Hunting wood ducks takes a certain amount of skill along with perfect timing. When hunting these birds, it’s best to do so during the early morning hours and have one or two companions to help you. Choosing the right location and using certain props to help lure the ducks out of hiding can also contribute to your success. Here are a few things to consider whenever you are hunting this waterfowl:
- Choose an area where wood ducks are likely to be plentiful. The best place to look for wood ducks is along rivers and creek beds that have mature trees very close to the shore. This is especially true if there are branches that hang over these waterways. Lakes and ponds with trees growing out of them are also good locations to find wood ducks.
- Use decoys or bird calls to help lure wood ducks out of their nests. Wooden decoys should be placed a few yards downstream of where you plan to sit and wait for them. If some time goes by and no wood ducks appear, you can then use the bird call.
- Canoes work best when hunting wood ducks, as motorized watercraft can scare these birds. Have the shooter sit in the front of the boat ready to aim at the ducks as they approach your decoy. Be prepared to engage moving targets after the first round is fired because these birds will not remain still once they hear the initial gun blast. Once you have fired a few shots, you may need to change locations because wood ducks are not likely to return to the same area again.