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The Duck Hunting Fanatics podcast focuses on "boots on the ground, eyes in the skies migration reports" from professional duck guides all across the country. We also interview them for their top tips, tricks, from their years of experience from the duck hunting blind.
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We have a very special guest that I was very fortunate to meet. He's a veterinarian, Dr Tim Hunt.Now Dr Tim isn't your average vet he's also an avid outdoorsman who has competed in the Iditarod dog sledding competition. That combined with his experience as a veterinarian gives him a ton of expertise when it comes to diet and nutrition for your hunting partner.And it's a topic we're going to be covering in today's podcast.I want to thank each and everyone of you who took time out of your schedule to respond to our survey with questions to ask Dr Tim.Here are a few highlights of my conversation with him...- What to look for in a good dog food, including ingredients that give your hunting buddy improved stamina and faster recovery after a hunt.- When to feed your dog on days you're going to be in the field.- Grain free, the good, the bad and the ugly.- The proper ratios of protein to ensure your hunting buddy stays healthy season after season.- How to read between the lines and avoid confusing marketing lingo to ensure you're getting a truly healthy food.- And a whole lot moreHonestly it's so jam-packed and full of juicy details it made me want to switch my dogs to a different food right away and I am!If you have a hunting dog this interview is one you definitely don't want to miss. Make the arrangements, erase the distraction, grip your eyes and ears, and pay close attention...Special thanks to Dr. Tim for the awesome info.  If you wanna check out his sport dog inspired dog foods check him out at: https://duckhuntingfanatics.com/recommends/drtim/Plus you'll get an extra 30% off at checkout for being part of the Duck Hunting Fanatics community.For more duck hunting tips, tricks, Free gear giveaways, and real-time boots on the ground migration reports go here to get on our notification list:https://duckhuntingfanatics.com/quack/Visit us on Facebook, Youtube, and InstagramDuck Hunting Fanatics FBDuck Hunting Fanatics YoutubeDuck Hunting Fanatics Instagram
Greetings fellow duck hunter, I hope this final weekend serves you well as you get out for one last chance to smash a few ducks.As the season comes to a close we'll have a lot more content coming your way to get you ready for next season.On today's episode of Knee Deep in the Duck Blind we have Beau Davis from NE Colorado and he's going to share some of his inspiration for this season and preparation for next season along with the importance of a good duck hunting dog.Now if you've never had the chance to hunt with dogs you'll want to pay close attention around the 9 minute mark in the interview.In this episode:- Decoy maintenance and blind cleanup for next season + other offseason tips (@0:12)- NE Colorado Migration Report (@5:03)- Bangin a shitload of green heads (@8:27)- The importance of a good hunting dog (@9:05)Special thanks to Beau Davis with Beau's Outdoors for the great chat.  If you wanna book a hunt around the NE Colorado, then visit him at https://www.beausoutdoors.com/For more duck hunting tips, tricks, Free gear giveaways, and real-time boots on the ground migration reports go here to get on our notification list:https://duckhuntingfanatics.com/quack/Visit us on Facebook, Youtube, and InstagramDuck Hunting Fanatics FBDuck Hunting Fanatics YoutubeDuck Hunting Fanatics Instagram
It's the grand finale, the final weekend to get out and duck hunt before the season concludes. I hope the weather in your area cooperates and you're able to smash a few last minute ducks.I had the opportunity to catch up with Daniel Mancine in the northwest and he said this last week has been the ducks he's seen all year.In this episode you'll hear:- How Daniel stays sharp in the off season and secretly pisses everyone off by practicing his duck calls in the truck (@0:57)- The importance of trap and skeet shooting (@1:15)- Staying motivated for next year (@2:07)- Weather doesn't matter, we're still seeing tons of ducks (@3:20)- Rapping about dogs (@7:10) Special thanks to Daniel Mancine with Mancine's Outdoors for the great chat.  If you wanna look him up you can find him on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/mancineoutdoors/For more duck hunting tips, tricks, Free gear giveaways, and real-time boots on the ground migration reports go here to get on our notification list:https://duckhuntingfanatics.com/quack/Visit us on Facebook, Youtube, and InstagramDuck Hunting Fanatics FBDuck Hunting Fanatics YoutubeDuck Hunting Fanatics Instagram
