Wood ducks, also known as Woodies, are one of the most beautiful and sought after sport waterfowl. They are one of the most unique hunting experiences because you can be successful in multiple habitats with minimal gear. Living in the Mississippi flyaway, you know exactly where the nearest pond or swamp is located with wood ducks. Hopefully at the end of this article, you will be equipped with additional knowledge and new tips for the hole.
Wood ducks tend to roost in backwoods of swamps and other small bodies of water caused by flooding. Woodies in the afternoon provide you with fast paced action, but you must remain patient as they missile by your setup. Many hunters make the mistake of hunting in nest because they see thousands of ducks in the area. BE CAREFUL! Hunting in the heart of the roost will ruin the hunting area for an extended period of time. When scouting, make sure you analyze every direction of flight coming into and leaving the hole. Finding an ideal flyaway in a narrow creek or slough away from the roost and hunker down for an awesome hunt.
Using Decoys and Calling
I know your thinking, “I’ve never heard about decoying wood ducks?” The easiest way for wood ducks to ignore your decoy setup is to place it in the flyaway zone I mentioned earlier in the article. Decoying wood ducks should be in their feeding destinations in the early morning or late evening before roost. If your setup is correct, the woodies will drop into your setup like a flock of mallards. Wood ducks will work your decoys just like diver or puddle ducks when positioned correctly. Don’t forget your wood duck whistle to increase their curiosity!
Walking Up On Woodies To Shoot
Duck hunters love the thrill of jump shooting wood ducks off of beaver ponds or creeks. The jump-shoot method of duck hunting is used when the populations of ducks are dispersed among the property. According to my own experience, the most thriving area to jump Woodies is down a winding creek with different water level depths. Also, these creeks are effective because of food supply. Tree’s such as the white oak, red oak, and beech trees, produce nuts and foliage that attract wood ducks. During the summer, find a snaky stream on your property that is lined with nut bearing tree’s and when you return during the Fall wood duck hunting season be prepared to shoot!
- Be Patient
- Don’t Hunt The Roost(find outlets and wait for them to exit)
- Use Decoys and Calling When Hunting Feeding Grounds (not in the outlet streams)
- Shallow Streams: Walk Along The Banks Looking To Jump Shoot
- Deep Streams: Watch Around The Bend While Floating In Canoe To Jump Shoot
- Mount Ducks (they are the most beautiful waterfowl)
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