By Travis Thompson
It’s the Offseason . . . That means we’re all biding our time, counting down the days until early teal or goose starts everything over . . .
While you while away the hours training your retrievers and re-painting your decoys, we thought we’d compile a list of must-follow Instagram accounts . . . Exactly what you need while you’re stuck on a conference call with the executives or in a never ending hold with tech support.
Note that these are mostly personal accounts – we will be releasing another list for “waterfowl brands to follow” soon . . . But sometimes folks love the personal side, picture after picture of dead ducks and geese, but the occasional Christmas morning family photo . . .
Here goes – the huntfowl.com official list of 24 Must Follow Instagram Accounts for Waterfowlers!
1. HuntFowl – https://www.instagram.com/huntfowlcom/ – Yes, this is self serving. But we bring you the best we can find from the world of waterfowling. We’re regular waterfowlers chasing our dreams just like you . . .
2. Matt Stagner – https://www.instagram.com/m_stagner_photography/ – A Houston area photographer, his images will have you dreaming of pintails and blue wings and whistlers all summer long
3. Tod Manning – https://www.instagram.com/todmanningphotography/ – Another gifted outdoors photographer, Tod captures stunning detail and some great dog shots . . . Tod also seems to have the market cornered on impact shots, showing the duck as the pellets make impact – amazing high speed stuff
4. Days Afield Photography – https://www.instagram.com/daysafieldphotography/ – Not as well known as many of the names on this list, the stunning contrast of black and white perfectly complements his shots of flooded timber and labs
5. Tony Vandemore – https://www.instagram.com/tonyvandemore/ – the patron saint of many a modern duck hunter, Tony is the driving force behind Habitat Flats . . . A must follow if you want breathtaking pictures of millions of waterfowl, hard driving dogs, and heavy straps
6. Arliss Reed – https://www.instagram.com/quackkills923/ – Another guide at Habitat Flats – this is one of those accounts that you watch, day after day, and think “wow – this guy really gets it done” . . .
7. Justin Martin – https://www.instagram.com/jmartinduckman/ – Most waterfowler’s have a love/hate relationship with Duck Dynasty and the Duck Commander brand . . . Justin Martin is the best of their accounts when it comes to waterfowling and the outdoors in general . . . He is less “trying to push a brand” and more of a “regular guy doing it right outdoors” . . .
8. Tyler Gunner – https://www.instagram.com/tylergunner25/ – Our last Habitat Flats guide, Tyler is an outdoorsman’s outdoorsman – turkey, geese, ducks, and dogs. Also, I think the HF guys have full time photographers that follow them around and make them look amazing.
9. Jonathan Olson – https://www.instagram.com/jonathanolson21/ – Snow’s Addiction guide service. Follow this guy if you love seeing massive piles of snow geese. Great shots of flocks of geese decoying in, too . . . Goose porn, really.
10. Teddy Kelley – https://www.instagram.com/simpler.times/ – this isn’t a “strictly” waterfowl follow, but Kelley’s pictures are so breathtaking I’m sure you won’t mind. Beautiful shots stacked on top of beautiful shots, all looking like they should be in a ad for life in the great outdoors. Teddy IS an avid waterfowler, so plenty of good stuff in here too.
11. Travis Thompson – https://www.instagram.com/travisthompson/ – the author. Full time fishing and waterfowl guide in Southwest Florida, frequent contributor to HuntFowl.com, all around great guy.
12. Ryan Nitz – https://www.instagram.com/ryannitz/ – a fellow Floridian, Ryan is one of the most talented videographers and photographers the Sunshine State has to offer. You may have to suffer through some shots of monster snook or sunrise Osceolas, but that’s the price you pay to get to his shots of Black Bellies and Bluewings . . .
13. Ramsey Russell – https://www.instagram.com/ramseyrussellgetducks/ – Ramsey is the creator of com, an online outfitter service chasing waterfowl all over the world. This is his personal account, with outstanding waterfowl pictures to keep you cool all summer long.
14. Ryan Bassham – https://www.instagram.com/igetducks/ – Ryan is a Sitka guy, a GetDucks guy, and basically living the dream, traveling the world and hunting. This is a must follow acccount, everything from turkeys south of the border to waterfowl in Turkey . . .
15. Waterfowl Addiction – https://www.instagram.com/waterfowl_addiction/ – This is one of those “DM us your photos to be featured” pages, but that shouldn’t stop you from clicking the follow icon . . . In reality, this page brings together so much content it should be near the top of the list
16. Wes Morrison – https://www.instagram.com/wesmorrison_/ – Wes is on a number of pro-staffs, and you’ll see lots of piles, but his page also has a different perspective to it that’s refreshing . . .
17. Fred Greenslade – https://www.instagram.com/quackphotog/ – While Fred’s pictures are all incredible, he has some of the best diver images on the web. Must follow account.
18. James Leash – https://www.instagram.com/jleash/ – James’ pictures do the talking, and he captures every aspect of the waterfowling experience.
19. Matt Peel – https://www.instagram.com/goose_creek_sika/ – Matt seems to be particularly fascinated by ducks cupped for landing, fully plumed drakes, and labs . . . This is a solid combination
20. Jeff Coats – https://www.instagram.com/pitbosswaterfowl/ – You may have to suffer through some pics of bluefish and stripers, blue crabs and steaks, but Jeff gets it done year round.
21. Phil Kahnke – https://www.instagram.com/philkahnkephotos/ – I took a photography class in college. These guys go WAY beyond that. Perfect lighting, perfect shots . . .
22. Dennis Loosier – https://www.instagram.com/dr_duck/ – You may know him as Dr. Duck. Featured in a Yeti production a couple of seasons ago, Dr. Duck is self proclaimed to eat, sleep, and breathe duck hunting . . .
23. Ted Wells – https://www.instagram.com/twellsimage/ – Bozeman, Montana outdoorsman – some of the best close-up work on the internet, as well as some great landscapes and the occasional goose flip . . .
24. Austen Stewart – https://www.instagram.com/southern_fowl_life/ – This guys feed is like watching an episode of Duck Dynasty, without the commercials or silly situational stuff – basically one great outdoors experience . . .
There you go. 24 accounts to spice up your Instagram experience . . . Who else should WE be following in the waterfowling community . . .