season, presented by Winchester Ammunition.

Waterfowl 360 Hunting Photo Contest Official Rules

The official rules for the Ducks Unlimited Waterfowl 360 Hunting Photo Contest.

Waterfowler's Gear: Hawke Frontier Open Hinge Binoculars

Improve your scouting capabilites this season with the Frontier Open Hinge binoculars from Hawke.

Wood Duck Trifecta

If you live virtually anywhere in the Mississippi or Atlantic flyways, chances are there's a place nearby where you can shoot a few wood ducks in the fall. One of the best things about wood duck hunting is that it can be done successfully in a variety of places without much gear.

Waterfowler's Gear: Caldwell G3 Hearing Protection

Protect you hearing all season long with Caldwell's G3 hearing protection. The low-level amplification of low sounds, volume adjustments, provide a high level of hearing protection.

Waterfowler's Gear: RNT Macrohen

Looking for a raspier sound this season? RNT's Macrohen might be the solution. Long distance calling or convince them to commit with the Macrohen.

Mastering the Comeback Duck Call

A flight of ducks shows interest in your decoys, but is still wary. As the birds swing downwind, their body language shows indecision. Some of the ducks seem anxious to decoy. Others want to continue on their way. This is the time for the comeback call.

Migration Alert: Plenty of water and ducks for North Dakota Opener

Sept. 21, 2011: The outlook for North Dakota's duck season is quite good, but extensive scouting will be imperative for success.

Secrets of a wood duck hunter

Kenny Anglin knows wood ducks. A Georgia native, he grew up hunting woodies in southern swamps, and his company, Kritter Getter Game Calls, makes one of the most popular wood duck calls on the market. He recently sat down with Will Brantley to share some of his secrets for hunting these beautiful and elusive birds.

Migration Alert: Texas teal hunting depends on water

Sept. 15, 2011: Opening day of teal season on the coast was outstanding if you had access to water.

Retriever Gear: Canine First Aid Kit

A canine first aid kit could be the difference in saving your retriever's life.

Waterfowler's Gear: GHG Full-Body Mallards

Full-body mallard decoys can add realism and motion to any waterfowler's spread.

Migration Alert: Good teal opener expected in Louisiana

Sept. 9, 2011: Expect a good opening teal weekend depending on the area, with all areas seeing more birds in the next few weeks.

Waterfowler's Gear: Sportsman's Camera Bag

Camera equipment needs to be protected from the elements waterfowl hunters face on a regular basis. Avery's Sportsman's Camera Bag can provide that protection.

David Adamson

DU Migration Field Editor profile for David Adamson (Richmond, Virginia)

Ducks Unlimited launches online resource for waterfowlers

Ducks Unlimited has launched waterfowl360.com, a comprehensive web-based resource for waterfowl hunters. This online destination provides hunters with a wealth of information and videos as well as an upgraded migration map featuring a weather component and waterfowl reports from across the country.

Waterfowler's Gear: GHG Ground Force Blind

Looking to take the next step in concealment? GHG Groundforce blinds offer a mobile, low-profile, option for waterfowl hunters searching for that extra edge.

Waterfowler's Gear: Guidelite 600 Waders

Breathable waders are a must-have when hunting warmer climates, or during the early season. Hodgman offers a lightweight, durable solution.

RNT Tips: Stop Calling

Jim Ronquest, RNT-V producer, explains that sometimes it's better to quit calling and reach for a jerk string. Putting the emphasis on movement in the decoys, rather than calling, could separate you from everyone else.

Waterfowl 360 Retriever Photo Contest Official Rules

Presented by Winchester Ammunition. Official Photo Contest Rules.

Waterfowler's Gear: Bushnell Legend Binoculars

For all your scouting needs, check out the new Bushnell Legend Ultra HD compact binoculars.

Waterfowler's Gear: Avery Quick-set boat blind

Avery's Quick-set boat blind provides big-water hunters the opportunity to make their boat vanish under the right conditions.

Waterfowler's Gear: MOmarsh Fatboy

The MOmarsh Fatboy allows waterfowlers to boat into extremely shallow conditions, places where other hunters might not be able to access.

Waterfowler's Gear: Remington Versa Max

The Remington Versa Max brings Remington into the world of new auto-loaders.

Retriever Training: Steadiness

Mike Stewart with Deke, the DU Dog explains an enjoyable way to teach steadiness.

Ultimate Waterfowling

DU's waterfowl360.com is every waterfowler's go-to online resource – a website built by waterfowlers and dedicated to their interests and needs.

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Finding the Way

Waterfowl have amazing navigational abilities that guide their migrations

DU Migration Field Editor Program

The Ducks Unlimited Migration Field Editor program was engineered to create a solid foundation of credible migration and hunting reports within the DU waterfowl migration map.

Anthony Smith

DU Migration Field Editor profile for Anthony Smith (Ten Mile, Tennessee)

Shannon Meadors

DU Migration Field Editor profile for Shannon Meadors (Vancouver, Washington)

Billy Gray

DU Migration Field Editor profile for Billy Gray (Natchitoches, Louisiana)

Stephen Gautheir

DU Migration Field Editor profile for Stephen Gautheir (Lafayette, Louisiana)

George Diplock

DU Migration Field Editor profile for George Diplock (Augusta, Maine)

Randy Brown

DU Migration Field Editor profile for Randy Brown (Marion, Illinois)

Kevin Bork

DU Migration Field Editor profile for Kevin Bork (Auburndale, Florida)

David Adamson

DU Migration Field Editor profile for David Adamson (Richmond, Virginia)

Dan Johnson

DU Migration Field Editor profile for Dan Johnson (Lufkin, Texas)

Chris Sechelski

DU Migration Field Editor profile for Chris Sechelski (Houston, Texas)

Jeremy Anfinson

DU Migration Field Editor profile for Jeremy Anfinson (Hutchison, Minnesota)

Remington

Any load. Anywhere. Every time.

