Our levee borrow pits have mostly been filled with river mud over the 35 years since the 35 mile levee was constructed. I fully agree with our Arkansas friend pullman.
Our old 9 day teal season trips included my 9 homemade BW teal dekes and a grey painted (white plastic) yard bird "Heron" confidence/yard marker decoy. It was a super distance marker, and it always drew real Great Blue Herons like a magnet! They, GBH's, are too alert to stay fooled long. They will test your hide out to the max! :cool:
To be in an expanse of shallow "teal" water with small decoys, the yard bird "sentinel" and mouth calling Blue Winged Teal was a kick! That's what you say to them as they zoom loudly over head,...kick! kick!kick!
The whole picture of decoys, heron, and calling meant a quick limit if the September early morning temperature was in the 50's. If you are near the shallow waters they seek along with a heron confidence decoy,.......... that you'll use because it's a natural!
Good heron decoying to you,
#1 If a falling duck's head is "held up" shoot again.
#2 If a downed duck lays still on the water with it's head "held down" straight out and you detect ANY movement across the current or not with the wind shoot again.