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Here Birdie, Birdie!!!

Posted by matteo recanatini on Nov 5, 2012 10:00:00 PM

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Topics: Hunting, Hunting - Duck

Let's Go Duck Hunting

Posted by matteo recanatini on Oct 22, 2012 12:00:00 AM

by Adam Brassfield - Pro Staff Contributor

Duck season is here! Seems like it has been forever. I know you have not heard from me in a while but I have been traveling all over the U.S. conducting hunting seminars. It is funny because in certain places people are so excited about the sport of waterfowl hunting then there are others that it goes over like a pregnant pole vaulter.
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Topics: Hunting, Hunting - Duck

10 Reasons To Go Deer Hunting Instead of Duck Hunting

Posted by matteo recanatini on Oct 1, 2012 12:00:00 AM

By Jason Parks – Guest Contributor


Image courtesy of Tigerdroppings.com
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Topics: Hunting, Hunting - Duck

Top 10 Reasons I Love Duck Hunting

Posted by matteo recanatini on Sep 10, 2012 12:00:00 AM

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By Brad Wilson - Guest Contributor

As a new duck hunting season approaches there are a ton of things that run through my head in preparation for what is to come in the next few months.  Is the boat ready to go?  Are the decoys rigged up?  Did I make all the repairs on equipment that needed to be made?  Last week I was out in the garage answering all these questions.  I pulled out my old blind stool and sat down in it and started thinking about things.  One question that kept coming back to me was WHY?  Why do I go to the extents that I do to chase fowl?

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Topics: Hunting, Hunting - Duck

How About a Duck Recipe?

Posted by matteo recanatini on Sep 3, 2012 12:00:00 AM

By Brad Wilson - Guest Contributor

One of the most asked questions that I get from people that don't really care to eat ducks or geese is "how do you cook it?"  My answer is short, sweet, and boy does it taste good!  GUMBO!!!  After the jump (that means click on the link that says "MORE"), I will share a recipe that was shared with me and I have perfected.  This stuff will make ya slap yo momma!!!
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Topics: Hunting, Hunting - Duck

Conservation, It's Our Duty

Posted by matteo recanatini on Aug 13, 2012 3:49:00 AM

By Brad Wilson - Guest Contributor

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Topics: Hunting, Other, Hunting - Duck

Breathe, Breathe, BREATHE!!!

Posted by matteo recanatini on Jul 23, 2012 5:58:00 AM

By Brad Wilson - Guest Contributor

You have gone out and spent $1600 on a new shotgun, $25 on a box of the "best" shells, and $2000 on a prime duck lease.  Opening morning rolls around and that first group of blue wing teal completely commit to your $750 decoy spread.  You pull up, stick a bead on the beak of a bird, and BOOM, BOOM, BOOM...nothing falls!  What's the problem?  I mean you bought the best of everything so shouldn't the birds just drop like rain?  One thing you forgot which happens to be the only free thing in your arsenal, AIR!  After the jump we will talk about how breathing, or not in most cases can determine a kill or a whiff.
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Topics: Hunting, Hunting - Duck

Our Future Hunters and Fishers

Posted by matteo recanatini on May 27, 2012 1:00:00 AM



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Topics: Hunting, Hunting - Duck

First Lady of Duck Hunting

Posted by matteo recanatini on May 21, 2012 1:00:00 AM

by Adam Brassfield - Pro Staff Contributor

Painted nails, pretty earrings, gorgeous lips and an itchy trigger finger. She is a knock out in a dress and a sharp shooter from the blind. Her
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Topics: Hunting, Hunting - Duck

The 10 to 2 Rule

Posted by matteo recanatini on May 10, 2012 12:30:00 AM

By Brad Wilson - Guest contributor

As an avid duck hunter I get to spend quite a bit of time in the blind with different people from all walks of life.  I have had the opportunity to hunt with professional sports stars as well as with average Joes that have never sat in a blind a day in their life.  One thing that I can not stress more is SAFETY!

When folks whom I've never been hunting with get in the blind with me, we always go over safety and shot selection, first and foremost.  The basic rule that I give is what I call the "10 to 2 Rule."  Basically what the hunter has to understand is that his window of opportunity will present itself between the 10 o'clock and 2 o'clock position as he or she directly faces the front or rear of the blind.  If the bird happens to get outside of that range then that bird is off limits to the hunter and is in play for the person standing next to them.

If I have a hunter deviates from this rule, I will give a fair warning on the first instance.  I love this sport and I completely understand that we get caught up in the adrenaline rush sometimes, so if the infraction wasn't blatant or reckless I will give a little leeway.  My delivery will definitely make them think about the shot they took though.  If it happens again, the hunter will be asked to unload his weapon and set it down.  In all the years I have been hunting I have only had to go to this extreme one time.  After a few vollies, it was apparent that he understood where I was coming from and after a little pep talk we agreed that he would be WAY more careful.  I didn't have another problem all morning, and he learned a new respect for his weapon and the other hunters around him.

One exception to this rule is the hunter on the end of the blind.  I normally like to put more experienced hunters on the end because typically their shooting skills are far better than a novice's and thus they can "cover the end" of the blind.  I typically sit on the end where the door is, so I can work the dog on retrieves and cover that end of the blind.

One thing we all should remember: a hunt with no safety is nothing more than a game of Russian Roulette with accidents waiting to happen.  Whether you are in the duck marsh, the deer woods, or just having fun at the local range, safety should be your first and foremost concern at all times.  Always understand that "you are your brother's keeper" and not speaking up about unsafe acts is just as bad as if not worse than committing the unsafe act yourself.

Happy hunting and stay safe!

Brad Wilson is an avid outdoorsman targeting waterfowl and saltwater fish and is a guest contributor for the Beretta Blog.  He can be reached on Twitter and YouTube.


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Topics: Firearms Safety, Hunting, Hunting - Duck