By Steve Hickoff
Game on. You’re stoked. The energy drink buzz has finally kicked in. Your brand-new, mud-splattered Yamaha ATV or SxS vehicle has put you at your pre-dawn blind with plenty of time for a quick review of some decoying options for the morning.
Here are some spreads and setup tips to consider:
Hide yourself. If you’re in flooded timber on a bright bluebird day, definitely use the shady side of a tree to hide your outline.
Mixed bag? If you’re hunting an area that has both honkers and quackers and there’s some wind, set up with the breeze quartering over either shoulder. Put the duck dekes on the water or in the field moving out from the blind. Stake goose fakes parallel to your position (or vice-versa).
Sit tight, man. Don’t move until you’re ready to shoot. Unnecessary movement away from the dekes can tip ducks and geese off.
Calm morning? Loosen the decoy spread up. On windless days, waterfowl aren’t limited to one approach, so birds might come from any direction. This goes for field geese and marsh ducks.
Need help? If you’re using a mixed spread, plunk a spinning-wing decoy in the mix where legal.