don taylor wrote:Scout, scout scout and then scout some more. The further away you get, the better you'll do.
don taylor wrote:[color=#FF0000]If people continue to think that they (not the OP) caan find ducks by searching online, they're crazy. In a gme where 50 feet matters, you'll never find a spot online[/color]. Each place requires at least 3 return trips before you can even begin to see a pattern develop. Going once and seeing ducks doesn't mean you can hunt the same spot and expect success. Sucessful seasons don't come in one, two or three years. If you want to shoot a few ducks, sure, you could get by and eventually even the blind squirrel finds a nut.
But that's not going to be adequate for very long. The worst thing you can do is find success doing it the easy, read lazy and cheap, way.. You'll go out, shoot a bunch, buy the stuff, get the clothes... then you'll find it never comes that easy again.
don taylor wrote:No, you're not following me exactly. You can find bodies of water online, you can't find spots to hunt. If you set up 50 yards to the left of where you need to be or just look online for spots then try to roll out to lake X at 4 am, you're going to have a rough go at it. I have a spot on the river that if you set up anywhere in a mile in each direction, you'd be skunked. People would never find my spot by looking online. The birds ccome in at 7 am and leave by 9. If you don't scout at the right time and go back multiple times to see that, you'd never know the spot existed. Like I'm sure many don't for that very reason. I got news the only other guy who hunted that spot died last spring and that's why I hadn't seen him.
In my opinion there is no substitute for mileage and paddle time. Find bodies of water using any means you can, but water doesn't equal birds in the bag like knowing where that X is. I'm driving to hunt teal in Ohio, found spots online that look like shallow vegetation and low water areas, beaver dams, all kinds of tealy type of stuff. I'm still going to scout it out, find the X and make it count. 3 hrs drive time to scout a place I intend on hunting once a season. Then again, guys like KDS, Gooserslan and a few other buddies of mine who seem to consistently kill the most birds all have this mentality. Scout, Scout Scout.
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