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Mid-Season Magic

Tips from 3 avid hunters to help solve the mid-season riddle
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Watch the Weather and Stay Concealed

Central Missouri is home to some of the best waterfowling in the country, but even in this duck-rich area, mid-season hunting can prove to be a challenge.

When the going gets tough, Clint Roby turns an eye to the sky.

"I try to make the most of the weather when targeting pressured birds. I pay attention to the most recent weather forecasts and try to pick days – even times of the day – that I expect will increase my odds," Roby says.

This may mean waiting several days to hunt a certain spot until the right weather conditions occur. "There's no use spoiling a good hole if the wind is wrong or the sky cover – or lack thereof – will cost you a good hunt," he says.

Roby is also a stickler about concealment.

"By the middle of the season, a good portion of the material hunters put on their blinds before opening day has either changed color, deteriorated, or been removed by that guy in the group who just can't stand to be closed in," Roby says. "Take some time throughout the season to freshen up the cover on your blind and close up any gaping holes."

Experience has shown Roby that the extra time required to add brush to a blind is a worthwhile investment.

"It's all worth it when you park that flock of mallards that has circled half a dozen times trying to decide if it's safe or not," he says.


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