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Tips?

Postby Drew4711 » Sat Oct 08, 2016 8:09 pm

I'm 14 and got into duck hunting last year! My dad doesn't hunt but He goes with me. I have not bagged my first duck yet and hoping this year it will happen. I want to know what I'm doing wrong or what I should be doing. I hunt in a swamp with a lot of wood ducks and some mallards. I use a woodie mojo, 6 wood duck decoys and 6 mallards and have a mallard call. I can't get the birds to decoy and I've tried to pass shoot alittle. Should I find a differnt hole in the swamp? What am I doing wrong? Any help is appreciated
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Re: Tips?

Postby merg » Sun Oct 09, 2016 5:55 am

Wood ducks rarely decoy well. I havent had much luck with a mojo in a swamp for wood ducks. The mallard call wont help much either for the woodies. Unless you are really good with it put it away or limit it to a single occaisonal quack.
Watch which direction the woods are going and move that direction each hunt until you locate the spot they are going to. Once you find it just a few decoys will do the trick.
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Re: Tips?

Postby Drew4711 » Sun Oct 09, 2016 4:38 pm

Thanks merg , do woodie calls work?
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Re: Tips?

Postby Red Huck » Sun Oct 09, 2016 7:09 pm

Yes, but they usually go where they are going. The trick is to be where they are going when they get there.
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Re: Tips?

Postby merg » Sun Oct 09, 2016 7:30 pm

Not consistently imo.
Woodies generally have 3 areas they use. A roost where they spend the night, a feeding area and a loafing area. 2 or even all 3 of those areas could be the same. They could do all three in the same swamp-but in general they leave the roost at or before 1st light, fly to feed for 10-20 mins then fly to an area where they loaf the day away. At dusk they feed again and go roost.
1st you want to figure out which type area you're hunting. If you are
catching them leaving the roost to go feed you wont pull those ducks, they want food not company and they know where their food is. Shooting a roost is a bad idea-the ducks will leave the swamp if you shoot them roosting there. So you want to find the areas they are feeding or loafing and hunt there, or find the flight line they are using and pass shoot while watching and working your way each hunt closer to the exact spot they are using. Dont hunt em to death- 2 or 3 hunts a week tops will keep them around.
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Re: Tips?

Postby Drew4711 » Sun Oct 09, 2016 8:41 pm

So more scouting is key. Thanks I just can't wait to go.
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Re: Tips?

Postby EastBound&Down » Mon Oct 10, 2016 5:53 am

Drew4711 wrote:So more scouting is key. Thanks I just can't wait to go.

Merg has given you some good advice
Yes it sounds like you need to be doing as much scouting as you are hunting until you figure the ducks out.
Sit back and watch the ducks and figure out where they are going. You need to be hunting where they are feeding or at least cut them off where you can get some good pass shots. When scouting them you need to pin point them, but also don't want to pressure them and spook them out of the area. I would not suggest hunting the same area but once or maybe twice a week and don't do it back to back days. When hunting only use a couple of decoys, a jerk line to create some motion, and don't worry with duck calls. You need to be well hidden preferably in some natural brush with the sun to your back so you are in the shadows. Wear a face mask or face paint and keep still because the ducks will notice any movement. Only take shots that you can hit and at your age I would probably limit myself to 30 maybe 35 yds shots. When hunting most times the first couple of flights will dictate what the majority of the ducks are going to do for that day. Don't be afraid to quickly pack up and make a slight move to put yourself where the ducks want to be. Good luck and if you are patient you will eventually figure it all out and start killing ducks.
I kill more ducks in one week on public water than you and your "Crews" or "Teams" would even think of killing all season. I work hard, scout and abide by the law...but still kill the crap out of ducks.
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Re: Tips?

Postby Red Huck » Mon Oct 10, 2016 9:11 am

Drew4711 wrote:So more scouting is key. Thanks I just can't wait to go.

Good huntingI Be safe out there.
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Re: Tips?

Postby merg » Mon Oct 10, 2016 5:33 pm

Just combine your scouting with your hunting. It may take you a season or two to figure their pattern but the upside is they tend to use the same feeding and loafing areas year after year-if you don't overpressure them.
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Re: Tips?

Postby Drew4711 » Mon Oct 10, 2016 7:10 pm

This might sound stupid but if I set up a few trail cams around the possible spots I think there feeding and pattern them that way? Then set up there? Thanks
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Re: Tips?

