Know the Distance
▶ To bring birds in for a close kill, leave an opening in your decoys for them to land in, and know the distance of both the near and far edges of that gap. "I try to get birds as close to me as possible. If we're in a boat and can get them to 10 yards, then that's where I'm putting the kill hole," says Friendly. "If you put one decoy out at a known distance--say, a spinner at 25 feet--then you don't have to second-guess yourself, and it takes the pressure off calling the shot."