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March/April 2014

Contents

FEATURES

Reverse Migration
Getting Some Swings At Snows
In Front Of A Major Spring Storm
By Jay Strangis

Icy Eiders
Hunting Maine’s Late-Season
Sea Ducks On Frigid Waters
By Ron Peach

Public Domain
Unlocking More And Better Hunting
Spots Using Today’s Technology
By L.P. Brezny

Reaching The Big Island
Duck Hunting Spots Have
Their Own Siren’s Call
By Bucky D’Agostino

Delta Blues
Early Season Teal Hunting
In The Heart Of Dixie
By John Gordon

If You Build It
Once In A While A Grand
Hunting Plan Comes To Life
By Ross E. Swope

DEPARTMENTS

Hunt Book
Flyway Watch—A Season Of Extremes
Tips And Tricks
Reelfoot Lake, Tennessee
Lost Or Found? Texas White Geese
The Old Humpback
The First Decoy Collector
Marsh Notes—Eli Haydel Passes Away
Pheasant Summit Has Waterfowl Component

From The Editor
Should Have Been Epic?
By Jay Strangis

Decoying
The Setup Leader
By Michael Hungle

Duck Dogs
The Elephant In The Room
By Robert Milner

Shotguns
Managing Recoil
By Jarrod Spilger

Shotshells
Brands, Shell Length & Reloads
By Tom Roster

Boats Guide
The Latest, And Greatest
By David Rearick

Close Calls!
Out For The Season
By Nathan Gottson

Market Hunter
Find An Outfitter, Decoy,Call, Boat, Retriever, Waterfowling Accessory

PotShots
One Old Bird
By Jim Dougherty

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
   
 
 
 
   
 
 
 
   
 
 
 
   
 
   
 
 
   
 
 
   
 
 
   
 
 
   
 
 
   
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
   
 
 
   
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Past Issues

November/December 2013

Contents

FEATURES

Close Enough
Some Days, Getting Under Late-Season
Ducks Or Geese Is A Daunting Task
By Jay Strangis

Stillwater R&R
A Trip To A Historic Marshland To
Be Humbled By Diver Pass-Shooting
By Gary Zahm

Just A Hunting Dog
The Value Of Your Canine Hunting
Partner Can’t Be Measured In A Test
By Jack Hirt

My Summer Vacation
Turning Back The Clock
To Those Carefree Days
By Doug Larsen

Marsh Hens
When The Highest Of Tides Flood
The Carolina Lowlands, It’s Game On
By Captain John Gribb

A Christmas Gift
Some Of The Season’s Blessings
Don’t Come Wrapped In Bright Paper
Fiction By Bill Morrissey

Eastern Shore
A Quick Trip East Offers A Peek Into The Land Of
Longshoremen, Maryland Honkers And Superior Clothing
By Jay Strangis

Late-Season Saviors
Mastering Cold Weather
Has Its Own Rewards
By David Rearick

DEPARTMENTS

Hunt Book
Flyway Watch—The Muddy Waters Of Possession
Cop Turned Master Carver
The Missouri Factor
What In The World Is That? Whistling Ducks
Gunning Boxes
Wisconsin’s Hunter/Craftsman
Everybody’s Autoloader
Marsh Notes—Can Will Grace Duck Stamp
Farm Bill Facts

From The Editor
Refuge
By Jay Strangis

Decoying
Numbers Vs. Realism
By Michael Hungle

Duck Dogs
Tracing Field Trials, Part II
By Robert Milner

Shotguns
Affordable Autoloaders
By Jarrod Spilger

Shotshells
Reloading For Waterfowling
By Tom Roster

Boats
Two Stroke, Or Four?
By David Rearick

Close Calls!
Moose Madness
By David Downing

Market Hunter
Find An Outfitter, Decoy,Call, Boat, Retriever, Waterfowling Accessory

PotShots
Snows And Bows
By Jim Dougherty

October 2013

Contents

FEATURES

Mega Spreads
Oversized Spreads Can Be Useful
If The Setting Demands Numbers
By David Rearick

Other Ducks
Learning To Target The
Ducks Of Opportunity
By Mike Gnatkowski

Just A Hunting Dog
The Value Of Your Canine Hunting
Partner Can’t Be Measured In A Test
By Jack Hirt

Indian Point
Big Blows And Clouds Of Ducks
Bring Out The Spirit Of A Marsh
Fiction by Bill Morrissey

Green Bay Divers
A Tradition That’s Alive And Well
By Ron Peach

Coast To Coast
The Salt Represents Some Of America’s
Best Public Waters, And It’s All Free
By L.P. Brezny

A Hole Called Duckland
The Sheltered Little Bulge Of A Sunken
Channel Was The Perfect Duck Hole
Photo Essay By Gary R. Zahm

DEPARTMENTS

Hunt Book
Flyway Watch—What Will We Do?
Big Guns—The Size And Capacity Of Punt Guns
I Pronounce You Hunter & Hunter—A Wife’s Tale
The Animal Trap Company
Michigan’s Big Water, Late Season
Roll Your Own Tundra Swan
Coming Of The Mag 10 Auto
Marsh Notes—New Data On Avian Migration
Farm Bill, Really?

