My lab is getting frustrated with dragging me around the marshes not retrieving any ducks and told me I need to get help! I hunt south central AK and need some basic info like techniques, timing, calling, decoys, locations, gear, etc. Can someone please provide a Duck Hunting how-to tutorial?
Techniques: Decoys vs Jump Shooting. What are the pros and cons of each and how do I do them? Any other techniques or general tips?
Timing: Both how time of day and the time of season affects hunting and techniques. I tried opening day last year and will never do that again! I tend to hunt either mid-morning or evening - maybe I need to be out at sunrise?
Calling: I've heard calling only scares ducks away and often wonder when I hear a call if its a duck or another hunter. Should I be calling or not, and if so, any advice on how and when to call?
Decoys: I donít have any but would be willing to invest if they pay off. Seems like a lot of stuff to haul around the swamp. What kind or colors are good and how do I use them effectively?
Locations: I donít expect any specific spots, but am interested in what general terrain or water features to look for such as lakes, ponds, streams, types of vegetation, depths, cover, wind direction, etc.
Clothing: Currently using breathable chest waders and a rain jacket, but neither is camo. How important is camo? What shot sizes do you use and under what conditions: decoys vs jump shooting, big vs little ducks, etc.
Any other advice you can share would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!