Outdoor Tips with Jack Morris
BY JACK MORRIS
Sunday, January 06, 2013
1/07/13 at 10:45 AM
With three weeks left in the duck season,
it’s time to be aware you likely are hunting
educated birds. That means you have to be
smart as well.
Late-season ducks, especially mallards, can
be touchy. Watch the birds as you hunt and
see how each flock reacts on its approach.
One thing I’ve noticed lately is mallards
seem especially sensitive to decoys with
spinning wings. Those birds likely have been
around those spinning-wing decoys and likely
have been shot at.
If you get some birds that seem shy to your
spinners, turn them off and see how the next
group works. If you have a remote control on
your spinners, try giving birds a little flash now
and then to get their attention and then turn
off the motion for the birds on approach.
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In terms of decoy spreads, this is a good
time of year to go back to old-school tactics
like jerk cords or putting full-body wobble
decoys in your spread to add some motion.
If you’re working one group of ducks in the
same general location day after day, make
sure you change up your spread so the birds
aren’t seeing the same picture every time they
approach. Give them a rest for a couple days
and then come back with a fresh set-up.
Another key thing late-season is to take extra
care with concealment. This is the time to
break out those face masks, cover up, hold still
and make sure you are invisible to the birds.
Finding birds still is a challenge and will take
a lot of scouting this season. Warm weather
forecast for the next few days may open up
some areas that were frozen last week, but
most birds still are going to be found around
our largest water bodies, their tributaries and
This week, scout hard, cover up well, be
smart and get some ducks.
Jack Morris is a professional guide and host of
Outdoor Trails Thursday nights at 6 p.m. on KTBZ
am1430. Contact him at 918-691-3840, email@example.com or see tulsaworld.com/jackmorris.