For many, duck hunting revolves around family, friends, and traditions. For the guys from Minnesota, these three aspects of duck hunting are exactly what they look forward to on opening day of the Minnesota duck season. Some years the hunt is great, other years it’s not, but the results of the hunt are far from the focus. Watch our first Realtree: “The X” video of 2015 as we hunt public land in Minnesota on opening day.
Late season hunting can be tough, but with proper scouting and a little change in tactics, you can have some awesome results! In our final episode of “The X” for Realtree, we’re in Minnesota with the guys from Hard Core Decoys and Dead on Arrival Outdoors for the final two days of the duck season. The boys from Dead On Arrival spent the time scouting and located two freshly cut corn fields just off the icy Mississippi River. Minimal calling and extra time getting hidden led to an incredible couple of hunts.
Late season duck hunting can be downright tough, but with good scouting, extra time getting hidden, and changing your regular season tactics, some of the best hunting all year can come right at the end of the season. In this week’s “The X” Tip Video, we discuss some late season tactics we use on weary ducks as we head to Minnesota to hunt the last weekend of their duck season.
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Mother nature threw an early curveball this year with arctic cold in November. This sent much of the waterfowl migration south earlier than normal and made for some tough hunting. We spent a couple days out in Kansas breaking ice and hunting pressured ducks on public land. We always look forward to the cold weather and breaking ice because it can provide some awesome hunting and this hunt was no different. Cold weather, ice breaking, and ducks in the new episode of “The X”!
The weather lately has felt like January rather than November. Ice has formed on ponds, lakes, and rivers earlier than ever before and this has sent a lot of waterfowl south. Knowing how to adjust and adapt to these conditions is important for your success moving forward. In our latest tip video for Realtree Outdoors, we discuss how the weather effects the duck migration and their behavior.