Here are 3 simple tips that will show you how to duck hunt flooded timber. Duck Hunting flooded timber can be one of the most exciting ways to duck hunt. Follow these simple steps as you get started duck hunting flooded timber.
How to Duck Hunt Flooded Timber
The great news is that if you have been wondering how to duck hunt flooded timber you will find several valueable nuggets about this type of hunting here. With just a few quick tips you will be setup to have a great flooded timber duck hunt.
Find a “Drop in Zone”
The first thing you will want to do in order to duck hunt flooded timber is to find the spot where the ducks will want to drop into and land. You may have already picked out a spot but if not this is the point where you should spend a little time scouting to find a great location.
Regardless of how well you have everything else planned for duck hunting in flooded timber, if there are not ducks in the area that want to use the location it is likely that you will have little to no success.
Typically an opening of 20 – 30 yards across or more will work well as it will leave a big enough opening for ducks to come in but keep the ducks funneled in enough so that regardless of where they drop in you should have excellent shooting opportunities.
Spread Decoys Around the Edges
The above image shows you one example of how to duck hunt flooded timber. As you can see from this duck decoy spread for flooded timber the duck decoys are positioned around the outer edges of the drop in zone.
By setting your decoys on the outer edges of the drop in zone it will help the nearby ducks see that other ducks are using the area and that is is safe for them to land. The added benefit of spreading the decoys around the edges is that it leaves a clear opening in the center of the decoy spread for ducks to land.
If you had placed ducks in the center it may make the approaching ducks feel uncomfortable with no clear landing spot and they may simply flare off before you ever get a chance to shoot them.
Grab Cover Under Trees & Vegetation
As with any type of duck hunting it is extremely important to find good cover so that you are not spotted by the approaching ducks. The good news is that when hunting flooded timber you are likely to have plenty of trees to hide under.
Try and pick out a tree that has plenty of branches and leaves that will allow you to be concealed as the ducks approach from above. In addition, you should try and find a tree that is to the downwind side of the opening.
This is because ducks land into the wind so by being on the downwind side the ducks will often have their backs to you as they land and will reduce the chances of them spotting you since they will be looking the opposite direction.
If you want more duck hunting tips check out the duck decoy spreads section of my blog here.