From The Editor
Getting It Right
By Jay Strangis

Decoying
Playing The Wind
By Michael Hungle

Duck Dogs
Tracing Field Trials, Part I
By Robert Milner

Shotguns
Benelli SBE II Waterfowl Edition
By Jarrod Spilger

Shotshells
Simplifying The Nontoxics
By Tom Roster

Boats
One-Piece Metal Hulls
By David Rearick

Close Calls!
Swept Away
By David Downing

Market Hunter
Find An Outfitter, Decoy,Call, Boat, Retriever, Waterfowling Accessory

PotShots
A Hundred Thousand Ducks
By Jim Dougherty


September 2013

Contents

FEATURES

Change In Plans
Stymied By Mild Weather, A Utah Hunt
Moves North To Meet Winter Head On
By Gary Zahm

Squeezing Water From A Sone
The World Seemed To Be Drying Up
And Taking The Ducks With It,
But A Few Birds Could Still Be Found
By Jay Strangis

In Sandy’s Wake
On The Jersey Coast, A Punishing
Prelude To Duck Season
By Bucky D'Agastino

Florida
Wingshooting’s Alive And Well In The Sunshine State,
Including The Draw Of Wall-Worthy Birds
By David Rearick

Patterning Early Canadas
Summer’s Heat Gives Up Grudgingly, Green Leaves
Still Rustle On Trees—But This Is Early Goose Season
By Ron Peach

Adjusting My Sights
Winning At Waterfowling Was Everything, But Time
And Perspective Brought A New Sense Of Purpose
By Angelo Baio

Going Guided
One Man’s Template For The Qualities, Characteristics
And Operations That Make Up Good Guide Service
By Ross E. Swope

Bittersweet Trophy
After Years Of Wishing, The Significance
Of A Bird-In-Hand Proves Double Edged
By Joel Herrling

DEPARTMENTS

Hunt Book
Flyway Watch—Bagged Fowl—By The Numbers
Roothead—Folksy But Effective Decoys
Beaver Dam
Sense Of Ethics
Home Run Baker
Swans—A Success Story In Trying Times
Darrydale—Making Hunt Stories Legend
Marsh Notes—Numbers Point To A Good Season
Farm Bill Efforts Disappointing

From The Editor
Up High The Air’s Too Thin
By Jay Strangis

Decoying
Performance Review
By Michael Hungle

Duck Dogs
About Retriever Puppies
By Robert Milner

Shotshells
Winchester’s New Tracer Load
By Tom Roster

Shotguns
Preseason Patterning
By Jarrod Spilger

Boats
Defining Open-Water Boats
By Robert Vanpelt

Close Calls!
Fire In The Hole!
By Wayne Brown

Market Hunter
Find An Outfitter, Decoy, Call, Boat, Retriever, Waterfowling Accessory

PotShots
A Tub Full Of Ducks
By Jim Dougherty

August 2013 - Giant Gear Guide

Contents

FEATURES

Finding an opener
On Opening Day Of Duck Season, We Choose Quality
Over Quantity, Always Hoping We Might Get Both
By Jay Strangis

North Meets South
Making New Friends
Along The Snow Goose Trail
By Dean Davenport

Freelancing Then & Now
Find 'Em, Hunt 'Em—It's Still
The Same, Only Different
By Jack Hirt

Strike! While The Iron Is Hot!
After A Typically Slow Start, Two Days
Of Duck Action Made The World Right
By Wendell H. Shepherd

Bob's Desert Ducks
Showing Me The Best Of What
Something Could Be, Was Just His Nature
By Nick Hahn

Free & Flowin'
River Systems Provide Some Of The Best Duck
Hunting, With No Shortage Of Public Access
By John Felsher

Arkansas Pinch Hit
Forsaking Timber Mallards
For A Rice Field Mix
By David Rearick

Lake Michigan Longtails
Experiencing Surprising Numbers
Of Sea Ducks On The Big Lake
By Ron Peach

Gear Guide Section
88 Pages Of Great New Gear
Featuring Shotguns, Loads, Chokes, Decoys, Blinds, Boats, Mud Motors,
Hunting Accessories, Clothing, Calls …

DEPARTMENTS

Hunt Book
Flyway Watch—Duck, Duck, Gray Duck
Model 12—The Perfect Repeater
Never Be A Baby Bird, er, Duckling
Mechanical Calls
Waterfowling—Not A Hobby
Oregon's Mixed Blessings
Marsh Notes—Roasted Duck At Stonehenge?
Non-Traditional Outdoor Degree

From The Editor
Migration—What's Normal

Decoying
Using Natural Cover
By Michael Hungle

Duck Dogs
All About A Dog
By Robert Milner

Shotshells
Proper Practice
By Tom Roster

Shotguns
The Waterfowling Double
By Jarrod Spilger

Close Calls!
Gator Snack
By Wayne Brown

Market Hunter
Find An Outfitter, Call, Boat, Retriever, Waterfowling Accessory

PotShots
A Piddly Little Pond
By Jim Dougherty

June/July 2013

Contents

FEATURES

River Outpost
Bisecting The Late Bird Flow
In Nebraska Cattle Country
By Jay Strangis

Not Down Yet
We All Come For The Birds,
But What Do We Go Away With?
By Jack Hirt

Back On The Job
Just For The Memories, Bringing A Dusty Crew
Out of Retirement And Into The Marsh
By Ron Peach

Mommy's Dream Hunt
A Single Mom Determined
To Build A Hunting Tradition
By Gigi Hall

The Line Was Drawn
Overcoming A Season-Ending Storm
On An Atlantic Coastal Marsh
By Bucky D'Agostino

Virginia Gentlemen
Seeking To Extend The Season,
In Blue Ridge Horse Country
By Ross E. Swope

