Looking for the best small duck decoy spread? This example of a small duck decoy spread shows you how to be successful in duck hunting with as few as 12-18 decoys. Let’s take a look the advantages of this small duck decoy spread.
Here is an example of a small duck decoy spread you can try:
Best Small Duck Decoy Spread Summary:
- Use wind to your advantage
- Natural concealment
- Incorporate a spinning wing decoy for movement
Use Wind to Your Advantage
The first thing you want to do with any duck hunting situation is determine the wind direction. As you may know, ducks want to land into the wind so when placing your decoys you want to ensure that you have an opening in your decoy spread that allows the ducks to land into the wind. In this example you can see that we have our decoys setup in somewhat of a “U” shape along the shoreline.
We have about 16 decoys so this duck decoy spread is small yet it can still be effective for funneling ducks for in your face shooting. Simply place the decoys about 3-6 feet apart and loop them around the shoreline about 10 yards away from shore. As the ducks approach they should head for the “landing zone” which should give you excellent direct “in your face” shooting opportunities.
One advantage of hunting from the shoreline is that you are able to take advantage of many ways to conceal yourself from the approaching ducks. In this example the hunter has a blind placed along the shoreline. The hunter is actually using a layout blind along the shore but perhaps you have a permanent blind and that will work great as well.
Another method you could use to conceal yourself is to use the tall grass or cattails to stand under. With good camouflage clothing on you should be able to find a spot within close shooting distance that still provides plenty of cover. Consider putting on some camouflage face paint to keep any of your exposed skin from scaring off the ducks.
Incorporate a Spinning Wing Decoy for Movement
Another way you can be successful with small duck decoy spreads is by incorporating some movement into your spread. Some examples are spinning wing decoys or jerk strings attached to the decoys. In this case we have a spinning wing decoy placed at the front edge of the “U” to grab the attention of the passing by ducks. The spinning wing decoy is faced towards the rest of the spread so it looks like it is landing.
One tip to use when implementing spinning wing decoys in to your spread is to place the decoys slightly to the side of where you are sitting. We do this for two reasons. First, the spinning wing decoy is often where the ducks will focus their attention as they approach. This means that if you are sitting directly behind the spinning wing decoy you are drawing the eyes of the ducks towards you and this may increase the chances of being spotted.
The second reason of placing the spinning wing decoy off to the side of you is because it can cut off your shooting lane. You see if the decoy is directly in front of you it is likely that when real ducks approach it could be in your way of getting a good shot in at the ducks. As you probably know, spinning wing decoys are typically not cheap so it is best to have it slightly off to the side so you do not risk shooting your decoy.
Since you may not have dozens of decoys to use for duck hunting these tips can help you be effective in bagging ducks even with a small duck decoy spread. Remember to use the wind to your favor, conceal yourself well and incorporate motion decoys into your spread to improve your chances of getting your limit of ducks with this small duck decoy spread. Although it is impossible to say what spread is the best small duck decoy spread, the tips here can be incorporated as you experiment with a small amount of decoys to see what works best for you and the area you hunt.
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