jdr wrote:Well, I am sort of a newbie myself, only been hunting for 6-7 years, BUT I would start at the AGFC website and browse around for public hunting around your home. I usually don't start scouting until October, but I just basically grab a map and my GPS and start walking the area marking spots that look like they might be good, so come opening day I have some sort of idea where I am going to go, and if someone is already there, I can bug out to the next spot.
As for calling, just get a double reed call from Wal-Mart, and learn to quack with it. Since I have been hunting, being where the ducks are or want to be, and having motion in your decoy spread is more important than calling, but the quacks will help to make it all come together. I usually only call when they are flying away or directly above me, (DON'T LOOK UP!!! use the water as a mirror) and even then I only use soft quacks and a slow feed chatta,followed by some more quacks.
Back to scouting, I usually look for some sort of opening in the tree tops this will give them a place to "fall into" as long as the wind as getting along with me that day, but I can move around that opening if the wind is not be having. Usually the ducks will fly and land into the wind, or what I have seen. So for a decoy placement I will do something like this:
D D D D
<---WIND D D |------------
<---Blowing D D |set up
<---This D | somewhere in this area
<---Way D D |________
D D D D
D D D
Not the best picture, but you get the idea. As for motion I will hook up a jerk rig and throw it in the middle of that opening or off to the side a little bit. In the timber I use anywhere from 8 to 18 decoys, and usually mallards with 2-3 woodie decoys.
This is just stuff I have learned over the past few years, and like you I started out with no idea what the hell to do. Basically I just tried stuff till it started working. I know your in Searcy, so your real close to Hurricane WMA for timber hunting, and its a big enough place you won't be packed in there like sardines. Look it up at AGFC website and get the map and just start scouting.
New2DuckHunting wrote:Hurricane is where I will be doing most of my hunting. It's fairly close to the house so that's where I will start. I'll probably drive over there this weekend just to familiarize myself with the area being that I have never been there. Have you ever hunted there? Do you know if you can walk it when it floods or if it is deep enough a man needs a boat? I have all intentions of buying a boat by then...but just in case I end up not I'm curious if I'll still be able to walk into Atleast some of the area.
Decoy spread makes sense. Thanks for that.
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