In the mind of the average person duck hunting sounds like a simple activity, grab your gun, go outside, and shoot your dinner. Those who believe that are so wrong. Duck hunting like any other sport has rules and regulations. Not only that, skills play a major role in your success. The experienced duck hunter will know all the tricks of the trade, and come home with a full bag, while the newbie will get nothing, but a hard day and some fast food.
When and Where to Duck Hunt
When looking for a place to duck hunt the first thing you should know is that ducks love water. If a duck is not in the sky, the duck is on the water. The question is, what type of body of water should you be looking for? The answer is, what type of ducks are you hunting? Puddle ducks like shallow waters, like swamps, creeks, and agricultural fields. Diver ducks prefer to be on lakes, rivers, and along the coast.
Another thing to consider is when to hunt for ducks. Every state has laws in place for duck hunting season. Since ducks migrate south before the cold winter months, September and October are the time when duck hunting season begins for most southern states. Being that every region has different weather patterns, the season could vary from state to state. Another thing to consider is that different species of ducks have different habits, so that factor might have an impact on each state law.
Gear for Duck Hunting
Having a boat can be important to your duck hunting experience. Now I’m not saying go out there and buy a 100 foot yacht, but you need the right craft for the environment you will be hunting in. If you are hunting puddle ducks, all you might need a canoe, but if you are hunting diver ducks a large boat will be necessary.
You will also need waders and hip high boots when hunting in the creeks and swamp areas. Duck callers and decoy ducks are other tools of the trade you will have to invest in. Heated shoe insoles and hand warmers will bring comfort to your hunting experience.
Guns for Duck Hunting
If you are duck hunting on the original Nintendo console, all you need is a plastic grey and orange handgun, but if you’re out in the field, you have to put more thought into your firearm of choice. Below is a list of some of the best guns you can buy for duck hunting.
Beretta A350 Xtrema
Winchester Model 12
Before you go out there and shoot up the swamps and lakes, learn about your gun, and get all the shooting tips you can learn. Duck hunting is a fun sport with delicious rewards. The Internet is full of information to stimulate your mind to get the ball rolling. If you read this article you are well on your way.