Duck hunting has been a popular sport for centuries all around the world. It is considered a very challenging hunt because ducks are so shy towards other animals and anything that doesn’t seem natural to them. Because of this fact, the hunter has devised a few tools that many won’t ever leave home without. When used properly, they can greatly increase his chances of duck hunting success.
The first tool many hunters swear by is a duck call. These can be very hard to master and take a lot of practice to be used effectively. If used the wrong way, they can have just the opposite effect and drive the target away. The duck call is an instrument the hunter blows into to mimic the sound of a duck’s mate. This, when used properly, will bring ducks to the hunter. The hunter needs to be well hidden when using this tool; ducks are not only suspicious by nature, but have keen eyesight to spot anything that is amiss. Another great thing about this instrument is that it is very small and can fit into a pocket or on a chain around the hunter’s neck.
The other tool that isn’t quite as small, but nearly as effective in bringing in ducks is the duck decoy. These are generally made of wood or plastic and are painted to resemble a duck. The decoy works because ducks are naturally social animals; when they spot a few of their species, they prefer to flock together. The decoy used with the duck call can work wonders at bringing ducks in for the hunter. If he’s using the call the right way, ducks in the area will be drawn to it, and upon seeing the decoy will think that’s the one calling. The ducks will come in to land and when they’re close enough, the hunter will have his chance at a shot. The only issue a hunter can have with the decoys is their cumbersome nature. While they aren’t necessarily heavy, they can be difficult to pack and hard to juggle when walking to the hunting site. But as long as the hunter has mastered his duck call, using the decoys will be well worth the effort, and they’ll last for many seasons to come. So buy a call and some realistic decoys and start practicing for opening day, and be prepared to see the trophies come flying in!