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Four Time-Tested Tips for Hunting Dabblers

These essentials can help you improve your calling, decoys, concealment & shooting.
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  • Use short, low quacks to bring birds into gun range
  • Muddy water = food in the minds of ducks
  • Cover every inch in camo
  • Let instinct take the lead

3. Camouflage Face and Hands to Hide from Ducks

Hunters who hunt from pit blinds in open fields must take extra precautions to keep ducks from seeing their face and hands, says Walter L. Williams III of Monroe, La. Williams has flown over his pit in north-central Louisiana while it was occupied by friends, and he was surprised at how uncovered faces and hands showed up in the pit opening. "Those big 'pie faces' stood out like you wouldn't believe, and so did the hands. This made me realize how easy it is for ducks to see hunters, and it convinced me of the necessity to put so much camouflage on the shooting-hole flaps that you can't see through them.

"The caller is the only person who should be exposed," Williams continues. "Everybody else should stay under cover and absolutely avoid looking up until it's time to shoot. Also, hunters who are wading outside blinds should use headnets and camo gloves to cover these exposed skin areas. I know that just taking these simple precautions will help a hunter bag more ducks."


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