Duck hunting 101

Even though you might not see it, duck hunting is more popular than you’d think, especially in the Midwest.

Either you go hunting for “local” ducks, either you shoot the ones that migrate down from the North, duck hunting is one of the greatest types of hunting.

And, if you think you got the rules, think twice as duck hunting regulations change every single year! As hens, quantities, specific species and season dates change yearly, so do the regulations on duck hunting. You need to know what exactly you can shoot and the rules don’ bend for any hunter.

The most efficient way to duck hunt is to get up “before the birds” and set up some sort of blind (near a water, of course). You can use surrounding natural materials or a “little hut” and almost nobody builds a sophisticated blind with 2X4s or metal sheeting. If you go for a “permanent structure”, keep in mind there are rules on that also as you can’t build them all the time.

A blind give you some comfort when hunting and it’s easier to call ducks with a mouth call or keep an eye on the displayed decoys. It’s important that you always use decoys and duck call together for an efficient hunt. And you need to stay alert as some other species may get interested in the decoys.

It’s easier to duck hunt early in the season as the ducks aren’t too familiar with the presence of hunters. As the season progresses, the ducks pay more attention and you also need to spend more time for an efficient display of decoys or use of your calls.

And, in the end, this is one of the best qualities of duck hunting: that you always need to keep up the pace with the ducks and stay alert every single season!