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Insider Guide to Public-Land Duck Hunting

Veteran public-land waterfowlers share their secrets for finding great hunting
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Point-Hunting on Mainstream Reservoirs

Michael McGowen frequently hunts on reservoirs along a major river that runs north-to-south through North Carolina. He says when the duck migration is on, birds fly the main channels of these impoundments. McGowen intercepts them by setting up on points at the mouths of bays that extend back from the channels.

“I hunt from a boat-blind,” he says. “I like to pull my boat into a deadfall on a chosen point. Then I’ll cut extra limbs or brush to blend my boat-blind into the natural cover. I’ll usually set out around three dozen oversize mallard decoys. Sometimes I’ll also use a spinning-wing decoy, and if the water is calm, I’ll add a couple of duck butt wobblers to make some ripples. Altogether, this setup can be very effective when ducks are moving down the lake.

Undoubtedly, this simple strategy will work in other states where similar conditions exist.

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