Take_Em07 wrote:In the case of ducks easiest and most effective way ive seen to pull sky high birds is a Mojo and a drake whistle. weve hit birds will regular calls not been able to even phase em but hit them with that whistle and they will fall out of the sky. as far as geese more dekes more flagging and call the bejebus out of them
gomarsh wrote:In my experiences, most birds way, way up are probably not interested in your spread or your exact area. Not to say that birds dont drop from the sky on one sometimes. Most of the time though, dont evan waste your breath on them, all it is going to do is educate them that much more, and make you out of breath. As far as high balling.....I rarely do that either, ducks become way to call shy and decoy shy later in the year.
1/7/09 - Waterfowl Responsiveness: most of the teal were blowing me off, but most discouraging was near total lack of response from big ducks. Nearly everything acted scared - and maybe it was. Worst calling responsiveness of the season.
1/8/09 - Waterfowl Responsiveness: realized I'd started "asking," instead of "telling," yesterday and went back to hammering them today with much improved results Staying after late season birds, rather than following traditional wisdom, seems a lesson I need annual reminders of.
1/9/09 -Waterfowl Responsiveness: started with Microhen but was soon on MVP. most of the spoons didn't care but big ducks responded better than we shot. Climbing on and staying on well past "reason" remained the key to breaking the high stuff down.
1/15/09 - Waterfowl Responsiveness: Microhen for low spoons and teal, MVP for high big ducks. Broke down several high pintail flights and a few of both mallards and grays, but it was pretty much a given that someone else on the marsh would bang them out before they could finish. Has been my observation in recent days and bears repeating that the more aggressive I've been on the call and the harder I try to "beat the clock" and get them in before someone else shoots, the better these late season birds have worked.
12/26/09 - Waterfowl Responsiveness: Started with Microhen, but ended with MVP. While I seldom switch calls in mid-bird, frustration with one group of mallards passing without a wink or blink spurred a change to the MVP before they got out of reasonable range, and the first lick with it turned them inside-out. After that I became the whacker everyone hates: screaming hails at everything that passed within hearing. And had by far the best hunt in the marsh.
12/27/09 - Waterfowl Responsiveness: Maybe the best working birds of the season. Every thing, ducks and geese came pretty and died on the deck. Those who think Main Street hails counterproductive in the field should of been there to watch the high and wide stuff break to 'em.
12/23/10 - Waterfowl Responsiveness: Another day when those thinking contest hails have no place in the marsh should have been there. Broke most of our big ducks - and a whole lot more that were binged out by other blinds - from waaaay up and was getting not just attention but the initial lock with stage hails.
12/28/10 - Waterfowl Responsiveness: Same as it's been: kill the spinner for the big ducks and hit them with a screaming hail to break and drag them down with what most would think an every hen on the pond come-back until they're working the hole. Sun and wind direction and velocity helped us get them in the pocket with "big" Rufus standing again, though "little" Rufus had some trouble with the patience to let them get RIGHT THERE. Came mighty pretty.
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