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16/Nov/18
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Duck hunting success depends immensely on weather conditions. Novice hunters will be surprised to hear that a great combination when it comes to duck hunting is actually light rain and wind. Yes, ducks do fly in the rain and wind. Although it may seem strange, duck hunting in the wind, fog, and rain can be a good idea. How to succeed if you can barely see 20ft in front of you? Below, you will see a list of the top tips for duck hunting in the rain, provided by expert hunters who took the time to share their knowledge. We’ll get to them in a minute, but first, here are some basic duck hunting tips that every hunter should follow:

  1. Learn the weather patterns and how they affect bird behavior. Just for the record, in lousy conditions, ducks are likely to fly to an agreeable pond and hunker down.
  2. Invest in a well-camouflaged duck boat if you are going to hunt near the water.
  3. Have a good, solid plan for what to do if something goes wrong.
  4. Set a check-in time with a friend or family member. Don’t forget to inform your emergency contact person once you are back!
  5. Practice your calls on a regular basis.

 

Tips for Duck Hunting in the Wind and Rain

  • Learn more about the birds’ weather-driven migration and determine where the ducks may be flying when it’s raining. You can hardly expect a duck to fly somewhere over a big lake during the rain, but it is likely to fly around smaller bodies of water that have a good tree line blocking out at least some of the wind and rain. By the way, Duckr can tell you exactly what direction the wind is coming from so you can set up your blind correctly. Never again will you set up your blind facing the wrong way!
  • Check the weather forecast and remember that the rain is good for duck hunting, but not thunderstorms. If a big storm is expected, better to stay at home.
  • Invest in proper duck hunting gear to enjoy maximum, leak-proof protection. The absolutely must have gear for duck hunting in the rain includes the following: waterproof chest waders and a rain jacket, a fleece pullover, and a Duckr weatherproof ultra light packable down vest, along with gloves for cold rainy weather.
  • Remember that ducks almost always fly into the wind. So place yourself where you have a shot at birds flying up or down the river.
  • Penetrol your gun, if it is not polymerized.
  • Ensure you hunt from a ground blind where you can stay warm and dry.

 

Tips for Duck Hunting the Day after Rain

  • Determine the preferred stopping points for ducks and geese once it has stopped raining, and consider hunting there. On foggy days, even once the rain has stopped, ducks prefer to stay close to the water.
  • Avoid direct sunlight in the day as it makes you extremely visible. Don’t forget that even a perfectly camouflaged duck hunter can be easily revealed by the outline of shadows.
  • Monitor the behaviour of birds, be mobile and let’s not forget creative – if the weather pattern holds for several days, ducks will soon learn certain patterns that hunters use, and will avoid places areas where hunters have been known to hide.

 
Final Thoughts

Duck hunting and rain often go together. If you want to succeed in your hunting during this sometimes unpleasant weather, use the aforementioned tips. Remember that the more you know about ducks and their behavior, the better chances you have of bagging them.

P.S. Have some rainy day duck hunting tips that you think we’ve missed? Don’t keep them a secret, share them with us!


29/Oct/18
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Spending all day outside in extremely cold winter weather may not be the most attractive idea to a lot of people, but duck hunters know that these conditions can be some of the very best for bagging more ducks. After all, choosing to only go duck hunting in fair weather is a great way to catch absolutely nothing. On winter days, though, ducks tend to be more active before dawn and in the middle of the afternoon, so if you’re a dedicated hunter you might find yourself hunched down in your blind all day long.

But that doesn’t mean that you have to suffer. In fact, there are a few things that you can do to make any winter duck hunt a lot warmer and more comfortable.

Cover Your Neck and Face

We’re assuming that you already have a good hunting coat and pants that’ll keep moisture out and give you the insulation you need to maintain your body heat. However, even with a hat or a hood, you can lose a lot of heat and feel pretty miserable if your neck and face are exposed.

Fortunately, there’s a pretty great solution for this, and it’s actually pretty inexpensive, as well. Invest in a good neck gaiter. A gaiter is basically a tube made of insulating fabric that you slip over your head and tuck into your coat or shirt to cover your neck and keep it warm, and it’s long enough to pull over your nose and cover most of your face when you need a little extra warmth, too.

