A cabin journal. Every cabin has one, some old, some new. It is the place where we write and reminisce on past stories, adventures, and experiences. Our cabin journal reminds us of the times afield, stories between friends, lessons learned, and informative advice for the next time. Read pages from our journal for expert tips and tactics from Team Lucky Duck. Stay caught up on the latest articles that make Lucky Duck’s Cabin Journal a resource for everything waterfowl, predator, dog, turkey, and game bird.

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​After Season Electronic Decoy Care

Posted by Lucky Duck Team on Feb 23rd 2022

As we start to come to the end of many waterfowl seasons, it becomes time to store our electronic decoys. With proper storage you will limit many issues in 8-10 months when you are ready to check them … read more

The Wigeon Hole

Posted by Brandon Trentham on Jan 17th 2022

Small water in Texas is the epitome of waterfowl pursuit. The Wigeon Hole at Dry Creek Outfitters is the experience that most waterfowl hunters dream about. Seeing wigeons (And don’t forget all … read more

Do Goose Flappers Really Work?

Posted by Lucky Duck Team on Nov 9th 2021

There’s no question that the sport of hunting continues to change and evolve as birds become more educated. Before goose flappers, the only option was flagging, which is still a common practice today. … read more

​What Keeps You Comin’ Back?

Posted by Brandon Trentham on Oct 25th 2021

Last season, the question "Why do I hunt?" hit me like a ton of bricks. I have been blessed with many "once in a lifetime" opportunities to hunt with some of the best in the business at some of the mo … read more

Lucky 4 Slot Motion Bag

Posted by David Vaught , PH.D. on Oct 7th 2021

Might as well get more than one – the convenience of having multiple sorted bags is well worth it.Recently at a Midwest waterfowl show, I saw the new Lucky Duck 4 Slot Motion Backpack and I was ama … read more

​5 Things to Love About Teal Season

Posted by Brandon Trentham on Sep 22nd 2021

In my neck of the woods, the world revolves around the fall. The leaves change colors, the helmet and shoulder pads come out, and the woods come alive. The marsh is no different and the preseason s … read more

Which Spinner Decoy is Best for Me?

Posted by Lucky Duck Team on Aug 31st 2021

Fall is quickly approaching which means it is time to think about chasing waterfowl (let’s be honest, do we ever stop thinking about it). It’s no secret that waterfowl hunters are gear junkies and whe … read more

​Early Teal

Posted by Ducklander Calls on Aug 30th 2021

It is late August which means a few things are going on at the call shop. We are steady shipping and building calls everyday. If you have been watching our website you have noticed we are short on a … read more

My Favorite Features of the Lucky Kennel

Posted by Brandon Trentham on Aug 2nd 2021

When it comes to protecting my family, I don’t like to leave anything up to luck. The Lucky Kennel is anything but wishing for luck. This kennel is rugged, sturdy, and built to last. Before we … read more

Summertime Restart

Posted by Torrey Walrath on Jul 9th 2021

It has been a few months since our dogs have had the fun of hunting with us. Now that it's summer, it is time to start making sure they are in shape to get multiple safe retrieves in as few as three … read more

Season Reflection

Posted by Josh Miller on Jun 2nd 2021

Saying this has been an interesting year would be a complete understatement. Our lives have, without a doubt, changed in many ways. But hopefully you have all been able to make lemonade out of th … read more

Turkey Properties

Posted by David Vaught, Ph.D. on May 7th 2021

Some people are very lucky to know someone that will allow them to hunt turkeys. Even luckier if they are the only one that hunts that property. In these recent years, we have seen an increase in … read more

Bow Hunting Spring Gobblers

Posted by Shawn McKinney on Apr 21st 2021

Have you ever attempted bowhunting for that spring gobbler? We all know hunting those spring gobblers can be challenging enough but getting them within bow range can add another level of intensity. … read more

Realism Has Big Benefits

Posted by Shane Simpson on Mar 30th 2021

With another turkey season just around the corner, many hunters are dusting off the turkey calls so that they can begin practicing. Some hunters will be content with merely sounding “good enough” wh … read more

​Turkey Hunting- Early Season Preparation

Posted by Dave Constantine on Mar 16th 2021

It goes without saying, that each year as spring turkey season approaches, most turkey hunters cannot wait for opening day!When it comes to early season preparations, a few things are worth conside … read more

What's the Target

Posted by Shawn McKinney on Mar 2nd 2021

Predator hunting is becoming more and more popular and it’s clearly visible via the social media channels that are available today on this very subject. Do a quick search on YouTube for “Coyote Hun … read more

Ducklander Calls Take on Spinners

Posted by Ducklander Calls on Feb 11th 2021

We talk about spinners a lot, motion wing decoys, mojos or whatever they are called. I prefer to call them spinners. The main questions are usually, do they still work, how many do you use, do you … read more


Posted by Shawn McKinney on Jan 20th 2021

Are you a coyote hunter and if so, what do you do with your pelts?Let’s face it, the fur industry is nearly but an urban legend these days, as fur prices continue to fade away. We are a long time … read more

​The Real Deal

Posted by Ducklander Calls on Dec 23rd 2020

Waterfowling is something I truly love. I have hunted long before I built calls and would hunt just as much if I could never build another call again. I like about every single aspect of it, the scout … read more