DEPARTMENTS

Hunt Book
Flyway Watch—Saving The Fall Flight
Reality Check—Breaking Down Hunt Video
Things That Matter—Grazing For Ducks
Places That Matter—Freezeout Lake
Looking Back—Southern California Canvasbacks
Marsh Notes—Fish & Wildlife Called "Narrow Interests"
Waterfowlers Muscle Up For Ducks On Alaskan Islands

From The Editor
Any Ideas?
By Jay Strangis

Decoying
Keeping The Spread Clean
By Michael Hungle

Shotshells
What's My Lead? Part 3
By Tom Roster

Shotguns
Browning's New A5
By Jarrod Spilger

Duck Dogs
Hard Mouth
By Robert Milner

Boats Guide
Overcoming Haywires
Getting Boats And Trailers Shipshape For Fall
By David Rearick

Close Calls!
Knock Out
By Dennis Knowlton

Market Hunter
Find An Outfitter, Call, Blind, Retriever, Waterfowling Accessory

PotShots
In Pursuit Of Spoonbills
By Jim Dougherty

March/April 2013

Contents

FEATURES

Men In White
Field Testing On The First
Outing Of Snow Season
By Jay Strangis

What A Day!
A Frustrating Hunt Proves
Worth The Price Of Admission
By Jack Hirt

Niagara River
An Icy Foray For Big-Water Birds
In The Western Basin Of Lake Ontario
By Tony Zappia

Sound Reason
Loaded With Ducks, But Not Hunters, Mississippi's
Wide-Open Sound Offers Great Shots At Divers
By John N. Felsher

Black Bottom Vengeance
We Wanted To Hunt This Duck-Filled Swamp
In The Worst Way—But Not Literally
By Allison Crews, a.k.a. Swamp Witch

A Welcome Wind
Chasing Down The Perfect
Duck Spot For A Blustery Day
By Gary R. Zahm

DEPARTMENTS

Hunt Book
Flyway Watch—Good Hunting Despite The Weather
Looking Back—Governor/Duck Hunter
Lore And Tradition—The Old Corn Shucker—Win. 1897
Looking Back—The Grand Kankakee Marsh
Things That Matter—Father Goose
Looking Back—Vintage Crow Hunting
Marsh Notes—Violations Have Much In Common
Power Line Proposed Near Squaw Creek Refuge

From The Editor
Traditions
By Jay Strangis

Decoying
Tucked Away
By Michael Hungle

Shotshells
Pattern, Chokes And Speed Limits
By Tom Roster

Shotguns
Stoeger's M3000
By Jarrod Spilger

Duck Dogs
Starting A Puppy On Blinds
By Robert Milner

Boats Guide
2013 Preview
New Models & Proven Performers
By David Rearick

Close Calls!
Set Adrift
By Jarrod Lettenmeir

Market Hunter
Find An Outfitter, Call, Blind, Retriever, Waterfowling Accessory

PotShots
Three Greenwings
By Jim Dougherty

November/December 2012

FEATURES

Better Late Than Never
The Prairie Duck Season Should Have Been Done,
But Nobody Told The Mallards
By Jay Strangis

Walking On Water
Finding A Way To The Ducks
In A Frozen Nevada Desert
By David Rearick

Frozen Texas
Bidding Into A Lone Star State Hunt Where
Dreams Of Balmy Weather Turn Cold
By Captain. John Gribb

Dances With Geese
It's Our Closest Companions That
Must Endure Our Obsessions
By Dale Spartas

Cleared For Landing
The Aerial Dynamics Of Our Beloved Waterfowl
Photo Essay
By Gary Zahm

Late Honkers, Out Of The Fog
A Hastily Planned Hunt
Turns Well Worthwhile
By Mark Brendemuehl

DEPARTMENTS

Hunt Book
Flyway Watch—Mallards And Migrations
Perspective—Married To A Waterfowler
Lore And Tradition—870: A Pump For The Ages
Things That Matter—Banding: A Window Into Waterfowl

Percpective—In The Spirit Of Christmas
Things That Matter—Drought: Boom to Bust?
Marsh Notes—Goldeneye Will Grace Duck Stamp
Arkansas Non-resident License Increase

From The Editor
What Had Been…
By Jay Strangis

Decoying
Sharing The X, Or Plan B?
By Michael Hungle

Duck Dogs
Gun Dogs And Field Trials By Robert Milner

Shotguns
Post-Season Cleanup
By Jarrod Spilger

Shotshells
Importance Of Pattern Testing
By Tom Roster

Boats Guide
Hull Chine Matters
By David Rearick

Close Calls!
Shelved Hunt By Derek Nafferty

Market Hunter
Find An Outfitter, Call, Boat, Retriever, Waterfowling Accessory

PotShots
Loving Whitefronts
By Jim Dougherty

October 2012

Features

Ducks On A Catfish Pond
Out Front Of Migrating Fowl In The Mississippi Delta
By Jay Strangis

Hooked On Quack
Confessions Of A Duckaholic
By John N. Felsher

Teal Season
After Too Long Away From The Decoys,
A Trip To Welcome Fall
By Ron Peach

Experiencing Arkansas
One Hell Of A Way To
End The Waterfowl Season
By Dale Spartas

Double Teamed
Pairing Up For Sea Ducks
On Chesapeake Bay
By David Rearick

After The Tourists
Taking A New Approach To
An Old Saskatchewan Habit
By Mike Gnatkowski

