5. Provide a Distraction
When minimal surrounding cover, flat light, or other conditions affect a hunter's ability to hide, Coluccy recommends that hunters take a lesson from the birds:
"Anyone who has ever been fortunate to have a mob of ducks or geese over the decoys knows that you can get away with some things because the birds are distracted by the motion of all those wings in the air or birds hitting the ground," he says. "Hunters can use this to their advantage when they're having a tough time hiding by using well-placed motion in the decoys and, if possible, by shifting blind location."
A quiver magnet, jerk string, or spinning-wing decoy will focus the attention of swinging birds away from hunters, while layout blinds or a makeshift blind positioned to the side of the decoys will provide quartering or crossing shots.
The shooting opportunities may be different from those provided by a traditional setup, but Coluccy says that when birds are in the decoys rather than flaring from hunters, or when blinds are exposed by a modest hide, unique shots are better than none at all.
"In a situation where it's tough to hide, you do what you can to keep the eyes of those ducks and geese off of you and on the decoys," says Coluccy. "Even in a perfect setup, they aren't always going to give you an ideal shot. You just can't give them anything to look at and see danger, and ducks and geese see a lot, that's for sure."