35 Surefire Tactical Tips for Waterfowlers

35 Surefire Tactical Tips for Waterfowlers

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I started duck and goose hunting relatively late in life. By the time I was invited on my first trip — a green-timber mallard hunt — I was in my late twenties. By then I was well versed in hunting deer, squirrels, rabbits, quail, woodcocks, predators and other game animals, but I knew nothing about tactics for hunting waterfowl.

Classroom in the Sky

Consequently, I spent lots of time picking the brains of those who were kind enough to share their blinds and hunting grounds.

Thinking back now, I realize I must have been bothersome as I asked one question, then another and another. But the men with whom I hunted never complained and always provided helpful answers. Because they were excellent teachers, I quickly learned a variety of tips that made my duck- and goose-hunting adventures more productive and fun — tips that continue to serve me well decades later.

Many helpful hints those elder hunters shared were condensed to a few lines of copy and saved for future reference in my hunting journals. I share them with you now so if you're just starting to experience the joys of waterfowling, you, too, might benefit from the tutelage of those wise waterfowlers who had hundreds of years of combined experience pursuing ducks and geese. Even veteran hunters are likely to find a few savory tidbits here worth mulling over and putting to the test. I hope they serve you well as they have me.

Make your hours in the blind more productive when you arm yourself with these tips:

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