Wind Waves Water
Whether Or Not To Hunt?
Better Let The Dog Settle The Question
By Wendell H. Shepherd

Potholes & Creeks
Waterfowling In Its Simplest Form
By Mike Gnatkowski

DEPARTMENTS

Hunt Book
Flyway Watch—Wonder Ducks
Smart Money—Cayuga County, NY
New Goose On The Block
Ghosts Of Green Bay
Duck Vigilance
Idaho's Little Known Bear Lake Refuge
Marsh Notes—Matching Hunters With Hunts
Arkansas Curtails WMA Private Use

From The Editor
A New Mindset
By Jay Strangis

Decoying
A Different Slant
By Michael Hungle

Duck Dogs
The Drive Myth
By Robert Milner

Shotguns
10 Economy Shotguns
By Jarrod Spilger

Shotshells
Shotgunning Techno Myths
By Tom Roster

Close Calls!
Old Man Overboard
Thomas Edmunds

Market Hunter
Find An Outfitter, Call, Boat, Retriever, Waterfowling Accessory

PotShots
Brant
By Jim Dougherty

September 2012

Features

September Strategies
Unpacking A Different Set Of
Tactics For The Early Goose Season
By David Rearick

Morning In The Corn
A Hunt For Horicon Geese
With A Very Special Guest
By Jay Strangis

River Remembrance
Sharing Time With Your
Thoughts In A Duck Blind
By Greg Hoch

Strange Season
What Looked Like A Poor Year For Canadas
Proved the Opposite on The Northern Prairie
By Michael Hungle

Weather—Or Not
Atmospheric Conditions Are Overrated—
It's The Birds That Make Or Break A Hunt
By Jack Hirt

Predict Success
It's An Old Waterfowling Edict—
Be Where They Want To Be
By Ross E. Swope

The Senator's Model 12
Some Guns Just Aren't For Sale
Fiction By Bill Morrissey

A Nice Little Goose Hunt
Salvaging A Mis-Timed
Trip To The Prairie
By Jay Strangis

DEPARTMENTS

Hunt Book
Flyway Watch—Honker/Hunter Intersections
Smart Money—Lamar, Colorado
The $100,000 Duck Call
Sabine
Bear River Resurgence
Canvasback
Marsh Notes—Study Targets Longtails
Mentoring Gets A push
Woodies Out West

From The Editor
A Special Contribution
By Jay Strangis

Decoying
Sun Vs. Clouds
By Michael Hungle

Duck Dogs
Feeding And Blind Retrieves
By Robert Milner

Shotshells
Environ-Metal's New Speed Ball
By Tom Roster

Shotguns
Safety First
By Jarrod Spilger

Close Calls!
Ride Of My Life
Thomas Edmunds

Market Hunter
Find An Outfitter, Call, Boat, Retriever, Waterfowling Accessory

PotShots
The Anxious Wait
By Jim Dougherty

August 2012 - Giant Gear Guide

Features

Huntin' The Brake
Seeking Ducks And The Southern
Experience In Central Louisiana
By Jay Strangis

Gone Solo
Trafficking Snow Geese Alone
In A Missouri Cornfield
By Ron Peach

House Of Dreams
A Lifetime Of Waterfowling
Memories Under One Roof
By John Gordon

Goose Nimrod
Learning Honker Hunting
From The Best, I Guess
By Gary Fitzpatrick

2-Barrel Duckin'
Goin' Old School On
Traditional Fowling Water
By Bucky D'Agostino

Happy Friggin' New Year
Nothing Like A Bang-Up Diver Hunt
To Ring In The New Year
By Gary R. Zahm

John The Guide
When You're Wanting A Good Hunt
It's Not Showmanship You're After
By Jack Hirt

The Early Birds
Neither Hurricane Nor
High Water Could Deter Us
By Ross E. Swope

July Seventy
His Legacy Was Duck Hunting, And The
Ability To Make His Passion Look Effortless

GEAR GUIDE 2011
68 Pages Of Great New Gear
Featuring Shotguns, Loads, Decoys, Blinds, Boats, Mud Motors, Hunting Accessories, Dog Gear, Clothing, Calls, Chokes, ATVs…

DEPARTMENTS

Hunt Book
Flyway Watch—Bluebills, Goose Neck Collars, Duck Stopover Timing
Tips & Tricks—No Wind? Get The Sun At Your Back
Smart Money—Devil's Lake, North Dakota
When A Bluewing Isn't Blue
The Dark Art Of Baiting
Bear River Resurgence
The Big 10
Marsh Notes—A Record Duck Count!
CRP: Demand High, Acres Decline

Decoying
Positioning Blinds
By Michael Hungle

Duck Dogs
Train Every Day? Not Likely
By Robert Milner

Shotshells
Nontoxic Is Now All Gauge
By Tom Roster

Shotguns
Franchi Affinity
By Jarrod Spilger

Close Calls!
Duck Blind Brownie
Ned Fortsite

Market Hunter
Find An Outfitter, Call, Boat, Retriever, Waterfowling Accessory

PotShots
Spot Shot
By Jim Dougherty

June/July 2012

Features

Goose Follies
Some Honker Hunts Are
Not All That Serious
By Jack Hirt

Oh, California
Hunting With The Camo Cameras
In The Heart Of The Pac Flyway
By Jay Strangis

Mountain Geese
All The Signposts Pointed To The
Eastern Shore, But We Were Headed West
By Ross E. Swope

