6 Big Water Duck Hunting Tips

6 Big Water Duck Hunting Tips

Big water duck hunting tactics

Whether on large inland lakes and reservoirs or coastal bays and flats, hunting ducks on big water is among the most challenging and rewarding of waterfowling pursuits.

It demands the best in tactics, gear, clothing, gunning and knowledge of duck ecology, movements and identification, while providing an experience that can't be replicated in the austerity of a grain field.

Hunting agricultural fields or small potholes certainly has its charm. The shooting can be fast and furious, it's typically "clean" waterfowling, access in is generally simple, and there's no denying that mallards, which make up the majority of the bag across North America, are an absolute treat on the table.

Here are some killer duck hunting tips when you're faced with big water situations.

Create a Kill Hole 

Much has been said about the best patterns for decoy spreads; the V, U, W, J, and many others. They all work. Fundamental to any setup, however, is ensuring you provide an open landing area where you want to be shooting ducks in relation to your blind.

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