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Combo Hunt for Ducks and Whitetails and Other Animals

Click to enlargeEnjoy Midday Duck Hunting

If the wind starts howling from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm as a front comes in, often you’ll not see or hear any deer. Click to enlargeHowever, on those bad, blowing, rough days, waterfowl may pile into a backwater pond, creek or flooded-timber site. The ducks want to dodge the rough weather on the big water. When these weather conditions occur, I’ll often take a midday break from deer hunting to shoot webfoots. Duck hunting in the middle of the day seems contrary to the traditional early-morning, late-afternoon duck-hunting mentality of most watermen. However, with the right weather conditions, you can have as productive a hunt over a resting site as early-morning feeding sites and/or late-afternoon roosting sites.

Learn to Love Ice-Ups
The day after an ice-up provides on of the very-best times to take waterfowl in Click to enlargethe woods off major waterways. When shallow-water ponds and embankments freeze-up, ducks will look for moving water to feed and loaf. Click to enlargeUnder these weather conditions, float hunt small streams and creeks off main rivers for the most success in a canoe or a flat-bottomed johnboat.
When I know an ice-up will occur, I also realize the deer won’t move readily, especially early in the morning. Therefore, before first light, I’ll often launch my canoe down a small stream and jump-shoot the ducks that come up off the water as well as pass-shoot the webfoots flying up and down the creek. If you plan ahead, you can have a fantastic day of hunting by floating a small creek in the early morning and arriving at your tree-stand site, close to the small stream you’ve floated, just after midday.

Tomorrow: Take Bushytails and Webfoots

Check back each day this week for more about "Combo Hunt for Ducks and Whitetails and Other Animals"

Day 1: Simplify Your Duck-Hunting Routine
Day 2: Stalk Hunting Ducks
Day 3: Hunt Ducks in the Afternoon
Day 4: Enjoy Midday Duck Hunting
Day 5: Take Bushytails and Webfoots


Entry 485, Day 4