I'm normally an upland hunter, especially grouse and woodcock, but I've always wanted to duck hunt as well. I've had some decoys for a while and finally found a good spot to use them. I took my first couple of mallards yesterday, and while I'd like to say I called them in out of the sky, the fact is they swam into my area and I stood up to flush them :mrgreen: Being an upland hunter and having my setter with me for companionship, I commanded "Fetch" and then about 2 dozen Mallards got up and relocated
I got them to hesitate with a couple of comeback calls but they made for the next county. A small pod of them stayed nearby but would not move until I jumped them later in the day...they were about 60 yds away so I didn't chance it.
Personally, I just love to hunt birds. I get a real thrill out of figuring out where they are or are going to be. I shoot a Citori 16 ga and occaisionally a Mossberg Ulti-Mag, though I'm finding less reasons to use the Ulti....when I get the courage to put a scope on the Citori I'll sell the Ulti :laughing: Eventually I'd like to devote my day-offs Dec and those "Duck Days" during Oct and Nov to waterfowl. I know I'll need some more dekes and at least a canoe. I hope to pick up some valuable tips from you guys, and maybe someday I can return the favor to you or another new guy.
I'm 34 y. o., married with 2 kids and an English Setter. Fly-fishing, fly-tying, birdhunting, reloading are my main hobbies but I tend to find something new every few months to keep things interesting.
In any case, I have these 2 ducks and am not sure whether to hang them a couple of days or clean them now. What do you recommend?