the trick is getting them airborn
That in itself is what makes rail hunting a thinking man sport . Everyone has there own way of getting a shot on a marsh hen . That what makes the forums a great tool for hunters to use , with that here is some tricks that I use or have heard that they will work .
(1) Hunt in a pack of hunters and dogs and do a drive toward open waters .
(2) Hunt with a pointer or setter , This can be a bad idea b/c of the eyes of the dog around pointy grass .
(3) My way , hunt the marsh ditches in waders . being in the water and down below the marsh grass there is little to no noise and in the water the mud isn't hard to walk in .
(4) Two hunter with a long (50yards) rope tied around each waist so that it will drag over the tops of the marsh grass .
(5) Take two large rocks and band them together , it will make the rails to call out so you can find them .
at a super high tide, when the marsh was covered in water, then all the rails are grouped together on high spots and they're easy to find/kill.
DGIF sets the season for rail doing the highest tides so the guides over on the Easter Shore can take out paying hunters . Marshes here on the bay don't flood over like they do on the ocean side of ES and for me number #3 is easier and I can do it by myself .