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Duck Hunting Do’s and Don’ts

Posted by United Country on February 22, 2018
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Waterfowl hunting has been around for centuries. A big reason is that there are many types of ducks, geese and other waterfowl that can be hunted in the same regions, using the same methods, and can be done for sport or for food.

During the season (fall and early winter), the most common species hunted are mallards, Canadian Geese, snow geese, redhead, pintail, harlequin, hooded and black duck. If you’re looking to try out duck hunting this year, our partners at Duck Unlimited have some tips for you.

Create open water holes. If you’re hunting later in the season, like right now, creating an opening in frozen marshes can be very effective. Bring a large landing net and sweep the water’s surface to get stray ice chunks.

Clean your call. All kinds of gunk can accumulate in your duck call without proper cleaning. Make sure your plastic and acrylic calls are always clean and in good working order.

Be patient. If you leave the birds alone, they will fly out to feed in the first light. Don’t spook the birds in the dark, wait until dawn to set up. Being patient could give you more opportunities.

Keep track of your keys. A common mistake is to have all of your keys (car/truck, boat, cabin, etc.) in different places so you have to keep track. Put them all on a floating key ring to keep you from losing them in the water or stuck in the mud.

Use alternatives. For instances like when you have to nail nest boxes to trees, which can be a hassle, try tying them onto trees using plastic laundry line. The line doesn’t damage trees and easier to move.

These are just a few tips to make your duck season successful, but there are plenty more tips you can find on Duck Unlimited’s website. On the flip side, here are some common mistakes you should avoid:


  • Set up your blinds in the lane of the kill hole. Make sure your offset a little bit.
  • Call to the wrong ducks. Watch the front end of a bunch of ducks and not the back. Make sure you’re not calling to pressured ducks.
  • Forget to conceal yourself. Not being well hidden is a big mistake you need to work at to overcome. Make sure your blinds have adequate camouflage.
  • Forget about the wind. The wind can affect decoys and the direction the ducks will fly to them. Keep that in mind when you are setting up.
  • Make your spread look flat. Liven up your decoy spread by using motion decoys.

If you’re ready to buy or sell prime duck hunting land, United Country Real Estate has hunting experts all over the country ready to help. Find an office near you at



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