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    If you're going to duck hunt with a retriever, you have to have a hunting retriever stand. There are just too many places you can't take a dog without one. Most guys who hunt, have some sort of old deer stand they can lock on a tree to use when hunting flooded timber, (if you don't, e-mail me...
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    By Jason Mitchell For many duck hunters, duck hunting is all about cattails and mud, ducks splashing on the water with a wet retriever shaking in the blind. Field hunting opportunities are not present everywhere but in the heartland of the Midwest; mallards routinely get conditioned to feed on...
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    Wood Duck Hunting Tips by James Benben The first major wood duck hunting tip you need to know is that they're not a very decoy friendly bird. They will be at the beginning of the season, but after that different measures need to be taken. There are three main approaches to killing woodies...
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    By Cam MacKugler When you think about it, waterfowl hunting is pretty simple, perhaps the most simplistic type of hunting you can do. Really, you just need to hide from the ducks, throw out some decoys and sound like a duck, and chances are you will come home with at least one bird. Overall...
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    By Chris Hustad There's a lot of different ways to hunt ducks. You can field hunt, open water hunt, hunt shallow potholes, hunt flooded timber, pass shoot refuges, etc. etc. Every state has it's own unique landscape, it's own flyways, it's own style of hunting. This philosophy definitely...
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    By Doug Leier North Dakota has such an array of duck species nesting in the state there's a good chance most hunters will remember a teal, gadwall, pintail or shoveler as their first duck and instead of a mallard. And there's nothing wrong with that, nothing wrong with bragging about the first...
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    Shotgun Patterning: Things to Consider By Chase Moore For any waterfowl hunter, whether it be the once a year guy, the weekend warrior, or the seasoned guide, nothing could be more disappointing than having a bird work into your spread and when the time comes to shoot, you miss all three...
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    By Drew Hall I've always searched for good stencils and never been able to find them. So, I decided to make some. It'll take an hour or so to cut them out once you've printed them, but it'll be worth it in the end. All in all its a four to five step process, depending on how much depth you...
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    By Robert MacKillop "Rob MacK" I have put together this information to help those who would like to start loading their own steel shot loads but are not sure how to start. These steps and tools are the basic ingredients I use to produce my shells. Others may have different ways of doing...
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    Josh's Duck Strips - Duck Recipe Yields Two Duck Breasts - An easy, yet quick way to enjoy your ducks in a unique way. One of my favorite duck recipes. Marinade Needs (You may want to change upon your own taste) ¾ cup A1 Steak Sauce ¾ cup Heinz 57 Steak Sauce 2 tbsp French Dressing 1 ½ tbsp...
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    It was early in the morning while we eyed our watches waiting for shooting time. Mallards were constantly buzzing our heads in their pursuit to land in our decoys. Finally, the little hand hit the 12 and the game was on. 15 minutes later, myself and my 2 close friends were picking up the...
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    By John Potts In this article, I wrote it to be a very simple gunner paint job. But at the end, I put a few techniques to fancy it up a bit. If you're planning on trying that, read the entire article before you start to paint the decoy. COLOR LIST=Gesso ( white ), Titanium white, Mars black...
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    The pellet count in shotgun shells is useful information for hunters and reloaders. Sometimes manufacturers' shot counts are hard to find. People commonly post on the DHC Shotshell, Reloading, Ballistics, and Choke Forum requesting pellet counts for various loadings. For my own use, I...
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    By Erik Laing As waterfowlers, we are often the do-it-yourself types. After all, when it really counts our equipment needs to simply enough, work. It's important when you're trying to trick the wariest of opponents, protect us from Mother Nature, and keep us comfortable. It's no wonder why most...
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    By The Downeast Duck Hunter The Hudson Bay Eider, note the band on it's leg... Due to my proximity in Downeast Maine, I figure that almost 100% of my duck hunting takes place on the Atlantic Ocean. Within my bag exists the likes of the bufflehead, common goldeneye, old squaw, lesser...
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    By Erik Laing (kiskadinna) Every year, without fail, there is a new gadget that comes along - designed to improve the lives of duck hunters. But in reality, many quickly fade in popularity because they just aren't useful. However, every once in a while something comes along that truly does...
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    By Marvin McDonald ( J J Mac ) I have investigated the effect of shot size and velocity on penetration in waterfowl. I decided to publish the results because others might be interested as well. The recommendation most commonly encountered in the DHC Forums for adequate penetration for clean...
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    There has been a lot written about shooting shotguns and the different roles of shot size, chokes, etc. It seems to me that every article I have read about shooting agrees on one thing; you can have the right choke with the right load, but if you cannot shoot, it won't matter. In my opinion...
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    Cleaning Ducks - Cleaning Geese - Wild Game Bird Cleaning By Chris Hustad This is one of my favorite ways to clean waterfowl, and I learned it around 15 years ago. It's typically best for cleaning ducks, smaller Canada geese, snow geese and upland game birds. I do not recommend this method...
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    Homemade Duck Hunting Blinds - How to Construct a Duck Blind By L. Cater (aka greenster) The art of using a ground blind to conceal oneself has dated back to the early 1500's. Native Americans used these simple creations in the vast grasslands of the Midwest and the open Artic Tundra. Even...
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