Best Waterfowl Hunting Books & Best Waterfowl Hunting Magazines ?

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  1. The Duck Commander

    The Duck Commander Senior Refuge Member

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    I know with the internet, and the digital age, printed matter is quickly becoming extinct; however, for those of us who actually like to hold a book or magazine in our hands to read, in your opinion, what are some of the best printed books on duck and goose hunting ?

    I'm talking about books that actually go into some depth to give a duck or goose hunter a better understanding of ducks and geese, and why they do what they do. Including such topics as habitat, breeding, behavior, flight patterns, preferred food sources, etc....

    Which magazines do you feel offer the best coverage of duck and goose hunting ?

    Thanks for your input !
     
  2. tcc

    tcc Elite Refuge Member

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    I only know of a couple of waterfowl specific magazines, Wildfowl and American Waterfowler. That's all I've seen around here anyway; am I missing out on others? Both of those are ok I guess, like I said not much to compare them to.
     
  3. marsh fox

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    Dark Estary by BB & illustrated by DJ Watkins Pitchford. Just buy it.:cool::cool:
    About him. http://www.bbsociety.co.uk/bb-bibliography.php

    ‘Tide’s Ending’

    See where those leaning poplars stand
    Along the far sea wall?
    That is the outpost of the land,
    There is the end of all,
    Geese in skein, and the sound again
    Of their clanging bugles blending,
    Samphire scent, and a great content
    In the place I call Tide’s Ending.



    Follow the sheep tracks’ winding thread,
    Drawn deep the dawn wind blowing,
    All the world is grey and dead,
    Only the tide is flowing,
    Curlews call from the dim sea wall,
    We’ll take what the gods are sending,
    The first gulls come, the flight’s begun
    In the place I call Tide’s Ending.



    Mark yon wheel of the Bar Point light
    Uneasy in the gloaming,
    Timid spark in the womb of night,
    Guide for a curlew’s homing,
    Whistle of wings and ghostly things
    Beyond all comprehending,
    Tang of the sea, and a soul set free
    In the place I call Tide’s Ending.

    ‘Tide’s Ending’ ( 1950)
     
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  4. BeartoothDucker

    BeartoothDucker Senior Refuge Member

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    Sunrise on the Santee

    It is about Waterfowling in South Carolina from about 1940-1990. It is a great read. He helps you to see the downfall of duck hunting but also tells a great duck hunting story.
     
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    creedsduckman Elite Refuge Member

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    The Outlaw Gunner. A good history of market hunting in the mid Atlantic region.
     
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    GUNNERX2 Elite Refuge Member

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    In my opinion, there are very few, if any, really good books on Waterfowling having been written lately. One must go back decades to find worthwhile books by authors like Buckingham, Hill, Babcock, Sheldon, Heilner, Underwood, Muderlak, Reiger, etc. I just don't see in today's writers the skill and knowledge to make you not want to put the book down.
     
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    BirdJ Elite Refuge Member

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    Those are the only two that I like because their not just about ducks!!!!:tu
     
  8. Layout101

    Layout101 Elite Refuge Member

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    American Waterfowler is OK
    WildFowl magazine isn't what it used to be at all, not worth the $ IMO.
    Old back issues of Waterfowlers World are good


    As far as books;

    Any of the Old Duck Hunter trilogy are awesome
    Anything by Worth Mathewson is very good
    Outlaw Gunner is good
    Jack Miner stuff is good..Wild Goose Jack, Jack Miner and the Birds
     
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  9. Cooper

    Cooper Senior Refuge Member

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    In addition to the books already mentioned try to find a copy of A Book On Duck Shooting by Van Campen Heilner. It was written in 1939 but it is full of great old duck and goose hunting stories from Alberta to the Baltic and everywhere in between.

    Merry Christmas
    Cooper
     
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    mmayes Diver Forum Mod Moderator

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