In my area there is a pond with some 500 ducks on it. from mallards to pintail to redheads and even cans. and I do not typically hunt on land but since the pond is fenced in I have to wait for them to fly and feed in the morning. I've been scouting them the last few weeks and I know the path that the majority of them take, so my question is this... when I start shooting flock after flock will they get smart on me the first day and change directions?also if I do one hunt now and one hunt say late season january will that be too much shooting on the birds?
The ducks will probably learn to avoid the area you are shooting at them from very quickly. However, if you are far enough from the pond they might just find another flight path toward their final destination. I hunted geese that way in college. Those birds had one main flight path and as long as we only hunted them once a week or so, they would typically use the same path.