Have you ever tried duck hunting? It can be a very exciting adventure, totally different from what you have tried before. We offer you some tips & tricks regarding this particular type of hunting that you can use in order to improve your hunting efficiency. Take a pen and some paper and note down these instructions.
Let’s start with the duck blinds. Many hunters use duck blinds in order to conceal themselves from being spotted by the bird. To find out general information regarding duck blinds as well as some products available on the market we invite you to visit the duck blinds section. If you are a DIY kind of person you can make your own duck blind, for more instructions regarding this matter check out the homemade duck hunting blinds page.
Calling is crucial for duck hunting, you need to have the proper callers in order to be efficient. Visit the duck calls section to find out more about duck calls as well as some products that you might consider purchasing.
As most of you know, using a decoy can greatly improve the overall hunting efficiency but not all decoy products are efficient, to find out more information regarding duck decoys along with some duck decoy products available on the market check out the duck decoys section.
If you have a few dollars to spare, you can purchase a duck boat that you will be using on your next hunting adventure. There are many duck boats available on the market but only a few are reliable, to find out what conditions a duck boat must meet in order to be reliable, visit our duck hunting boats section where you can find some products that hunters have been using for years as well.
Duck hunting is a cold-weather activity so proper clothing is imperative in order to feel comfortable. Another important aspect regarding clothing is camouflage because without proper camouflage your chances of being detected are quite high. Check out the duck hunting clothes section and the duck hunting waders section where you can find out what clothing you should purchase for your next duck hunting adventure.
All in all, if you purchase the most suitable hunting equipment for you, the next duck hunting adventure you will be conducting will be not only exciting but fruitful as well.
Important Duck Hunting Tips
1. Patterns of weather, as well as water levels, can deflect major flights off their typical migratory routes. A hotspot of the last year can be an empty hole if ducks are in the opposite part of the state. Moreover, ducks travel ahead of ruthless storms and cold air fronts. Be smart and hunt on a running away day and you will notice a sky that’s full of new ducks incoming from the north. They will certainly be unfamiliar with the new surroundings, eagerly wanting to land and relax with other ducks.
2. When you first spot pond ducks at a distance you should use a piercing, long hail, or a high ball call (decrescendo) so as to get their attention along with letting them know where you are. You should furthermore make use of loud, long calls on those windy days, as in this situation ducks won’t be able to hear very well, mainly if they’re upwind; this also applies when you’re hunting on flooded river bottoms, places where the sound doesn’t carry that far. Whilst you are calling you should watch the birds at all times. If they do respond to your call then keep it up. If however, they do not respond to it try something else instead: a piercing decrescendo, a malleable decrescendo, a long and drawn-out decrescendo, a sequence of short quacks, whatever it will take.
3. When you call ducks, always think of what you’re trying to do there. At first, you are trying to obtain their attention, but also to let them know that there are some other ducks in the respective area, and where exactly they are. If ducks are not coming towards you, you should attempt to make them change their route and come a little closer. While the ducks are getting closer you must try to persuade them there are extra ducks on the water, that it would be safe to land there, and that the spot is good for resting and feeding in safety. Nevertheless, the calls you’re carrying out aren’t used by ducks for those rationales. They’re used to declare willingness to mate, exclusively used in courtship behavior. Therefore, what you must do is use the exact calls that ducks use, but be sure to use them in such a way that will make the birds do what you want.
4. You may use a certain series of quacks or chuckles to prove to the birds that the decoys you’re using are real and raise no suspicions. Although the provocative call is perilous and certainly not a feeding call it’s used by the birds in feeding situations. You may use chuckles or diver growls to convince the incoming ducks there are some drakes distressing the hens. In order to add further realism to the calling, you may use the group contact calls of drakes and sounds of other duck or goose species that might be found in the area.
5. In the prairie, ducks can be quite predictable. They leave the roosting place in the morning hours and head for their feeding meadows. Approximately half of the time they’ll head directly for the fields in order to feed and the other half they will momentarily stop in a neighboring pothole to regroup. These are definitely the areas all hunters should target.