Hey guys, new to this duck hunting thing (haven't shot a bird yet) and am trying to get on a few birds this season. I've been trying to get out and find some locations but have a few questions about scouting.
When do most of you guys scout? Are you all going out the night before and looking for birds, the same time of day that you expect to hunt, or somewhere in between? This year I'm most likely only going to be on public land (unfortunately) and went to a place today that I thought would hold birds and flushed two mallards right where I expected them. I don't want to return too much and spook them away (if that happens?) but I know the opener is a few weeks away yet. I am not looking for anyones spot, I have no issues trekking around myself to find birds but when is more the question. I obviously know that weather changes and the birds will move south but how far in advance can you scout out and find birds and expect them to be in the same spot when you return.
Also during the season if you are scouting, are you bringing your guns with you and if you flush a bird are you jump shooting them or just making a mental note and coming back a following day?
Thanks for any help and looking forward to this season and hopefully a cold winter.