I have a spot to duck hunt and I've been pretty successful on the land the past few years. It has a 10 acre pond and a 2 acre pond where I spend a majority of my time hunting.
However, there is a very small creek that runs the length of the property. I've hunted the creek a few times after all the ponds freee with really very good success, throwing out a few decoys and a spinner and is usually plenty to shoot my limit.
However, whenever there is more than just me hunting there aren't enough birds decoying in to our section of the creek, they seem to go to about 4 or 5 different spots, and once live ducks are on the creek its game over for our section. Without actually walking the whole creek to get all the birds up (its about 2 mile stretch) it gets tough to decoy birds.
The creek is only ankle deep, and only about 15ft wide but it has about 10 ft banks on most of it, making the birds feel very safe (no trees at all). I have never ever heard a duck quacking when they are on the water (that includes a time when I watched 2k greenheads pile in to an area).
Question is, how to you make your spot the go to spot for all the ducks? I've tried a spinner up on the bank to get their attention, throwing out 4 dz dekes, using only 6 dekes, calling, no calling-just can't seem to get a consistent pattern going with them.
Anyone have any tips or tricks when hunting this kinda situation?