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.
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.
In this episode of “The X” for Realtree, we’re in a barely field in eastern Alberta. The stubble was short and the hide was tough, but the ducks were comfortable in the field. Rarely does a hunt goes this smooth and quickly, but this is a hunt we’ll never forget. Just as fast as one group would come in, another would be on the way. Scouting, good weather conditions, and timely calling made this come together in just 25 minutes as we shot a 5 man limit.
Duck calling is a very important aspect of a successful hunt. Too many people think they have to call constantly and use fancy notes to get birds into range. While this this is sometimes effective, it is not needed constantly. Using simple notes at the right time can be more effective than hail calling non-stop to flocks of ducks. On this week’s “The X” Tip Video, we take you through some of our strategies for calling ducks.