Several top waterfowl hunters share a few tips on new gear and strategy to make your waterfowl season more successful.
Waterfowl hunting continues to evolve as decoys become more realistic each season. While the waterfowl hunting experience of decoying birds may be thousands of years old dating back to the beginnings of man, the escalation of movement, realism and concealment options continue to redefine decoy hunting for ducks and geese.
While equipment can greatly enhance the odds, the gear doesn’t necessarily define the hunt. Most ardent waterfowl hunters will agree that the right equipment combined with the right knowledge and experience gained in the marsh or field is the ultimate formula for success. This month, we interview a handful of hunters who have spent a tremendous amount of time looking up at skies. We also take a look at some of the hottest new gear trends.
Perhaps nothing has changed field duck hunting like spinning wing decoys over the last fifteen years. Spinning wing decoys like the Lucky Duck HD continue to become more durable with better recharging systems and remotes that allow hunters to synchronize several decoys on one remote system. No more D batteries or wings that won’t last an entire season. With that being said, in the eyes of ducks… all spinning wing decoys are equal if the wings are spinning fast enough to blur.
In the eyes of duck hunters however, having a spinning wing decoy that is both functional and rugged tops the list of importance. Lucky Duck Decoy Co. continues to raise the bar with motion decoys for duck hunters and introduced the Lucky Duck HD last season. Hunters loved the simple remote system and rugged magnetic wings on the Lucky Duck HD. Every feature from the bungee system on the base to the wing magnets seemed to be thought out by avid duck hunters who had a wish list.
Passion for the Hunt TV host Jason Mitchell spent many years as a waterfowl guide near Devils Lake, North Dakota. Mitchell adds a few more tricks for using spinning wing decoys when field hunting. “I like to keep the stakes short so that the spinners are low to the ground mixed in with the field decoys just so you still get the good visibility but also don’t let the ducks get as good of a look at the spinner. On cloudy days, stretch some women’s nylons over the wings to subdue the flash.”
Spinning wing decoys can be critical for field hunting ducks at early light and are an important tool for so many duck hunters but… spinning wing decoys can also completely turn off conditioned or stale ducks. As a general rule of thumb, hunters have better success with spinning wing decoys across the top half of the flyways.
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