cedar creek sam wrote:Sometimes the birds stay near a shallow area that has a bare, rocky shore. Wet at low tide, uncomfortable lying on various rocks at any tide.
Anyone have techniques for hunting this kind of shore where there's little to no natural cover? A layout boat would be good in the water but that's not available; a layout blind might be the answer but the rocks aren't small....
The birds can be Brant, Widgeon, Gold Eyes and Scaup, maybe the occasional and very wary Black Duck.
The best thing I have found for rocky shores is the non woven camo blind material they sell at outdoor stores and Wal-Mart. Some of it has the leaf cut, but it doesn't matter if it has that or not. They sell different colors so the key is buying a color that matches the rocks. Buy some, wash it and then leave it crumpled in the washer for a little while before opening it up to dry. It will fade the camo pattern (which you want) and give it a lot of texture that matches the rocks. We use the duck blind patterns for for the sandstone and red mud shore around here. We put it over a layout blind and it blends in great.
I also found a place a few years back where some ducks were holding up near a bank that had some granite rip rap on it. it was steep so you couldn't put a layout blind, so I took a piece of the dark camo cloth and washed it the same way. I could sit on a cushioned seat back among those rocks with that cloth over top of me and they would light in the decoys. Hammered in that spot for a while that season.