Tick-Tick-Tick, that's the sound of the season starting to wind down across the country at the end of this month. I hope you've had a great season so far and enjoyed our emails / podcasts / videos.Throughout your trials and tribulations you become a better, smarter hunter and we can only hope we've been able to contribute that to you in some way this season.In the hopper, we have couple of giveaways coming, we had some slight delays due to inventory issues with one of our suppliers but we'll make the announcement as soon we know more. We also have a dog food giveaway coming as well. We'll be doing a short interview with the Veterinarian who developed it for working dogs.As we wind down the season we asked each of our guide's how to stay sharp in the off season along with their favorite moment from this season and more!On today's episode of Knee Deep in the Duck Blind we have professional guide "Timbo" of Homra's Guide Service near Reelfoot Lake, TN...- How to stay sharp in the off season and get ready for next year (@0:22)- Don't sweat the small stuff if you had a tough year (@1:44)- Migration Report for Reelfoot Lake, TN (@2:21)- Making a 10 year old boy's dream come true by smashing his first duck (@3:40)- The advantages of hunting with a dog (@6:18) - What makes a good hunting dog (@7:21)Special thanks to Kyle Homra with Homra's Guide Service for the great chat.  If you wanna book a hunt around the Reelfoot Lake area in Tennessee, then visit him at http://reelfootguides.com/For more duck hunting tips, tricks, Free gear giveaways, and real-time boots on the ground migration reports go here to get on our notification list: https://duckhuntingfanatics.com/quack/Visit us on Facebook, Youtube, and InstagramDuck Hunting Fanatics FBDuck Hunting Fanatics YoutubeDuck Hunting Fanatics Instagram
I was talking with one of our guides, Roland the other and this guy has so much knowledge acquired over many years of experience I'm almost blown away.He's so laid back but you can just feel that he knows what he's talking about.I'm super pumped to hunt with him next season as I know his experience will make my hunting experience superb.He's a sort of "duck whisperer" in a way because of how attentive he is to monitoring duck behavior and migration patterns.This equates to smashing a lot of ducks because he knows...- Advantages to spacing your decoys out further during the late season (@0:26)- How to change up your decoy spreads based on duck migration patterns(@1:17)- When to start and stop calling ducks (@6:01)All this is share in today's episode of "Knee Deep in the Duck Blind".Special thanks to Roland Cortez with Arkansas County Duck Guide Service for the great chat.  If you wanna book a hunt in Stuttgart, Arkansas, The Duck Capital Of The World, then visit him at https://arcountyguideservice.com/For more duck hunting tips, tricks, and real-time boots on the ground migration reports go here to get on our notification list:https://duckhuntingfanatics.com/quack/Visit us on Facebook, Youtube, and InstagramDuck Hunting Fanatics FBDuck Hunting Fanatics YoutubeDuck Hunting Fanatics Instagram
In today's episode we discuss the following: - The importance of knowing your range when setting decoys(@0:57)- Utilizing 12 decoys to smash sea ducks in open ocean waters (@2:55)- How to change your spreads to adjust for tides (@6:45)Special thanks to Captain Pete with DuckGuide.com for the great chat.  If you wanna book a hunt with him up you can find him on DuckGuide.com.For more duck hunting tips, tricks, Free gear giveaways, and real-time boots on the ground migration reports go here to get on our notification list:https://duckhuntingfanatics.com/quack/Visit us on Facebook, Youtube, and InstagramDuck Hunting Fanatics FBDuck Hunting Fanatics YoutubeDuck Hunting Fanatics Instagram
