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Patterning Shotguns for Waterfowl Hunting
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Patterning Shotguns For Waterfowl Hunting

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Patterning shotguns for waterfowl hunting is an important piece the puzzle of successful waterfowl hunting. Weather your duck hunting or goose hunting, knowing your gun will perform at it's peak is one less issue that can arise while afield. We met up with some friends in southern Illinois to pattern our guns using the tubes and ammo we had. Our tests were far from scientific, but they were consistent with each other giving us some information to use while choosing which choke tube and shell to use for this coming season. Each gun is different and will respond accordingly to different combinations of tubes, shell types, and sizes. Take this information as a guide, but not gospel. It is up to you to perform your own test and see what works best our of your gun.

Cooking Duck: Bacon Jalapeno Wraps

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Cooking duck is an important part of what we do. It is our duty as sportsman and conservationist to utilize the meat we harvest. What better way to enjoy it than to stuff it with cream cheese and jalapenos and wrap it in bacon! First you need to thaw out 12 teal breast or 4 mallards. You can use other species as well just think about the amount your using. Butterfly the meat vertically to create a pocket to hold a cream cheese and jalapeno mixture. Wrap the stuffed breast horizontally to ensure the goodness stay inside the pocket. Toothpick it to hold the back around the wrap. Grill on charcoal for the best flavor for approximately 45 minutes. The length of time will vary according to how many you're cooking and how hot your grill is. Be sure to remove the toothpicks before serving.
Duck Hunting Concealment
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Am I Concealed Enough When Duck Hunting?

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Concealment is one of the most important factors in successful duck hunting. In order to pull birds in close, the hunters must blend with the surroundings. Whether it a corn field from a layout blind, a levee on a flooded rice field, or a secluded pocket of a lake, taking time to blend into the native vegetation will help draw ducks into range. Layout blinds must be mudded to reduce shine and hunters should spend time before the hunt using the native vegetation to break up the outline of their blind. Boat blinds need a dark base color on both the inside and outside of the blind. You also need to utilize elements from the environment you're hunting in. Cattails, young willow trees, or entire stalks of corn can be fastened to the outside of the blind. Be sure to cut shooting lanes to allow shots at ducks flying by, but don't make them so big that they ruin your hide. Pit blinds, while 90% hidden already still need work done to the top. When duck hunting, birds have an aerial view and can see right down into the pit. The top or lids of the pit must be concealed. Using vegetation from around the are will help the hide, but you must also remember to keep the lid closed as much as possible to keep from being seen. These are just a few tips you can use next season in order to fool weary ducks and improve your duck hunting.
New Waterfowl Hunting Gear

New Waterfowl Hunting Gear from Banded and Drake

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The waterfowl hunting gear we use over the course of a season gets us through the migration. Each year new waterfowl hunting gear comes out to make the hunt more comfortable and the waterfowl hunting more successful. This year a new company has burst on the waterfowl hunting gear scene and a staple in the industry has came out with some new products as well. Banded, has developed a large line of products for waterfowl hunters. A few products have been leaked while the rest will be unveiled May 1. So far we've seen breathable rubber boots that keep your feet dry from the harsh elements a waterfowl hunt takes place in. These boots will also keep moisture away from your feet on the inside. Waterproof often means it doesn't breathe. Heat can't be released from the inside eventually causing your feet to sweat. If they get wet, they get cold. These boots help keep moisture away from both the inside and out keeping your feet dry and warm. They're also coming out a two man layout blind. A perfect setup for the father wanting to introduce their young one to waterfowl hunting. It's basically two blinds side by side, but constructed as one. This allows easy communication between the two while waterfowl are approaching. This could also be great for keeping your dog close by and eliminating the need for a dog blind. Drake Waterfowl is coming out with a line of gloves to meet the wide range of conditions we face over the course of the waterfowl migration. Their new waterfowl hunting gear utilizes Early Season Technology, Mid Season Technology, and Late Season Technology. The LST gloves are equipped with a pouch on the back of the hand to allow the hunter to put a hand warmer inside. Drake Waterfowl will also add wader gloves that are waterproof up the forearm for setting/retrieving decoys as well as picking up downed birds.
New Waterfowl Gear for 2012

New Waterfowl Hunting Gear for 2012

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Waterfowl Hunting Gear   A couple months ago we showed…

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