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5 Tips for Early Season Ducks 

Waterfowling is all about the details.
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Don't Shoot the Most Obvious Duck in a Flock

Longtime waterfowler Don Wright of Hopkinsville, Kentucky, says that when a flight of ducks pitches into the decoys, many hunters have the tendency to focus on the closest, easiest bird in the flock, and this invariably results in two or three shooters firing at the same bird. Instead, Wright intentionally takes a trailing duck on his first shot.  "I'll pick out a duck back in the flock, maybe one that's higher than the lead birds that are about to land in the decoys," he explains. "This way, I'm rarely competing with other hunters, and also my gun is in the right plane to take flaring birds on the second and third shot. If other hunters will do this, they'll be more efficient in their shooting, and they'll have the satisfaction of knowing they downed ducks that nobody else was shooting at."
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