MJO21 wrote:My advice would be to take up deer hunting. It is much easier and ridiculously less expensive!!!!
Mugzwump wrote:If your hunting buddy is taking you out to his spots. use what he uses to start out. If you can, shoot smaller shot at close range birds. understand the concept of leading. I tell newbies to lead and shoot, if you miss, double the lead on the followup.
Buy the best clothing you can afford. Waders are an asset. Buy the cheapest duck call you can find.
You don't need a lot of decoys to shoot ducks. I have over 6 dozen and i'll usually only take a half dozen mallards out. the only time i'll use them all is when I've got a boat-full of buddies to help pick them all up. Might be why your buddy is bringing ya! It doesn't seem to make much difference at the end of the day. Look around for a used bunch... commit to dozens upon dozens after you're hooked. All the hot stuff with fancy colours doesn't change anything, by the time the ducks can make out what type of decoy you have out, they're close enough to be dead.
Ducks will come looking for other ducks when they hear the calling. I'd say about half my duck kills in 20 years were while just paddling around in my canoe with no decoys. paddle and sit, call, paddle, sit ,call. But nothing beats the look of a large flock coming in over a nice spread. I've hunted marshes with other hunters running full spreads of 3-4 dozen and my six will win half the time.
If you're moving around in the blind you're gonna get skunked. Keep your head down till someone yells shoot.
otherwise be prepared to sit in a hole or duckboat all day and do nothing, see nothing and shoot nothing or miss everything. It'll get better.
deer hunting is damn boring compared to duck hunting.
ChasinTail wrote:That's the kind of tips I was looking for. Thanks guys.
I've been looking at the Duck ID app and playing this game called Duck Master where you ID the birds (great for learning btw). I can identify almost all the birds that we have around here mostly. Still gotta get out and find some to practice IDing in the air.
I picked up a Flambeau Banded Lady for learning. I think one of you mentioned it. Still gotta learn the different calls and what to use in different situations.
Gonna get a dozen or so decoys from my buddy to use here soon. Probably won't be hunting over them, mainly just to put on a pond behind my house to try to draw some ducks to it. Has some pretty good flooded timber and has woodies and a few teal busing it early but they've already moved out. Gonna put up some boxes this spring and try to get some more in there though.
Still need some waders though, any suggestions? I've got some frog toggs water proof bibs and muck boots that'll work for now. I think were gonna be mostly lake hunting out of the boat so I don't need them just yet.
ChasinTail wrote:Got out for the second time with my buddy. Went to the swamp this time. Had a big pond to ourselves and had about 80 dekes out. He had them out before I got there and planned on sitting in a blind that was flooded in an island in the middle of the swamp. After we got in there we couldn't find a way to get over into the blind in the dark or set the boat up behind it to have an opening to shoot from. Well daylight rolled around and were still trying to figure it out when the birds start coming in, some flying over and a few lit in the decoys but we weren't ready. About the 3rd group I got a shot and killed my first greenhead. Finally got in the blind and set up but we were to late. Had a few more groups of birds fly over and work a little but kept hitting the pond next to us.
Had a great set up and probably would have killed quite a few birds if we would've been set up. Ended up not being able to find my duck for all the Lilly pads in the pond. Hoping to get some waders and be able to get out there everyday on my own and learn more.
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