Celebrating 75 Years

Keeping birds from becoming shy.

  • 25 Oct 2015 9:31 AM
    Message # 3599402

    With more hunters than ever everywhere, I have noticed a lack of respect for other hunters in the area and a lack of skill to get ducks to decoy. I prefer to get more ducks closer to my decoys. Letting ducks decoy increases your kills to shots and keeps the ducks from flying high from safe zone to safe zone. It also a way for you to know that your hard work brought ducks to you. When you shoot ducks that are flying high over you and at end of effective kill range of your gun, you are decreasing kills and just showing the ducks not to fly low in those areas. It may be one duck today but next time that duck might be leading a flock of ducks and fly them super high over that area. You may also be hunting next to another hunter and he was calling those ducks to his decoys and you busted his hunt. 

    Having patience and waiting for ducks to set up to land shows skill and keeps the season more productive for everyone. It shows respect for other hunters in your area. Instead of shooting at everything that flies in your sight range, challenge your self to get them to decoy and educate other hunters on productive hunting practices. 

    Also, shooting at everything you see increases your chances of shooting other hunters because you are just shooting any direction. This happened to me opening day when I found out I was in the middle of a bunch of other hunters. I choose to pack up and wait for water to move my boat. While waiting my dog and I were sitting when someone shot through the brush hitting to ground ten feet from where we were. After the first shot I yelled and the hunter proceeded to shoot another shot. This is not cool and really messed with my PTSD. I am combat vet and have to control my natural actions to respond to threats to my life. People shooting wildly and make it hard for Vets like me.

    Thank you for reading and feel free to respond.

  • 29 Jan 2019 12:39 PM
    Reply # 7135763 on 3599402
    Anonymous member (Administrator)

    I'm sorry to hear about your bad experience. Be patient and do your scouting and you will be rewarded with some good memorable hunts. The skybusters and slobs really make us look bad in the eyes of non-hunters and has created too many anti-hunters. Thanks for posting this. It's one of the biggest complaints made by hunters only second to public access. The WWA has always promoted safe and ethical hunting. Thank you for being a member! 


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