hawkeye55 wrote:Pintails are one of our primary birds here. They can be a warry bird in deed. More good pintail decoys is a good start. I have a mix of G & H and GHG pintails in my spread. I like the GHG magnums better than the life size ones. Another winner is using some of the pintail feeder butts. Having a pintail whistle is a must, I have used Wingsetters for 30 years.
Make sure you place a few pintail decoys on the outside edge of your spread near your "landing zone" so they can land with their "own" without crossing over other specie which helps when not is an area that has lots of pintails, worked for me when I lived in NY for a few years. When the birds are circling only call when they are facing away or are quartering away from you. Do not treat your pintail whistle like a mallard call, blow softly, less is better than more. A mallard feeding call done softly can help finish them some days. When they are in a postion that you would use a "hail" call try a widgeon call as it carries further, can be done louder and won;t end up being "over blown".
hope this helps and best of luck!
hawkeye55 wrote:Duck Collector,
I am not that far down the coast from you, and have hunted up near Midfield and POC area for a change of pace. I use between 12 and 16 doz depending on spot and time of season. About half are pintails when we hunt salt marsh or bay.
My recommendation would be to buy a package (or 2) of the GHG magum pintails to add to your spread and a pintail whistle. Even when the pintails are not around they add a lot of visibility to your spread.
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