Times have changed. As I told Imaduckin before whether you bait or not, birds having their own space is crucial. There will always be places certain species of ducks prefer. When we call at ducks we are always conscientious of other hunters. Same goes with other guys who hunt around us, pretty good team work keeping the birds moving this year (all around good ethics), but I will say every single time I see ducks turn that are working other spreads I do start a series of single note quacks. Works some times.
No one knows exactly what the other guy shoots nor do we always see the birds the other guy is calling at or shooting at. I dont think there are any malicious duck callers and shooters out there. If there are young guys calling alot, sooner or later they will figure out that being quiet is more effective for them until they learn to call. I have never really thought that other hunters mess up my hunting at all. Sure you see some double skybuster shots every once in a while and you can tell when a guy sucks at calling, but i dont think that effects me killing my ducks, shoot it probably makes them come to me more, and as for boats sometimes they are a good thing because they flush up birds when they feel like loafing.
As for the public lands hunting sucks mentality and everybody who hunts near me leagally sucks becasue they shoot bufleheads (they must watch Duck Dynasty too) i think its erroneous and if you are inclined to think that way you dont have enough patience. Shoot there are more buffleheads to shoot than any other duck. I love diver hunting. Im sure for all hunters, the ducks that you dont shoot very often are often "trophy birds" in our minds. Shooting a bunch of blackheads, ring necks, and drake buffleheads is a great moring for me.
And dont ever let any old timers tell you "son, you give ducks too much credit"... that doesnt make any sense to me. I brush my blinds and hunt ducks like turkeys and I do wear face paint because face masks are uncomfortable. The old timers were spoiled. They would shoot more pintails and black ducks in 1-2 days than me and my buddies shoot in 3 years. You can never ever give ducks enough credit is what I like to say. Its science, we go harder and longer for less ducks, might as well go on with it Mr.
And as for imoundments, I think the whole notion of creating/ enhancing/ restoring biologically valuable wetland habitat is fascinating. But legally hunting over bait isn't hunting. I took a young man earlier this year who has a mecca of a mecca of an impoundment. There was no wind and the tide was going out so we had to get real aggressive and I guided and dropped him and my brother off at our best spot with reed mat walls and bamboo and then I kayaked over and we had a great shoot sitting on marsh stools. What im getting at is anybody can shoot a duck in a baited impoundment (thats my interpretaion of Hollywood duck dynasty)Would i hunt an impoundment, you darn right. But theres just something about you, the water, the marsh, and the deeks that does it for me better. Quack.
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