The Time Has Come – Duck Hunting Season!
Yes it is here. You don’t have to wait any longer. Time to get started on all your seasons plans.
First scouting , have to see where they are coming in. Then get all my licences and tags .
Now its gear time, clean and check everything out, make sure they are all shooting right . Practice too , because practice makes prefect . Decoys , calls , blinds and all the little things have to be put into place.
I am anticipating a great duck hunting season.
Have a great one everyone check these out…
Tips for Opening Day Ducks
Early-fall breezes are like high-octane fumes that rev up duck hunters’ engines. Mix in a passion for waterfowling. Excitement. Enthusiasm for the way the Dog is working. Is it any wonder that so many of us find it hard to sit idling behind the starting line?
It’s okay to get fired up for the coming season, but be careful not to jump the gun. As you eagerly anticipate all the sights, sounds, and thrills of the opener, make sure you’ve done your homework.
Here are some tips that will help increase your chances of bagging more waterfowl on opening day.
Find the Right Spot
You can start by checking water levels in local marshes, lakes, and management areas. Have recent rains flooded fields or caused rivers to spill over into adjacent bottomlands? Will tides be running in coastal areas? What are feeding conditions like? Answering these and other questions is a form of intelligence gathering.
But the best way to find a good hunting spot is to hit the road right before opening day to discover where ducks are feeding, roosting, and loafing. Nothing is more reliable than your own firsthand scouting.
Target Early Migrants
Hunters in several Atlantic, Mississippi, and Central Flyway states actually have two opening days: one for the early teal season and another for the regular duck season. Hunters who target these and other “early birds” with precise decoy rigs and hunting strategies are likely to get more shooting than those who opt for later-season tactics.
Bluewings and greenwings really are the focus during the early teal season. When these ducks head south in September and early October, they tend to gather in the same swamps, marshes, farm ponds, shallow mudflats, and rice fields from one year to the next if water levels are similar.
When the “big duck season” opens, concentrate on species that are more likely to show up first, including pintails, gadwalls, and wood ducks. Set up in habitats that these species prefer and adjust your tactics accordingly. The same is true with calls and calling. Don’t be afraid to replace your mallard call with a pintail whistle, gadwall call, or wood duck squealer, depending on the species you’re targeting.
Don’t Overlook Concealment
I’ve known hunters who were absolute sticklers for camouflaging their blinds. They covered all the bases, and then some. And usually their obsessive- compulsiveness resulted in more ducks and geese in the bag.
All waterfowlers should be just as careful when camouflaging their blinds. Pay special attention to overhead cover. Pile it on thick. Make sure that it casts shadows, which add to the deception. You can never be too well hidden from the prying eyes of ducks.
After your hiding place is completely covered, gather extra brush and keep it nearby. When your blind begins to lose some of its camouflage, you can refurbish it without too much effort.