If you're from the south, you should be seeing duck and geese continue to come your way. Especially with the incoming weather that's been moving across the country as we head into this weekend.The problem?They've gone through a gauntlet to get there. They've been called at, seen many different decoy spreads, shot at, and pushed around in a effort to survive.That's why this time of year proper calling and better decoying is of even great importance to a successful hunt.Today we have special guest Timbo (Reelfoot Lake, TN) of Homra's Guide Service sharing...- How to setup a smaller spread, a different approach to "keeping it simple" (@2:51)- How to tickle a ducks fancy & coax him in with proper duck calling (@3:55)- The importance of duck behavior when calling ducks (@5:03)Special thanks to Kyle Homra with Homra's Guide Service for the great chat.  If you wanna book a hunt around the Reelfoot Lake area in Tennessee, then visit him at http://reelfootguides.com/For more duck hunting tips, tricks, Free gear giveaways, and real-time boots on the ground migration reports go here to get on our notification list: https://duckhuntingfanatics.com/quack/Visit us on Facebook, Youtube, and InstagramDuck Hunting Fanatics FBDuck Hunting Fanatics YoutubeDuck Hunting Fanatics Instagram
The ducks are getting more and more wary this time of year and it's getting harder to kill them.That's why you gotta be smarter and not work harder.You have to read the ducks and adjust your spreads this time of year, sometimes more than once per hunt.Rule of thumb: Don't be discouraged. Trust your gut and your instincts.It's all about making the ducks feel "safe" and not stressed.To better understand how we accomplish this, listen to Daniel Mancine's expert advice on today's episode of knee deep in the duck blind...- Late season decoy placement tips to smash more ducks than your fellow hunters that are 100 yds away (@2:28)- Why being quite and not calling is more important during the late season(@5:10)- Daniel reveals why an "environment of comfort" is significant in the late season (@7:00)Special thanks to Daniel Mancine with Mancine's Outdoors for the great chat.  If you wanna look him up you can find him on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/mancineoutdoors/For more duck hunting tips, tricks, Free gear giveaways, and real-time boots on the ground migration reports go here to get on our notification list:https://duckhuntingfanatics.com/quack/Visit us on Facebook, Youtube, and InstagramDuck Hunting Fanatics FBDuck Hunting Fanatics YoutubeDuck Hunting Fanatics Instagram
One of our fans recently wrote in..."I struggle with decoy placement, seems like no matter what birds hang up just outside the decoys or don’t decoy at all, plenty of water movement just can’t seem to decoy ducks...."I know plenty of guys struggle with this at times, myself included.It seems like no matter what you do, you just can't get it right.The answer is to keep hunting and trying different things until the ducks make their decision to land near your spread.It sounds simple in theory but it's easier said than done.That's why this week we asked all of our guides what advice they would have for our community.It's a surefire way to smash more ducks and give you a few new strategies to try out until you figure out what works for your area.First up we have Beau Davis of Beau's Outdoors, here's the skinny... - How to Strategically Setup Your Decoy Spread (@0:17)- Proper Calling Techniques(@8:57)- When to start and stop calling (@11:40)Special thanks to Beau Davis with Beau's Outdoors for the great chat.  If you wanna book a hunt around the NE Colorado, then visit him at https://www.beausoutdoors.com/For more duck hunting tips, tricks, Free gear giveaways, and real-time boots on the ground migration reports go here to get on our notification list:https://duckhuntingfanatics.com/quack/Visit us on Facebook, Youtube, and InstagramDuck Hunting Fanatics FBDuck Hunting Fanatics YoutubeDuck Hunting Fanatics Instagram