Better Late Than Never
Some Duck Hunting Experiences
Are Too Long Overdue
By Gary R. Zahm

The Santee Gun Club
An Early History Of A South
Carolina Waterfowling Icon
By Jon Wongrey

DEPARTMENTS

Hunt Book
Flyway Watch—Wanted: Snow Goose Hunters
Smart Money—Enid, Oklahoma
Revolutionaries—Man With A Mission: Ding Darling
Places That Matter—Hidden Gem, Finger Lakes Region
Looking Back—Death Of A Duck Club
Marsh Notes—News & Events

Shotshells
Struck Birds That Keep Flying
By Tom Roster

Decoying
Choosing The Right Ground
By Michael Hungle

Shotguns
Super X Semi-Autos
By Jarrod Spilger

Duck Dogs
Distraction
By Robert Milner

Boats Guide (New regular 3-Page Column)
Riveted Vs. Welded
By David Rearick

Close Calls—Adventure
Break-Neck Goose
Knocked Cold By A Big Canada
By Gene Macnault

PotShots
Remembering The Alamo
By Jim Dougherty

Market Hunter
Find An Outfitter, Call, Boat, Retriever,
Waterfowling Accessory

March/April 2012

Features

Butte Sink Assignment
Our Primary Targets: Pintails And
Specklebellies—California Classics
Photo Essay By Gary Zahm

Jump Start
Giving The Season An Early Go
In The Saskatchewan Parklands
By Jack Hirt

Greater Than Words
It Takes Only 11 Months—And Several
Days—To Cement A White Goose Affliction
By David Rearick

Snow Dogs
Understanding The Special Training And
Handling That Molds A White Goose Beast
By David Rearick

E-Collars 2012
Attention, Correction, Reward—
And Bark Collars
By Tony Zappia

DEPARTMENTS

Hunt Book
Flyway Watch —The Season That Was (And Wasn't)
Smart Money—Catahoula Lake, Louisiana
Lore And Tradition—What's In A Duck Club Name
Places That Matter—Gray Magic, Scotland's Pinkfeet
Things That Matter—When Less Is More, Ducks That Is
Lore And Tradition—The Crow—Enemy Of The Public
Marsh Notes—News & Events

Shotshells
Maddening Bagging Problems
By Tom Roster

Decoying
Year-End Cleanup
By Michael Hungle

Shotguns
Stoeger's M3500
By Jarrod Spilger

Duck Dogs
"You Said What?"
By Robert Milner

Boats Guide
What's New For 2012
By David Rearick

Close Calls—Adventure
Down In The Pits
Sinking In A Flooded Silage Pit
By Patrick Meitin

PotShots
Gadwalls, Gray Ducks…Whatever
By Jim Dougherty

Market Hunter
Find An Outfitter, Call, Boat, Retriever,
Waterfowling Accessory

November/December 2011

Features

Moving Water
Hunting A River's Flooded
Brush For Ducks And Geese
By David Rearick

You Vs. The Cold
How To Win The Battle
By Steven J. Mulak

Three-Strike Snows
An Honest Effort To
Survive A White Goose Hex
By Jerry Mitchell

Persistence Pays
Hanging In For Those Final Days
By Wendell H. Shepherd

Desert Ducks
California's Imperial Valley Sustains
A Rich Waterfowling Tradition
By Mark Schulte

Snowfront Canadas
An Oncoming Snowstorm Sends
Canada Geese Into Feeding Mode
By Ron Peach

Wooden Birds
Sometimes A Set Of Decoys Has
More Value Than Meets The Eye
Fiction By Bill Morrissey

Field Hunt
Photo Essay By Jim Thompson Jr.

DEPARTMENTS

Hunt Book
Flyway Watch —A Regular Migration Year?
Smart Money —Rainwater Basin, Nebraska
Looking Back —Paper Mache Decoys—A Weighty Issue
Places That Matter —Mountains Of Waterfowl
Looking Back—American Waterfowlers, B.C.
Fowling Goods—10 Top Products
Places That Matter—St. Johns River
Tried & Tested—Three Proven Products
Marsh Notes —News & Events

Shotshells
A New Hybrid
By Tom Roster

Decoying
Water Rigging Tricks
By Michael Hungle

Shotguns
Youth Models
By Jarrod Spilger

Duck Dogs
Obstacles To Good Training, Part II
By Robert Milner

Close Calls—Adventure
Trotline
Freeing A Dog On The Brazos River
By Steve Kieran

PotShots
A Merry Christmas
By Jim Dougherty

Market Hunter
Find An Outfitter, Call, Boat, Retriever,
Waterfowling Accessory

October 2011

Features

Hallowed Ground
Testing A New Shotshell In The Shadow Of Icons
By Jay Strangis

Dem Honkers
HA Gift Of Perspective From An Unlikely Place
By Jack Hirt

Ringnecks!
Call Them Ringbills, Blackjacks Or
What You Will—They're Air-Cutting Machines
By Mike Marsh

Fair Weather Puddlers
Some Duck Hunting Is Better
Than No Duck Hunting!
By Mike Gnatkowski

Barnegat Bay
A Quest For New Experience Leads
To Fertile, Famous Waters
By Ron Peach

A Mix Of Green
Chasing A Cold Front To
A Batch Of Mid-Season Ducks
By Frank Spicka

