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So what’s going on? Are you just destined to be a mediocre duck hunter? Not at all! The problem might be that you’re following too many of those tips and trends without considering the traits that a successful duck hunter has to have.
They Plan Every Hunt
Now, you’re probably thinking that this is obvious. You plan your hunts, including what duck gear to take with you, where you’ll be setting up your blind, and what kind of spread you’ll set for your decoys. The thing is, though, that’s really just the beginning.
Successful duck hunters do more than just lay out their duck gear the night before a duck hunt. They plan every detail, starting days or even weeks before the hunt. They monitor the weather and adjust plans for where they’ll set their blind and how they’ll set their decoy spread based on ducks’ behavioral patterns in these conditions. They’ll also go ahead and scout the best areas for different conditions and monitor the local ducks’ behavior to see where the best blinds will be on any given day.
They’ve Put in Time on the Range
Great duck hunters aren’t just good at setting the stage to attract ducks – they’re also very familiar with their guns and have put in a lot of practice time at the range. Becoming a better duck hunter could be as simple as spending more time shooting skeet or trap in the off-season.
This will also give you a chance to figure out the best pattern for your shotgun. You can test how your ammo matches up with your choke, and you’ll have the opportunity to test your shot patterns at different yardages. Practicing can also make you a much safer hunter, as you’ll have experience with avoiding crossing your fellow hunters and causing a serious safety hazard.
They Use All of the Tools Available to Them
Have you ever been hunting with someone who seems to know where all the best blinds are and all the best tips for hunting in a given area – even though neither of you has actually ever been on a duck hunt there before? Successful duck hunters use all of the tools available to them, including the Internet and duck hunting apps like Duckr that can provide you with a ton of information on new hunting spots from others who’ve hunted there.
Want to get better at duck hunting? Embrace these traits, be adaptable and prepared, and always use all of the tools at your disposal – especially ones that can help you learn about a new hunting area before you’ve ever set foot there.
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