Wear a Thin Thermal Base Layer

While your coat and outer pants will help keep moisture out and will do a lot to keep you warm, the real key is to layer appropriately so that you’ll be prepared for an all-day duck hunt. You can get base layer shirts and long underwear, or you can get a one-piece base layer that covers your whole body. This latter option is going to be warmer, as it won’t have any potential gaps, but answering nature’s call can be a bit tricky if you go with a one-piece base layer.

Chemical Hand Warmers and a Hand Muff

Shooting with gloves on can be problematic, so a lot of duck hunters go without. At the same time, if it’s especially cold out, you could be courting a case of frostbite if you don’t tend to your hands. You can get a few chemical hand warmers at almost any outdoor sporting store. Slip them in your pockets or in a hand muff so that you can warm your hands up when you aren’t shooting. And, if your feet tend to get cold, you can slip those chemical warmers in your boots, too.

Follow these tips for your next cold weather duck hunting day. Most of the things we listed here are pretty cheap hunting gear, but they’re the kind of gear that could save your life and help you bag more ducks, too.

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When they first get into duck hunting, a lot of new hunters make the mistake of thinking that ducks aren’t very smart. After all, they have tiny brains and they’re just not the most evolved species in the world, right? Well, veteran duck hunters know that ducks are actually a lot smarter and wilier than you might think. Something as simple as having too little movement in your decoy spread or going with cheap duck hunting gear that stands out too much from your surroundings can tip ducks off and keep them from flying into your shooting range.

All that said, some ducks really are just more challenging to hunt than others. So which ducks should you be going after as a beginner and which ones are going to give you more of a challenge to overcome as you get more experience with duck hunting?

Buffleheads (AKA Buffies)

When you ask duck hunters about the most difficult or frustrating ducks to shoot, you’ll get mixed reviews about buffleheads. They’re not the brightest ducks, and some hunters have a really easy time with them because they’re easier to lure in than some other species.

The problem with buffleheads, though, is that they’re small, fast, and really agile. Missing an “easy” shot on one of these birds is really common, and really frustrating.

Greenwings and Bluewings

While they’re a bit larger than buffies, bluewings and greenwings can both present some serious frustrations to duck hunters. They’re really fast and very agile, and they’re known for buzzing right over your blind from behind and then turning and twisting in different directions, giving you basically no shot at all.

Ringbills

Then there are ringbills, which are possibly the most frustrating ducks to hunt out there. They’re smaller, like buffies, and they’re fast and twisty like bluewings and greenwings. If you spend enough time duck hunting, you’ll see these birds dive in and out of your spreads so fast you almost question whether they were ever there in the first place or if they might actually be rocket-powered.

Getting Better at Hunting Any Kind of Duck

Whatever kind of ducks you’re hunting, you can get better at making the shot by practicing shooting clays at an outdoor range during the off-season. This will improve your trigger speed and will help you see your sights faster so that you can make every shot count. You can also practice leading the duck the right way. For example, if a duck is flying toward you or across your shooting range, aim just in front of its beak. If it’s landing, aim just below and in front of its legs. Don’t lead the duck too much or you’ll miss and spook it, but don’t aim directly at it, as you’ll need to account for the duck’s movement between when you see your sights, when you press the trigger, and when the shot hits it.

 

Keep these things in mind for your next duck hunt and see which ducks are more or less challenging for you.


02/Feb/18

Plenty of hunters dream of joining a hunting company’s pro staff with the belief that they’ll get to hunt for a living, be paid big bucks and receive a closet full of free gear. For a handful of people who’ve reached celebrity status, this dream has become reality. For the majority of pro-staffers, though, the perks are much more modest.

In reality, few pro-staffers are paid money for their services. Instead, they receive a limited amount of free or discounted gear in exchange for their work. And, most pro-staffers do not get to hunt for a living. Like you, they have normal jobs and only hunt during their time off, and usually, on their own dime.

