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I want to start duck hunting but dont know were to start. how many decoys and what kind should i use? what kind of calls should i use? I am in college and dont have very much money so please keep the advise inexpensive. Thanks

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from BioGuy wrote 3 years 29 weeks ago

The best advice I have is to make friends with a duck hunter. It's not hard, just find a local Ducks Unlimited chapter and attend a meeting. Offer up gas money and a case of beer for anyone willing to take you on a couple of outings. You get the chance to experience the hunt, learn a few things from seasoned veterans, and save money on equipment and they get a free duck retriever, gas money, and a case of beer! Everybody wins!

Your other option is pattern shooting (meaning to pattern ducks for several days and set up in an area that ducks frequently land) or puddle jumping (which often involves walking the edges of a wetland in an attempt to flush ducks and pluck them off as they're flying away). Doesn't require decoys or calls...just a good set of waders and some pre-season scouting.

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from idduckhntr wrote 3 years 29 weeks ago

Get a dozen GHG mallard decoys and dont worry about calling right now the deeks will work for them selves.

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from JOHN ANDERSON wrote 3 years 29 weeks ago

Well you cant go wrong with the above advice.I would get a call though and start to practice.Id also log some hours searching for spots to hunt get to know where the birds are.good luck and happy hunting!

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from lefthandedshooter wrote 3 years 29 weeks ago

for ducks get mallards any thing will come to them except geese obviously . ok for a call faulks makes nice good sounding calls for under 10 bucks . good luck

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from fliphuntr14 wrote 3 years 29 weeks ago

i was in the same position last year when a guy my dad works with said he was going out the next day. Now i love it bought decoys after season (cheaper) and the calling still not so good. oddly enough i found a guy looking to duck hunt on criagslist the other day. Could be a good route but be careful.

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from vork23 wrote 3 years 29 weeks ago

well if anyone on here hunts up in northern minnesota and would be willing to show me the ropeslet me know.

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from goosebuster wrote 3 years 29 weeks ago

get about two dozen decoys a mix of them like mallards teal wood ducks calls for a beginner would be a southern game calls little joel i bought one for 17 bucks i really like it steel shot a shotgun and a place to go.

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from Cgull wrote 3 years 29 weeks ago

Watch Craigslist and Ebay for cheap decoys, or you can get a few dozen fairly cheap from sporting good stores.

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from Crazyhunter wrote 3 years 29 weeks ago

Hot buy mallards, there cheap and look realistic, i think 8 for 25 $ ?.... for calls a primos wench sounds good and is fairly cheap most call companies feature a less expensive product lines.

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from DakotaMan wrote 3 years 29 weeks ago

If you have a pond, river, corn field, wheat field, etc. that ducks fly over, a dozen mallard decoys is all you need (of course 300-500 are better). Put them out and hide on the North side of them. Put them in a pipe shaped or upside down comma arrangement with the biggest bunch nearest you. They will land upwind against a north wind, following the pipe stem up to the bunch and coming right into you. They like to land in the elbow between the stem of the pipe and the bowl of the pipe. The trick is to stay 100% concealed. They can see about 50 times as good as you and they won't come in if there is as much as an empty shotgun shell on the beach so be careful. Get a decent call and start with the quiet and simple "dugga-dugga-dugga" feeding cackle. Don't call too much until you speak duck real well since they refuse to talk to humans. Next you might learn the come-back call and then the recognition call. Don't over-do the call though... you may find they come in better with NO call until you learn to talk them out of their feathers in their native language. Remember, it is not the call that gets them; it is you blowing the call properly. Get some hip boots or waders to put out decoys and pick up birds... It took me 2 years of trying to get close enough for a shot... the secret was 1) NOT calling unless I was perfect at it 2) being totally camo concealed or in a blind 3) not moving on their approach; you want to move your head to watch them... DON'T unless you are completely concealed. Good luck... there is nothing like getting that first flock of green heads to set their wings on your set up.