Who better to take shooting advice from that someone who has been trained in the armed forces?You'd be hard pressed to find members of society who've had better training than that!That's why I'm honored to connect with a guy like Daniel Mancine. His passion for hunting but his knowledge and expertise in weapons is far superior to most civilians.And talks A LOT about safety and mechanics of hitting a moving target.So without further delay here's what today's epsiode of Knee Deep in the Duck Blind covers...- The shoulder, locate, track method to "slowing down" the target for effective shotgun shooting (@0:12)- The improved choke tube for mid-range shooting (@1:10)- Migration patterns for the Pacific Northwest (@2:18)- The importance of understanding the dynamics of your weapon and which ammo will be most effective (@7:20)- Avoiding a disaster situation and practicing safe hunting (@8:45)- The mechanics of your weapon and being safe (@14:00)Special thanks to Daniel Mancine with Mancine's Outdoors for the great chat.  If you wanna look him up you can find him on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/mancineoutdoors/For more duck hunting tips, tricks, Free gear giveaways, and real-time boots on the ground migration reports go here to get on our notification list:https://duckhuntingfanatics.com/quack/Visit us on Facebook, Youtube, and InstagramDuck Hunting Fanatics FBDuck Hunting Fanatics YoutubeDuck Hunting Fanatics Instagram
Today's episode comes from Arkansas with professional duck hunter and guide Roland Cortez!...I'm super excited to share this one, because Roland shares several tips for shotgun shooting and we get completely off track when we start talking about hunting dogs!I can honestly say, we'll do an entire series around hunting with dogs, off season training and more once this season ends.To summarize today's interview Roland will be sharing...- A Pro Duck Hunter's Favorite Choke Tube And Why (@0:33)- Limiting out on ducks 4 consecutive days in a row (@1:55)- Finding the right ammo for your gun + Roland's favorite ammo (@3:31)- Setting up to shoot safely when hunting with a party (@7:36)- All things DOGs and hunting with your best friend, the real star of the show (@12:24)Special thanks to Roland Cortez with Arkansas County Duck Guide Service for the great chat.  If you wanna book a hunt in Stuttgart, Arkansas, The Duck Capital Of The World, then visit him at https://arcountyguideservice.com/For more duck hunting tips, tricks, and real-time boots on the ground migration reports go here to get on our notification list:https://duckhuntingfanatics.com/quack/Visit us on Facebook, Youtube, and InstagramDuck Hunting Fanatics FBDuck Hunting Fanatics YoutubeDuck Hunting Fanatics Instagram
We have LOADS of shotgun shooting tips, ammo choices, choke tubes and more on this week's episodes of "Knee Deep in the Duck Blind".First up, we have Kyle Homra and he'll be sharing...- The #1 shotgun shooting tip for smashing a moving duck or ANY moving target (@0:27)- Nasty weather brings in loads of fresh ducks to the Reelfoot Lake, TN area (@2:40)- The importance of utilizing the right ammo (@4:45)- Safety is key and how you setup properly to keep from shooting each other (@6:07)Special thanks to Kyle Homra with Homra's Guide Service for the great chat.  If you wanna book a hunt around the Reelfoot Lake area in Tennessee, then visit him at http://reelfootguides.com/For more duck hunting tips, tricks, Free gear giveaways, and real-time boots on the ground migration reports go here to get on our notification list: https://duckhuntingfanatics.com/quack/Visit us on Facebook, Youtube, and InstagramDuck Hunting Fanatics FBDuck Hunting Fanatics YoutubeDuck Hunting Fanatics Instagram
Migration Alert Episode 005: Reelfoot Lake, TN with special guest Kyle Homra of Homra's Guide Service.Here's what's on today's episode...- The #1 tip for weekend warriors around Reelfoot Lake, TN (@1:39)- The best public land around Reelfoot Lake (@2:22)- Why you should hunt watersheds (@2:48)- The #2 piece of gear you can't head to the blind without (@3:57)- Kyle's personal favorite duck to harvest (@5:00)Special thanks to Kyle Homra with Homra's Guide Service for the great chat.  If you wanna book a hunt around the Reelfoot Lake area in Tennessee, then visit him at http://reelfootguides.com/For more duck hunting tips, tricks, Free gear giveaways, and real-time boots on the ground migration reports go here to get on our notification list: https://duckhuntingfanatics.com/quack/Visit us on Facebook, Youtube, and InstagramDuck Hunting Fanatics FBDuck Hunting Fanatics YoutubeDuck Hunting Fanatics Instagram