The Ravine
Recalling Youthful Times
And Simple Waterfowl Hunting
By Nick Hahn

DEPARTMENTS

Hunt Book
Flyway Watch — Remarkable Redheads
Smart Money — Pierre, South Dakota
Study Says — Wetlands: A Trillion Dollar Impact
Looking Back —The Green Bay Boat
Looking Back —Super-X Was Super Excellent
Things That Matter — If You Build It…
Things That Matter—Sneakbox: Time Tested
Lore & Tradition—The Judas Duck
Tried & Tested—Three Proven Products
Marsh Notes—News & Events

Shotshells
AW Readers Write
By Tom Roster

Decoying
Adding Motion
By Michael Hungle

Shotguns
Browning Maxus Autoloader
By Jarrod Spilger

Duck Dogs
Obstacles To Good Training, Part I
By Robert Milner

Close Calls—Adventure
Without A Paddle!
Float-Hunting Nebraska’s Republican River
By Steve Kieran

PotShots
The Cornfield
By Jim Dougherty

Market Hunter
Find An Outfitter, Call, Boat,
Retriever, Waterfolwing Accessory

September 2011

Features

Blind Luck
When Nature Rolls, The Dice Are Loaded
By John Pollman

The Sniper
He Was A "Sportsman," From The Country
By Nick Hahn

Must Have
There's A Lot OF Stuff Out There,
Here's a List To Get Started
By Mark Brendemuehl

Waterless Fowl
Hunting Ducks And Geese In Dry Fields
By David Rearick

Canadas, All Ways
There Are About As Many Plans For Shooting A Honker
As There Are Honker Hunters
By Jay Strangis

A Ticket In A Great Lottery
"To Band A Bird Is To Hold A Ticket In A Great Lottery,"
Aldo Leopold
By Greg Hoch

The Club Scene (Photo Essay)
Another Weekend at the Grassland
By Gary R. Zahm

Big Mac Revival
A Nebraska Stronghold Cycles Back
By Mike Gnatkowski

DEPARTMENTS

Hunt Book
Flyway Watch — Fun With Ducks
Smart Money —Klamath Basin's NWRs
Looking Back — Making Decoys
Places That Matter — Horicon
The Bestest Hunt Ever
Fowling Goods
Where The River Narrows—Quebec Snow Geese
Tried & Tested
Fowling Far And Wide
Marsh Notes

Shotshells
What's My Lead? Part 2
By Tom Roster

Decoying
Decoy Spacing
By Michael Hungle

Shotguns
Remington's Versa Max
By Jarrod Spilger

Duck Dogs
Behavior Problems In Retrievers
By Robert Milner

PotShots
Coot Shoot
By Jim Dougherty

Close Calls
Incoming
Hunting Alaska's Kodiak Island Sea Ducks

Market Hunter
Find An Outfitter, Call, Boat,
Retriever, Waterfolwing Accessory

August 2011

Features

Water Or Not
Wet Years Are Good For Ducks, But
Hunters May Find Them A Mixed Blessing
By Jay Strangis

The Burn Barrel
Never Underestimate The Potential Of A
Lowland Farm, Or An Elderly Widow
By Bill Morrissey

Got Cranes?
There's Something About Cranes That
Never Really Grabbed Me
By Jack Hirt

Scoter Buffet
Black And White On The Atlantic
By David Rearick

Art Of Bob White
The Artist's Life And Work
Has Long Been Trans-Flyway
By Jon Wongrey

Outer Banks
Eye-Level Duck Hunting
Off The North Carolina Coast
By Mike Marsh

Early Season Backwaters
Easy To Hunt And Low On Pressure, Back Bays
And Coves Offer A Solution For The Solo Fowler
By Ron Peach

Big Lake, Skinny Water
Ducks And Geese On
Utah's Great Salt Lake
By Wendell H. Shepherd

GEAR GUIDE 2011

60 Pages Of Great New Gear
Featuring Shotguns, Loads, Decoys, Blinds
Boats, Mud Motors, Hunting Accessories
Dog Gear, Clothing, Calls, Chokes...

DEPARTMENTS

Hunt Book
Flyway Watch — That Other Migration
Survey Says — Who's Shooting What
Smart Money — Saginaw Bay, Michigan
Olt Got It Right
Bear And Geese — Collision Course?
A Mentor's View
NYC Honkers — Food Or Fertilizer
Marsh Notes — Another Positive Duck Count!
Greater Snows — No Decline

Decoying
Multi-Species Waterfowl Hunts
By Michael Hungle

Duck Dogs
Nature Of The Dog
By Robert Milner

Shotshells
What's My Lead? Part 1
By Tom Roster

Shotguns
Benelli's Super Vinci
By Jarrod Spilger

Market Hunter
Find An Outfitter, Call, Boat,
Retriever, Waterfolwing Accessory

PotShots
Ham
By Jim Dougherty

June/July 2011

Features

Missouri Freezeup
We Were Right To Follow The Birds South,
But Northern Weather Followed, Too!
By Jay Strangis

The Art Of Charles Beck
Not Just About Our World,
But The Way We See Our World
By Jack Everett

Farouk's Duck Clubs
The Best Of Egypt's Duck Hunting,
Has Always Been Reserved For Rulers
By Nick Hahn

Unexpected Guests
The Birds We Hunt Seem To Follow A
Rule Book—Luckily These Couldn't Read
By Ross E. Swope

Honkers & Homework
Wringing The Most Out Of A Soggy
Hunt For Manitoba Geese
By Michael Hungle

