Charlie hunts ducks. And Geese. Freelance style. He’s been doing it for 30 years. From Canada to Mexico. That covers a lot of different kinds of habitat. It takes a lot of gear. Boats, blinds, decoys, vehicles. Charlie’s got it all and he knows how to make it produce in the field. Join Charlie on video as he, Lee, and Radar experience Blazing Freelance Action or explain the details of Shallow Water Boats. Whether you’re looking for knowledge or just entertainment – Charlie’s got it all!
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Charlie’s Three Rules for Maximizing Waterfowling Success
1. Hunt where the birds want to be.
This is the most important rule of waterfowling, freelance or otherwise. That sounds simple and obvious, but you’d be amazed at how many hunters don’t follow this rule. They hunt in places that look good to them, or places that are easily accessible – instead of hunting where the birds want to be. And at least 70% of successful waterfowling is bound up in this one simple rule. So how do you know where the birds want to be? Well the only sure way to tell is to see where they are right now. And that means scouting. Now scouting always means extra effort, but it really comes down to this: It’s the only way I know of to be consistently successful. So how do you go about scouting? Well for me it’s a two step process. The first step is to locate areas of the country where waterfowl historically concentrate. I do this at home by reading hunting articles in various books and magazines. And then step two is you have to go to the area and get out in the field and locate the birds. It doesn’t do much good to just know that birds are in the area. In order to bag’em you have to be within 50 yards, so you need to know exactly where the birds want to be. Not last week, not yesterday, but today, now. So get out in the field and find the birds! That’s what we do, and believe me, it’s the most important thing you can do!
2. Don’t do anything to change their minds.
Now what I mean by that is: You know the birds like this spot just the way it is. If you change anything they may not like it anymore. Now you’re going to have to make some changes. For sure you’re going to have to put yourself in there, and you’re going to scare all the live birds out. But you try to minimize the changes. Replace the live birds with a good-looking decoy spread, and hide yourself so the birds don’t see you. Hopefully you won’t have to build a blind to do that. If the birds are already using this spot (and that’s why we’re here), then they know that there’s no blind here. So hide in the natural vegetation if at all possible. And if you have to build a blind, make it small, unobtrusive, and use the natural vegetation to conceal it. And if you do it right, the birds will still like this spot. This is the second most important rule of waterfowling.
3. Make adjustments as necessary.
Why would you need to make adjustments? Because things change: the amount of light, the wind direction, and the changes we talked about in rule number 2 above – we added ourselves and we added decoys. So how do we know when we need to make adjustments? The same way we knew to come to this spot – we watch the birds. If the birds aren’t doing what we want them to, then we need to change something. Maybe we need to hide better. Or move our decoys around. Or move our whole setup. If we see 2 or 3 flocks of birds land a hundred yards down the shoreline, let’s go down there if we can. This rule is almost as important as rule number 2 – it can save your whole day. And I guarantee you that these 3 rules taken together will help you have consistent success in your waterfowl hunting where ever you go and whatever you hunt….