another one turns to the dark side. I grew up shooting about nothing but mallards, so many folks when they referred to ducks only meant mallards, it is their loss. I started diver hunting about 8 years ago and have never looked back, there is just nothing like it. I'm all about decoying ducks and the better a duck decoys, the better I like it. Guys around here tell me that divers are too easy and they just aren't interested in hunting them, that's about like saying you're going fishing and hope the fish don't bite, "mother Q never raised such a foolish child".
Hunting goldeneye is a feast for the senses. Hearing them coming from 500 yards away, watching as they pass by and suddenly the whistling stops and you see them taking a big fast speed swing back in your direction. You hear the whistle their wings make flapping replaced by the sound of afterburners as their big feet start cutting the air apart. About the only sound they lack is a sonic boom, but they are trying for it. I often hear my boys say, "their coming in hot", and that's the way goldeneye are, like a F18 on a carrier deck, a controlled crash. It you catch it just right when they are right at the edge of the decoys you can get them to skip a couple of times after you shoot. If you don't hit them hard enough, they will dive under water right out of the air when they fall. We call it the snake river effect, that's when after your first shot and the bird begins to fall, you continue to shoot at the "dead" bird on the way to the water trying to prevent them from snorkeling away. I'm not hunting ducks for table fare, I'm hunting them for the thrill, I don't think mallards taste all that good anyway and in pepperoni everything tastes just fine. Goldeneye keep the blood pumping in this old heart and I'm just biding my time when the drakes start whistling their wings up the snake river again this year. 7 drake goldeneye limits are common here and I just love it, last year we had virtually no migration at all and I shot only 10 goldeneye all year, I can't wait for some cold weather to send them south this year. I'm a duck hunter, I'll shoot any species of duck, but goldeneye are special. I love hearing that whistle in my ears hours after I get home, it distracts me from the ringing in my ears I've listened to for the past 50 years.
we generally only use a dozen or less goldeneye decoys, I like picking up the decoys in one trip. Often we use three super mag goldeneye decoys. http://s304.beta.photobucket.com/user/w