COYOTE JLR wrote:I've barely seen anything my last two hunts. Almost nothing flying at all, which has been very disappointing. Hopefully we'll get some more pushing this way soon, but, so far, this season has been a bad one for number of ducks seen. The only bright spot in all of this is that I've seen far more mallards than I did last year, but that's balanced out by an almost total lack of wigeon and pintail.
You may want to venture a little bit further in the area you live if you haven't been seeing much. They are there! Or change the location you have been hunting, until they show up. If you find a marsh, there are no guarantees that the birds will come to you. I go to them or hunt high traffic areas and try to entice them with my set up. If your hunting a bad area, your hunting on luck. When your hunting an area where there are lots of birds and they are not committing, you need to change something up, move, better concealment or get away from everyone else if possible.
Thank you for the advice. I've been moving around hitting different spots. The spots that we've been hitting have almost all been private land that, historically at least, have been exactly where the ducks want to be. We had one good hunt the week before last where we almost limited on mallards, but after the first hour of light, even on that hunt, everything had disappeared and stopped flying almost entirely.
The hunt yesterday was within easy viewing of the river, which is the major flyway for my area, and in total I saw maybe 40 or 45 ducks in a 5 hour period. 3 dozen of those that I saw were a result of some long slogging down into wooded ponds and sloughs. We tried setting up where the ducks had been for a while, but there was nothing flying to see. Three weeks ago or so, I saw a decent push of birds come through, but they seem to have mostly moved off without much more coming in to take their place.
It's just been odd. There are ducks around, but not a whole lot, and they've all been really hunkered down. A boat I think would help me considerably, but for the time being I've got to do everything on foot. I've got a buddy who is going to take me to one of his spots on the coast today, hopefully that will be a bit more productive.