Bad Advice: The Worst Waterfowling Tips

Some of my most valuable duck-hunting lessons have come from experienced hunters who took the time to share their knowledge. Maybe it was because they once had someone help them the same way. Or maybe my horrible calling and novice decoy spreads flared ducks away from them and they had no choice. Whatever the case, good duck hunting advice is the foundation of learning this sport. But not all advice is good.


Snow Goose Hunting Shooting Lanes

One time a guy showed me an Arkansas slough that was shoulder-to-shoulder with ducks, but said, "We don't have a blind in there. There's no way to hunt 'em."

I mentioned the thick cattails lining the edge of the surrounding slough, and he shook his head. "That'll never work, but I guess you can try it."


For two hours, a buddy and I stood in the cattails, knee-deep in the mud, and shot ducks hovering over our decoys at 15 yards. Good thing we ignored the "friendly advice."

How many times have you heard someone say a cloudy, rainy day "looks like a ducky day"? But given the choice, most puddle duck hunters would much rather have a clear blue sky and moderate north wind over clouds and rain.

Chances are good you've heard some bad waterfowling advice over the years. We polled a group of seasoned hunters to hear the worst advice they've ever gotten. Here's what we found.


[imagebrowser id=7]

More Hunting Tactics

Hunting Tactics

Duck Hunting Tactics--Stay On The Move For Success

Lynn Burkhead - October 26, 2017

Even the best scouted spots can turn cold. When that happens, waterfowlers need to strike out...

Hunting Tactics

6 Tips: Mallard Hunting Small Waters

Ken Bailey - November 17, 2015

Small-water greenheads may be the most addictive form of waterfowling there is. A mallard's...

Hunting Tactics

Hunting Snow Geese Solo

Joe Weimer

Follow these tips for hunting snow geese on your own!

See More Hunting Tactics

GET THE MAGAZINE Subscribe & Save

Temporary Price Reduction

SUBSCRIBE NOW

Give a Gift   |   Subscriber Services

PREVIEW THIS MONTH'S ISSUE

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.

×