side-slippin wrote:Stop trying to fool them into landing where you want them to land; you set up where they want to be.
This isn't always possible. If that was the case they would all be dead very quickly. Local birds are the only birds I get to shoot anymore. Flight birds are few and far between.
The first thing is put down the call. How often do you hear the locals calling like they are trying to win a contest? They don't, a few quacks maybe a high ball, short and sweet and that's it.
Leave the big spreads at home. Locals usually come in small groups, a half dozen is more than enough. The only time i get the larger flocks is when all the small ponds are frozen.
Play the weather card, depending upon where you live the worst the weather the better the hunting is.
Stay away from the so called hot spots in the swamp or lake. The more out of the way a place is the better the shooting can be, the ducks have been accostumed to hunters being in a certain spot during the season.
Use your set up to your advantage. If you shoot better at right to left shots, set up so any shot that you get will be right to left.
Don't expect limits, one or two birds can be a great day when shooting locals.