By Boat!
Watercraft Designed With Reach
By David Rearick

Departments

Hunt Book
Flush With Mallards?
Keep Pintail Hunts Consistent
Smart Money — Valentine, Nebraska
Duck Breeding Arms Wars
Things That Matter — Herters
Encounters Of The Blue Kind
Tried & Tested
A Fowling History Revisited — Havre de Grace
Fowling Goods
Marsh Notes

Decoying
Moving The X
By Michael Hungle

Shotshells
The Nontoxic Scene Is Changing
By Tom Roster

Shotguns
The Versatile Autoloader
By Jarrod Spilger

Duck Dogs
From Fishing To Field
By Robert Milner

PotShots
Last Day
By Jim Dougherty

Market Hunter
Find An Outfitter, Call, Boat, Retriever, Waterfowling Accessory

March/April 2011

Wings Of Fury
The Return Of Greater Snow Geese Brings
Another Atlantic Goose Season To Life
By David Rearick

One For The Youngsters
There's Nothing Like Cooperative Snows
To Light Up "The Hunter" In Young Boys
By Jack Hirt.

Ducks And Dogs
Sometimes Good Hunting Trips Cast The Unexpected,
Even The Painful
By Mark Brendemuehl

A Field Of White
A Dose Of Goose Feathers And Corn
Makes A Missouri Boy Feel Right At Home
By Ron Peach

Into The Corn
On Some Hunts, Getting There Is NOT Half The Fun
By P.J. Reilly

White Goose Tactics
How Compulsive Snow Hunters Shape Every Advantage
By David Rearick

Northern Ghosts
Seeking Eiders On A Frigid Rhode Island Coast
By Kenneth L. Kieser

Jack The Lawyer
Big Jack Was A Character Of The First Order—He
Also Had Access To Some Great Goose Hunting
By Nick Hahn

Greater Purpose
A Delaware Hunt For Greater Snows Features
A Cast Of Thousands: Decoys And Geese!
Photo Essay By Scott Moody

Departments

Hunt Book
The Season That Was
Of Mallards And Phantom Geese
Missouri's Grand Pass
Still Brant Hunting—Morro Bay
Saskatchewan: First Stop For Geese
Loon Hunting, A Bygone Tradition
Ruddy Duck, The Original Butter Ball
Marsh Notes

Shotshells
Effective Snow Goose Loads
By Tom Roster

Decoying
Hunting On Or Near Roosts
By Michael Hungle

Duck Dogs
The Overdogged Hunter
By Robert Milner

Shotguns
Snow Goose Chokes
By Jarrod Spilger

Market Hunter
Find An Outfitter, Call, Boat, Retriever, Waterfowling Accessory

PotShots
Mallards In The Treetops
By Jim Dougherty

November/December 2010

Features

Remnant Ducks
Bitter Cold Be Damned, Some Mallards Are Just Plain Stubborn
By Jay Strangis

Late Geese
Wintry Honker Hunts Have Much to Offer—
Cold, Snow and Perfectly Matching Camo
By Mark Brendemuehl

Hunting The Magnificents
Tundra Swans Come Singly, But One Is A Handful Of Bird
By Kenneth L. Kieser

Hard Water
Ice-Up Is One Of The Best, And Most Risky, Times To Hunt Big Water
By David Rearick

Ohotnik
In Russian, The Word Means "Hunter" By Profession
By Nick Hahn

Susquehanna
As The Season Progresses, This Keystone River Only Gets Better
By Bob D'Angelo

Old Guide
For Dogs And Men, It's The Marsh That Calls Loudest

Departments

Hunt Book
The Fall Migration Puzzle
The Grasslands
Hunting The Inland Seas
A Brief History Of Banding
Paradise Parched
Atchafalya
Marsh Notes

Shotshells
Point Of Impact
By Tom Roster

Decoying
Patterns And Placement
By Michael Hungle

Duck Dogs
Delivery To Hand
By Robert Milner

Shotguns
Answering With Two Barrels
By Jarrod Spilger

Market Hunter
Find An Outfitter, Call, Boat, Retriever, Waterfowling Accessory

PotShots
The Big Ten
By Jim Dougherty

October 2010

Features

Greenwings
These Smallest Of Our Puddlers Are Thriving, And A True Treasure
By Ron Peach

Wood Ducks
On Purpose, And Otherwise
By David Rearick

Shooting Ducks Over Decoys
Some Are Easy, Some Only Look Easy
By Dale Spartas

Ducks In Small Places
These Homely Spots Turn Beautiful When The Birds Show Up
By Mike Gnatkowski

Teal!
Getting After Bluewings Deep In The Heart Of A Rice Field
Photo Essay By Dale Spartas

Departments

Hunt Book
Flyway Watch, Lore & Tradition, Marsh Notes, Places That Matter

Shotshells
Choosing Chokes
By Tom Roster

Decoying
More Or Less?
By Michael Hungle

Duck Dogs
The Excellent Gun Dog
By Robert Milner

Shotguns
Pumps — Waterfowling Workhorses
By Jarrod Spilger

Market Hunter
Find An Outfitter, Call, Boat, Retriever, Waterfowling Accessory

PotShots
The Slough
By Jim Dougherty

September 2010

Features

Border North
Hunting The Crown's Canadas…In Eastern Ontario, Eh?
By David Rearick

Pasture-ized Geese
Hunting These Early Honkers You Might Have An Audience
By P.J. Reilly

Island Of Mud
Locals Called It "Bad Shelter Island"—They Were Right
By Nick Hahn

To Shoot A Goose
One Man's Accidental Path To Becoming A Honker Hunter
By Jay Strangis

