Waterfowl tips that help improve your success in the field.

Realtree: “The X” – Tips For Freelance Duck Hunting

Learn how to make the most of your limited hunting time with these tips on “freelance” duck hunting.


Realtree: “The X” – Calendar Ducks

In years like 2015 when the weather is above average, duck hunters have little to look forward to. The one part of the migration that can keep a season going are the calendar ducks. These birds move into areas regardless of winter like weather. During certain timeframes, these birds will migrate and knowing when and where these happen can help get a hunter through a tough stretch of weather.

Realtree: “The X” – Stages of the Waterfowl Migration

The waterfowl migration can be summed by three distinct pushes of birds. The first being calendar ducks that move regardless of extreme weather during certain timeframes of the year. The second large push of waterfowl comes along the snow line. As snow stacks up, food sources get covered and birds are forced to push south for more readily available food. The final push of birds which will sometimes accompany the snow line, are the ice line birds. These birds typically hug the edge of the frozen water where they have available roost and loafing areas.

Realtree: “The X” – Selecting a Choke and Shot Size For Waterfowl Hunting

Using the right choke and shot size is vital for successful shooting. In this tip video for Realtree, we discuss the pro’s and con’s of a variety of different size choke tubes and shot sizes. The key to which one to select, is knowing the situation you’ll be hunting in, but always be sure to carry backups with you to the field or marsh. Conditions and situations are always changing, and you want to be prepared when afield.

Realtree: “The X” – Planning For a Canadian Waterfowl Hunt

Traveling to Canada to hunt waterfowl is a trip that’s on every hunter’s list. For many, the drive is long and preparing can be a huge task. In our latest tip video for Realtree, we discuss some topics to know before making the trip north.