Sometimes all it takes to call in ducks is a whistle. Sometimes you simply want to draw attention, sometimes, you really want to focus in on a particular species. And it’s not necessarily how you sound but when you sound that matters most.
In order to legally travel with waterfowl, you must leave a wing or head intact for identification purposes. Deboning the bird makes for a more compact and convenient carry, and once you place it into a ziptop or vacuum-sealed bag, the duck is easily identifiable and won’t get freezer burnt.
The half hour before sunrise is the favorite time of the day for most duck hunters, and for good reason: there’s a flurry of activity as the marsh wakes up and many birds move from their roost to their feed. But that quick action is commonly followed by a long lull, sending many duck hunters packing and headed for breakfast.
But sometimes breakfast should wait because the hunting is just about to get good.
The Midday Flight: Early to Mid-Season...
When Duck Lore host Sean Weaver couldn’t make the trip to hunt waterfowl in Kansas last fall, Seth Morris and I took his place. Now we don’t quite have the calling and decoying chops that Sean has, but we can jump shoot birds with the best of them.
Jump shooting is a good move to pull out of the bag of tricks when you’re in an unfamiliar place, need to kill time at midday, or just want meat for the freezer. While the idea of flushing and shooting...