chris_k wrote:1. Know your body of water and get very familiar with it.
2. Scout well ahead of season, and during the season.
3. Get to your spot early. Have many backup spots in case someone is there when you get there.
4. Set up well away from other hunters. If you can see the other hunter's decoys ... You are too close. 200-300 yards at a minimum.
5. Be nice to other hunters. Ask them questions at the boat ramp.
6. Don't shoot at birds that are past your shooting range. I like to kill my birds when they are 10-20 yards away.
7. Match the hatch. Use decoy species that match the bird you are hunting.
8. Grow a beard. Women like it.
9. Take duck hunting seriously. Do it to the best of your abilities and always try to better yourself as a hunter. Learn as much as you can!
tknight006 wrote:Chris_K said it best.
I would also say to try and get in on some hunts with experienced hunters that are willing to share knowledge. There is much that you can learn simply by spending a little time at the ramp before and after the hunt as well.
Don't think that you have to have everything they sell in the magazines. A gun, shells, waders, a few decoys, and a thermocell are a good start. Don't even bother with calls until you get to practice in the off season.. Maybe just buy a teal whistle for now if you feel the need.
Leave the area that you hunt better than you found it. Meaning, if you see a little bit of trash laying around, pick it up if possible.
Most important in my opinion is simply be safe. You are going to see people who do not respect others, or mother nature.. but don't assume that this is the standard by which all live by. One good deed witnessed by another can go a long way.
The internet can be a good tool to study bodies of water that you want to hunt, but it wont hold a candle to actually going out and getting familiar with the area. Its going to look much different at night than it does during the day.
Happy hunting, and enjoy the addiction.
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