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Video: Duck Hunting Dry Fields

Duck Hunting Video

Duck Hunting Video

In this duck hunting video, we’re in North Dakota hunting a corn field that was a hot food source the day we scouted it. This field had thousands of mallards utilizing it which was an exciting find, but ended up causing more harm than good. Duck hunting dry fields requires a different game plan than hunting over water. A hot food source can offer some great duck hunting, but it requires careful scouting and conditions that allow the ducks to return the following day. If the food source becomes depleted, chances are the ducks might not return to feed in that field again.

For field hunting, we like to run a large number of full body mallard decoys and at times utilize spinning wing decoys. If the situation allows, we will also mix in Canada Goose decoys to help with visibility. Often times, ducks will not land directly on top of goose decoys so we like to shade them to one side and allow the ducks to work front and center of the blinds.

There are times when a dry field duck hunt can go awry. Scouting to find exactly where the birds are feeding in the field and locating a place to hide can put the odds in your favor, but weather conditions can work against hunters as can the food source thinning out. The number of birds utilizing this field the day we found it ended up preventing us from having an exceptional hunt due to the limited amount of waste grain left after thousands of birds were feeding in it.

 

 

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Video: Adapting to Changing Conditions While Duck Hunting

Duck Hunting Video

Duck Hunting VideoThis duck hunting video is all about adapting to changing weather conditions and where the ducks want to be. During our trip to North Dakota to hunt mallards with Muddy Dog Outdoors we experienced a wide variety of weather that forced us to always be adjusting our hunting locations. There were also large numbers of snow geese in the area that quickly depleted fresh food sources. Through our scouting we were able to locate fresh food sources that were being used by feeding flocks of mallards and the snow geese had yet to feed out.

Adapting in duck hunting can be be as drastic as changing setups from water sources to dry fields or as subtle as the way you are calling. To be successful you have to be willing to change things up. Don’t be set in your ways and pay attention during scouting and the hunt as to what the ducks are showing you.

 

 

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Video: Scouting Leads to Successful Snow Goose Hunting

Snow Goose Hunting Video

In snow goose hunting, scouting is very important. Couple it with being hidden and a little bit of luck and you have a recipe for success. We found a large concentration of snow geese using three different roost holes and traveling just a few miles to feed. We decided upon a field that had 10,000+ snow geese feeding in it. This barely field was located between the roosts and other feeding fields. We had the perfect snow goose hunting combination of the “X” field that was in a great flight line.

This goose hunting video showcases a late fall hunt where everything came together. Despite a lack of wind for decoy movement, a combination of scouting and luck allowed us to shoot a 5-man limit of snow geese. When scouting for a snow goose hunt, it’s much more than just looking for birds. Having a successful snow goose hunt requires lots of birds in the area, proper concealment, and scouting. When we are scouting for snows we like to look at the number of juveniles in the flocks, how the birds are setup in the field, and how they’re feeding. Juvenile snow geese are far less educated and are much more likely to decoy. Being able to hunt the field that geese were in is only half the battle. You want your decoys to resemble the flock that was there in order to fool birds into dropping in. You want that field to have a good food source and know that the snow geese felt comfortable in it the day before and know they can get food in it. Put all these pieces to the puzzle together, and you’ve done your homework for what could be a great snow goose hunt!

 

 

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Goose Hunting Video – Fowled Reality EP8 “Carnage at Squaw”

Arkansas is for ducks, what Northwest Missouri is for snow geese.  This goose hunting video was shot near the famed Squaw Creek National Wildlife Refuge.  This year, during the peak of the migration, the refuge was holding well over 1 million snow geese.  We recevied a call from our buddy Scottie Madison, who guides for Show Me Snow Geese, asking if we could join him for a couple days.  Two of us were only able to go because of the short notice and trip taking place through the week, but for the two of us, it was memorable!  Scottie said there were tons of snow geese and as it got light the first morning, snow geese filled the sky in every direction.  The amount of adult snow geese, made for tough hunting at times, which you’ll see in the goose hunting video, but there were a good bit of juveniles mixed it.  Nearly all of the flocks that would fly over would have a handful of birds drop out and work the spread.  Even with horrible snow goose hunting conditions; cloudy and rainy, we still had an awesome first day! Day two dawned with a destroyed decoy spread from a rouge 60 mph thunderstorm the night before.  We spent an hour picking up the spread and fought the wind for a bit, but then moved to a bottom field to get out of the wind a bit.  It was a good move to make as the geese were already working the spread as we arrived.  We wrapped up that morning hunt with a little lunch at the Applebees and headed back east after just a day and a half hunt.  Watch this goose hunting video as we drop 84 birds in 1.5 days!  Thanks to Scott Madison for the invite and for showing us one heck of a time snow goose hunting in northwest Missouri!

 

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Goose Hunting Video – Fowled Reality EP5 “That’s What I’m Talking About”

In this goose hunting video from Fowled Reality, it’s the last weekend to hunt ducks in Illinois.  We had planned on spending the weekend at Ryne’s place, but the weather continued to stay warm and limit successful duck hunting.  Luckily, Ryne had teamed up with buddy Scott Madison of Team XTreme Waterfowlers and they drove the back roads of southern Illinois in search of an area for goose hunting.  They located an area that was holding geese and had a lot of geese flying between two roosts.  After locating a good feeding field, they knocked on some doors and gained permission to hunt a bean stubble field just a couple miles from a roost.  We knew hunting snow geese during the regular season would prove challenging.  As always concealment and decoy placement were key, but an even more important factor was making as much noise as we could.  600 decoys with only 6 guys on mouth calls doesn’t quite add up, but we made it work in this goose hunting video!

 

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