Gilbert Arndt's Articles

November 2005


Hunting The Other Ducks!
by Gilbert Arndt
Most waterfowlers,especially those in the southern states, equate Duck Hunting with Mallards. While they do harvest other puddle ducks, it is usually while pursuing Greenheads! The ducks I'm referring to, are Teal,Wood Ducks,Widgeon,Gadwall, Pintail, and even Black Duck! Like the old saying goes"variety is the spice of life",and variety is what makes waterfowling interesting! ... more
Tips for Hunting Pressured Ducks
by Gilbert Arndt
It was late October, and a period of unseasonably warm weather had kept the "local" flocks around longer than usual, and prevented migrating ducks from filtering in.I had located a small backwater area that had not received much pressure since the opener, and luckily we were the only hunters there this warm,sunny, October morning. My client, and friend, Bill, a veteran duck hunter originally from ... more
Hunting the Other, Other Ducks
by Gilbert Arndt
Just as the first month of the 2002 Duck Season, is winding down, hardcore waterfowlers are looking to "Big Waters" & Divers. With unseasonably cold weather this season, Divers are already showing up in this area! My clients have not only been harvesting Ringbills, but Bluebill, & Bufflehead are showing up in our game bag! I have also decoyed some nice flocks of Canvasback this season as well. I ... more

October 2002


Hunting The Other Ducks!
by Gilbert Arndt
Most waterfowlers,especially those in the southern states, equate Duck Hunting with Mallards. While they do harvest other puddle ducks, it is usually while pursuing Greenheads! The ducks I'm referring to, are Teal,Wood Ducks,Widgeon,Gadwall, Pintail, and even Black Duck! Like the old saying goes"variety is the spice of life",and variety is what makes waterfowling interesting! ... more

September 2002


Get Ready... It's Almost That Time Again!
by Gilbert Arndt
Waterfowl Fans, its almost that time again, HUNTING SEASON! That time of year some of us wait for, the rest of the year. It won't be long, with youth hunts, early goose seasons, and duck hunting opening the end of the month in the north. For a fun, and successful waterfowl season, it's important to be prepared! I think for myself, and most other hunters, the pre hunt activities are almost as sati... more

April 2002


Where Are The Turkeys?
by Gilbert Arndt
Location of Spring Birds You received your permit for Spring Turkey hunting for the 5th time period,not your first choice( you wanted tha... more

February 2002


Pre-Spawn Northern Pike - Late Ice or Open Water?
by Gilbert Arndt
It was an unseasonably warm March day, in an unseasonably warm spring,a few years ago.The ice had just cleared off of the east end of Puckaway Lake,a day or so before,but there still was a large ice mass on what we call the "Big Lake" area on the west end. With air temps in the 50s at midday, and water temps generally in the high 30s to low 40s,I had a whim to try and see if I could locate some ac... more

December 2001


Start Early For A Successful Spring Turkey Hunt
by Gilbert Arndt
As I look at my calendar, the deadline for Spring Turkey Applications, Dec. 10, is approaching fast! Now before you apply is the time to determine not only what zones you want to hunt in, but the time periods that will work for you as well! Over the seasons of putting in for permits, not only for my family, but advising clients as well, I have picked up on a few procedures that might be helpful. ... more

November 2001


Hunting Diver Ducks - Waterfowlings' Romantic Adventure
by Gilbert Arndt
As I am writing this article, it is Oct.25, 2001, and as most of us avid Diver Duck hunters know, last night brought us some near perfect hunting weather! As I look out my window at noon, it is overcast, with 30 plus mile per hour winds from the Northwest, 38 degrees, and occassionaly snowing! All we need is some heavier driving snow,and sleet! This is when "the going gets tough, the Diver Duck Hu... more

September 2001


Baiting Bears In Wisconsin... Hard Work, But Rewarding
by Gilbert Arndt
It was a warm, late August afternoon in northern Wisconsin, and I had been sitting over one of my active baits since 4pm. I was hoping to videotape a large bear,with a 5 1/2 inch track,that had been hitting two of my baits in this area! It was now 6pm, and judging by the calm attitude of the porcupines, and pine squirrels,this was going to be a prime evening to see bear!!! SUDDENLY,everything was ... more

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