I had the pleasure of spending some time with Beau Davis on another episode of the "Knee Deep in the Duck Blind".We got to chat about Beau's favorite decoys and how important it is to have not only the right type of decoy but to make sure they're all exactly the same.If you're like me, you probably have acquired a number of decoys over the years. I personally have a hodge-podge of them laying around.This shed some new light for me and I can tell you that I'll be up-ing my game a bit in the decoy department.As for what he recommends?Avian X Flocked Head Decoys.You can grab yours here and it'll help support Duck Hunting Fanatics - https://www.amazon.com/shop/duckhuntingfanatics?listId=114W6UEMXNYAQYou'll get the details of why Beau recommends them on today's episode and more...- How the birds are flying in NE Colorado (@0:48 secs)- Weekend warrior tips (@3:17)- The importance of having the right decoys and which ones Beau recommends (@6:25)- Beau's favorite species of duck to hunt (@8:50)Special thanks to Beau Davis with Beau's Outdoors for the great chat.  If you wanna book a hunt around the NE Colorado, then visit him at https://www.beausoutdoors.com/For more duck hunting tips, tricks, Free gear giveaways, and real-time boots on the ground migration reports go here to get on our notification list:https://duckhuntingfanatics.com/quack/Visit us on Facebook, Youtube, and InstagramDuck Hunting Fanatics FBDuck Hunting Fanatics YoutubeDuck Hunting Fanatics Instagram
I'm sure this will spark some debate but that's why we're here.I had the pleasure of interview "Captain Pete" who has had the pleasure the last few days of shooting 18 different species of ducks.That's pretty cool and presents a very unique opportunity because of where he lives, guides and hunts.His environment is challenging in itself because he hunts the coastal line out in the middle of the ocean.You're dealing with swells that rock your boat, tides, current, virtually zero cover, no duck calls and unpredictable weather, all while trying to hit a very smart, very small target that is also moving.It's a kind of challenge we as hunters live for. The way Captain Pete describes it makes me want to try it and because it's something I've never done.It might just be the most challenging way to duck hunt...We talk about all of it and more on today's episode of "Knee Deep in the Duck Blind".If you ever been curious about a new and challenging duck hunt, you'll want to tune in and listen intently.Here's a quick overview....- The top reason duck calls don't work to hunt sea ducks...(@1:25)- Why Local Knowledge is Vital To Hunting Sea Ducks & How To Close The Gap On Them... (@5:57) - The most challenging duck to hunt in the northern hemisphere...(@7:10)Special thanks to Captain Pete with DuckGuide.com for the great chat.  If you wanna book a hunt with him up you can find him on DuckGuide.com.For more duck hunting tips, tricks, Free gear giveaways, and real-time boots on the ground migration reports go here to get on our notification list:https://duckhuntingfanatics.com/quack/Visit us on Facebook, Youtube, and InstagramDuck Hunting Fanatics FBDuck Hunting Fanatics YoutubeDuck Hunting Fanatics Instagram
Don't forget to listen/watch today's episode of "Knee Deep in the Duck Blind" for yet a totally different perspective.- The importance of a plan (@ 0:14)- How to avoid the "fight" for a spot on public land (@ 1:20)- One duck hunter's favorite brand of hunting waders (@  4:29)Special thanks to Daniel Mancine with Mancine's Outdoors for the great chat.  If you wanna look him up you can find him on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/mancineoutdoors/For more duck hunting tips, tricks, Free gear giveaways, and real-time boots on the ground migration reports go here to get on our notification list:https://duckhuntingfanatics.com/quack/Visit us on Facebook, Youtube, and InstagramDuck Hunting Fanatics FBDuck Hunting Fanatics YoutubeDuck Hunting Fanatics Instagram
On today's episode we cover: - How the ducks are moving in Arkansas (@0:37 sec)- The best warm clothing and camo for duck hunters(@3:42)- The beauty of hunting Pintails (@5:11)- The importance of a tidy blind from mid-season pressure (@6:00)Special thanks to Roland Cortez with Arkansas County Duck Guide Service for the great chat.  If you wanna book a hunt in Stuttgart, Arkansas, The Duck Capital Of The World, then visit him at https://arcountyguideservice.com/For more duck hunting tips, tricks, Free gear giveaways, and real-time boots on the ground migration reports go here to get on our notification list:https://duckhuntingfanatics.com/quack/Visit us on Facebook, Youtube, and InstagramDuck Hunting Fanatics FBDuck Hunting Fanatics YoutubeDuck Hunting Fanatics Instagram
