Waterfowling Get ducks to land to your decoys. 10 rules you should know.

Get ducks to land to your decoys. 10 rules you should know.


Landing zone for ducks

Crosswind setup's landing zone.



Do you want more ducks to your decoys? Read these 10 rules.


1. Be where the ducks want to be. Scout for local birds and migrators that have settled to the area, and for new migrators, be there where food and shelter is.


2. Position yourself well regarding the wind. Birds want to have shelter against the wind and even a short distance to wrong direction can make the difference between ducks that land to your decoys and to ducks that don't. Position yourself and the decoys to the shelter side of the water body, where ducks can have shelter against the wind.


3. Position your decoys so that ducks can see them, that is the whole point in using them. Make your spread as naturally looking as possible and make sure to have at least one landing zone. Also keep the landing zone within a good shooting distance. Take the wind into account when positioning the landing zone.


4. Be flexible. Match your decoys to the place and situation you are currently in. Use the right species and the right number of decoys. Make sure that you have enough decoys for the situation.


5. Add some highly visible decoys to your spread. Decoys that have a high contrast are a good choice, like goldeneyes or moving decoys like wind ducks or motorized decoys. Remember to put goldeneyes and other divers in separate groups and aside from the puddlers.


6. Hide well. Ducks will spook away if they see some suspicious. Hide yourself, your dog and your boat and anything else that could spook the ducks.


7. Position yourself to the side of the landing zone, not directly towards the downwind. If you position yourself so that the ducks land straight at you, there is an increasing chance that the ducks see you and spook away, because they look straight at you when they land. It is better to position to the side of the landing zone. You can position yourself to a slight angle or to 90 degrees angle or even more.


8. Be still and or hide your movements with camouflage. Calm and overcast days are the most challenging ones when it comes to staying hidden.


9. Use your duck call wisely. Decoys are the major attraction and duck calling is just an addition. When it is calm day, call softer and or use another call.


10. Practice calling. Ducks will notice unnatural sounds especially when it is calm and cloudy.