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from vork23 wrote 3 years 27 weeks ago

thanks guys i got 2 dozen flambeu storm front mallarddecoys afaulks call and on sunday and wednesday i ended up getting some 3 mallards 2 ringnecks and 2 teal

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from BioGuy wrote 3 years 29 weeks ago

The best advice I have is to make friends with a duck hunter. It's not hard, just find a local Ducks Unlimited chapter and attend a meeting. Offer up gas money and a case of beer for anyone willing to take you on a couple of outings. You get the chance to experience the hunt, learn a few things from seasoned veterans, and save money on equipment and they get a free duck retriever, gas money, and a case of beer! Everybody wins!

Your other option is pattern shooting (meaning to pattern ducks for several days and set up in an area that ducks frequently land) or puddle jumping (which often involves walking the edges of a wetland in an attempt to flush ducks and pluck them off as they're flying away). Doesn't require decoys or calls...just a good set of waders and some pre-season scouting.

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from idduckhntr wrote 3 years 29 weeks ago

Get a dozen GHG mallard decoys and dont worry about calling right now the deeks will work for them selves.

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from Crazyhunter wrote 3 years 29 weeks ago

Hot buy mallards, there cheap and look realistic, i think 8 for 25 $ ?.... for calls a primos wench sounds good and is fairly cheap most call companies feature a less expensive product lines.

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from DakotaMan wrote 3 years 29 weeks ago

If you have a pond, river, corn field, wheat field, etc. that ducks fly over, a dozen mallard decoys is all you need (of course 300-500 are better). Put them out and hide on the North side of them. Put them in a pipe shaped or upside down comma arrangement with the biggest bunch nearest you. They will land upwind against a north wind, following the pipe stem up to the bunch and coming right into you. They like to land in the elbow between the stem of the pipe and the bowl of the pipe. The trick is to stay 100% concealed. They can see about 50 times as good as you and they won't come in if there is as much as an empty shotgun shell on the beach so be careful. Get a decent call and start with the quiet and simple "dugga-dugga-dugga" feeding cackle. Don't call too much until you speak duck real well since they refuse to talk to humans. Next you might learn the come-back call and then the recognition call. Don't over-do the call though... you may find they come in better with NO call until you learn to talk them out of their feathers in their native language. Remember, it is not the call that gets them; it is you blowing the call properly. Get some hip boots or waders to put out decoys and pick up birds... It took me 2 years of trying to get close enough for a shot... the secret was 1) NOT calling unless I was perfect at it 2) being totally camo concealed or in a blind 3) not moving on their approach; you want to move your head to watch them... DON'T unless you are completely concealed. Good luck... there is nothing like getting that first flock of green heads to set their wings on your set up.

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from vork23 wrote 3 years 27 weeks ago

thanks guys i got 2 dozen flambeu storm front mallarddecoys afaulks call and on sunday and wednesday i ended up getting some 3 mallards 2 ringnecks and 2 teal

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from JOHN ANDERSON wrote 3 years 29 weeks ago

Well you cant go wrong with the above advice.I would get a call though and start to practice.Id also log some hours searching for spots to hunt get to know where the birds are.good luck and happy hunting!

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from lefthandedshooter wrote 3 years 29 weeks ago

for ducks get mallards any thing will come to them except geese obviously . ok for a call faulks makes nice good sounding calls for under 10 bucks . good luck

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from fliphuntr14 wrote 3 years 29 weeks ago

i was in the same position last year when a guy my dad works with said he was going out the next day. Now i love it bought decoys after season (cheaper) and the calling still not so good. oddly enough i found a guy looking to duck hunt on criagslist the other day. Could be a good route but be careful.

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from vork23 wrote 3 years 29 weeks ago

well if anyone on here hunts up in northern minnesota and would be willing to show me the ropeslet me know.

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from goosebuster wrote 3 years 29 weeks ago

get about two dozen decoys a mix of them like mallards teal wood ducks calls for a beginner would be a southern game calls little joel i bought one for 17 bucks i really like it steel shot a shotgun and a place to go.

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from Cgull wrote 3 years 29 weeks ago

Watch Craigslist and Ebay for cheap decoys, or you can get a few dozen fairly cheap from sporting good stores.

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