Duck hunting is quite different from hunting deer or elk. As a beginner, you might have many questions such as: where do I begin? What do I need? And many others.
Well, for starters, you need to know that ducks thrive under the strength of their flocks. Therefore, if you want a higher chance of success in catching ducks, better look for the signs of a flock.
The tips below dive deep into more tips of duck hunting and thus will provide a framework for guiding you through to landing a duck for dinner.
1. Get the Right Gear
Unlike deer, ducks are not color blind. They are well aware of their surroundings and thus, if one member of the flock spots something unusual in their waters or grasslands, it will inform the others and they will all fly away.
The key to remaining invincible is to have a camouflaged outfit. Therefore, it is important to do some research about their hunting grounds and get an outfit that blends well with those surroundings.
Another important gear to have is waders. When you think of ducks, there must be pools of water in the picture. Ducks like water and therefore, you must be prepared to get wet if you want to catch them. Waders will help keep you dry and you can always layer more clothes on the inside if the water is too cold.
Once you have the gear and you are set in position, you should observe the hunting grounds in order to find the areas where the ducks frequent the most.
Even on water bodies, ducks usually have their favorite spots, which could be close to the shores with green grass to feed on. This observation will come in handy in setting up duck decoys later on.
3. Ask for Permission and Get a Hunting License
You might find that the flock’s favorite spot is on or close to someone’s property. In such a case, you will need to ask for permission from the owner so as to hunt from his/her turf.
Also, you will need to have a hunting license before you do the actual hunting so that you do not get into trouble with the authorities. Duck hunting is highly regulated in some states and attracts huge fines if these regulations are broken.
4. Set Up the Decoys
Setting up duck decoys is a huge part of duck hunting. These decoys should be installed in such a way that they form a flock and imitate real life duck movement. This way, a real duck will feel safe to land among the “flock”, giving you the perfect opportunity to take your shot.
5. Perfect Your Call
Duck calling is also another important technique to learn because it will help you bring the prey closer to you. If done correctly, you might have a ball eating plenty of duck meat for dinner.
As it is with learning any new skill, practice is a must. As a beginner, there is a high possibility that you will fail the first few times. However, with continued practice, while putting these tips into consideration, you will definitely reach a point where you become a natural at duck hunting.