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duck hunting chat – No matter when duck season opens where you are-chances are wood ducks will be there-and probably lots of them.

Wood ducks nest throughout many places, and for some backwaters from the main migratory flyways, they may be the only web-footed game to be found. Being that they are likely residents of one’s area, you can usually count on wood ducks to appear for opening day. They’re beautifully plumed birds that taste as effective as they look, and while they may be elusive, they are not particularly wary. Hunting them successfully is less about gear, calling, and decoy spreads plus more about scouting hard and shooting straight.

Generally, one typically shoots at far more wood ducks than are hit-and still a great deal are hit. Woodies rank because the second most important duck in the bag after mallards in the Atlantic and Mississippi Flyways. Knowing where to set up for them will enhance your chances. Here’s a brief overview on wood duck hunting.

Wood ducks were nearly extinct in the turn of the Twentieth century due to overhunting and clearing of old-growth forest habitat where they nested and fed on acorns. They rebounded nicely thanks to better regulation, forest maturation, and thousands of volunteer-built nesting boxes.

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Today woodies nest from the Canadian prairies to the Gulf coast of florida and are found in the Central and Pacific Flyways also.

Typically, wood ducks congregate in a marsh or pond through the night, roosting near deeper water where believe that safe. Early risers even by waterfowl standards, they leave the roost before dawn and fly out to feed in shallow ponds, sloughs, and streams, where they eat duckweed, acorns, berries, seeds, and aquatic insects. Woodies also prey on waste grain in dry cornfields. They generally return to the roost after shooting hours end at sunset.

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While you sit in your blind on opener, bubbling with anticipation and excitement you’ll hear the very first duck before you see it–a shrill whistle, rustling wings, along with a plunk like a rock dropped in water. This is the cue for the moment when, as a friend puts it, “God empties a barrel of ducks out from the sky.” Wood ducks are available in from all points with the compass in singles, pairs, and flocks. Regardless how long you have been awaiting them, the last-minute frenzy of shooting just before dark is more than worth it. Good hunting!

 

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