Decoying tips for open flooded field

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Decoying tips for open flooded field

Postby SB2SX3 » Sat Mar 15, 2014 1:11 am

I hunt open flooded field. We have a hard time getting high flying ducks to come in. We usually kill teal, blue bill, shovelers, gadwall, rarely mallards and canvas back. We set out around 4-5 dozen decoys mainly mallards in u or j shape. Any tips or advice greatly appreciated.


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Re: Decoying tips for open flooded field

Postby Cajun1085 » Sat Mar 15, 2014 1:26 am

So I scouted an open flooded field that had 1000-2000 mallards, pintails, widgeon, teal and specks in it. The next day we set out 3-4 dozen full bodies, floaters, geese. We had pull strings and feeder butts going and killed 3 birds. So many birds circled high and never came in. We picked up and my buddy went back the next day and shot a limit of big ducks over 6 decoys. Change it up.
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Re: Decoying tips for open flooded field

Postby wrestleduck » Sun Mar 16, 2014 10:48 am

The flooded bean field I hunted this year was very productive. Each time I'd set out 2 Canada Geese, a wood duck pair, and a mallard pair. Limited out every time.
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Re: Decoying tips for open flooded field

Postby jaysweet3 » Sun Mar 16, 2014 3:36 pm

Or your not hidden. If they're working only so close then bugging out. There's something they don't like.
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Re: Decoying tips for open flooded field

Postby aunt betty » Sun Mar 16, 2014 4:50 pm

After hunting with pro guides a couple seasons I found that U's and J's aren't the way to get ducks in your face.

The spreads they use are very close to the blind. ~20 yards to nearest and maybe 30-35 on furthest.

They put decoys in a straight line about 50 yards wide by about 15-20 feet deep.

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Re: Decoying tips for open flooded field

Postby aunt betty » Sun Mar 16, 2014 4:54 pm

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Re: Decoying tips for open flooded field

Postby aunt betty » Sun Mar 16, 2014 4:55 pm

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Re: Decoying tips for open flooded field

Postby semoduxnbux » Sun Mar 16, 2014 7:07 pm

Aunt Betty how many decoys are they running in a setup like that? Approx..
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Re: Decoying tips for open flooded field

Postby SB2SX3 » Mon Mar 17, 2014 12:40 am

Was there a variety of decoys or just mallards


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Re: Decoying tips for open flooded field

Postby semoduxnbux » Mon Mar 17, 2014 3:18 am

SB2SX3 wrote:Was there a variety of decoys or just mallards


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We use a variety and have decent luck pintails help for visibility .. If u can swing the coin and your water is shallow enough full bodies work wonders.. I would take 2 doz full bods over 4 doz floaters any day..
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Re: Decoying tips for open flooded field

Postby aunt betty » Mon Mar 17, 2014 5:55 am

semoduxnbux wrote:Aunt Betty how many decoys are they running in a setup like that? Approx..

Ten dozen.
The field we hunted had many species of ducks so we mixed it up.
Cans, widgeon, mallard, pintail, teal, etc.

We put six honkers on the left end and ONE snow goose decoy on the right up until Kramer shot the snow...three times.
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Re: Decoying tips for open flooded field

Postby SB2SX3 » Mon Mar 17, 2014 5:21 pm

The water at our place is about a foot deep in the the deepest spot.


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Re: Decoying tips for open flooded field

Postby go get the bird » Mon Mar 17, 2014 6:34 pm

Blow your call harder.
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Re: Decoying tips for open flooded field

Postby aunt betty » Mon Mar 17, 2014 6:49 pm

SB2SX3 wrote:The water at our place is about a foot deep in the the deepest spot.


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Ducks like skinny water. A foot deep is good.
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Re: Decoying tips for open flooded field

Postby noweil » Mon Mar 17, 2014 8:30 pm

The last 2 falls have been brutal for the fields we hunt due to lack of moisture. However in a normal year we have some fields we hunt where the tile is shot and there is ~3 acres of wetland. We will get hundreds of birds on this flooded field. I often hunt it with 3-5 Canada goose floaters and may be 2-5 duck decoys. A few geese on a jerk string if there is no wind. All decoys in tight within 30 yards. Very little calling on the ducks most the time. Call the geese depending on how much they talk. It would be easy to get greedy and shoot this place up. I usually kill a few ducks and my 2 geese and get out. I can milk it for a number of weeks that way. I don't shoot it in the evening. I don't believe in shooting the roost.

I hunt out of a layout blind completely brushed with local vegetation with a neo tub if needed.
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Re: Decoying tips for open flooded field

Postby SB2SX3 » Mon Mar 17, 2014 11:41 pm

We have a flooded field around 5 acres of rice or soybeans with catfish ponds all around us.


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Re: Decoying tips for open flooded field

Postby aunt betty » Tue Mar 18, 2014 5:37 am

SB2SX3 wrote:We have a flooded field around 5 acres of rice or soybeans with catfish ponds all around us.


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You live in Pitts, Arkansas?
You just described it perfectly.
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Re: Decoying tips for open flooded field

Postby SB2SX3 » Tue Mar 18, 2014 5:53 am

Naw we have a lease in isola miss
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Re: Decoying tips for open flooded field

Postby Rick Hall » Tue Mar 18, 2014 7:39 am

go get the bird wrote:Blow your call harder.


Don't know if he's kidding, but do know calling can be the ticket for mallards regardless of how inviting or not your setup is, but particularly if it's working for other species and mallards are passing.
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Re: Decoying tips for open flooded field

Postby Sgtstadanko707 » Tue Mar 18, 2014 5:26 pm

We hunt large flooded rice fileds. You have to hunt the "X" to kill birds. So we use 1k duck decoys and make the X on one side of the check and 1k goose decoys and make the X on the other side. :sarcmark: :sarcmark: :sarcmark:
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Re: Decoying tips for open flooded field

Postby go get the bird » Tue Mar 18, 2014 10:50 pm

Rick Hall wrote:
go get the bird wrote:Blow your call harder.


Don't know if he's kidding, but do know calling can be the ticket for mallards regardless of how inviting or not your setup is, but particularly if it's working for other species and mallards are passing.

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Re: Decoying tips for open flooded field

Postby SPatrick » Wed Mar 19, 2014 5:58 am

Had birds been using the field previously?
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