How To Hunt Ducks
The art of knowing how to hunt ducks is almost synonymous with preparedness and study. If you want to test your prowess as a duck hunter, it won't be easy. Before you set off on a daunting challenge, you're going to need the right equipment.
a shotgun (obviously)
decoys for bait
a duck call
to keep it all legal, a hunting license.
The uglier the weather, the better for the ducks, so prepare yourself because this is when they like to fly.
- Always be prepared. Make sure you have the correct weapon with the correct ammunition, namely, a shotgun with steel shells. Avoid lead shells unless you want your deceased ducks to have poisoned meat as well. Also, get ready to equip your waders because you're going to seriously need those when you're waiting in the mud and water for a while.
- Set up your hunting zone. Once you've chosen a good, legal spot to hunt, distribute the duck decoys around the area. As you're waiting, try to be as calm as possible and give the ducks an impression of real ducks below by giving the decoys as much movement as you can. Also, make sure you put your duck call to use; they'll set themselves up once they're fooled, perfect for you to hunt ducks.
- Always aim true. Once you've spotted a good duck and are waiting to take that fatal shot, make sure it's in your hunting area if you're with someone else. The easiest and closest shot is when the ducks are either landing or leaving, so take a shot then. Aim a little ahead of the duck before you shoot, as you have to keep in mind bullet travel time and distance.
Finally, swoop up that prize. That's all you need to know how to hunt ducks and once you've gotten one, you'll only get better with time and practice.