Duck Hunting Flooded Corn: How to Duck Hunt In Flooded Corn Decoy Spread

Duck Hunting Flooded Corn: How to Duck Hunt in Flooded Corn Decoy Spread

Duck hunting flooded corn can provide one of the most exciting duck hunting experiences possible.  Ducks love the cover and food provided by flooded corn fields making it a great place to bag ducks.  Knowing this you may be wanting to see ideas and tips for duck hunting flooded corn before you head out to the field.   Let’s take a look at an example duck hunting flooded corn decoy spread.

 

Duck Decoy Spread for Duck Hunting Flooded Corn:

Duck Hunting Flooded Corn: How to Duck Hunt in Flooded Corn Decoy Spread
Duck Hunting Flooded Corn: How to Duck Hunt in Flooded Corn Decoy Spread

 

Duck Hunting Flooded Corn: How to Duck Hunt In Flooded Corn Decoy Spread

  • Find Good Cover
  • Place Decoys on Edges of the Opening
  • Narrower Openings Can Be Good for Loafing & Feeding Ducks
  • Larger Openings May Bring Geese
  • Bring a Dog If Possible

 

Find Good Cover

As with any duck hunting, one of the most important considerations is having proper concealment.  When duck hunting flooded corn there can be several options for staying out of the sight of ducks.  The first option is simply standing/sitting in the standing corn rows with waders.  Here a good marsh chair can come in handy so that you can sit lower and not tire your feet out from standing all day.  When doing this be sure you stand a few rows back in the corn from the opening and try and find an area where the standing rows are thicker for best concealment.

 

Another way to conceal yourself is to use layout blinds or pit blinds setup on solid edges of the flooded corn.  These can really make for a comfortable hunt if done right and they can provide incredible concealment.  Pit blinds in particular are great for hiding in and can provide season long hunting opportunities.

 

One more option is to use a boat blind.  Again you will want to ensure your boat is concealed extremely well.  Be sure that you cover the boat with like colored vegetation or fake vegetation so that you can pull it into the rows of corn and remain unseen from approaching ducks.  Boats are particularly nice if you the flooded corn field has relatively deep water.

 

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Place Decoys Around the Edges of The Opening

One strategy to try and implement when duck hunting in the rain is to hunt on the upwind side of larger bodies of water.  For example, if the wind is blowing from the east and going to the west, the ducks may rest on the water on the east side of the body of water.  That is because being on the upwind side will be where it is least windy and less waves to deal with.  In contrast, the downwind side of the body of water will likely be more rough because the wind from the storm has created larger waves as they travel across the water.

 

I illustrate this on the above duck decoy spread diagram for duck hunting in the rain.  You can see that the wind is blowing from left to right based on the wind direction arrow.  The left is going to be the upwind side of the body of water so that is likely a better spot to try and duck hunt in the rain compared to the right side.  The right side of the water will be more rough from the wind passing completely across the water.

 

Narrow Openings Can be Good For Feeding & Loafing Ducks

Depending on how the field was planted and how the terrain of the flooded field is setup there may be a lot of narrow channels throughout the field that can be perfect for hunting ducks.  Additionally, those narrow channels may present you more concealment opportunities when compared to wide openings.  Ducks enjoy eating and loafing in the corn rows so if you find the narrow openings the ducks may want to drop into those openings as they will have close access to feed on corn.  The other great thing is if they drop into the narrow openings you should have some close shooting opportunities.

 

Wider Openings Can Pull Ducks & Geese

If you are interested in the chance to bag some geese along with your ducks and end up with a mixed bag hunt then you should try and find some larger openings in the flooded corn.  Sure you can get into the narrower openings but for geese to feel comfortable landing you will need to look for spots around 30 yards or more wide for you to pull in those honkers.  If you can find those spots you could be in for a great hunt!

 

Bring a Dog If Possible

When duck hunting flooded corn it is one of those times that having a dog with is going to be pretty much a necessity.  Part of the reason flooded corn is so great for duck hunting is the fact that there are so many places for ducks to feed, relax and loaf.  However, all of these narrow channels of corn rows also present a challenge for bird retrieval.  Without a dog your will be in for a long day of fishing out your birds and likely have limited hunting time left.

 

Final Thoughts: Duck Hunting Flooded Corn: How to Duck Hunt in Flooded Corn Decoy Spread

Duck hunting flooded corn can be one of the most unique and action packed types of duck hunting that you can do.  When you get into a field that ducks are frequenting for feeding and loafing you are likely in for a full day of shooting.  Remember to keep yourself concealed well, place your decoys on the edges of the opening and bring a dog.  All of these mixed together can help you have a fun and successful hunt.

 

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