But, if you’re the right fit, being on a pro staff can be a fun time and the gateway to a career in the outdoor industry. Check out what this list of hunting industry professionals had to say:

 

 

Does joining a pro-staff mean free hunting trips to exclusive places? Probably not. But for many, it’s still well-worth doing. (Photo courtesy of Whitetail Properties)

Simply being good at hunting, turkey calling, shooting a bow or other outdoor skill just isn’t enough. There are thousands of great sportsmen and women, but only those who are also good communicators have a shot at becoming a successful pro staffer.—Lee Lakosky, Realtree Pro-staffer and Co-host of The Crush

 

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“You must come across as educated, well-spoken and well-written,” Lakosky says. “Many companies expect their pro staffers to write magazine articles, give seminars, take photographs, talk to the public and speak on camera, so you need to be able to perform each of these tasks well.”

Lee originally had no intention of hosting a TV show or getting on a pro staff. “I simply loved to hunt and wanted to be involved in the outdoor industry any way I could. I worked in an archery shop for eight years. I volunteered to run booths at trade shows. I also started writing articles for various hunting magazines. Even though I wasn’t getting free product, I always wrote about the gear I used because I believed in it. Companies appreciated that and took notice.

“We also started volunteering to work in Realtree’s booth at trade shows and other events,” Lakosky continues. “We never asked for product or free gear, which set us apart from others. We just enjoyed the industry so much that we were happy to do it. To make it as a pro-staffer, you need to first ask, ‘what can I do for you?’ instead of ‘what can you do for me?’”

If your main goal is to simply hunt more, then I recommend finding a job with a flexible schedule so you can fit in more hunting. – Timothy Kent, owner Theory 13 Creative LLC, marketing agency for Wild Game Innovations

Will being a pro-staffer land you free hunting trips? Not likely. What it will certainly do is create work out of your hunting passion. That could be a good or bad thing depending on your goals, but if one of those goals is simply more hunting time, joining a pro staff is not the best way to make that happen.

“Being on a pro staff is not for those who just want to hunt more; it’s for those who want to be involved in the outdoor industry,” Kent says. “Compensation and the opportunity to hunt more should not be the main drive.”

We want motivated ladies who are involved in the hunting industry, are avid outdoorswomen and are active in social media. – Katherine Grand, pro-staff coordinator for Prois

Again, companies create pro staffs as tools for promoting their brands and products. Being an active, engaged communicator is of the utmost importance for any pro-staffer. “A Prois pro-staffer is expected to promote the brand using the avenues available to her, whether it is through blogs, radio or TV appearances, gear reviews or publications,” Grand says. “She is expected to provide the company with regular updates and photos or video of her activities.”

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The hunting celebrities you see on TV, who are at the top of their game now, started at the bottom as well. – Travis T-Bone Turner, Realtree pro-staffer and co-host of Bone Collector

“Companies are looking for people who will give back to the business,” Turner says. “The first step you need to take toward making it on a pro staff is to volunteer. Volunteer at your local archery shop. Volunteer at your state’s department of conservation youth events. Volunteer to man a trade show booth for the company you’d like to represent.

Volunteering at various events and for different companies will get you noticed, provide you with experience and will help you make connections in the outdoor industry. And those connections are vital. Make sure to always act professional and don’t burn bridges. People move around a lot in the outdoor industry, so you never know who will hold the key to your success in the future.”

Some pro-staffers receive no compensation because they simply want to be associated with the Realtree brand.  – Dana Peacock, Realtree Pro-staff Coordinator

Realtree’s pro staff compensation, which takes the form of money, free gear and/or a monetary allowance for free gear, varies depending on the level of pro-staffer.

“Some of our pro-staffers are the cream of the crop with top-rated TV shows,” Peacock says. “Pro-staffers at this level make their living being hunting celebrities and of course receive the biggest compensation package from us. Lower-level pro-staffers may have a TV show, but they are not as famous as the top-tier pro-staffers. These men and women are generally known in certain circles because of their specialty. But most of them have regular jobs they must work around to fulfill their pro-staff duties.”

