Spring duck hunt
Starlings and larks began to sing, which means that the long-awaited spring has come. Especially with impatience duck hunters are waiting for her. Already in March, they begin to prepare equipment in order to go fishing with the first appearance of these birds: they paint the stuffed animals, caulk the boat, plant ducks and drakes, and check weapons and cartridges.
Spring hunting is the most anticipated, as it does not open every year. It depends on the past winter. In the spring hunting is allowed only on birds and if winter was harsh and unfavorable for the wintering of birds, then hunting is prohibited completely or in some areas of our country.
And so the snow melted, large and small ponds were collected. Only then birds – geese, ducks, begin to fly in,
Man has been hunting duck for a long time. He learned to set traps, lure a duck, and then shot at it from a bow. However, one skill is not enough, you need to have patience and endurance, to know the habits of the bird and the place where they live. And naturally, the timing of duck hunting.
Hunting for ducks And what an interesting hunt with decoy duck!
Nowadays, a popular type of hunting is hunting with a decoy duck, which is lured by a drake. The thing that captures in this hunt is that you need to be able to choose a place, track down the time of arrival of the bird and prepare a decoy. The duck that the hunter uses to lure the drake during the mating season is called decoy. This method of hunting has been used by people for about two hundred years. She is calmer than other types of hunting. But it also has its subtleties. The main thing is the correct behavior of the decoy. The process of educating her is very long and depends only on you. You can certainly buy such a duck. But this is a rarity. In some areas hunting without a decoy is prohibited, in order to prevent the hunter from shooting not a drake, but a female.
The first to appear on the lakes are gogol and merganser. They are distinguished by bright plumage, and in flight their wings emit a characteristic whistle, a little later, after two days, mallards and then all the others appear. One of the last flies come in blue and black. If hunting in your places is allowed from arrival, then you can start. Hunters who have a wealth of experience know that crack drakes are especially eager for the scream of a decoy duck. They interrupt their flight upon hearing the cry of a duck, and instantly descend to the surface of the water. And also, that duck that already laid eggs (duck – transition) will work better than duck – young. Ducks differ in their voices: ducks screaming often (with short rainfall) and in a low voice. In order not to waste time and energy, you cannot take a bird with a high and long voice to hunt. A good decoy can lure the drakes of various teal, crack. In the event that the decoy duck does not work well, the hunter uses the decoy to imitate the duck’s mating cries. The best hunt begins for the first time the days of arrival of drakes, when they have a lot of weight, meat is fat and tasty and they have not yet emaciated, starting the mating season.
A place for hunting ducks must meet small requirements. First, choose a site so that ducks fly with pleasure over it. If you hunt with a “decoy”, the place on the water should be without a large current, so that your decoy duck and a dead drake will not be carried away by the current. Fix the rod well, on which the “decoy” duck will be tied, and so that it has the opportunity to swim nearby and go somewhere to rest and dry.
You can build a hut. If you are near a spruce forest, then it is better to build it from spruce branches. If next to the reeds, then build a hut from the reeds. If the soil allows, dig a hole with a ledge for sitting. Many hunters dig a wooden barrel. But be sure to mask your waiting area, but so that you have a good view.
If you like to hunt a boat, then the boat also needs to be well hidden and camouflaged in reeds. It is advisable that the boat be painted in camouflage colors and not stand out as a bright spot against the general background.
If you do not have a decoy, then it would not hurt to have a special decoy. Even if there is a decoy, then you can decoy the drake with a decoy in case your decoy duck just did not notice it.
The duck is a smart bird and will not let the hunter go closer than 50 meters.
Ducks are also hunted in the fall, when the young generation of ducklings has grown. If you have good eyesight, know how to crawl in a plastubsky way and know perfectly well the habits of ducks – you can hunt for scrap, although not everyone succeeds. There is a hunting surge when ducks are difficult to take, as they are far from the coast. With this method, one hunter scares away the game in the direction of another shooter. There are a lot of ways to hunt ducks, but we must not forget that on such a trip you need to dress warmly and take seriously the shoes in which you will hunt. High boots made of leather or rubber are best, but for two sizes larger, to put on footcloths, woolen socks or dog fur stockings. All this will protect you from the cold and the common cold.