Duck Hunting Tips of the Day

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Re: Duck Hunting Tips of the Day

Postby circustrail » Wed Dec 21, 2011 9:09 pm

very nice tips!thanks so much
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Re: Duck Hunting Tips of the Day

Postby gangrig25 » Thu Dec 22, 2011 7:27 pm

don't piis in the wind or shat on youe wader straps.
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Re: Duck Hunting Tips of the Day

Postby 2Longgone » Fri Dec 23, 2011 9:39 pm

Plant your corn early.
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Re: Duck Hunting Tips of the Day

Postby akpat » Tue Dec 27, 2011 5:05 am

A jump hunting tip I've used on foggy or snowy days: Sneak into the area, pond or lake you hope to find ducks quietly. Make a few single mallard quacks, then wait patiently a few minutes. Another quack or two and then wait a few more minutes. I've had great luck with ducks on the water answering me. Caution do not call too much or anything fancy - just a simple quack at most two like a duck lost in the fog would do. This will give you the location of where to put the sneak on. The same trick works if you have decoys set, no fancy calls or feeding calls, just a single quack or possibly 2 - ducks on the lake/pond if alone seem to want to join up and will come to the single call. If one is in the air it will hone in on the occasional quack and come right into the decoys.

Many times I've used this and scored ducks when other hunters are getting skunked or sitting home.
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Re: Duck Hunting Tips of the Day

Postby VincentCorrea » Mon Jan 02, 2012 6:10 pm

akpat wrote:A jump hunting tip I've used on foggy or snowy days: Sneak into the area, pond or lake you hope to find ducks quietly. Make a few single mallard quacks, then wait patiently a few minutes. Another quack or two and then wait a few more minutes. I've had great luck with ducks on the water answering me. Caution do not call too much or anything fancy - just a simple quack at most two like a duck lost in the fog would do. This will give you the location of where to put the sneak on. The same trick works if you have decoys set, no fancy calls or feeding calls, just a single quack or possibly 2 - ducks on the lake/pond if alone seem to want to join up and will come to the single call. If one is in the air it will hone in on the occasional quack and come right into the decoys.

Many times I've used this and scored ducks when other hunters are getting skunked or sitting home.

That's a great tip :thumbsup:
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Re: Duck Hunting Tips of the Day

Postby AFISHN » Fri Jan 13, 2012 2:41 pm

It's windy as hell here(SE PA) so I'm not out hunting;
Read through a bunch of these tips and wanted to thank the posters...some
really great tips here.
My tip put a pair of goose decs near your spread;helps with visability
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Re: Duck Hunting Tips of the Day

Postby DeathCommander » Mon Jan 16, 2012 1:16 pm

Steel Shot wrote:
duckmanNV wrote:Tip of the day- dont forget your ammo

Or your gun.


Or the decoys, especially when you scout the day before and it was shaping up to be a slap shoot. That was the worst morning I have had in a while.
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Re: Duck Hunting Tips of the Day

Postby berettaswinger » Wed Jan 18, 2012 4:53 pm

Set up 250 yards away from me. Everytime the group of guys next to wherever I am limet out.
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Re: Duck Hunting Tips of the Day

Postby Glimmerjim » Wed Jan 18, 2012 5:39 pm

berettaswinger wrote:Set up 250 yards away from me. Everytime the group of guys next to wherever I am limet out.

More truth to that than I like to admit, also!
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Re: Duck Hunting Tips of the Day

Postby Shuckit » Thu Jan 19, 2012 8:20 am

If your hunting the coast by canoe or kayak and decided to stretch your legs on a beach jump shoot. Pull the boat wayyy up shore when the tides coming in! I took a 5 minute walk one time and came back to my canoe on a course out to sea. Not a fun day. :no:
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Duck Hunting Tips of the Day

Postby Westtennduckhunter » Fri Jan 20, 2012 9:06 am

Hmm not good.
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Re: Duck Hunting Tips of the Day

Postby AUDucks12 » Fri Jan 20, 2012 11:57 am

Here's a good one when hunting muddy banks on a lake, mainly Hartwell.. you might know about this SC. Rather than using a camoflauge layout blind, take a burlap sack and coat it in the mud you're hunting over a couple days before the hunt. Let it dry and just drape it over you.
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Re: Duck Hunting Tips of the Day

Postby AD » Sun Jan 22, 2012 10:58 pm

Don't give up on the hunting. Three weeks ago I actually sat all day and barely saw a duck - and today in the same place (1-21-2012) was the best hunting I've ever seen. The ducks were everywhere, all day long (Saturday) - and I came back Sunday too. The season has only like 10 days to go but it's awesome now.
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Re: Duck Hunting Tips of the Day

Postby snapshotmd » Mon Jan 23, 2012 7:19 am

If you're over 40 and have bad knees, remember to use knee supports when hiking more than 1/4 miles to your blind site. And use a compass/GPS so you're not walking more than you should.
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Re: Duck Hunting Tips of the Day

Postby bighop » Wed Jan 25, 2012 8:02 pm

The sound of pouring coffee will make ducks bomb into your spread, setting down the thermos scatters them...
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Re: Duck Hunting Tips of the Day

