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30 Helpful Hints for Waterfowlers

Improve your waterfowling success and make each trip more enjoyable.
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Would you like to improve your waterfowling success and make each trip a bit safer and more enjoyable?

These 30 tips could help!

Tip-Up Tactic

Add action to your decoy spreads by running nylon cord from the blind, through the eye of a heavy anchor connected to a decoy in the center of the spread, and tying the line to the bill of the decoy floating over the anchor. When ducks come in range, a gentle tug on the line causes the decoy to tip up like a feeding duck.

Flag Pole

A telescoping, fiberglass crappie fishing pole provides an ideal means for raising and working a goose flag or kite, which helps draw the birds' attention to your decoy spread.

Stir it Up

When hunting clear water, use your feet to muddy the water around your decoys. Duck activity creates muddy water, and a muddy zone in an area of clear water is easy for ducks to spot.

Basket Case

Ask your grocer for an old hand-carried shopping basket to make a great storage box for dead ducks. Paint it to give a camo or earth-tone finish birds won't see. Then toss dead birds in it to keep them from freezing to your boat on cold days.

Magnums for Divers

Magnum decoys are standards for many diving duck hunters. They're seen at twice the distance, and their wide, flat bottoms eliminate roll and pitch—a dead giveaway to today's gun-wise ducks. Also, you can get away with fewer decoys. Three dozen magnums, properly rigged, present more flock attraction than five dozen standard-sized decoys.

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