Although there are hundreds of solicitations each year, few people are added to the Realtree Pro Staff as a result of simply submitting a resume. Instead, most members of the Realtree Pro Staff  have already been in the outdoor industry for some time, and have built relationships with Realtree employees in the process. They’ve proven that they are professional, well-spoken, and willing to work and represent the brand through their available communication channels. And they have a passion and knowledge of hunting and the outdoors.

That, in a nutshell, is what’s required of any pro-staffer, anywhere. If it describes you, start following the advice these experts have offered, and be persistent. To be considered for Duckr’s Pro-Staff program and receive 80% off along with free Pro-Staff only gear contact us.

 


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Before you head out to the great outdoors for a hunting trip, it’s important to have a good, solid plan for what to do if something goes wrong. While the chances of getting lost or hurt are minimal if you follow all of the proper safety protocols for hunting, the unexpected can still happen. That’s why every good duck hunter has a plan of action for any kind of emergency that could happen during a hunting trip.

Set a Check-In Time

Especially if you’re going duck hunting alone, but even if you’re with a buddy, it’s a good idea to set a check-in time with a friend or family member. Basically, you’re going to be out in the woods for several hours at least each day that you’re on your hunting trip, and you may not be able to call to check in while you’re in your blind, calling for ducks. However, you can set a time when you know that you’ll be back to your vehicle and able to call.

If you know that you’re going to be done with your duck hunt and back to your truck no later than 7:00 PM, make that your check-in time. Call your emergency contact person by then, and they’ll know that if you don’t get in touch that it’s time to start calling the proper authorities to start searching for you.

Take Care of Immediate First Aid Needs

If you’re hurt, you’ll need to do whatever you can to take care of your immediate first aid needs. This means taking a first aid kit with you, complete with extra bandages, a means to clean wounds, disinfectants, and a tourniquet if you’re bleeding badly. Also, we recommend taking a class on administering emergency first aid, as well as how to use a tourniquet. One of these could save your life, but it can be dangerous to use if you aren’t careful.

Stay Where You Are

If you’re lost, don’t wander around trying to find your bearings. If you’ve set a check-in time and failed to check in, then you can be sure that searchers are out looking for you. You don’t want to wander away from them by accident.

On that note, though, a lot of hunters are downloading duck hunting apps like Duckr to avoid getting lost, especially in the dark. Duckr IOS lets you set digital breadcrumbs so that you can find your blind, get back to your vehicle, and avoid getting lost, even when it’s pitch black outside.

Send an SOS

Of course, in an emergency, you might not have time to wait for someone to come looking for you after they’ve realized that you didn’t check in on time. In these cases, you can call on Duckr’s SOS, as well. The duck hunting app has an SOS feature that will let authorities know that you’re in trouble and need a rescue.

With a solid plan and some help from your duck hunting app, you can get help in even the worst scenarios on a duck hunt. Make your plan and download Duckr Android today to stay safe on your next duck hunt.

 


08/Jan/18
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When you plan a hiking or camping trip with your family, you try to plan to go when the weather is sunny and mild, right? You know that the elements don’t always cooperate, so you have contingencies in place for rain and other poor weather conditions, but if it gets too bad, you’re not going to hesitate to throw in the towel and head home. When it comes to successful duck hunting, though, one of those terrible days that most people wouldn’t ever want to go hiking or camping might be the perfect weather to come home with your full daily limit of ducks in just a few hours.

So what is the best weather for duck hunting? Should an imminent storm keep you inside, and is cold weather always a good sign? Let’s explore how weather affects ducks and how their weather-dependent behavior can affect your duck hunt.

Get to Your Blind When the Barometer Drops!

Duck hunters love it when they can get out when a low-pressure system is moving through before a storm. Basically, the storm is driving the ducks ahead of it to find sheltered areas where they can take cover. Set your duck blind up to look like a good feeding area with some shelter where other ducks are landing, and you’ll be in good shape for a great hunting day.

