Posts by: Kevin McConnell

I’m notoriously hard to buy for. I’m picky about my duck hunting gear, I’ve got every fishing gadget under the sun, and I don’t really care about the traditional father’s day trinkets like wallets and ties and such. So my wife gave our two kiddos the task of picking out 10 items they could gift me, their grandfather an…

Some of the largest members of the duck family (Anatidae), geese are closely related to ducks but spend much more time on land where they graze on grasses. Geese mate for life, each parent cares for the young, and both sexes have similar plumage. Found mainly in the northern hemisphere, more common geese include Canadi…

Part of the diverse and very large Anatidae family of ducks, divers, commonly called pochards or scaups, are a category of duck which feed by diving beneath the surface of the water. They tend to be denser than dabbling ducks and legs situated further back on their bodies, which helps them dive under water. Found mainl…

The countdown to duck season is here, and this series is designed to help you identify every major species of waterfowl coming soon to a flyway near you. Up first: dabbling ducks A dabbling duck is a freshwater species of duck that typically feeds in shallow water by dabbling and upending. These strongly-migratory bird…

Fishing from stand-up paddleboards (or SUPS) is gaining popularity by the day, but still most fishermen have enough common sense to avoid trying to land any serious fish from them, right? Wrong. 1. SUP fisherman hauls in massive thresher shark after an epic battle 2. Paddling around Destin in search of big sharks. 3. S…

There’s an overused saying that holds that “when life gives you lemons, you make lemonade” preferably with a heavy pour of Deep Eddy Vodka. Such was the case on a recent Gunn&Hook hosted fishing trip to Louisiana’s Chandeleur Islands aboard the 72 foot Southern Way mothership. Our trip was in serious jeopardy of cancel…

American Sniper is the most popular movie in theaters right now, and whether you are a left-wing nutjob, or a thoughtful, logical, well-reasoned conservative, I think we can all agree that Chris Kyle was one hell of a shot! One of the very first scenes in the movie is Chris with his Dad hunting whitetails in Texas, whi…

Duck season is upon us in many areas across the country and with the popularity of Duck Dynasty, there are a bunch of new participants in the sport. First off, those of you that are new to the sport, you will lovingly be referred to as a Barney this year. Use these top 10 strategies for putting out a killer decoy sprea…

I’m a hopeless procrastinator, and as such I’d like to present my “Top 10 Things to do to get ready for duck season” a week late as duck season is open across the country. My esteemed colleague Jay Decker recently posted a very detailed and extensive list of the Top 10 Things to Do to Get Ready for Bow Season. Jay is p…

While many sportsmen turn their attention to elk and white-tailed deer this time of year, those of us “in the know” head to the coast. This a great time of year to do some in-shore fishing for redfish and the speckled trout fishing ain’t too shabby either. The summer crowds are gone, it’s not as damn hot and the fish a…