Fall is almost here. The season of gorgeous foliage, crisp
GEARING UP FOR HUNTING SEASON
Fall is almost here. The season of gorgeous foliage, crisp days, and HUNTING SEASON! Yup, the heat is cooling down and it’s time to start gearing up.
Whether you’re into bows, muzzleloaders, deer, or turkey, fall is a big time of year to hunt; and making sure you have the gear you need is crucial for a successful season.
Hunting Decoy Strategies
To learn hunting decoy tips and techniques that will help to bring demo in! You have to read these tips on setting up decoy spreads over water or in a field.
Duck Decoy Spreads for Water Setups
North American waterfowls have devised many decoy strategies for luring ducks into close shotgun range. Inventive minds and trial-and-error testing have conjured up decoy systems specific to small ponds and marshes, large open lakes, coastal bays, flooded timber, dry fields, and other settings where ducks and geese are hunted.
A couple of rules of thumb:
First, get the best decoys your wallet will allow. This does not – Repeat: Does Not – mean that the most expensive decoys are the best looking and, thus, the most effective. Flambeau blocks, for instance, certainly aren’t going to break the bank, what at roughly $25 per dozen for a set of water keel mallards; however, they’re some of the most realistic looking production decoys available, and believe me, they’ll stand up to some pretty rough abuse. Add another $10 bill, and the folks at Greenhead Gear will set you up with some fantastic mallard decoys. But the bottom line is this – Get the best you can afford, and realize that given care, these decoys should last many, many a season.
Secondly, now that you have a rig of good-looking decoys, keep… them… clean. Very seldom will you see a flock of wild, live and very muddy mallards or a bunch of ragged, ratty-looking, bent, broken and desperately in need of paint Canada geese. So with that said, why should you expect your filthy, muddy decoys to work well?
And finally, set those good-looking, clean decoys in a way that resembles wild ducks at rest. How do you know what wild ducks at rest look like? If you’d spent some time in the off-season simply watching refuge ducks, then you’d know what it looks like. Understand? Now just mirror what you see, and you’re off on the right foot.
2. Motion Decoy Buyer’s Guide
If you have been around the world of waterfowling recently, you probably have heard about the motion decoy craze. It started with motorized swimming decoys, but it really hit the fan with the spinning wing decoys. The success rates with hunters using these new motorized attractors were so high that several states even investigated banning them.
– The Mojo Duck:
Fairly new to the market is the Mojo Duck. Based on a full-size Carry-Lite decoy body, this bird has its feet out and is coming in. Powered by a standard 6-volt rechargeable battery, you won’t have to fumble around for a bunch of D-cell batteries. The large 36-inch wingspan is constructed of durable, yet lightweight sheet aluminum for years of use, and the bright flashing is visible for hundreds of yards.
– Super Lucky Duck:
If you want the look of a realistic landing duck, you have found it. This new entrant to the spinning wing decoy market has a body style that is much different. Designed to specifically mimic a duck in the landing position, the craned head on this deke is sure to pull those birds that have become wary of other spreads. The direct-drive motor keeps you spinning in any weather condition, and the detachable wings and included three-piece stake make transport a snap.
– Flambeau Sky-Scraper:
Flambeau has made a name for themselves in the decoy market with quality floaters, full bodies, shells, and silhouettes. Not wanting to miss out on the new market, at the 2001 SHOT Show, they introduced their new Sky-Scraper decoy. When I first saw this decoy running, what I noticed most was how quiet it was. The whisper-quiet direct-drive motor won’t spook ducks on those still days. Flambeau also came out with an innovative way to attach the molded plastic wings. A spring-loaded action allows the wings to be snapped on without any clips or screws to drop in the marsh. The rechargeable battery boasts a 10.5-hour life, even in the coldest conditions, guaranteeing you will be still scrapin’ greenheads from the stratosphere on the last flight of the day.
3. Fooling The Flight – The Perfect Decoy Spread
The “art” of decoying waterfowl is merely the selling of an illusion. You are trying to “sell” the birds that you have the “real thing” and convince them they need to visit your spread, instead of landing across the lake.
The best techniques for hunting situations are:
Once again, you are “selling an illusion” of live waterfowl on the ground; therefore, it is best that your spread be as realistic as possible. A good starting point to achieve realism with your decoy spread is to actually observe birds in the wild.
Try to sneak in on your hunting spot, and see how birds naturally use the area. Keep in mind the prevailing wind direction and weather conditions and you can begin to pattern the birds. Then, start with a location and grouping that they are already familiar with.
For a more realistic spread, it is also important to use the most life-like decoys you can find or afford. Keep in mind while shopping, that many types and sizes of decoys exist. I always like to use a variety of sizes in my spread; as in the wild, not all birds will look the same setting on the water.
For example, my typical duck spread for ponds and marshes consists of around 12 standard mallards, 6 magnum mallards, 2 feeders, and four sleepers.
The question of how many decoys to use is often asked. The number really depends on where you will be hunting, the time of the season, and the birds themselves. The body of water you hunt largely determines this. On small bodies of water and about 30 decoys is enough. On large bodies of water, some people will use up to 300. As the season goes on, it is important to be aware of the birds.
If they are new to the area, your usual spread will work. However, if the migration tends to stall and birds are in the area for a long time, they will become aware of your tactics. Then, a good idea is to change your spread and location a bit so the birds gain some confidence. You may just want to use 5-8 decoys and try a new spot on the marsh.
The actual arrangement of a decoy spread is largely a matter of opinion. However, the key thing you should remember is to create a large landing area where you want the birds to set their wings and come down. This is the sweet spot that you want the birds to key their attention on. Try to keep this landing area as close to your blind as possible to get the birds to work for you.
You should also position your decoys so the birds are coming towards you as they are setting their wings. This exposes their breast, wings, head, and neck and allows clean, humane kills. If the birds were landing away, this results in body shots, which could allow crippled birds to fly away.
There are many types of trapping Supplies that match your interest:
- Trapping Books & DVDs.
- Trapping Tools & Accessories
- Traps & Snares
There are many kinds of accessories that matches your needs:
- Hunting Bags & Packs
- Shooting Sticks
- Gun Slings
- Holsters and Belts
- Ammunition Cases and Holders
- Hearing Protection and Enhancement
- Stools, Chairs and eats Cushions
- Shooting Classes
- Men’s Hunting Waders
Hunting Season is almost there, be prepared for a fantastic season and learn more about what is new about this hobby.
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