Duck hunting is one of the most enjoyable sports in America, but without the right dog, it can be a tiring, frustrating activity.
If you’ve decided to get a dog to retrieve your waterfowl, make sure you get the right one. While there are many excellent dogs for duck hunting, specific breeds will give you the temperament, energy, enthusiasm, and trainability that you are looking for.
A few are completely expected, but one in particular is sure to make your hunting partners laugh...until they see the dog in action.
Big, strong, and hearty, this is one of the best retrievers in the land, especially if you hunt in lots of cold weather for hours on end. They have a reputation for aggression, but it’s really a protective nature that was instilled by their early-American breeders. With structure and discipline, this is one of the best duck dogs you’ll ever have in your home or in your boat.
Most hunters would consider the German shorthair pointer a dog for hunting upland birds like pheasant, quail, and grouse, but they are also one of the best dogs to take into the wetlands. With energy, intelligence, and stamina, they are easily trained for multiple tasks, but their thin coat will give them chills when swimming for long hours in cold water.
This is America’s hunting dog. It’s a great family dog, a quick learner, and eager to please. It’s also one of the finest duck hunting dogs in the land, if not the best. Black, yellow, or chocolate, labs have a thick, dense coat, paddle-like feet, compact muscles, and a wide tail that they can use as a rudder. Labradors are known to mentally mature fast, making them excellent retrievers from an early age and giving American hunters over a decade of service and love.
Looking for a dog that could hunt on both land and water, 19th-century dog breeders in Wisconsin created the American water spaniel, a curly, dark-haired dog that became one of the top duck breeds in the country. In general, the breed is less high-strung than the English springer spaniel, but it loves the water and has a knack for retrieving that rivals a Labrador.
If the Labrador is America’s hunting dog, the golden retriever isn’t far behind. The friendly, intelligent breed is known for it’s attractive coat, high spirits, and excellent hunting skills. Golden retrievers have a soft mouth and a natural attraction to water, making them ideal for duck season.
Skip the fancy haircuts, designer collars, and shiny ribbons and take your poodle to duck hunting school. Poodles were retrieving waterfowl long before the Labrador retriever was ever bred. In fact, the dog was originally meant to be a water retriever, and the name poodle has similar roots as the word puddle, so you know this dog likes to get dirty, despite it’s prim-and-proper reputation. Give the poodle a chance and you’ll have one of the best dogs for your next duck hunt.
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Hunters have sought shed antlers on the forest floor for as long as they’ve hunted deer. In recent years, antler shed hunting has become more popular than ever. However, while shed hunting is a rewarding activity, it is often difficult at the outset. Fortunately, dedicated NOMADs usually get better at finding antlers as they accumulate more experience. To enjoy success, you’ll want to hone your skills, cloak yourself in the right type of gear and maybe even enlist the help of your dogs. Whether you’re just getting started or have been at it for a while, we hope these antler shed hunting tips will help you improve your take.
No matter the pursuit, sportsmen and sportswomen are always interested in improving their game. If you fish for bass, you’re always after a bigger one than you caught the day before; if you like to stalk gobblers, you’re always on the lookout for a bigger and better bird than the last. Similarly, whitetail hunters are always keen to harvest a bigger buck than they ever have. And this drive will last for the rest of your life. Even if you managed to claim the biggest whitetail buck ever killed, you’d be out again next season, looking for his big brother. In this post, we’ll showcase some of the biggest whitetail deer on record and offer some background on the record keeping process.
Despite the close kinship of deer and elk, both species represent very different challenges to the NOMADs who hunt them. Most experienced hunters and guides would agree that deer are the easier quarry to pursue, but if you learn to embrace the ways in which these species differ and apply the skills you’ve learned hunting deer, you’ll have a much better chance of bagging a big bull. In this article, we’ll cover the difference between deer and elk hunting so you can have the edge over whichever game you choose to pursue.