I too live on the kenai peninsula and have been hunting the kenai flats but not as much as I should. Places I have hunted including lakes, i've found that calling can keep the ducks interest once they are in close for the kill shots but like one person mentioned, they are either coming in or cruising around. 90% of the time that I've shot ducks in AK, they were coming straight for the dekes and I think this is because of lack of pressure, so much water in ak that the birds are mostly used to landing just about anywhere and there are not guns blasting away at them which makes it good when we're in the right spot at the right time. Plus lots of young birds get hammered too. Ak is the biggest swamp land I've ever seen. Not much calling is needed in my opinion. But get a guy who knows how to work his call and I'd like to be hunting with him any day.
I'm just an average caller but on the few times I did hunt last year I do remember and from my first year that when the birds came from behind where it's hard to see and the next thing I know I hear their landing gear hit the water or the best of all...you hear a quack and does that ever get the dog's ears perked! :hammering:
I like to be patient sometimes, not calling too loud and as usual watch their wing beats and give 'em a chance to scope it out. sometimes just giving them a feed chuckle and using a jerk string is all it takes. Even from a longer range. These ducks hear every call for 5 months straight from AK to Mexico. It doesnt' take them long to figure out that their being pounded at again.
I was hunting with a guy who thought his calling was to be the savior of the day but in reality, they would spook more than commit once they were in close range. We could see these ducks heading straight for us. Is all it took for me to figure it out was to see the first few flocks come right in without much calling. I think we could have killed much more at a closer range. without all the calling. I think the toughest disadvantage of any type of hunter in AK is the duck hunter. So much water, it's one huge swamp where they could be anywhere.
"Blend in or go hungry"
"who needs a reason it's duck season"