Freezing Cold Weather Makes for Great Morning and Afternoon Hunting

When the weather is cold (20 degrees Fahrenheit and lower), ducks tend to feed in the early morning just before dawn and in the afternoon when the weather is a bit warmer. If you can find a blind where the water isn’t frozen over, you can create a really inviting decoy spread and get more ducks landing in your shooting range. If you’re hunting in cold weather, your best bet is almost always to find a river channel that’s still flowing where you can set up your blind and your spread.

If the Weather Is Nice You Might Want to Stay Home

Unfortunately, the days that would provide the most comfortable duck hunting are also the days that you’ll probably go home without a single duck. When the weather is nice, ducks either continue to fly high with no need to stop and feed or take cover, or they get really lazy and don’t go searching for new places to land and feed.

Not only that, but if the weather is nice and calm, then the water is going to be very still, and you’ll have a harder time convincing ducks to land in your spread. If they don’t see enough of the right kind of movement, they’ll keep moving, knowing that something isn’t right about the “ducks” floating at that feeding spot.

So, when it comes to the best weather for duck hunting, colder weather is better and incoming storms are a good sign. You might not want to go out on a duck hunt in the middle of a hurricane, but if a storm’s approaching in the next few days and the weather is cool and windy, get your duck gear and head to your blind!


13/Dec/17

We are really exited that after a long delay we are ready to start inviting Android users to signup to beta test the Duckr Android App.

 

We have a few items to still release but most everything else is ready.  Please signup below.

 

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On this Veterans Day we would like to thank our friends and family members who have served this great country and Happy Veterans day to those who are currently serving.

As helpful as tips and techniques can be when it comes to duck hunting, sometimes you need something more inspirational than informational. After all, as a duck hunter, you’re going to spend a lot of time out in the cold, and the weather won’t always be sunny. Hunting ducks involves early mornings that start long before the crack of dawn, and some days you come back with no ducks at all to show for your trouble. On those days, it helps to remember a few successful hunting stories so that you can remember the good days and your own successful hunts.

Along those lines, a small group of goose and duck hunters in Maryland have formed one of the most inspiring organizations we can think of – Hunters Helping Heroes. This group is dedicated to helping servicemen and women who’ve given years of their lives to defending our freedom by taking them on group hunts to show gratitude and give them a fun and rewarding experience.

A Veterans’ Duck Hunt

Hunters Helping Heroes recently put together a three-day hunting trip for two veterans, Jamie and Dan. With some guidance, in the morning, the vets took a boat trip to their first blind, where they got two mallards, though the rest of the first day was a wash. The second day, though, at a different site – a private farm – Jamie and Dan had a much better day, bagging two buffleheads, three green wing teal, and one ruddy duck. Then, on the third day, they went goose hunting and got a total of nine geese between them.

While Jamie and Dan have both served time in the military together fighting for our freedom, neither one of them had much experience at all with duck hunting. Just a bit of guidance and the right location gave them the opportunity to have an incredibly successful trip.

Inspiring Stories and New Adventures All Over the US

Duck hunting is an interesting sport that requires patience and a lot of skill, but it’s also a great way to build camaraderie and to really relax, especially for people whose jobs are as demanding and stressful as those who’ve served in any branch of the US military.

To us, the best part about the work that this group does is that they give vets a chance to do some serious duck hunting anywhere in the US. They have members working in New Jersey, South Dakota, Oklahoma, North Carolina, and all across the country. And, like they did with Jamie and Dan, they work to take veterans on multi-day trips with different blinds to pack the most fun into every trip.

So next time you’re feeling a little rundown lying in your blind, think about the wide community of duck hunters in your area and around the country who are going on some great adventures together and doing good things for our servicemen and women. And while you’re thinking about it, check out your Duckr feed to see what other duck hunters near you are doing to pass the time, improve their hunts, and do more for their communities.

More Details are available at http://huntershelpingheroes.org/



If you’re new to duck hunting, you might not know about one of the more popular pieces of duck hunting gear out there – the Mojo Duck. While there are a number of brands of this kind of decoy – and we’re not pushing any one brand over another – most duck hunters have adopted the term “mojo” to refer to just about any motion decoy.

