I pretty much suck, but somedays I can read a duck. There are so many variables to every situation it's hard to put it into words.
If all conditions are right, set up, wind, no competition, it's a lot easier. The high flying ducks, that look like they are on a mission, are hard for the best duck hunters. The low flying ducks are the ones looking for a place to light.
A perfect callable duck, would be down wind, flying into the wind. A seven note call, gets their attention, if they are coming, stop calling. If you start to loose them, hit them again with the call. It's easy to "blow" a duck off. Less is more.
Ducks that are upwind, hit them with the call, if the turn your way, only hit the call to keep them coming. They will have to fly past your blocks and swing, in order to land. I try to let off as they go past the decoys. Once they get out about 20-25 yards I get back on the call, to get them to start their swing. Once they start to come I lay off. You want them interested in the blocks, not you in the blind. The calling will turn their attention.
There is a ton more, maybe someone else has a different idea, but that basic approach works for me.
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