5) Size It Down in Timber
To Kip Turner, manager of Greentree Hunting Club (greentreehunting club.com) in Desha County, Arkansas, January means changing from lots of water motion, decoy movement, and aggressive calling to the soft sell. "With mallards trying to pair up, they avoid the commotion of bigger spreads. They'll light to the side of decoy spreads and avoid bigger holes. That's when we'll hunt over two pairs of decoys on a jerk cord in thicker cover and swim, not jerk, the decoys."