8 Game-Saving Waterfowl Tricks

8 Game-Saving Waterfowl Tricks
Try these tactics to turn things around this waterfowl season. (Photo credit: Steve Hickoff)

Sometimes it's tough out there. Birds don't fly. Your shots don't connect. Your calling sounds like a horror movie soundtrack. Blinds go stale and more than anything you just want a quick snack and nap. Don't give up yet though. Try these tricks.

  1. Calm morning?
    Loosen the decoy spread up. On windless days, waterfowl aren't limited to one approach, so birds might come from any direction. This goes for field geese and marsh ducks.

  2. Mixed bag?
    If you're hunting an area that has both honkers and quackers and there's some wind, set up with the breeze quartering over either shoulder. Put the duck dekes on the water or in the field moving out from the blind. Stake goose fakes parallel to your position (or vice-versa).

  3. Need help?
    If you're using a mixed spread, plunk a spinning-wing decoy in the mix where legal.

  4. Fill it up?
    If you're hunting a small pothole, try filling it with decoys for a change. Load it, and don't leave an open spot. Why? Some waterfowlers often don't fill potholes to open up room for landers. Still, if you fill that spot with dekes, ducks will first commit, and try to land, but will then have to spread out a little to look for open spots. That's when you take 'em.

  5. Swimmer sets work.
    If you're in flooded timber, put some dekes to one end of the hole and facing away to simulate ducks that have landed and are swimming off.

  6. Don't fidget, dude.
    Sit tight until you're ready to shoot. Unnecessary movement away from the dekes can tip ducks off.

  7. Hide yourself.
    If you're in flooded timber on a bright bluebird day, definitely use the shady side of a tree to hide your outline.

  8. Lighten up.
    If you've scouted seriously, and know where waterfowl are feeding, you can go out with a small spread, say a dozen decoys, and put together a sweet little hunt. This strategy sometimes works if you don't have much time in the morning.

What tricks do you try when things get tough in the duck and goose blind? Let us know on the Yamaha Outdoors Facebook page: www.facebook.com/yamahaoutdoors

Recommended for You

 Several factors need to be evaluated before reaching a conclusion about what fly, lure or bait Trout & Salmon

How to Catch the Biggest Trout in the Stream

David Paul Williams

Several factors need to be evaluated before reaching a conclusion about what fly, lure or...

While misunderstood by some, fishing bottom bouncers can be a very productive technique for walleyes in early summer. Walleye

How to Fish Bottom Bouncers for Walleye

Mark Sak - May 23, 2019

While misunderstood by some, fishing bottom bouncers can be a very productive technique for...

See More Recommendations

Popular Videos

MLF Pro Tips: How to Fish a New Lake

MLF Pro Tips: How to Fish a New Lake

Major League Fishing pros Alton Jones, Jeff Sprague, Anthony Gagliardi and James Watson share their thoughts on how to approach fishing a new lake for bass.

13 Fishing Inception SZ

13 Fishing Inception SZ

Florida angling pro Jessie Mizell knows that the saltwater found in Sunshine State coastal fisheries can wreak havoc on even the best fishing gear. But with 13 Fishing's new feature laden Inception SZ saltwater baitcasting reel, tackling inshore and light tackle saltwater game fish just got a whole lot easier!

MLF Pro Tips: Go-To Baits for the Spawn

MLF Pro Tips: Go-To Baits for the Spawn

Major League Fishing pros talk about the first lure they choose when targeting spawning bass.

See more Popular Videos

Trending Stories

Fishing for nighttime crappie gets you out of the summer heat and puts more fish in the cooler.

By Other Freshwater

6 Tips for Nighttime Crappie

Keith Sutton - June 19, 2017

Fishing for nighttime crappie gets you out of the summer heat and puts more fish in the...

The colder waters of early spring are prime times to use bait rigs for stripers. Other Freshwater

3 Deadly Bait Rigs For Stripers

J.B. Kasper - April 21, 2005

The colder waters of early spring are prime times to use bait rigs for stripers.

You can catch bluegill faster with these strategies. Panfish

Find and Fish Bluegill Beds Efficiently

Terry Madewell - May 22, 2019

You can catch bluegill faster with these strategies.

See More Stories

More Hunting How-To

Taking care of an early season harvest takes planning. Here's a general guide. Hunting How-To

Deer Meat Care in the Heat

Scott Haugen - September 26, 2019

Taking care of an early season harvest takes planning. Here's a general guide.

Feel free to sweat the small stuff if you want, but don't sweat over finding bucks during the heat. Big Game

Your Best Moves for Early Blacktails

Scott Haugen

Feel free to sweat the small stuff if you want, but don't sweat over finding bucks during the...

How to choose and use optics to pick apart vast landscapes and find trophy hunting. Optics

Field Skills: Optics Focused on Western Big Game

Andrew McKean - October 09, 2019

How to choose and use optics to pick apart vast landscapes and find trophy hunting.

See More Hunting How-To

GET THE MAGAZINE Subscribe & Save

Temporary Price Reduction

SUBSCRIBE NOW

Give a Gift   |   Subscriber Services

PREVIEW THIS MONTH'S ISSUE

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.

×