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#7012728 - 12/26/17 09:25 PM Help the rookie. Wood duck question
joedav31 Offline
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Registered: 07/31/11
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Loc: mississippi gulf coast
I duck hunt a little. I really enjoy it but deer hunt much more. So I have a small pond that holds a decent amount of wood ducks that are there everyday. I plan to do a hunt soon. Would I need decoys on my end of the pond to ensure they came my way ? I've read that woodies don't decoy well. Thanks in advance for the help

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#7012742 - 12/26/17 09:38 PM Re: Help the rookie. Wood duck question [Re: joedav31]
rickym Offline
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Registered: 06/14/15
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Loc: texas
Set up where they want to be and get there before they do. They sorta decoy, but prefer to land way off and swim to the "other ducks", so motion and good calling go a long way in my opinion.
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#7012749 - 12/26/17 09:46 PM Re: Help the rookie. Wood duck question [Re: joedav31]
joedav31 Offline
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Thanks for that info Ricky. I counted 13 drakes today all together with a few hens mixed in

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#7012910 - 12/27/17 07:29 AM Re: Help the rookie. Wood duck question [Re: joedav31]
ducknbass Offline
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Wood ducks don't decoy. Just be still and shoot a couple drakes. Beautiful birds.

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#7012932 - 12/27/17 07:55 AM Re: Help the rookie. Wood duck question [Re: ducknbass]
rickym Offline
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Originally Posted By: ducknbass
Wood ducks don't decoy. Just be still and shoot a couple drakes. Beautiful birds.


They wont work a spread like mallards, but they will flutter down into a spread. Like I said before, they prefer to land 50 yards away and swim, but I've had them fly right into the decoys before. I hunt alot of woodies.
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#7013161 - 12/27/17 10:29 AM Re: Help the rookie. Wood duck question [Re: joedav31]
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In my experience when hunting wood ducks on small water they tend to fly by several times and sometimes land well before legal. So just get there early. I had a great hunt a few weeks ago.
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#7013168 - 12/27/17 10:31 AM Re: Help the rookie. Wood duck question [Re: joedav31]
Navasot Offline
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If they are feeding there just toss a few deeks they do like decoys just not alot of them. If they roost there then it gona be tough hunt
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#7013192 - 12/27/17 10:42 AM Re: Help the rookie. Wood duck question [Re: joedav31]
Gacman Offline
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ha! hey when I was hunting a pond for woodies a week ago, I tied one wood duck decoy to the end of my fishing pole, no weight. Then would throw it out with my hand. When I could hear the ducks in the trees above me, I would jerk it around. Worked pretty good. In the past I've thrown 2 or 3 dekes, that's all. Often I use zero. There gonna come in pretty much regardless where I hunt.

I wish I could figure out how to post my pic from one drive. No worky.
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#7013194 - 12/27/17 10:46 AM Re: Help the rookie. Wood duck question [Re: joedav31]
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#7013638 - 12/27/17 05:05 PM Re: Help the rookie. Wood duck question [Re: joedav31]
Wytex Offline
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That's a beautiful pic!!!!!

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#7013905 - 12/27/17 08:28 PM Re: Help the rookie. Wood duck question [Re: Wytex]
ndhunter Offline
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No kidding. Great pic

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#7014424 - 12/28/17 08:55 AM Re: Help the rookie. Wood duck question [Re: joedav31]
PerkJerker Offline
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Registered: 09/02/04
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dont overhunt them or they will find a new spot to hang out.

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#7016070 - 12/29/17 04:26 PM Re: Help the rookie. Wood duck question [Re: PerkJerker]
joedav31 Offline
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Thanks for all the info.

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#7016072 - 12/29/17 04:27 PM Re: Help the rookie. Wood duck question [Re: joedav31]
joedav31 Offline
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Awesome pic

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#7016083 - 12/29/17 04:39 PM Re: Help the rookie. Wood duck question [Re: joedav31]
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Registered: 12/06/05
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If I were you, I would buy like 6 nice wood duck decoys, 4 drakes and 2 hens.

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