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Thursday, 15 August 2013 21:28

Rainy Midwest brings Duck Hunting Tips

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Rainy days here in the Midwest have made the team at Shotem and Caughtem a little worried.  The fishing has been difficult with the amount of rain we have been experiencing after three years of drought and with dove season right around the corner we are just crossing our fingers that the weather doesn't cool and push birds south too early.  However, like any loyal hunter and fisherman/woman knows when one door closes another opens.  What it does mean is between the cooler temperatures and the influx of rain it is shaping up to be one heck of a duck hunting season.  So it is a perfect time to start prepping your favorite pond, field or potentially flooded stream and here are some tips.

A hunter knows that when it comes to migratory birds the only thing on their mind is food, shelter and heading to a better climate.  In order to create a pleasing area for waterfowl to stop and take a siesta they just need the basics like any other animal.  With cooler temperatures right around the corner and the increased moisture one of the best ways to secure a nice duck pond is to plant some food.  If your once dry earth is now a beautiful pond or flooded stream, the recent drought might have left the food supply a bit lacking.  Waterfowl like the high fat content giving foods such as millet, buckwheat and corn.  Add in some cat tails and water grasses for cover and the only thing left is making sure you have the proper blind.    

It also might be a great time to approach farmers who have has fields ruined by the flooding.  Corn crops that have been pushed to the ground and rendered unusable by farmers could be purchased by hunters and re transplanted next to your potential honey hole for fake cover and maybe a little nutrients.  If you are getting a late start there are an abundance of ways to create a visually stunning duck atmosphere capable of bringing them close enough for a shot.  Just like well positioned duck decoys the appropriate positioned nutrient sources and cover could be the perfect combination.  Pampas grasses, millet grasses and other plants from a variety of local stores mixed with a little of the ponds environment might make the perfect flooded area into an enticing resting spot.

Let us know your duck hunting prepping tips in the comment section below and keep posting your photos to the galleries as we start the changing of the seasons.