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Cold Mornings, Dark Skies, Bright Green Birds: Duck Hunting in Snohomish Valley

Around these parts, winter means duck hunting: cold mornings, dark skies, and bright green birds. In the latest Filson Life, follow Alex Busillachi and Blake Berry of Slade Northwest through a successful Snohomish Valley hunting trip.


Waking up in the early morning under a deep and dark sky usually signifies the start of an arduous day, however for a waterfowl hunter it signals pure excitement. As the city of Seattle slept and became a mere reflection in the rearview mirror, we set a course due North towards the historic Snohomish Valley where we were met with a stiff wind from the southeast and a flurry of rain, which every waterfowl hunter knows are keys to a successful day.

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Field Guide: Duck Hunting the Skagit County Coastline

With sparse deserts and plains, sprawling coastal tidelands, and the only temperate rainforest in the contiguous United States, Washington is home to one of the most diverse climates of any state. For any sportsman or woman this translates to endless outdoor possibilities. A 3-hour drive from the Filson Headquarters in Seattle will put you knee-deep in slate-gray water throwing dry flies for Steelhead, forging through a marsh with duck decoys in hand, or hiking along a basalt-rimmed plateau behind working dogs with a side-by-side. Throw your Waders, Tin Cloth Pants, and an Alaskan Guide Shirt or two in your duffle and hit the road in the AEV Filson Edition Wrangler with our Field Guide to Wa...Read More

Last of the Season: Celebrating the Waterfowl Ender with Kyle Johnson

Kyle Johnson is a 30 year old editorial and commercial photographer hailing from the Pacific Northwest. During the ending days of the waterfowl season, Kyle and his good friend Jerry Patty were able to rise before the sun and give it one last go in Carnation, WA. Below, Jerry reflects on a family hunting tradition as the season comes to an end.For me, duck hunting is much more than a hobby, it is a way of life steeped in family tradition. As far back as we can trace, all the great men in my family were diehard bird hunters, conservationists, all outdoorsmen to the true letter of the word.It means everything to me to carry on the tradition of my family, and do what I can to make a difference ...

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Remembering the Duck Season Opener with John Ludlam

John Ludlam is a medium format photographer currently residing in Denver, Colorado. Two years ago, he started processing and printing his own photos in the darkroom and hasn't gone back to digital since. Follow along as John recounts the waterfowl season opener in Colorado.The much awaited opening day of any season brings back the memories of seasons gone by.The sights, smells, and sounds bring back any hunters willing to get out of bed early to beat the sunrise and settle into their favorite spots.  The familiarity of the senses that accompany hunting are powerful; the chilling morning air that shocks your senses as you take the first steps out of your warm home, the crunch of frosted dirt ...Read More

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