RAM

Get outdoors.

Beretta

Know No Limits—Go Xtreme.

Brandon Mendoza

DU Migration Field Editor profile for Brandon Mendoza (Kansas)

Federal Premium Ammunition

Federal Premium Ammunition: More birds in the bag!

Realtree

Realtree's ongoing commitment to conservation includes the support and sponsorships of conservation groups, such as Ducks Unlimited, whose goals, messages and efforts closely mirror its own.

Vic Meyer

DU Migration Field Editor profile for Vic Meyer (Fort Collins, Colorado)

Terry Laymon

DU Migration Field Editor profile for Terry Laymon (Lake St. Clair, Michigan)

Paul Fincher

DU Migration Field Editor profile for Paul Fincher (Guthrie, Oklahoma)

Dr. Michael Crupper

DU Field Migration Editor profile for Dr. Michael Crupper (Portland, Oregon)

Scott Jasion

DU Migration Field Editor profile for Scott Jaison (Fallston, Maryland)

Ron Kee

DU Migration Field Editor profile for Ron Kee

Jason Needham

DU Migration Field Editor profile for Jason Needham

Shawn Schmidt

DU Migration Field Editor profile for Shawn Schmidt (De Pere, Wisconsin)

Patrick Patterson

DU Migration Field Editor profile for Patrick Patterson (So. Minnesota)

Kevin Uetz

DU Migration Field Editor profile for Kevin Uetz (Ventura, Iowa)

Jason Christiansen

DU Migration Field Editor profile for Jason Christiansen (Omaha, Nebraska)

Dave Riley

DU Migration Field Editor profile for Dave Riley (Burlington, Iowa)

Creighton Kaiser

DU Migration Field Editor profile for Creighton Kaiser (Syracuse, Indiana)

Chris Phillips

DU Migration Field Editor profile for Chris Phillips (Cambridge, Iowa)

Aaron Vogler

DU Migration Field Editor profile for Aaron Vogler (Haubstadt, Indiana)

10 Great Cities for Waterfowlers

Some of the country's greatest waterfowling opportunities are closer than you might think.

Winter Duck Hunting Strategies

Deep winter offers duck hunters both challenge and opportunity. The late season cuts hunters little slack, but the last few weeks can also provide some of the best shooting of the year.

Diversify your calling strategies: Wigeon

When most hunters think of duck calls, they think of mallard calls—and for good reason. Mallards are the most common and most vocal of North America’s ducks, and hunters who can accurately reproduce the raspy quacks of a mallard hen can lure just about any species of dabbling duck into their decoys.

Fetching Divers on Big Water

Diving ducks are incredibly tough birds. This is when a retriever is an invaluable asset.

Decoy Strategies for Geese

Tyson Keller, one of the nation's top goose hunters, offers tips to capitalize on proven bird habits and put more geese in the decoys this season.

Air Travel With Your Retriever

For any hunter traveling to hunt this season, it's important to be prepared for airline travel with waterfowl dogs. Mike Stewart of Wildrose Kennels shares essentials tips for making sure you and your dog make it to your favorite hunting destination this season.

Super-Natural Spreads

Create an ultra-realistic decoy spread that imitates the behavior and body language of live waterfowl

Decoying Ducks in Arkansas Timber

Decoying ducks in the Arkansas timber sometimes requires a soft touch.

Why We Miss

Learn more about the reasons why many shooters tend to miss, even the easy shots.

In Praise of the Pump

The pump is not only one of history's most legendary fowling pieces but also one of the most reliable and cherished gun designs of all time

When Silence is Golden

In some situations, the silent treatment will help you decoy more ducks.

Photography: Foul Weather Concerns

By far, the biggest concern for a waterfowl hunter with a camera in the blind is the weather and the surrounding elements.

Make Every Shot Count

Getting into the shooting groove this summer means fewer missed shots in the fall. Get some tips on improving your shot in the preseason months.

Garlicky Duck Skewers

Fire up the grill and impress your guests with this flavorful appetizer.

Picture-Perfect Stuffed Goose

Cooking a wild goose can be a difficult task for many outdoor enthusiasts. This easy-to-prepare recipe offers a new twist on a traditional favorite.

20 Tips For Better Waterfowling

These helpful hints from some of today's most innovative duck and goose hunters might pay off big this season

Simple and Dependable Decoy Rigs

Dependability and simplicity are key considerations when rigging decoys.

4 Steps to a Simple, Temporary Duck Blind

Duck blinds run the gamut of sizes, designs and features, based on the whims and resources of their owners. Some are very basic, while others are elaborate.

Road Trip - Moblie Duck Camp

The concept of a mobile duck camp may seem offbeat to some wildfowlers, but this can be a fun and economical way to get to where the birds are.

Modern Day Duck Boats

Whether you buy the complete package off the showroom floor or build it yourself one piece at a time, your duck boat can be something truly special

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.

Freshwater Marsh Decoy Spread

Tips to create an effective spread on a freshwater marsh

5 Key Points for Training Your Retriever

The most common deficiency in the average hunter's gundog training program is a lack of emphasis on obedience and steadiness.

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.
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