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With advanced technology and new ways of doing things, you might think that the old tricks and techniques for hunting ducks would be obsolete these days. Well, as much as we find duck hunting apps and other mobile tech to be incredibly helpful in hunting for ducks, some of the oldest tricks in the book really are still the best for a better duck hunting season. Check out a few of our favorite old-school tips that we use on all of our duck hunting trips.
Make a Fake Water Hole
This one seems like the kind of trick that you’d see in a cartoon, but some of the world’s best waterfowlers use it and get great results. Get a large piece of clear plastic and cut it into a round, irregular shape. Then, scout a good field for your hunt. Find a depression where you can lay the plastic down. Cover its edges with weeds and rocks, and then sprinkle water over the whole thing. It’ll look like a water hole, and ducks will be attracted to it. This is a particularly good trick for winter hunting, when everything else is frozen over, but it can work when the weather is warmer, as well.
Add Lazy Decoys on Warm Days
Speaking of warmer hunting days, it’s good to have some sleeper decoys in your collection of duck gear. On days like this, ducks will be able to see just about everything on the water, and because the weather is warmer you’ll see fewer flights. You can take advantage of those flights when you add sleeper decoys along with your field decoys because they’ll look more realistic. Drill holes in a log and line up your sleepers on it to make them look like they’re dozing off on the log instead of swimming.
Churn Up the Water
Another good way to make your spread look more realistic is to churn up the water and make it look muddy. Basically, when real ducks are swimming and feeding in the shallows, they create that churned effect themselves and the water gets muddy. If ducks see your decoys floating in pristine water, it won’t look right to them. So don’t be shy about getting the water muddy and making it look more like there are real ducks swimming there.
These are just a few of the old duck hunting tricks that still work well today. Of course, if you want to find the best spots to hunt, you can’t beat an app like Duckr. You can save and share the best blind locations, and you can get expert advice from other duck hunters, too. While old-school tricks and tips are great when you have a good blind, for the ultimate duck hunting experience, you want to mix the wisdom of old duck hunters with new duck hunting mobile technology. With the best of both worlds, you can get more ducks and enjoy a more successful season. Happy hunting!
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