June 21, 2016
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.
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.