published October 14, 2009 by Matt Livingston

Effective Duck Decoy Placement Strategies

My favorite duck hunting spot is in flooded timber. But, until the floods come, I look for back water dead end fingers to set my duck decoys on rivers no wider than 60 yards with tree lined banks. After feeding in the fields, ducks are attracted to these areas for a place to loaf and rest. Duck decoy placement is important to attract ducks on these back water sloughs.

I like to put out 2 dozen mallard decoys and place them into two or three family groups, as this is natural for ducks after they land. As an added enticement, I will put out 2 widgeon, 2 pintail and 4 teal just outside the mallard decoys as ducks of different species stay to themselves.

I leave a landing hole between the duck decoys in about 20 to 25 yards away from my shooting area. Now here is the key, motion is what will pull the ducks in. Some people like to set up spinning wing duck decoys downwind facing the decoys as if coming in to land. In the landing hole, I place another spinning wing decoy close to the water or a swimming decoy or jerk string. The ducks will focus on this movement and come right in to land.

Once they commit to land in the decoys by back peddling and dropping their feet, the only way out is straight up over the trees. In this situation, let the pellets fly. Tell us how you set up in our favorite spots in our Arkansas Duck Hunting Forum

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