How do I hit a teal?

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How do I hit a teal?

Postby Wood Duck Hunter » Wed Sep 18, 2013 12:15 pm

I've reasenty got permision to duck hunt a lake that is over populated with wood ducks, but on a acasion, I'll see a flock of teal and they fly really fast and wierd, I was wandering if anyone had any tips on hiting them with 3in 12ga number 4s :help:
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Re: How do I hit a teal?

Postby JuniorPre 360 » Wed Sep 18, 2013 12:30 pm

Choot em in da beak!!!!!

You need to get out and shoot clays to better your aim. You shoot teal just like any other duck in existance.
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Re: How do I hit a teal?

Postby Wood Duck Hunter » Wed Sep 18, 2013 12:39 pm

Thanks, but I do everything the same with teal as I do woodies already, but I still cant hit em' but I'm good at hitting woodies.
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Re: How do I hit a teal?

Postby ScaupHunter » Wed Sep 18, 2013 1:50 pm

Start shooting them with #6 shot and let them get closer. Trying to pass shoot teal is usually a waste of time. If they are as close as the woodies you shoot them exactly the same way and will hit them.
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Re: How do I hit a teal?

Postby bknilvr00 » Wed Sep 18, 2013 2:10 pm

I say shoot faster.... Statistically with more BB's in the air your chances of a hit increase....

In all reality there's no difference between shooting teal and other ducks. At least not to me. I like shooting them because they are little feathered rockets. Having them dump right in to my dekes at 20 feet while in a layout boat is a blast. I have a harder time with divers on the wing than i do teal....

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Re: How do I hit a teal?

Postby duckman27 » Wed Sep 18, 2013 2:31 pm

Wait til they land and blast them off the water. Gotta let them decoy in order for that to happen though which means you're not gonna be able to shoot them first pass :thumbsup:
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Re: How do I hit a teal?

Postby TexasPuddleJumper » Wed Sep 18, 2013 4:39 pm

let em close the distance and more "lead"(steel) down range.
I'm not saying that it shouldn't be done, I'm just saying it is ill advised...
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Re: How do I hit a teal?

Postby Sclf » Wed Sep 18, 2013 9:15 pm

Your question should be, how do I get them to come closer. They seem to like mojos more than big ducks. They'll respond to a mallard call or a blue wing teal call. I like just peeping on a whistle for them. They're just like any other duck, find the x and setup there. I find them a little easier really bc you don't have to hide as well. And always be ready! Those little effers can sneak up on you like crazy
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Re: How do I hit a teal?

Postby TexasMallard10 » Thu Sep 19, 2013 1:36 pm

Just take me with you and I'll show you
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Re: How do I hit a teal?

Postby greenster » Thu Sep 19, 2013 5:07 pm

:huh: they should be on the water in the decoy's.
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Re: How do I hit a teal?

Postby Frank Lopez » Thu Sep 19, 2013 8:18 pm

Shoot 'em where theys gonna be, not where theys at!

On a serious note, have you tried swing through? Works pretty well inside of 40 yards.


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Re: How do I hit a teal?

Postby ic3breaker » Thu Sep 19, 2013 9:03 pm

Wait until they are close or coming right at you, pick your shot. 4's should knock them down no problem, shot plenty of teal with 4's.
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Re: How do I hit a teal?

Postby Tyger » Sat Sep 21, 2013 12:43 am

I shoot about 2-3 feet in front of flying teal. Aim at them and you will shoot behind them every time
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Re: How do I hit a teal?

Postby dakotashooter2 » Sat Sep 21, 2013 6:12 pm

Shoot at the first one and you will hit the 3rd or 4th back................................... :thumbsup:

In the lead days I shot them with #8s....................
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Re: How do I hit a teal?

Postby m.teeter » Sat Sep 21, 2013 10:35 pm

I would definitely try using a smaller shot size. Or a higher number. Try the 6s for sure. More shot in the air, the better your chances of connecting.
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Re: How do I hit a teal?

Postby scubaarchery » Tue Sep 24, 2013 10:19 pm

1. Shoot number 6 shot vs. 4,
2. Wait until they come into your decoys, they will buzz by like they are on a mission, but you can often use a comeback call and they will turn and decoy in.
3. Pick one and aim at it, shoot the same way you shoot at any other duck. Don't flock shoot.
4. Avoid pass shooting, your probability of calling them back after your shot is low.
5. Use a mojo, they will hover over the top of them.
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Re: How do I hit a teal?

Postby BBK » Fri Sep 27, 2013 12:14 pm

If you are shooting woodies and teal, don't put 6's in... that's just asking for a crippled wood duck.

Decoy them in. If you arent using them already, pick up a 6 pack of teal decoys and toss them in a tight group right in front of you. If you have a spinner, even a dove, stick it right in the group. A couple single peeps on a PW-1 or MP-90 will usually bring them right in for a 10-15 yard shot.
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Re: How do I hit a teal?

Postby apexhunter » Fri Sep 27, 2013 1:17 pm

I've had great success shooting teal and woodies with #4 and #5 would be the smallest shot I'd use. Many people don't realize just how small teal and woodies are, especially if they are shooting mallards and a flock buzzes them. The main thing is to make sure they are in range (typically 25-30 yards or less) so keep the barrel moving during and after the shot (you must follow through) and try to shoot their beaks off. If teal are incoming and you pick one out & shoot it the remainders will typically turn almost vertical and hit the afterburners...just make sure you shoot above rising birds.

Our local clays range has a couple of presentations that mimick teal and are good but tough practice stations. One is the obligatory rising teal with a vertical target behind a 10' fence about 18 yards out and the other is a fast crosser at 20 yards out and 20' high. Find something like this at a clays range and take a couple extra rounds at each station if you can...this is good training for any waterfowling but especially teal and woodies.
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Re: How do I hit a teal?

Postby Wood Duck Hunter » Sat Sep 28, 2013 4:56 pm

Do you think that a MOJO mallard would get them to land? or at least get them lower and closer? :huh:
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Re: How do I hit a teal?

Postby BBK » Sat Sep 28, 2013 5:33 pm

They will try to land on top of it.
Why do I shoot 3.5" for geese? Because they don't make a 4" yet!
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Re: How do I hit a teal?

Postby Tyger » Sun Sep 29, 2013 5:04 am

teal respond to any motion decoy in my experience hunting them. I generally have 2 or 3 but one will do the trick
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Re: How do I hit a teal?

Postby troutman561 » Sun Sep 29, 2013 5:50 am

It may be a mental thing because they are tiny and appear super fast. Teal are one of the slowest ducks flying but we perceive that differently. Perhaps this new perspective will make it easier? Worth a shot.

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Re: How do I hit a teal?

Postby jellotree » Sun Oct 13, 2013 9:01 am

The marsh I hunt has a mix of everything. I normally shoot 1 1/4oz. #2 all season through a Kicks HF full. I hit GW Teal with it just fine. Is #2 shot ideal?.... well, no. Point is, I hit them. I actually preffer when Teal whip by and skirt the spread rather than come straight in. At 25-30 yds, I'm putting about 4-6' lead on them if they're going full tilt.
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Re: How do I hit a teal?

Postby txhunter90 » Sun Oct 13, 2013 9:02 am

Spray and pray
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Re: How do I hit a teal?

Postby sprigs4days » Sun Oct 13, 2013 9:29 am

Lead them,lead them,lead them...and when you think you've lead them enough...lead em some more.
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