Waterfowl for dummies?

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Waterfowl for dummies?

Postby Lcso61 » Fri Dec 21, 2012 9:44 pm

Not going to bother you all with the typical where to go, that is my problem to figure out. This is my first season hunting waterfowl and I can honestly say that I am hooked now with 1 goose and 3 ducks under my belt LOL and probably 1,000 miles on the truck and another dozen in the canoe scouting to show for it. All my knowledge comes from the internet since I don't know or have ever met anyone in my area that duck hunts and given that some forums appear to me to be full of bad advice, but this one seems to be a bit different. I hunt in areas in southern Ohio where I am as likely to encounter geese as I am ducks so I have been running 18 cheapo mallards, 4 on a jerk cord, on one side of the "hole" and 4 goose floaters on the other side and try to consider wind when setting up. From scouting and watching ducks I think I may need more motion to be realistic than the jerk cord provides? I also wonder if I should be putting a few different species in my spread, and if so which ones? Lastly is a calling question, keep in mind this is hill country and I can not see very far. I know enough not to call when they are committed but a lot of times my visibility range is so short I couldn't if I wanted to. Should I just keep quiet and let the decoys do the work or call a lot. Currently I blow a 5-6 note call about every 5-10 minutes in case there is something out of sight but not hearing distance. Any help or suggestion would be greatly appreciated.
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Re: Waterfowl for dummies?

Postby OrangeMilk » Thu Dec 27, 2012 9:56 pm

Most ducks will land in mallards, and a vast majority of what you see in ohio is mallards, and handful of Woodies, black ducks and then various whatevers, I got my first redhead this year. Prior to that my kills have been about 90% mallards, so I just use mallard decoys.

I've been looking into the motorized decoys reading reviews and reviews an watching youtubes on them. I think I need atleast one of those, probably two. But they will be for next year. I'll buy them sometime this spring/summer. It's too much to pull a string or two, blow a call and grab a gun all at the same time.
If you see the ammo in my avatar on sale anywhere, please let me know, thanks.
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