So what is a mojo? Basically, it’s a decoy that doesn’t float in the water like the others. Instead, it’s staked on a pole so that it’ll sit in the air above the water. At the same time, its battery-operated wings will spin, flap, or flutter to look like a duck that’s just coming in for a landing in your spread. The idea is that ducks flying over, attracted by your call, will see more than just a “dead”, motionless spread with no movement. They’ll see a duck landing in the spread, and they’ll be more likely to see it as a safe place to come in for a landing.

Do Mojos Work?

If you stand around looking at a spread with a mojo hovering above it, you might be tempted to say, “That doesn’t look real,” and completely dismiss the idea of adding a mojo to your spread. However, a lot of duck hunters have found that mojos really do improve the chances of ducks landing in their spreads.

Think of it like this – a duck won’t have the same perspective you do. It’s not standing off to the side, watching some alien duck hovering over the water. As it flies over, it’ll catch motion in its periphery as it hears duck calls and sees a group of ducks in an inviting formation in the water. It won’t “think” a lot about landing – it’ll just come in to land. By the time it sees anything amiss, if it ever does, you’re ready to take the shot.

Where Should You Place Your Mojo?

So where do you put a mojo to get ducks to fly in for a landing? Basically, while the motion of the mojo will attract ducks, those ducks won’t want to land right on top of another duck that’s coming in for a landing. Place your mojo a bit off to the side, near your other decoys but not directly in line with them, and at a place where you’ll have the duck in your sights.

Essentially, the duck coming in for a landing will slow and may even stop as it approaches the mojo, so you want it to be in a place where you’re most likely to make the shot. So, if you have a J-hook spread, place your mojo near the cluster of ducks at the end of your shooting range, but not all the way to them. Or, if you have a V-funnel, place it toward the narrow end of the “V”.

Experiment with placement around these areas and see what a mojo can do for you on your next duck hunt.



While duck hunting season may only be open a few months out of the year, seasoned duck hunters and duck hunting enthusiasts know that there’s a lot that you can do throughout the year to get ready for duck season. In fact, if you want to be a better duck hunter this year, there are a few things that you could be doing right now to have much better hunting days and an all-around better season.

Practice Your Calls

Keep your calls handy throughout the off-season. Spend some time watching videos and listening to recordings of the ducks that you’re most likely to see in your area, and practice mimicking them. You don’t want to get out there on the first day of duck hunting season just to find that you’re completely rusty at calling and that you’re not fooling any of the ducks flying over you.

In addition to practicing on your own, go to your local hunting and fishing store or check online to see if there are any calling seminars or workshops happening near you throughout the year. You never know what you might learn.

Spend Some Time at the Range

The more you practice shooting, the more comfortable you’ll be with your shotgun. If you think that getting to your blind on the first day of duck hunting season and having a bad call is bad, try getting there and being completely cold and rusty with your shotgun.

Plus, if you practice regularly, you’ll know if your gun has any issues before you pack it up with your duck hunting gear for your first hunt of the season. This will give you plenty of time to find a gunsmith and have your shotgun repaired or upgraded to work the way you want it to. And you’ll find, after a few months of regular shooting, that you’re much faster on the trigger, and you’ll miss much fewer birds coming into your spread.

Spend Time Training Your Retriever

Practicing your calls and your shooting skills will help you keep your duck hunting game on point, but you’re not the only one who needs to practice. Your retriever needs to spend time in the water, and it needs to stay in shape and focused throughout the year. Otherwise, all that training you did to get your dog in shape last season will go completely out the window and you’ll be back at square one with a dog that isn’t ready to hunt.

Do these three things – starting right now – and practice them throughout the off-season, and your duck hunting will improve immensely. The guys you shot with last year won’t believe how much better you’ve gotten, even if you’re still using a bunch of cheap duck hunting gear and you haven’t made any upgrades to your blind. Of course, upgrading your duck gear can help, too, but practicing your hunting skills will help a lot more. Have fun, and good luck!