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Banding Together for Waterfowl

Five tips for staying concealed

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3. Stay in the Shadows

Coluccy says that when it comes to hiding from the watchful eyes of waterfowl, shadows can be both a hunter's best friend and his worst enemy.

"Natural shadows allow you to disappear. When sun shines in their eyes, they just can't pull you out of that dark background," he explains. "Whether you're in a permanent blind or hunting in natural cover, utilize those shadows when the conditions are bright and sunny."

And while shadows cast by a full-bodied duck or goose decoy are natural, Coluccy says that field hunters are at a disadvantage when the sun hits a layout blind.

"The result is a shadow that, from an aerial perspective, is really going to stick out. It's going to look like a blob of dark matter that just doesn't fit."

Placing the layout blind in a natural depression in the field, or digging a shallow footprint to lower the profile of the blind, are two ways to minimize any unwanted shadows. Hunters can also try placing decoys on elevated stakes around the blind at its highest points to break up its outline and create an illusion that plays on waterfowl's weakened sense of depth perception. 

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