Im having problems getting mallards to commit and come close enough to shoot. We are hunting public places near Greensboro. we get mallards to look, circle but will not finish. we are using 18 mallards 12 bbs and 6 geese. all are rigged with black decoy cord. I was wondering if they could see the cord or if we are doing something else wrong. Thanks for the help
I second Trigger on the geese. When I get to hunt I usually kill a load of mallards and it's almost always over a few goose decoys mixed with mallards. They like goose decoys, unless you are hunting an area that just doesn't have any geese, then it might be different. Depending on your calling, you may need to tone it down. Has it been calm when you've been hunting? If so, use a jerk string. Use a drake whistle some. Spread the decoys out a little and cut them in half. I hardly ever have out more than 8 mallard decoys when hunting in areas where there are a lot of mallards. Also, if you're hunting resident mallards, they are just flat out smart by this time of the season. If you're hunting out of a boat blind you may want to try and get on the bank if possible and blind in. Don't hunt the birds in the same exact location if you can help it. Throw different spreads at them. Call the birds when they're on the corners, like when they're in that decision mode(should I land or I should I keep flying) and give them a 6-7 syllable greeting call. If they're coming towards you, don't call at all. If they circle a time or two and don't commit, just lay the call down and pick up the drake whistle and just coax them with it, pull the jerk string. This is what works for me. Good Luck!