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October 28, 2013
Duck Hunting: Tips for Midday Mallards - 0
Photo: Donald M Jones
Many duck hunters are leaving the marsh just when they should be arriving. Midday can be the best time to swat a limit of mallards.
The reason for this is that modern mallards are behaving increasingly like snow geese, traveling in big flocks and often leaving their watery roosts before shooting time to feed in fields far away. They’re typically not back until noon or so, after most hunters have left for the day. Here are two tips for hunting smart when everyone else is gone.
Hunt the Roost
• Although they often fly out in big flocks, mallards trickle back to roosting and loafing sites in small, easily decoyed groups.
• Some mallards are flushed by other hunters heading to their trucks at midday. Setting up in an overlooked pocket could bring the spooked birds in.
Hunt the Layover
• Many of these layover areas are shallow potholes. If there isn’t enough cover to hide in, use layout blinds camouflaged to match the surrounding area, and place a few loafing decoys around your blind.