Are you looking for an exciting and memorable activity to engage in during your free time? Then duck hunting is an ideal idea.
However, like every other type of hunting, you need to equip yourself with the right hunting tips to avoid wreaking any havoc during your hunt. For ducks, hunting them is not a piece of cake, and you will, therefore, need to be extra careful to avoid wasting time.
For instance, considering that ducks live near water, you will need to have warm and waterproof clothes to help you in your hunt. On the other hand, you need to look for clothes that help you camouflage with the area where you are hunting.
Below is comprehensive information on some of these duck hunting tips that you need to pay attention to as a beginner to help you hunting safely and enjoy the experience.
Successful duck hunting relies on:
- Locating the feeding, loafing and roosting sites
- Choosing the right location for your decoys
- Using effective methods to attract the ducks
- Being in a good position for a shot
- Avoiding being detected by the ducks
Have A Good Camouflage
As mentioned above, the clothes that you will be wearing to the hunt will determine how successful your hunt will be. Camouflage is the first gear that you should invest in when considering duck hunting.
This outfit helps you hunt without letting the duck spot you from afar. Therefore, identify how the area where you are hunting looks like to guide you on the camouflage you should look for.
For instance, if you are hunting in a grassy area, then go for a green camouflage, and if you are in the woodland, then a brown mask will do. Your socks and shoes should match your outfit too, and be comfortable on enough to let you walk almost undetected.
Have an Experienced Partner
Hunting can be fun and exciting, but this is only when it is done in the right way. For this reason, if you are duck hunting for the first time, then you need an experienced friend to accompany you.
With an experienced person, they will direct you on some of the rules and expectations that you need to have to make sure that your hunt is secure. On the other hand, the expert will advise you on some of the tricks to help you get as many ducks as possible within a short time.
Seek Permission Before You Go Hunting
Like any other form of hunting, you need to have permission as you go for duck hunting to avoid getting at logger heads with the authorities. On the other hand, if you are hunting in an owner’s land, then you need to ask for permission from the owners.
Additionally, if the place where you intend to go for duck hunting is public property, then you could buy or lease the area.
Know The Right Time and waders for hunting
When planning to go hunting, you need to know the best time to go hunting and certainly the best waders to use. For instance, morning time is the most recommended time to go hunting for all animals and birds, hunting included.
However, it is also possible to go hunting in the evening. This should be done in the last couple of hours before it is entirely dark.
You could also go for hunting during mid-day though this is not an ideal time since most ducks are in hiding.
- Hunt after a heavy rain as rising water can flood new areas [such as agricultural fields] that prove attractive to ducks
- Hunt after a cold weather front has passed through as it often brings fresh ducks that aren’t decoy shy
- On overcast days, good camouflage is a necessity as there are no shadows and low flying ducks can more easily see into blinds and more easily see the hunter’s faces looking at them. Check you are not wearing bright colors and it can help to wear a facemask
- On slow days use a quieter and less aggressive calling approach as the aggressive style can scare them away. It may be that no calling on that type of day may be appropriate. A gentle raspy call on quiet calm days can often be successful
- Vary your techniques from other hunters such as using your decoys around the edge of a hole instead of in the middle and using motion wing decoys or a jerk string
- Look for little used or hidden duck holes such as farm ponds, beaver sloughs, oxbows, reservoir backwaters, swamps, creeks and watershed areas between 2 refuges
- Hunt during the week to avoid the crowds on the weekends
- Keep the colors on your decoys in good condition to add realism to them
- Consider adding some ‘loafing’ or ‘sleepers’ to your decoys
- On calm quiet days ducks get a better look at your decoys and can notice things such as lack of water movement. Use motion wing decoys or a jerk string to provide some movement to the decoys and ripples to the water. Decoys that are moving side to side or bobbing their heads or moving their wings can be seen farther away
- Ducks see color so use camo that matches the color and pattern of your surroundings – don’t use a tree type of camouflage in an agricultural field
- Try and not to set your blind so it will be sky-lined by approaching ducks – place it in a low area or against vegetation to break its outline
- Remember shiny faces, glasses, guns, etc can be seen a long way off by ducks
Duck hunting is an ideal adventure to help you pass the time and get ducks for food or to keep at home. However, you need to be careful to help you avoid future regrets due to mistakes that you could make during your hunt.
Above are tips to help you go for duck hunting in the right way, especially when you are a beginner.