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Waterfowl Woes: 6 Ways Your Waterfowl Hunt Can Go Wrong—and How To Adjust Your Tactics

Via Michael Cogswell

A lot can go wrong to foul up your duck or goose hunt, but with this troubleshooting guide, you can still limit out.

Guy Huntley
Guy Huntley

As any waterfowler knows, a morning in the blind doesn’t always go according to script, even with meticulous scouting and planning. After all, many of the variables that can conspire against a duck or goose hunt are difficult to accurately predict. But unforeseen circumstances don’t have to ruin your hunt. If you can recognize what’s happening and react quickly and appropriately, you can still salvage the day. Here are some of the most common hunt busters that can arise, along with tactics for making the best of the situation.

Ken Bailey

Ken Bailey

An all-around hunter, Ken Bailey enjoys pursuing waterfowl the most. Based in Edmonton, Outdoor Canada's longtime hunting editor Ken Bailey has hunted every major Canadian game animal, in every corner of the country. For many years, he’s shared his deep knowledge of game behaviour, and wide expertise with all manner of firearms with OC's readers. His work has been recognized numerous times by both the Outdoor Writers of Canada and the National Magazine Awards. Ken is a committed conservationist, dedicated to habitat preservation, sustainable harvests, and passing along our hunting heritage to the next generation. He's also an avid fly fisherman, and a pretty darn good game chef.

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