Postby carolina115 » Mon Nov 07, 2016 5:50 pm

It is not stupid but very innovative. If they would trigger the cams then it is a fine idea.
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Re: Tips?

Postby Drew4711 » Sat Nov 19, 2016 8:09 pm

Got my First this Morning! Drake Woodie :yes:
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Re: Tips?

Postby Drew4711 » Sat Nov 19, 2016 8:24 pm

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Re: Tips?

Postby EastBound&Down » Sun Nov 20, 2016 4:39 am

Very nice :thumbsup:
Congrats
I kill more ducks in one week on public water than you and your "Crews" or "Teams" would even think of killing all season. I work hard, scout and abide by the law...but still kill the crap out of ducks.
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Re: Tips?

Postby Bull_Island_Ducker » Sun Nov 20, 2016 7:48 pm

Awesome!! Congrats!!
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Re: Tips?

Postby Junior Duck Commander » Mon Nov 21, 2016 8:19 am

Congrats on your first bird. Another piece of advice I can give you is to not hunt the same spot more than twice a week, I made this mistake when I was about your age and we ran all of the ducks out of our favorite honey hole.
Try dumping corn out for the ducks, it usually helps.


****By the way I am kidding about the corn.
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Re: Tips?

Postby Drew4711 » Tue Nov 22, 2016 4:14 pm

Thanks! I'm heading out again tomarrow. The wind is suppose to be under 2mph. Will this light wind effect the birds landing?
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Re: Tips?

Postby Bluesky2012 » Tue Nov 22, 2016 8:03 pm

Drew4711 wrote:Thanks! I'm heading out again tomarrow. The wind is suppose to be under 2mph. Will this light wind effect the birds landing?


Harder to make them land where you want to (or where you think they will land).

Also, no wind means less movement in your decoys.


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Re: Tips?

Postby Drew4711 » Tue Nov 22, 2016 8:16 pm

I've heard ducks always land into wind? Is this the case with little to no wind?
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Re: Tips?

Postby DOT3 » Tue Nov 22, 2016 9:30 pm

No, they can land from whatever direction they please. Like was just said, no wind means motionless decoys, so find a way to make ripples. If you have some kite string and a bungee cord, you're good. Tie the string to the bungee the attach the bungee to a log, anchor, or mojo pole (might require a short string to attach bungee to log). Peel off some line and put a half hitch around a decoy keel. You can do as many decoys as you want. 2 or 3 are plenty. Then hide in the shadows and pull the string. Be sure to be still when ducks are looking and good luck. And congrats on the pretty bird!
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Re: Tips?

Postby Bluesky2012 » Wed Nov 23, 2016 7:47 am

DOT3 wrote:No, they can land from whatever direction they please.


I wouldn't go quite as far as saying that wind isn't a driver in which way they land. Do they always land into the wind, no. BUT, you can use wind and decoy placement to put the odds into your favor to have them land much closer to where you want them to. They can still do what they want, but there are still trends as to which way and where they land based on the wind, vegetation, decoy placement, etc. No wind, and a lot of times its more of a crapshoot as to where exactly they are going to set down.
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Re: Tips?

Postby Galactic Ricky » Wed Nov 23, 2016 12:27 pm

No wind is usually not very good, but I don't hunt swamps. Good going on that woodie. I've never bagged one. I've killed goldeneye and not a woodie yet. My friends can't believe it but I hardly every hunt swamps - and the seldom times I do I can't hit the broadside of a barn b/c I'm not use to how quick the action is - especially when woodies come through.
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Re: Tips?

Postby Drew4711 » Wed Nov 23, 2016 1:06 pm

Last Saturday I shot 2 times and kill a bird. Did the same this morning, so do you think I'll mess this hole up if I hunt it Saturday? I will not be hunting again this part of the season.
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Re: Tips?

Postby Galactic Ricky » Wed Nov 23, 2016 2:21 pm

Drew4711 wrote:Last Saturday I shot 2 times and kill a bird. Did the same this morning, so do you think I'll mess this hole up if I hunt it Saturday? I will not be hunting again this part of the season.
Thanks!


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Re: Tips?

Postby Drew4711 » Fri Dec 23, 2016 7:15 pm

Is it true that I can hunt from boat on a river? Whats trespassing and what's not? Can I use my boat as transportation and stash it away and wade down some and hunt? I don't want to do anything wrong.
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