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DUCKS.ORG From the Archives - When the Model 12 spoke, the mallards fell silent. Two, anyway.
Most squalled their way up through the falling snow, hightailing it downwind. The first drake had dropped to a snap shot just as it cleared the cattails in the curve of the creek. The second one, thankfully, was late to rise, and I took him after finally remembering to shuck the empty shell and pump a new load into the chamber. That happens when you're using a pump gun after shooting semiautos for decades.
On command, Bella piled over the bow of my father's 1946 Old Town square-ender and made short work of the retrieves, splashing down the sandy, shallow stream to where the birds had fallen. The happy old dog brought the drakes to the happy old hunter with her usual tail-high flair.
I hadn't planned to jump-shoot the creek that morning. That was plan B. Plan A was laid the evening before, when I had watched a cold front bring waves of diving ducks into the area. By dark, over a thousand bluebills, ringers, and redheads were resting on the lake. I would sneak out before first light, silently set up, and then fall upon them like a heron on a frog. [full article]
DUCKS.ORG From the Archives - Located in the heart of the lower Mississippi Flyway, Memphis is only a short drive away from some of the nation's most celebrated waterfowling areas. Just across the Mississippi River are the rice fields and flooded timber of eastern Arkansas, which have attracted multitudes of mallards—and scores of duck hunters—for generations. To the north is legendary Reelfoot Lake, where inventive market hunters helped refine the modern duck call. And to the south is the Mississippi Delta, home to Beaver Dam Lake, the storied hunting grounds of famed outdoor writer and Memphis native Nash Buckingham.
The Bluff City's reputation as a waterfowling mecca played a major role in Ducks Unlimited's decision to relocate its national headquarters here in 1992. As we celebrate DU's 80th anniversary this year, now is the perfect time to pay a visit to the organization's home office and take a tour of the building. But any trip to Memphis, or to the mid-South in general, would be incomplete without visiting DU's Waterfowling Heritage Center, located on the second floor of the Bass Pro Shops at the Pyramid. No one leaves this facility disappointed. [full article]
It doesn’t take much to move a duck hunter. Unless the duck hunter is also a dove hunter.
In between the two opposite disciplines – ducks: think water; doves: think sunflowers – hunters not only have a choice but have variety in the game they hunt and the delicious post-hunt meals. Both hunting seasons are somewhat intertwined depending, maybe, on where you live. But, overall, the first hunting season – for doves – has resulted in working out the shoulder rust left over from last year’s big game hunts – or maybe even last month’s big game hunts; again, depending, maybe, on where you live.
That’s the interesting thing about hunting in America. The differences in the hunting environment – from high mountains to cold deserts – are among the many benefits in terms of variety that hunters have available to them in this glorious country. We live in mountain country. Over 5,000-ft. elevation (but we can easily hunt at twice that, so close are our mountains). That provides us perspective: we have variety in terms of where we hunt as well as what we hunt.
September, for instance, provides us with archery big game, to be followed in October by rifle big game. But, all things being equal, we’ve hunted doves during past Septembers on (for example) Tuesdays and deer on weekends; by October we’ve switched from elk on Wednesdays to ducks and geese on Fridays. If we live in, say, Tennessee, all that might just be restricted.
The point being? October is 10 days or less away and we’ve been seeing and hearing mallards overhead, beaks pointed south. And that reminds us that it’s time to put away (for now) the bow and the rifle and grab the shotgun. The motivation is simple: It’s October’s ducks time. Watch as we premier another…
The White Rock Decoys team hits the golden wheat fields of North Dakota.
It's the FEST time of year to be a Mississippi River Rat. Our second opener was this weekend and a new push of birds showed right on cue! Ever wondered if you can kill ducks over goose decoys? Check this out! As our season starts to kick into high gear, enjoy the latest installment of the Nomad Chronicles documenting our Mississippi River Second Opener Duck Hunt.
Alberta Canada Duck and Goose Hunting the likes of which you’ve always dreamed. The Alberta Waterfowl Outfitters experience entails mostly dry-field hunting for mallards, pintails, Canada geese, cackler geese, snow geese and more specklebelly geese then you’ll find elsewhere in Canada
Highlight Reel from the 2017-2018 Waterfowl Hunting Season
Why do you enjoy waterfowl hunting? We are often asked what is so fun about spending hours outside in the elements. Shooting limits of ducks or geese makes up for cold, rain, or snow, but how can a waterfowl hunt make up for the time and trouble it takes to be a part of something so special. You’ll only know if and when you do it.
A short clip from this premiere episode of "In the Woods with Phil" got Phil Robertson CENSORED on Facebook. Where do they think food comes from?! Just wait'll you see this FREE episode right here!
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