Postby berettaswinger » Fri Jan 27, 2012 7:05 am

Its already been said but this tip really worked for me. I used it twice this week and the ducks loved it. Take a bottle with a handle on it and fill it up with rocks or sand. Run a jerk line threw the handle. I put two swivels snaps on the line one before and one after the bottle to attach a decoy to. When the ducks are far away you can jerk it a little harder to get the water moving good around them then slow it down and make them look like there feeding. Trust me had 8 mallard land in the decoys. I never had that many land in the decoys hunting out of a boat. :grooving: :beer:
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Re: Duck Hunting Tips of the Day

Postby Professor_Leakey » Mon Feb 06, 2012 3:15 pm

i am not a very experienced waterfowler but heres a couple things ive picked up:

if youre gonna buy a trigger lock, make sure it is a combination lock not a key, otherwise a day will come when you forget the key back at the truck. oh and make it easy; set the code to all zeros

a small weighted treble hook with a float set 5 or 6 inches above it is a decent way for a hunter without a dog to retrieve birds. just cast past the bird and reel the bobber up over top of it and you got it.

use a wader belt

remember to take off your headlamp
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Re: Duck Hunting Tips of the Day

Postby Baymen Moe » Mon Feb 06, 2012 4:07 pm

If you have a combo trigger lock, and you're over forty and losing your close up vision, don't forget the magnifying classes you use to read. Keep them in the truck!
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Re: Duck Hunting Tips of the Day

Postby Indaswamp » Tue Mar 13, 2012 10:42 pm

When you shoot ducks or geese that have seeds in their craw and you do not know what the plant looks like that produces the seeds, save some of the seeds and plant them! I have done this many times and know what to look for when scouting....I know what the birds prefer depending on what part of the season we are in. I always check the craw of the birds we shoot!! And chances are I will know what they are feeding on and where to find it! :thumbsup: Your welcome peeps! :yes:
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Re: Duck Hunting Tips of the Day

Postby blackrhino » Wed Mar 14, 2012 6:34 am

Indaswamp wrote:When you shoot ducks or geese that have seeds in their craw and you do not know what the plant looks like that produces the seeds, save some of the seeds and plant them! I have done this many times and know what to look for when scouting....I know what the birds prefer depending on what part of the season we are in. I always check the craw of the birds we shoot!! And chances are I will know what they are feeding on and where to find it! :thumbsup: Your welcome peeps! :yes:


I wonder if Paleohntr plants dino turds for scouting purposes?
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Re: Duck Hunting Tips of the Day

Postby River Ramblin' Man » Fri Mar 16, 2012 11:01 am

One morning me and a buddy got beat to our spot so decided to hunt a cove that we had seen a few birds in. Worst idea ever. Didn't pull the trigger once all morning. But the worst part is that someone must have gone in there with hand grenades and blows deep holes in the bottom. Not to mention the huge logs and snags everywhere in the water. We started throwing out decoys and then went back and sat in the boat until closer to LST to put out the mallard machine. My buddy started wading out with the mallard machine while I was throwing out the extension cord. Unfortunately for my friend the bottom dropped off right out in front of us. Down he went. So about a dozen of our decoys were in deep water where the weight couldn't reach. We had decoys floating off all over the place. If we hadn't had the boat we'd of lost a dozen decoys that day.

Moral of story: make sure the water is shallow before throwing out decoys.
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Re: Duck Hunting Tips of the Day

Postby Moki » Sat Mar 24, 2012 12:19 am

The outdoor clothing industry has made tremendous strides. And we're not talking about the 1,001 camouflage patterns now available. No, we're talking about fabrics and insulation systems that can keep you warm and dry in the coldest, wettest weather. Some things perhaps will never change. Layering your clothing remains a sensible piece of business.

Hunters realized that many years ago, but most of the materials available in the past were flawed because of their moisture absorption and retention rates. Moisture displaces air, which is the true source of insulation in fabrics. This reduces the clothing's insulating value and pulls heat from the body. You can bet that a damp hunter is a cold hunter.

Start with undergarments made of fabrics that wick moisture away from the skin. Wool, tried and true for generations, remains an excellent choice for the next layer.

"Wool traps wet heat in the form of perspiration, absorbs it, and radiates dry heat back to the wearer. Nothing else does that," says King Cavalier, whose King of the Mountain outerwear has often been the choice of military special forces. Turtlenecks, vests, and sweaters are good. Down is warm, but bulky.

Waterproof and windproof bib overalls and a hooded parka provide a protective outer shell. Wear an insulated cap or hat. Take along extra gloves or mittens. Face masks work, and so do fleece-lined muffs.

Do not wear so many pairs of socks that you can't wiggle your toes inside your boots. Neoprene waders will keep you warmer than hip boots, and waders with boot liners can make a big difference.
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Re: Duck Hunting Tips of the Day

Postby dudejcb » Tue Apr 03, 2012 3:51 pm

This is the time of year to build your blinds! May want to wait till after high water, but spriongtime is best and you cna plant a bunch of willow shoots to grow around you blind all summer...
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Re: Duck Hunting Tips of the Day

Postby Indaswamp » Tue Apr 03, 2012 4:01 pm

dudejcb wrote:This is the time of year to build your blinds! May want to wait till after high water, but spriongtime is best and you cna plant a bunch of willow shoots to grow around you blind all summer...

....or fertilize naturla vegitation or marsh grass.... :thumbsup:
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Re: Duck Hunting Tips of the Day

Postby dudejcb » Thu Apr 05, 2012 3:30 pm

This is also the time of year to go out looking for mushrooms...if ya get my drift. But that's not really a hunting tip. Or is it?
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