Jump Shooting Duck Hunting

Posted by admin On November - 28 - 2011

Duck hunting has come a long way. Before calls, decoys, and other things to attract ducks were used, there was the good ol’ days of shooting with instinct and good hunting skills.

This is when jump shooting came into play. It is simple. Find those waterfowls that sit in bays, swamps, potholes, and even riverbends and then slowly get within range of them and make them ‘jump’ into the air.

Jump shooting can be done with just about anything on, and from anywhere that you feel comfortable jumping from. The only thing that you have to keep in mind is that you have to be in the best range to shoot, and you cannot be seen by the ducks. You can become creative with this, and use a bunch of different methods.

One method that can be used is to stalk loafing areas from a little ways away, and then stalk up on the birds. The hunter can then check out the ducks he wants, continue to stalk without being seen and this then puts him in range for a good shot.

Whether you’re on a watercraft or by foot, you need to keep in mind that there might be ducks just around the bend. This means to keep quiet and make sure to stalk them so they do not see you. Keep low down, move very slow, and do not stand up or even lift your head until you know that it is time to take the shot.

If you have access to a watercraft, it is recommended that you use it because it will ultimately bring you closer to the waterfowl. All of the hunters gear should be in fall colors or camouflaged and they should be wearing gloves and even a face mask to cover the skin.

Always keep the oars and paddles away from the ducks. Slowly move towards them until you’re close enough to them to take your shots. Of course, where there are a few ducks, there tends to be more hiding in the brush so make sure you can reload your gun quickly. You can then take shots out on those hiding.

Ducks in the fall can be found in some of the smallest places. Try not to overlook these areas. Always keep in mind that there are most likely ducks on the water. There might just be a few, or there could be hundreds so make sure to take it slow and keep low.

Always be ready to shoot. The birds might not fly right away, but after a moment they will and that is when you should be prepared to take a shot. Take a shot at each bird one by one. You have to be quick to get a few down.

Once they have relocated, try to follow them. Do not be surprised if you find more birds than the first time. Keep all the tips in mind, and try it again. By the end of the day you will have a healthy amount of birds from your hunt, plus a whole lot of fun.

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