Our Corner Of The World
Wringing The Most Out Of "Average" Goose Grounds
By Shad Singleton

Smokin' Geese Over Water
Hunting Honkers On The Wet Has Its Advantages
By Mike Gnatkowski

Hunting Skinny Water
Never A Sure Thing, But The Value Of Each Goose Is Enhanced
By Wendell H. Shepherd

Home Grown Honkers
An Opening Day in California's San Joaquin Valley
Photo Essay And Text y Gary R. Zahm

Departments

Hunt Book
Flyway Watch, Lore & Tradition, Survey Says, Smart Money, Marsh Notes, Places That Matter, Things That Matter

Shotshells
High Velocity And Steel
By Tom Roster

Decoying
Dealing With Frost
By Michael Hungle

Duck Dogs
Extreme Weather Work
By Robert Milner

Shotguns
The 20 Gauge Duck Gun
By Jarrod Spilger

Market Hunter
Find An Outfitter, Call, Boat, Retriever, Waterfowling Accessory

PotShots
Laying Out
By Jim Dougherty



August 2010

Features

Geese Over H2O
Fooling Honkers On Overlooked Loafing Ponds
By Mark Brendemuehl

River-Mouth Divers
Hunting Drowned River Mouths On Michigan's Coast
By Mike Gnatkowski

Last Outlaw Gunner
Tom Reed Outlived His Kind, And Ultimately His Own Past
By Jon Wongrey

Waylaying Drinking Ducks
Hunting The Between-Meal Stopovers of Thirsty Mallards
By Nick Sisley

Perfect Storm
South Dakota's Surreal November
By Paul S. Strangis

The Prince
Pavel Samsonov Carried Himself Well In The California Marsh
By Nick Hahn

Tricky Shots
Practice And Positioning Can Help You Hit More Fowl This Season
By Nick Sisley

A Taste Of Salty Water
Sometimes You Have To Leave Home To Get A Broader Waterfowling Perspective
By David Rearick

MEGA GEAR GUIDE
60 Pages Of Gear
Featuring Shotguns, Loads, Decoys, Blinds, Boats, Mud Motors, Hunting Accessories, Dog Gear, Clothing, Calls…

Departments

Hunt Book
Flyway Watch, Lore & Tradition, Marsh Notes, Places That Matter, Things That Matter

Decoying
Making Adjustments
By Michael Hungle

Duck Dogs
Picking A Great Retriever
By Robert Milner

Shotshells
Recoil Considerations
By Tom Roster

Shotguns
The Mighty 10 Gauge
By Jarrod Spilger

Market Hunter
Find An Outfitter, Call, Boat, Retriever, Waterfowling Accessory

PotShots
Jump Shooting
By Jim Dougherty



June/July 2010

Features

What Can Be Done
Making A Farm Work For Waterfowl—And Hunters
By Jay Strangis

Dakota Bound And Determined
Seek And You Will Find Places That Matter On The Northern Prairie
By Jack Hirt

Calling The Shot
Getting The Birds “Right” Never Has Been Black And White
By Wendell H. Shepherd

The Day It Rained Mallards
The Forecast Was Bright And Clear, With A Good Chance For Ducks
By Nick Sisley

Pothole Success
Five Ways To Make Small Waters Work
By Mark Brendemuehl

What’s Past Is Prologue
“Whereof what’s past is prologue, what to come, in yours and my discharge.” William Shakespeare
By Rob Jepson

For Every Water
Today’s Waterfowlers Enjoy Boats Designed With Purpose

Bluebills
As Any Diver Hunter Will Attest, Scaup Definitely Have Game
Photo Essay by Scott Moody

Departments

Hunt Book
Flyway Watch, Smart Money, Fowling Goods, Lore & Tradition, Marsh Notes

Duck Dogs
Blinds And Hand Signals
By Robert Milner

Shotshells
Nontoxic Shot Types
By Tom Roster

Shotguns
The Super Magnum At 20
By Jarrod Spilger

Market Hunter
Find An Outfitter, Call, Boat, Retriever, Waterfowling Accessory

PotShots
The Last Pintail
By Jim Dougherty



March/April 2010

Features

Spring Snows
The Mud, The Miles And The Gear
By Jack Hirt

Maine Tale
How Sea Ducks Saved Duck Hunting
By Jay Strangis

Uncle Rich
A Wise Old Man Who Above All Knew Ducks
By Jon Wongrey

Snow Pros
Pointers from A Dedicated Bunch
By David Rearick

Grand Slammin’ Geese
Taking A Mixed Bag On The Oklahoma Prairie
By Mike Lambeth

Generation Next
Raising A Waterfowler, From Toddler To Hunting Partner
By Michael Hungle

E-Trained
Technical Advances In Today’s Electronic Dog Collars
By Jack Everett

On Assignment (Photo Essay)
We’d Almost Hung It Up, And Then…
By Bill Buckley


Departments

Hunt Book
Flyway Watch, Smart Money, Fowling Goods, Lore & Tradition, Marsh Notes

Decoying
Overcoming Fog
By Michael Hungle

Duck Dogs
Manners And Efficiency
By Robert Milner

Shotshells
New Wet Bird Loads
By L. P. Brezny

Shotguns
The Reliable Scattergun
By John M. Taylor

Market Hunter
Find An Outfitter, Call, Boat, Retriever, Waterfowling Accessory

PotShots
The Passage Of Time
By Jim Dougherty


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