cluckmeister wrote:Rick Hall wrote:cluckmeister wrote:.A ducks eye sight is better that his hearing and chances are hes seeing your decoys long before he hears either a 40 dollar call or a 150 dollar call.
If that's so, it doesn't seem to keep an awful lot of them from blowing on by even huge spreads until a good call in good hands turns them.
Id say its more like those huge spreads aren't set up where the ducks want to land more than the calling. A bird's eyesight is its most critical sense and the one it relies on the most. It doesn't matter how many dekes you have or how priced the call or even how good the caller is, with in reason of course. Ducks land in the most unpredictable places and land where and when they want to.
You may have the best decoys, the best call and be a great duck caller and have the best open area on the marsh and they will pass you by and land 150 yards away in a puddle that's 10 yards by 10 yards. Why ? Simple answer because theyre ducks. Heck geese are even worse.LOL
And I'd say that if you can hide even half well where the birds want to land, you can leave the decoys and calls at home. The rub being that most of the time most of us can't. Changing the birds' intent is where tools like decoys and calls come into play, and given competent operators, better tools can produce better results. And the best tools usually draw a price premium.