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    ive got a spot right near a dam and all these suggestions are good. make sure you dont shoot the roost but set up along the way right between. one of my favorite spots is right by a roost but far enough away that they dont disappear for the season, but close enough that they are on their way to land and not 500 feet up.
    dont let them see you on your way in or out, or they will get the hint and take off somewhere else. also try not to hunt it often. once every few weeks and hope that someone else doesn't hunt the spot.

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    thanks guys! good tips. i was worried there wasn't enough water but i'll go back later this year i'm sure it will be swampy and full of mosquitos... now if only i can make my duck calls sound like actual ducks!
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    Quote Originally Posted by supersharpshot View Post
    thanks guys! good tips. i was worried there wasn't enough water but i'll go back later this year i'm sure it will be swampy and full of mosquitos... now if only i can make my duck calls sound like actual ducks!
    Take your call to the park and talk to the ducks( and geese). You also need to remember you don't "blow" a call, you "talk" thru it. Start be trying to sound like a duck quacking by saying ACK, or fack, or tack, or rak. You'll find you'll start to get close and then make the same sound thru the call.

    Remember, well me saying "bac" thru a call maybe gives me a realistic quack. You may have to say something different.
    Take the warning labels off. Darwin will solve the problem.

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    There's a lot going on around beaver ponds as its its own ecosystem and it takes a lot of factors to keep one healthy. They age unless there is a decent flow of water to keep them from going stagnant. The older the pond becomes the less attractive it is to waterfowl simply because there is little to no new vegetation that serves as a food source. And unless a pond grows in size food sources for beaver become scarce or too far for beaver to travel safely to reach it. A healthy pond can be a great place to hunt and if managed properly will provide years of decent jump shooting.

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    The back of the property I hunt was flooded for a few years before the city broke it up with an excavator. It was a little oasis and was pretty good for duck/goose

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    Quote Originally Posted by Snowwalker View Post
    Take your call to the park and talk to the ducks( and geese). You also need to remember you don't "blow" a call, you "talk" thru it. Start be trying to sound like a duck quacking by saying ACK, or fack, or tack, or rak. You'll find you'll start to get close and then make the same sound thru the call.

    Remember, well me saying "bac" thru a call maybe gives me a realistic quack. You may have to say something different.
    I have a Buck Gardner Double Nasty $30 call. watched a million videos, started going to the park around the corner with about 50-100 ducks most days (People feel them bread). I was able to get the drakes chasing around hens but that's it so far. With COVID19 too many poeple around the parks these days. Thankfully there's about a dozen ducks all day at the cottage before the deer come for dinner.

    No matter how hard i try i'm not getting that raspy sound i hear the youtube pros make. I do the "hot" "hut" for quacks and "tikatika duh duh" for feed chuckles. From what i see online i should prob try to grunt it out more like huuuuuuhhhh almost like a grunt. I can get some basic cadence going. i'll get there!
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    Quote Originally Posted by supersharpshot View Post
    I have a Buck Gardner Double Nasty $30 call. watched a million videos, started going to the park around the corner with about 50-100 ducks most days (People feel them bread). I was able to get the drakes chasing around hens but that's it so far. With COVID19 too many poeple around the parks these days. Thankfully there's about a dozen ducks all day at the cottage before the deer come for dinner.

    No matter how hard i try i'm not getting that raspy sound i hear the youtube pros make. I do the "hot" "hut" for quacks and "tikatika duh duh" for feed chuckles. From what i see online i should prob try to grunt it out more like huuuuuuhhhh almost like a grunt. I can get some basic cadence going. i'll get there!
    Don't worry about not sounding it the "PRO's". You are just trying to sound like a couple of ducks, not a master musician.

    Looks like I'll be looking for ways to kill time maybe we can get together, or you may find a couple guys willing to help you out.
    Take the warning labels off. Darwin will solve the problem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by supersharpshot View Post
    I have a Buck Gardner Double Nasty $30 call. watched a million videos, started going to the park around the corner with about 50-100 ducks most days (People feel them bread). I was able to get the drakes chasing around hens but that's it so far. With COVID19 too many poeple around the parks these days. Thankfully there's about a dozen ducks all day at the cottage before the deer come for dinner.

    No matter how hard i try i'm not getting that raspy sound i hear the youtube pros make. I do the "hot" "hut" for quacks and "tikatika duh duh" for feed chuckles. From what i see online i should prob try to grunt it out more like huuuuuuhhhh almost like a grunt. I can get some basic cadence going. i'll get there!
    A half dozen decoys and knowing how to sit still count for a lot more then calling.

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    Always the best place to start, I have used the same ponds for mentoring for last 7 yrs. They always produce for at least 4 weekends. By then the local population is shot out and then the Northern Birds arrive to revive.
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    I really sucked bad on the calls until I found a couple of "bomb proof" ones that were easy to blow. Once you're doing well on these you can try others. I personally have a hard time trying to get any of Gardners calls to sound good with me on the other end.
    The Haydell's DR85 and Primos Original Wench were my salvation calls and both are cheap to buy. I have a few expensive Foils, etc and I still like using these two cheapies.

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