Tired of reading about standard waterfowl strategies? Check out these oddball waterfowl tactics.
HUNT LATER: Sleep in. Hunt loafing midday small water ducks and even geese. That’s right. During the late-season stretch, you might find birds that have fed nearby that morning now resting in the warm sun the way we might after a big holiday meal. Jump-shooting is an option here. Approach slow eddies and cuts in the stream flow. Note ripples in the water as you slink in to the pond or marsh. Peek over the concealing cover to confirm species and number. Step up. Get ready for fast-action on flushing birds.
HUNT WITHOUT DECOYS OR CALLS: Find a spot where ducks and geese are hitting a food source pretty hard. Ignore the option of putting out a big spread. Some birds have seen it all by now. They may be decoy-shy at this late date. Instead use your Yamaha ATV or Side-by-Side to go the distance while scouting or hunting. Study preferred habitats by glassing ducks and geese as they feed the afternoon before your hunt. Be there early the next morning. Use a layout blind to position yourself in the “X” where field birds want to be. Sit on river bends and in marshes where birds fly by for fast pass-shooting action. Since you’re not using decoys most definitely don’t call. Bring shells and your reliable shotgun.
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