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Duck Hunting Tips from DU Members

Words of wisdom from DU members across North America
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Diver Hunt

While pursuing crippled diving ducks, row upwind of the spot where the duck dove last. This will give you the advantage of having the wind at your back when the duck resurfaces. Also, try to keep the boat in a position so the duck will surface to the left if the shooter is right-handed and to the right if the shooter is left-handed. -Patrick Horvath, Greenfield, Wisconsin

Quick Clips

I use a small spring snap-style carabiner to keep many small, handy accessories that tend to get lost while hunting, such as a choke tube wrench, small Swiss Army knife, earplugs, thermometer/ compass zipper pull, small AAA-cell flashlight, and spare truck key. I attach these items to the carabiner with small split key rings that allow for quick removal. This handy gadget can be clipped inside a jacket pocket or to a shell bag. Carabiners are available at most sporting goods stores and locksmiths, and at some hardware stores. -Michael Simmons, Madison, Mississippi

Range Finder

Before the season opens, I place an old piece of cane pole 30 yards in front of my blind. I measure the distance using a length of string. Once the season opens, the first thing I do in the morning is find my marker and place my favorite oversized bluebill decoy beside it. Then, I place my spread between this decoy and the blind. This is a simple way to ensure that any decoying ducks will be within proper killing range. This has helped us keep crippling losses near zero for a number of seasons. -Patrick Horvath, Greenfield, Wisconsin


I've found a trick that saves both money and space for those who hunt both Canada and snow geese with shell decoys. By purchasing extra snow goose heads and placing them on Canada decoys, a hunter can multiply his or her snow goose decoy spread at a much reduced cost. From near or far, the white-headed decoys appear to be mature blue geese that are intermingled with lesser snow goose flocks. -James F. Schatz, Bruceton, Tennessee

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