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Take a rain check on your duck hunting

By Anne Mary Subscribe to RSS | February 17th 2012 | Views:

In the world of hunting, there are numerous methods which all have success of varying degrees, dependant upon the creature being pursued. When the target is the duck, then there are a whole host of techniques which can assist, and put the advantage the way of the hunter. Of course there are many different species of duck, therefore it is essential that you identify the key areas where you need to position yourself, in order to maximize your potential success rate. For example, the teals and pintails prefer water pockets that are heavily covered, whereas the mallards and gadwalls will frequent newly flooded fringe areas and back water timber ponds.

The use of decoys remains popular in duck hunting and the recommendation is to place them in small groups, maybe somewhere between 4 and 7, and positioned approximately 3 feet apart from each other. This works particularly well in the early season, as it very much mimics the antics of the real thing, as the ducks at this time do not tend to sit together in tight congregations. Exploiting wind conditions is another favourite of the hunters, due to the fact that sustained levels of higher than normal wind speeds, impact on feeding patterns and location choices of the birds, as the ducks are pushed into areas they might not usually select, and leave themselves more isolated than they might wish.

The duck always reacts to approaching weather fronts, so some proactive research into forecasts can pay massive dividends. A little bit of time spent making records will also help in the long run, as a hunter will be able to look back at similar occasions and calculate the best spots to head for. No two areas are completely the same, so it is important to understand the environment, so as to adopt the best strategy, because although one set of techniques might very well work brilliantly in one place, they can quite easily prove to be completely useless at another.

One of the best duck hunting tips is to always go out on a hunt immediately after a significant period of rainfall, as rising water will flood new areas, such as fields of agricultural produce, and this will inevitably attract the birds. These new patches of water will be pretty much exposed, offering little shelter and giving a hunter a decent chance of a clear shot. Camouflage is vital as the ducks are able to identify colours and will be off quick as a flash, at the slightest suspicion of danger.

Two other perhaps less popular methods of duck hunting are jump shooting and pass shooting. The jump option basically involves creeping up on the birds and startling them when they least expect it. The best places being small rivers and streams, sloughs and smaller potholes. It is effectively an equivalent of stalking the ducks, but will only be a success if the birds are in a period of inactivity.

Pass shooting is simply an opportunist option, whereby the hunter takes shots at passing ducks overhead, but to do this it is vital that you remain hidden from view and are able to determine flight patterns. These methods receive some criticism from within the sport, due to the need for absolute accuracy, which unfortunately many of those who choose to practice this way are often lacking in, and very often it results in many crippled birds, which is something any committed hunter would always frown upon.

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