Learn how to use duck hunting decoys with Blain’s Farm & Fleet.
Duck hunting decoys are a great tool for attracting live ducks to your hunting spot. There are a variety of duck decoys to choose from, and spreads you can use to attract ducks. With help from Blain’s Farm & Fleet, you can learn how to use duck decoys to up your duck hunting game.
How to Use Duck Hunting Decoys
1. Do your homework – Duck decoys won’t do any good if you don’t pick the right hunting spot. You need to pick a spot where ducks will actually want to land. There are a few tips and tricks for finding the best duck hunting spots. When rivers and lakes begin to freeze, look for any signs of running water. Ducks usually flock to these open parts of the water. When you’re on public land, look for the harder to reach places that ducks will flock to. The trick is to find a spot that isn’t overcrowded with other hunters, somewhere you can set up your decoys and legally hunt.
2. Know what duck species to use – If you choose any species for a decoy, go with a mallard. Not only will you (hopefully) attract other mallards, but you can also hope to see pintails, teal, widgeons, and gadwalls. Passing ducks will also be attracted to the white coloring on pintail drakes, and black ducks. On the other hand, if you’re going after a target species, such as teal ducks, you can use decoys of that species.
Some duck hunters also use goose decoys when they’re duck hunting. The larger geese can be seen easier from overhead ducks. Plus, ducks will see the combination of ducks and geese, and possibly think it’s a safe place to land.
3. Know how many decoys you need – There are several things to consider when choosing the amount of duck hunting decoys to use. You have think about the type of water you’re hunting on (river, lake, etc.), if you’ll only use the spread for the day or leave it, how you’ll transport the decoys, other hunters, and how much you want to spend on duck decoys for sale.
4. Be patient with different decoy spreads – Choosing the right decoy spread can vary on where you’re hunting, the wind conditions, how many decoys you have, and cooperation from the live birds.
For any spread formation, you need a landing zone, somewhat surrounded by the decoys. The landing zone is an area where live ducks can land when they’re flying overhead. Ducks typically land into the wind. You need to set up your decoys upwind of your landing zone, so live ducks can fly into the wind and land where you want them to. Again, you have to hope the ducks will go along with your plan.
Obviously, you need to be able to shoot at that landing zone from your hunting blind, whether you’re using a layout blind or regular ground blind. You should try to set up your blind at a quartering angle from the wind. You want the ducks to focus on the decoys and where they’re landing. They’re less likely to spot you or your blind if they’re facing away from it, even if just slightly.
When it comes to duck hunting decoys, no one spread if perfect. You’ll have to be patient and play around with different formations to find the ones that work for you and where you’re hunting.