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Derrek Sigler

Derrek Sigler grew up in northern Michigan, chasing deer and birds around his family farm. He cut his teeth chasing flocks of geese and ducks across corn and wheat fields, and grouse across the north woods. He has worked as a writer for Cabela's, and served as editorial director with Gun Digest books. Currently, he writes for Outdoor Hub and for Beretta. He routinely travels across North America for hunting adventures.

Recent Posts

Thinking Outside the Early Goose Season Box

Posted by Derrek Sigler on Aug 23, 2017 2:35:41 PM

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For many of us around the country, early goose season is here. If you’re at all like me, you’re not even remotely ready for it. What would a hunting season be without a last-minute, late-night scramble to remember where the blind bag is, where I stashed my calls, and what did my wife do with my gear? I swear, I think she hides some of that stuff just because I tease her about her shoes. When you finally get everything around and get out to the field, you can take a breath and relax. At least that is the theory, right? Never works for me either. Through all the craziness of getting out into the field, there is one thing you can always count on – something is going to go wrong. Do you just pack in and go back home, or do you deal with it? Well, duh – you deal.

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Topics: Hunting, hunting - waterfowl

Five Mistakes Rookies Make During Early Teal Season

Posted by Derrek Sigler on Aug 9, 2017 2:17:46 PM

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For many of us, our first crack at duck hunting every year comes from those tasty, winged speedsters – teal. It is a great way to kick off a long waterfowl season and is a lot of fun. With more states adding early teal hunts, and the popularity of duck hunting still rising, there are a lot of newcomers to the hunt headed to the waterways this year. While you can screw things up and still luck into a good hunt, there are plenty of ways a rookie can foul up a teal season. Heck, even a seasoned waterfowling expert can mess things up, so a refresher may just be in order.

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Topics: Hunting, Hunting - Duck

Three Steps To Fixing A Broken Hunting Retriever

Posted by Derrek Sigler on Aug 7, 2014 8:48:00 AM

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It was a nightmare scenario for a hunting dog owner. The local festival fireworks display sent cannon-like reports thundering through the small town, loud enough to shake houses and knock picture off walls. It was also loud enough to scare dogs, including a tolling retriever named Kenai  near and dear to my family’s heart.

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Topics: Hunting, Hunting - Upland, Hunting - Duck

Four Things You May Not Know About Duck Hunting Ammo

Posted by Derrek Sigler on Jul 28, 2014 11:11:00 AM

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If you’re like me, and you love hunting ducks and geese, then you too spend a lot of time with a shotgun in your hands. You probably sweat the details over your gear too. When you think about your ammo, however, there’s a few things you might not know that can make a huge difference in your success.

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Topics: Hunting, Hunting - Duck

Five Steps to Layout Blind Success in Duck Hunting

Posted by Derrek Sigler on Jul 16, 2014 11:25:00 AM

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When I first started duck hunting, we didn’t have layout blinds. It’s not that they weren’t available, we just couldn’t afford them. A pit blind was out of the question too, as where I lived, they were illegal. So we camo’ed up the best we could and pulled nasty old burlap feed sacks over our feet. Honestly, we did pretty well. Either we did a pretty good job of getting covered up, or we had dumb birds. Either way, it worked.

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Topics: Hunting, Hunting - Duck

Five Steps to Successful Duck Hunting

Posted by Derrek Sigler on Jul 1, 2014 1:43:00 PM

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The first rule I learned about waterfowl hunting is: be where the birds want to be. Good advice, but sometimes easier said than done. Scouting is a vital part of that and scouting locations early in the season and before is not only a smart move, but also a good way to keep you on your game year round.

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Topics: Hunting, Hunting - Duck

Is Turkey Hunting Really That Hard?

Posted by Derrek Sigler on Jun 30, 2014 11:06:00 AM

Is-turkey-hard-to-huntWhy do we hunt turkeys? Every spring I go after them, and every spring I seem to find myself using language that would make a sailor blush and vowing to give it up. It’s not as though I’ve never been successful at it, but they rank pretty high as one of the most frustrating birds to hunt.

But it’s the challenge that makes them worth it, isn’t it? If it was easy, it wouldn’t be as much fun. The wild turkey is a great symbol of our hunting heritage. If Ben Franklin had had his way, it would be our national bird, supplanting that the bald eagle. Each spring hunters from all over this great land head to the woods in search of a long beard. Some of us are motivated by a strong desire to spend time outside after a long winter. Others are after the thrill of the hunt. Me? I’m out for blood.

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Topics: Hunting, Hunting - Turkey

Shotgun Tips: Learning From Your Misses

Posted by Derrek Sigler on Jun 11, 2014 9:57:00 AM

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Everyone, even our Olympic champions, miss a shot now and then. Some of us miss more than others. It is easier to miss with a shotgun than you might think. Learning from a miss can teach you a lot about how to take the next shot, and let’s face it; there isn’t any shot more important than the next one.

Mistaking the distance of the target is a prime way to miss. And with waterfowl and upland game, it isn’t the easiest thing in the world to measure because you’re dealing with fast-moving birds. One tactic you can do to work on judgment is to observe birds as much as possible. During a waterfowl hunt, I’ll set up decoys at specific yardages. It gives me a little reassurance that I know how far everything is in relation to where I am. Increasing your confidence reduces that chance that you’ll miss.

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Topics: Hunting, Clay Shooting, Hunting - Turkey

Spring Scouting for Fall Grouse

Posted by Derrek Sigler on May 24, 2014 12:42:00 PM

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Hunting grouse can be one of the best ways to spend a fall day. You don’t need a ton of gear, just yourself, a trusty shotgun, a pocketful of shells, an orange vest and maybe a good dog. Decent boots are a plus as you’ll find yourself in some thick cover at times. A grouse hunt is never a waste of time, even when you don’t bag any of the tasty birds. Like any game species, grouse should be scouted, and you don’t have to wait until fall to do it.

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Topics: Hunting, Hunting - Upland

Five ways to make your pheasant hunt better

Posted by Derrek Sigler on Apr 18, 2014 8:34:00 AM

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The ring-necked pheasant was introduced to North America in 1881. It is one of those storied game birds that keeps hunters motivated every season. While many states have game preserves set up for pheasant hunts, no other state has reached the mecca status that South Dakota has. Wherever you’re hunting pheasants, there are a few steps you can take to have a better hunt.

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Topics: Hunting, Hunting - Upland