​Thermal or Night-Vision

Posted by Shawn McKinney on Dec 8th 2020

Are you a night-time predator hunter? Are you still using old-school techniques with lights? The nighttime hunting game has taken a major turn in recent years with the availability of commercial … read more

Goose Bands

Posted by David Vaught, Ph.D. on Nov 17th 2020

So you got a band finally. You have seen them on people’s lanyards, but never got one yourself and now what does it mean. Years ago, researchers had a provocative question: What are the migration ro … read more

​Heed the Call

Posted by Brandon Trentham on Oct 27th 2020

It was a late morning in January as we finished off the last drop of Folgers in the thermos and huddled closely in the 2x4 Blind. We were freezing and each hunter was hoping the next chair over would … read more

​Control What You Can Control

Posted by Josh Miller on Oct 14th 2020

Season is almost upon us and many of us as preparing for duck and goose seasons. It is an exciting time of year and hopefully you have been putting in the time to prepare your four legged partner f … read more

Being a Good Hunting Partner

Posted by David Vaught, Ph.D. on Sep 29th 2020

Hunting is a social endeavor. We like to be with our friends and enjoy the company. But, we also know some arrive ill-prepared and really put little effort into getting ready.So how does one make him … read more

Dove Decoy Placement and My Favorite Recipe

Posted by Aron Boyce on Sep 15th 2020

Dove season being right around the corner, now is the time to start scouting new places and to get those dogs out after a long summer training. In the Midwest, we have had quite a bit of rain for th … read more

Trip Planning

Posted by Aron Boyce on Aug 18th 2020

When planning a waterfowl hunting trip, there is no shortage of things to remember. From the big to the little, there is no doubt that something will be forgotten. But there are some things that ar … read more

​Embrace Inefficiency

Posted by Brandon Trentham on Aug 4th 2020

Efficiency seems to always be the goal. In today's culture, at work, the car wash, grocery shopping, everywhere we turn, efficiency has become our currency. In my lifetime, and I am only 28, I have se … read more

​Your Gun and Patterning

Posted by David Vaught, Ph.D. on Jul 21st 2020

I can assure you there are right ways and wrong ways to ensure you know your choke. Most approach this effort at 40 yards, point their gun at a target and pull the trigger. So let me stop you right … read more

Hunting Equipment: Tips and Care

Posted by Jason Ford on Jul 7th 2020

If you’re a novice hunter, there are certain mistakes that you simply have to live through in order to avoid them in the future. For instance — waterfowl hunters spend a ridiculous amount of time wa … read more

Physically Distant, Socially Present

Posted by Brandon Trentham on Jun 18th 2020

For the outdoorsman, distance is no stranger. We long for the boat ride in hoping to have ventured further than the last explorer. The unknown aspects of the vast amount of space that we call the … read more

​What a Shot Pattern Looks Like

Posted by David Vaught, Ph.D. on Jun 4th 2020

For most of us, we see the shot pattern as a two-dimensional expression of pellets hitting a target. Really though, a lot more is occurring in multiple dimensions from the time the shot leaves the b … read more

Phase Three - Stages of Decoys in the Spring Season

Posted by Dave Constantine on May 21st 2020

As the spring turkey season progresses into the later phase, decoy applications also change. I would classify the “late season” as the last 10 to 14 days of most spring turkey seasons. To ensure a … read more

Phase Two - Stages of Decoys in the Spring Season

Posted by Dave Constantine on Apr 20th 2020

As the early season transitions into mid- season in the spring turkey woods, your decoy tactics need to also change to ensure success. This mid-season period will easily run two to three weeks. In … read more

At Home Training

Posted by Josh Miller on Apr 17th 2020

It’s starting to wear on you, as it is all of us. Stuck at home. Limited things to do and places to go. But since there is nothing we can do about this right now, let’s take these lemons and make lem … read more

What to do with your Waterfowl.

Posted by Brian Tucker on Apr 16th 2020

Many hunters take to the field every Fall, Winter, and Spring to chase waterfowl. Whether it is an early October Teal hunt in Wyoming or a spring Snow goose hunt in South Dakota, every waterfowl hun … read more

Phase One - Stages of Decoys in the Spring Season

Posted by Dave Constantine on Apr 15th 2020

Decoy dynamics and applications change throughout the spring hunting season. Many dynamics and changes occur throughout the course of the wild turkey’s spring breeding season. A “savvy” turkey hunt … read more

September Dove Hunting Prep

Posted by Aron Boyce on Apr 14th 2020

After a long hot summer, it always seems like September 1st can never come soon enough here in Kansas. Although, for me, my dove season preparation starts in early spring. Starting in March, I will … read more

Predator Scent Control

Posted by Shawn McKinney on Mar 19th 2020

Predator hunting is becoming more than a pastime for most hunters these days. In fact, some people are making it nearly their primary target throughout the hunting season. That takes some serious d … read more

Waterfowl Photography

Posted by Aron Boyce on Mar 13th 2020

Like many other activities, waterfowl photography has its own challenges. Following, I will go over what I have found that helps me.Waterfowl Photography is just like hunting except with a camera … read more

What's your Bore?

Posted by Shawn McKinney on Mar 6th 2020

Do you have a favorite rifle, specifically one you coyote hunt with? Is it a semi-auto AR platform, a traditional bolt action or maybe a custom built, tricked out, suppressed, tactical variation? W … read more