Early season mallard spreads

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Early season mallard spreads

Postby NuffDaddy » Thu Sep 13, 2012 8:29 pm

What are the general rules for early season spreads? I know you need to micic what you see but do you guys generally put them in any kind of family groups or just bunch them up. I will be hunting shallow cattail marshes along the edge of open water. About what size of a spread? I have 40 mallard decoys. Should I use a dozen, 2 dozen, all of them? Scouting has shown a perty promising area, but sometimes there are a couple small groups of 5-15 and other times there are hundreds in the area. Thanks for the help guys.
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Re: Early season mallard spreads

Postby SkyBuster302 » Fri Sep 14, 2012 12:44 pm

Were I'm from we try to mimic the best we can. It's kind of hard to tell what the early season may bring. But the best advice is to put two to three dozen and see what happens and leave a nice whole for em to dump into but whatever you do don't dump 40 dekes in the water maybe overkill just my experience
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Re: Early season mallard spreads

Postby NuffDaddy » Fri Sep 14, 2012 5:04 pm

That's what I figured. Taking my little brother and cousin out on the youth hunt tomorrow. I'm taking 20 mallards 6 teal and 6 geese and we will see what happens. Like I said sometimes there is rafts of 100+ ducks and other times there a few small groups of around a dozen. So there isn't any real patterns to mimic.
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Re: Early season mallard spreads

Postby SkyBuster302 » Fri Sep 14, 2012 6:13 pm

That's awesome. The thing is that those six goose dekes might make the mallards flare. It's happend to me a few times in a early season hunt
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Re: Early season mallard spreads

Postby NuffDaddy » Fri Sep 14, 2012 7:32 pm

SkyBuster302 wrote:That's awesome. The thing is that those six goose dekes might make the mallards flare. It's happend to me a few times in a early season hunt

As long as I keep the geese and mallards 15-20 yards apart I've never really had any problems. A lot of times ive had ducks land right in with the geese and not the mallards. the geese won't allways come in though if there are duck decoys out. But thanks for the tip if the ducks are flaring I'll try removing the geese and see what happens.
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Re: Early season mallard spreads

Postby MallardMan5 » Fri Sep 14, 2012 8:37 pm

duck usually dont land with geese in the early season because the local geese are very territorial but in the late season they will in my experiences
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Re: Early season mallard spreads

Postby SkyBuster302 » Fri Sep 14, 2012 9:17 pm

Late season it seems like the geese don't mind as much but make sure that you have enough room for the mallards to dump in. Hopefully the youngsters can get some pass shooting on a couple of honkers
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Re: Early season mallard spreads

Postby Bob Caygeon » Fri Sep 14, 2012 9:44 pm

SkyBuster302 wrote:Were I'm from we try to mimic the best we can. It's kind of hard to tell what the early season may bring. But the best advice is to put two to three dozen and see what happens and leave a nice whole for em to dump into but whatever you do don't dump 40 dekes in the water maybe overkill just my experience

Im not trying.g to be the math police but 40-3dozen equals 4. Pretty funny. I know what your trying to say though. I say.24 decoys is plenty and make most of them hens.
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Early season mallard spreads

Postby Podcast » Sat Sep 15, 2012 6:47 am

^^ What he said. 24 is even a lot in some areas. I don't use more than a dozen the first few weeks up here. They are just beginning to flock up. I also use 90% hens since even the mature birds here ain't colored yet.
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Re: Early season mallard spreads

Postby NuffDaddy » Sat Sep 15, 2012 9:10 am

Well lot of ducks in the area. Started with the geese out then pulled them. They seemed to flare the bigger ducks. They went through about 40 shells and got 1 BW teal and one hen mallard. Haha. Looks like they need some more practice.
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Re: Early season mallard spreads

Postby SkyBuster302 » Sat Sep 15, 2012 1:45 pm

Yeah that's what I ment to say. But atleast they got to shoot..
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Re: Early season mallard spreads

Postby NuffDaddy » Sat Sep 15, 2012 8:22 pm

They did a little better tonight. Got a mallard and a pintail with only about 10 shots. Image
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Re: Early season mallard spreads

Postby Bob Caygeon » Sun Sep 16, 2012 3:07 pm

Nice job getting them boys out. Congratulations on the birds. :thumbsup:
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Re: Early season mallard spreads

Postby NuffDaddy » Sun Sep 16, 2012 6:58 pm

Couldn't get em up this morning but we went out tonight and got 2 mallards and 2 GW teal. Shooting was a little better tonight.
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Re: Early season mallard spreads

Postby richard133 » Wed Sep 26, 2012 7:10 am

Where did you guys go out to?
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Re: Early season mallard spreads

Postby NuffDaddy » Wed Sep 26, 2012 2:03 pm

richard133 wrote:Where did you guys go out to?

Pinconning area on the bay.
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