I had the honor of connecting with Daniel Mancine out of Oregon the other day.This dude is sharp and as a military veteran you can tell he's very disciplined in the way he hunts. He really plans his strategy and gets after the ducks.I certainly value and appreciate any opportunity I get to speak with a veteran. It's a respect thing.And he's going out of his way to inspire our youth, the next generation of hunters. That takes a tremendous amount of time and I'm thankful to have met Daniel. We'll be working together in the future on a number of things together.You can learn a lot from this guy even though he's only been hunting for a few years.Here's a quick summary of what Daniel will be sharing...- A new duck hunter's #1 tip for a successful hunt and it's not what you think...(@ 27 secs)- How the ducks are flying in the pacific northwest... (@2:08)- Inspiring the next generation of hunters (@3:28)- The best strategy for hunting late in the season (@17:10)Special thanks to Daniel Mancine with Mancine's Outdoors for the great chat.  If you wanna look him up you can find him on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/mancineoutdoors/For more duck hunting tips, tricks, Free gear giveaways, and real-time boots on the ground migration reports go here to get on our notification list:https://duckhuntingfanatics.com/quack/Visit us on Facebook, Youtube, and InstagramDuck Hunting Fanatics FBDuck Hunting Fanatics YoutubeDuck Hunting Fanatics Instagram
Now I gotta tell ya, I learn something from every interview but today I heard a new term dubbed "Pressure Management". This is Roland's secret to hunting success as a guide and getting his clients consistently on ducks. I''ve personally never heard it called that but it's an excellent point.You have to pay attention to how the ducks are behaving in your area and be very aware of your surroundings. This will help you determine the amount of pressure the ducks are getting and thus enable you to mirror and adapt to how the ducks are behaving and change your hunting strategy accordingly.This is even more important as a hunting guide because of the added pressure to get clients on ducks, so pay close attention at 6 mins, 8 seconds into the video...Roland goes into detail on this and more on today's episode of "Knee Deep in the Duck Blind" with Duck Hunting Fanatics with special guest Roland Cortez of Arkansas County Duck Guide Service.Located in the timbers of Arkansas, Roland going to be sharing...- How the ducks are flying in the timber (@ 1 min, 10 secs)- How to get started as a newbie duck hunter (@ 3mins, 20 secs)- Roland's bucket list duck hunt (@4 mins, 40 secs)- The secret to "Pressure Management" of your duck hunting hole (@ 6 mins, 8 secs)- Influencing "Change" to regulation and duck habitat(@8:28))Special thanks to Roland Cortez with Arkansas County Duck Guide Service for the great chat.  If you wanna book a hunt in Stuttgart, Arkansas, The Duck Capital Of The World, then visit him at https://arcountyguideservice.com/For more duck hunting tips, tricks, Free gear giveaways, and real-time boots on the ground migration reports go here to get on our notification list:https://duckhuntingfanatics.com/quack/Visit us on Facebook, Youtube, and InstagramDuck Hunting Fanatics FBDuck Hunting Fanatics YoutubeDuck Hunting Fanatics Instagram
On today's episode of Duck Hunting Fanatics migration report we have Beau Davis.Beau has been a professional guide for 15 years.Located in NE Colorado, Beau is going to be sharing...- How the ducks are flying in NE Colorado (@ 1 min, 5 secs)- #1 Mistake Most Duck Hunters Make (@ 2 mins)- How you can kill more ducks than all other hunters in your area (@ 2 mins, 40 secs)- What to look for in a reliable duck call (@ 7 mins, 22 secs)- How to work with split seasons (@ 12 mins, 45 sec)Special thanks to Beau Davis with Beau's Outdoors for the great chat.  If you wanna book a hunt around the NE Colorado, then visit him at https://www.beausoutdoors.com/For more duck hunting tips, tricks, Free gear giveaways, and real-time boots on the ground migration reports go here to get on our notification list:https://duckhuntingfanatics.com/quack/Visit us on Facebook, Youtube, and InstagramDuck Hunting Fanatics FBDuck Hunting Fanatics YoutubeDuck Hunting Fanatics Instagram
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