Duck Hunting for puddlers like Mallards, Sprig (Pintails), Black ducks, Widgeons, Woodducks, Teal, and other ducks.

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Postby stealfeathers » Thu May 23, 2013 6:49 am

Out of all my duck hunting years ive shot only a handfull of widgeon. Not many people shoot em where im from but you hear about a couple times people get into them pretty good. I read the most effective way to decoy a group of widgeon is a pod of coot decoys with a few widgeon thrown out near the coots. Is this true? Some of yal who have killed more widgeon than i have please respond.
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Re: widgeon

Postby Frank Lopez » Thu May 23, 2013 12:55 pm

Widgeon are also known as "Thief Ducks". They get this nickname as a result of their habit of stealing food from larger ducks and geese. Widgeon are puddle ducks, as such, they tip up to get to food below the surface of the water. In deeper water, say more than 12 to 16 inches, the smaller widgeon cannot reach the food. in these cases, you will often see widgeon hanging around larger birds like mallards and even geese. Around here, the latter is particularly prevalent. Try setting three or four goose decoys with a couple or three widgeon nearby and off to the side of your normal puddler spread.

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Re: widgeon

Postby noweil » Sat May 25, 2013 4:58 pm

We get into them pretty good some years. I never used to own widgeon decoys and even now that I do, I don't use them often. I often kill them over gadwall and mallard decoys with a whistle. Sounding like a widgeon is very easy and they are easy to decoy.
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Re: widgeon

Postby duaney2 » Sat Jun 01, 2013 11:19 pm

I use 9 GHG coots with 5-8 wigeon mixed in along the edges. The coots and some of the wigeon are on a jerk string. Works really well on wigeon when they're around.
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Re: widgeon

Postby Remingtonguy » Sun Jun 02, 2013 11:09 am

Where I am from the widgeon decoy better to 2.5 dozen widgeon floaters in a tighter than normal spread. That is the primary size flocks we see and that is what they like. they wont drop in very well to anything else I have tried. Just my experience, everyone has told me they are easy to decoy. I have not found that to be true except with this method in my favorite spot I have learned this in. Also usually put 5-6 mallards on the shore edge of the spread and a few teal mixed in the spread.

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Re: widgeon

Postby Justin Weber » Sun Jun 02, 2013 5:52 pm

Widgeon will decoy to a straight mallard spread 9 times out of 10. Throwing a few Widgeon dekes in will help for later in the season though.
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Re: widgeon

Postby OregonSpeck85 » Sun Jun 02, 2013 9:08 pm

the widgeon here will decoy to anything when the push down to us in mid December, we just run a spread of 2 doz GHG pro grade mallards, teal, and widgeon. hope this helps
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Re: widgeon

Postby stealfeathers » Sun Jun 02, 2013 10:16 pm

Thanks for the responses. From your responses i see wigeon arnt too picky. The couple i have shot were flaring from other hunters misses so i didnt have a chance to work them. But if i get a chance i feel more confident.
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Re: wigeon

Postby koonce727 » Tue Jun 04, 2013 9:32 am

My best wigeon shoots have been over large diver spreads. Not saying I havent shot them gunning over puddle duck deeks. The area I hunt they follow the wads of divers around that are feeding on the wild celery.
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Re: wigeon

Postby cwsmith » Thu Jun 06, 2013 10:15 pm

Wigeon seem to like eating grass a lot more than other kinds of ducks. I like to keep that in mind when setting up a decoy spread. This picture shows what I would ideally like to do when targeting wigeon. They will decoy on water with mallards and pintails, but if you add a group of noisy feeding wigeon (of course decoys don't talk so master a wigeon whistle and USE it) to the mix it may help you even more.
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Re: wigeon

Postby stealfeathers » Thu Jun 06, 2013 10:29 pm

Well thank you cw smith for your time and picture.
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Re: wigeon

Postby lostknife4 » Fri Jun 28, 2013 5:55 pm

These guys were left to me to raise and flocked off before the season opened... They loved going for a walk in the orchard when they got a bit bigger and their favourite bug was a grasshopper.
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