RyanLisson Author

Ryan Lisson is a biologist and regular content contributor to several outdoor manufacturers, hunting shows, publications, and blogs. He is an avid small game, turkey, and whitetail hunter from northern Minnesota and loves managing habitat almost as much as hunting. Ryan is also passionate about helping other adults experience the outdoors for their first time, which spurred him to launch Zero to Hunt, a website devoted to mentoring new hunters.

Snow Goose – A Conservation Success Story

A closer look at the goose of many colors The snow goose (Anser caerulescens) is an interesting species of goose that comes in two color phases: the white phase (typically...

Greater Scaup – A Closer Look at the Blue-billed Diving Duck

The Greater Scaup is a Diving Duck with Coastal Hunting Opportunities The greater scaup (Aythya marila) is the only circumpolar diving duck, meaning it breeds in far northern...

Common Goldeneye – In Pursuit of the Whistler

Discover the beautiful duck with whistling wings The common goldeneye (Bucephala clangula) is a medium-sized duck that is true to its name as well as its nickname. The drake’s...

Redhead – A Sociable Diving Duck

Learn about the redhead diving duck that we love to decoy The redhead duck (Aythya americana) is a striking member of the diving duck group. While the drakes stand out for their...

Green-Winged Teal – A Quick Pursuit

Profiling the Small but Abundant Green-Wings The green-winged teal (Anas crecca) is a small member of the dabbling duck species, smaller even than its cousin the blue-winged teal....

Common Decoy Spreads for Puddle Ducks and Divers

Advice for new duck hunters on decoy spreads When you get any waterfowlers to talk about the best decoy spreads for a given scenario, you’re likely to get a few different...

Greater White-Fronted Goose – The Elusive Specklebelly

Species Profile and Hunting Tips for Targeting Specklebellies The greater white-fronted goose (Anser albifrons) is a small brown goose named for the white feathers surrounding its...

Canvasback – A Waterfowl Species Profile

In Pursuit of the Elusive “Bull Can” The canvasback duck (Aythya valisineria) is a bold-looking and large member of the diving duck family. With its sloping forehead and large...

Blue-Winged Teal – A Waterfowl Species Profile

A Small and Speedy Meal with Whistling Wings The blue-winged teal (Spatula discors; syn=Anas discors) is a fascinating member of the dabbling duck group. They are very fast flying...

American Wigeon – A Waterfowl Species Profile

Taking Aim at the Aggressive American Wigeon The American wigeon (Mareca Americana/Anas americana) is a subtly beautiful member of the dabbling duck family. It is equally at home...