Posted by: williamefrazer | November 9, 2011

Hunting the ditches

One idea on how to duck hunt is hunting the ditch. While this can be hard to in some instances, simple techniques can be used to be succesfull in hunting a ditch for ducks.

When is the best time to hunt the ditches. One thing that I have noticed when I have been hunting ditches is that is easier to hunt them either ealier in the year or when all of the big ponds ice up. When all of the big ponds freeze up they go to the ditches because that is the only water that is open. Earlier in the year can be good but only if you are one of the first to jump it. Another good time to hunt ditches that I have noticed is when more northern birds arrive. This can be really good hunting because they do not have a set place where they are landing yet.

My technique on jumping the ditches is to class the ditch and see where the ducks are sitting down. After I have located where the birds are, I generally walk about 50 yards away from the ditch and then walk at an angle to where the birds are and preferably an angle at where the birds will not see you. One thing to remember is to keep good landmarks on where the birds are. There have been countless times where I have been hunting the ditches and putting the stalk on the birds when I have forgotten where exactly the birds were located at.

One other thing to keep in mind is that it might be a good idea to keep the labrador in the car during the stalk. Even the best labradors can get excited and blow a good ditch hunt for you.

Once you have found a good ditch to hunt. Don’t hunt it to many times, let the birds rest without being disturbed before you go there again. That will make the ditch hunt better for future ditch hunts.

the one thing to remember that is a must is to have fun while you are hunting. Things could be worse, like you could be at work instead of hunting.

Will

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