Great Tips For Ponds and Small Water Duck Hunting
This is a great alternative to over crowded duck hunting areas.
Peace and quiet is the name of the game. Duck are suspicious anyway so small ponds may be your best bet
We always went creek duck hunting , walked up and sat we never got lots but four or five and had fun . No one else was around just us and the great out doors.
So take some of these tips it might work great for you …
Tips for Small Water and Pond Duck Hunting
Big is not always better, especially when it comes to duck hunting. When duck season opens, many of the large hot spots are absolutely packed with hunters. If you do not get there early enough, you are pretty much out of luck.
We have said many times over how intelligent these birds are. They scout the areas before they land to feed and once they sense danger, they will leave and find another area to feed.
Learn the Habits of the Ducks
If you learn how the ducks act in the local area, you should be able to reap a full bounty by staking out local ponds and small water areas. The typical mallard will feed early in the day and then relocate to a different area until it is hungry again.
The second scenario is something we touched on above, to avoid the pressure of larger, better-known hunting grounds. If you have an area such as this close by, start investigating the areas around the popular hunting areas and waterways, without your guns.
Adjusting Your Hunting Strategy and Techniques to Small Water and Pond Settings
Hunting small bodies of water will require a different approach than the larger areas and waterways. In many cases, out of the way locations such as this may take more time and effort to reach.
• When creating a blind, standard rules apply, as you want to create a blind that matches the terrain as much as possible.
If you plan to hunt the same area throughout the season, it might be a good idea to scout these locations prior and set up multiple blinds before you ever fire your first shot.
• Because these areas are smaller and do not have as much of an area for the birds to land, you will not need nearly as many decoys as you would in a field or larger body of water.
• Calling is something you may want to put on the backburner when hunting these smaller areas. Common sense says the birds are trying to hide, so why would they make a lot of noise themselves when arriving or resting.
• When you are duck hunting these areas, you are going to be hunting much later in the day than traditional times. You will not see them until mid to late morning and then possibly not until after noon.
• You are not going to have many opportunities because of the limited amount of birds, so take the shot when you have it. When you see the shot, take it; just know your abilities and your shooting range.
Article by: JustDucky