The Ultimate Guide to Waterfowl Hunting: Tips, Tactics, and Techniques for Ducks and Geese

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Waterfowling is one of the more challenging forms of hunting. Requiring an intimate knowledge of the quarry in specialized gear—from shotguns and ammo to decoys, calls, blinds, and boats—and taking place in a variety of terrains—from the fields of Manitoba to the flooded timber of Arkansas, it’s the type of sport that gets in your blood and stays there. In The Ultimate Guide to Waterfowl Hunting, all aspects of this sport are covered by three authors who have intimate knowledge of how to hunt ducks and geese successfully. Chapters within this book cover dozens of topics, with special attention devoted to:

Identifying the many and various species of waterfowl
Methods for decoying and calling in a variety of situations
Advice on how to choose the best gear for the situation at hand
Theories and practices of retriever training and handling
Tips on hunting in different types of weather, from rain and snow to bluebird skies
How to choose the correct guns and loading
Plus tips on blind placement in water or on land

With more than a hundred photographs expertly illuminating the realities of waterfowl hunting, The Ultimate Guide to Waterfowl Hunting is sure to help hunters of all skill levels bag their biggest catches yet.
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About the author

Tom Airhart is a writer and inventor with a doctorate in engineering and numerous patents to his name. He has been hunting elk across North America for forty years. He lives in Copeville, Texas.

Eddie Kent is a small-business owner and avid hunter. He lives in Blue Ridge, Texas.

Kent Raymer is President of Raymer Consulting Group and an experienced weekend hunter. He lives with his family in Blue Ridge, Texas.
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Simon and Schuster
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Published on
Oct 3, 2017
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Pages
360
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ISBN
9781510716759
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Language
English
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Genres
Antiques & Collectibles / Firearms & Weapons
Nature / Animals / Wildlife
Sports & Recreation / Essays
Sports & Recreation / Hunting
Sports & Recreation / Outdoor Skills
Sports & Recreation / Shooting
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Get in on the hunting method sweeping the nation.

The Ultimate Guide to Crossbow Hunting offers everything you need to know about the sport and its gear, from acquiring a bow to hunting popular big game animals. 

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Twenty-five stories reveal the adventure, the spirit, the fear, and the danger involved in hunting—from the truly terrifying “The Croc That Wouldn’t Die” to the nearly unbelievable “Nightmare Hunt,” in which a hunter is mauled by bears, and survives. There are tales of tigers and rams, of deer and cougars. There is the classic story of a moose hunt in the wilds of Alaska in 1897.

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Praise for Meat Eater
 
“Full of empathy and intelligence . . . In some sections of the book, the author’s prose is so engrossing, so riveting, that it matches, punch for punch, the best sports writing.”—The Wall Street Journal
 
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• cooking techniques and recipes, for both outdoor and indoor preparation of wild game
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LIVING THE DREAM

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