Hunting Duck in Idaho

There are many different types of game in Idaho that make it an ideal hunting ground, and while many people might be clamoring to hunt the bigger animals, Idaho makes for great duck hunting as well. Here is some information that might help you learn a little bit about duck hunting in Idaho, as well as duck hunting in general.

Being that there are for more ducks than most other game in Idaho, you are legally allowed to bring shoot and accomplish more. Some game is only once in a lifetime, but not ducks. You can get yourself seven ducks of any kind, except for a few special variants that are more restricted. The female mallard, redhead, pintail, canvasback, and scaup are all more limited. Beyond that, you are free to get any assortment of different kinds of duck, just so long as you keep your total amount caught down to seven a day.

Ducks can be found and hunted all over Idaho, but there are certain zones of the state that have different concentrations at different times of the year, and the government has set up a system that only allows those zones to be hunted in at an interval of different hunting seasons. You can examine the Idaho 2017 to 2018 Migratory Game Bird seasons and Rules to get a detailed look at where you can hunt and when.

When it comes to ducks, you want to do your best to hide from them visually, rather than attempting to obscure their other senses (Just forget about taste. If they are close enough for that, they are either dead, or your best friend, and you do not want to kill your best friend). Tromping around so they can hear you a mile away is not a good idea, but a ducks hearing is not as problematic as its vision. This means you need some good camouflage, whether it is camo clothing, or a camo stand to hide inside. The kind of camo is completely dependent on where you are going to be hunting, and the terrain there. In some places, certain clothing will help you blend in with your environment, but once you step into a different setting, you might stand out like a sore thumb.

With clothing in mind, you are probably going to get wet while duck hunting. Ducks are not known as waterfowl for nothing. They are usually going to hang around lakes and ponds, and at any point during a hunt you might have to get into that water, whether at the start of the hunt to set up, or to collect a duck that you have managed to down. Make sure you get rid of anything that should not be wet before getting into the water, and wear clothes that are good for wading. This usually means waders, but if it keeps you dry, it does not matter what you wear. Hunting can get hot depending on the weather, so make sure whatever you wear is not going to give you heatstroke.

One thing to keep in mind, is which kind of decoy you are using. A decoy duck is an extension of your camouflage, and if you have the wrong variant of plastic duck, it is almost the same as walking around the hunting ground wearing a clown costume and honking an airhorn. If you are expecting to hunt a particular kind of duck, and bring a completely different kind of duck decoy, the ducks will know the difference. Certain decoys will be expensive, but a cheap decoy is worse than no decoy at all. This does not mean you have to break the bank, but select the right duck for the right situation, otherwise you will scare the game away with a weird looking duck. Movement is also a large part of a convincing decoy duck. Ducks do not just sit in the water motionless, keeping perfectly still like a dead piece of plastic. Some decoy ducks will simulate a living duck by making ripples in the water. They will not motor away from you, making them impossible to find, but they do a better job of looking like a real duck.

A duck call is also a necessary part of any duck hunters bag of tools. You cannot just rely on blowing into the buzzer like it is a plastic tube. It takes some practice to make it sound right, otherwise, you are going to scare ducks away, rather than invite them into your gun sights. Of course, you need a way to know your practice is working, and there are a whole bunch of videos online to help you perfect your call. Ducks are also not tricked when you use a duck call at the wrong time. At certain times, a duck is going to ignore a call, even if it is the ideal call that sounds exactly like the right kind of duck. You can usually convince one or two to leave the flock when they are taking flight to leave.

Additionally, ducks are not very smart, but they are smart enough to learn when they are going to get shot and where it is probably going to happen. During their migration, ducks will stop in unfamiliar places, and during the first bit of time they are there, they will be easier to hunt, but they will eventually figure out that it is not safe, and if they do not move on to somewhere else, they will be careful to avoid things that are out of place.

Duck hunting is a fantastic past time, but keep in mind, if this is your first time out on a hunt, you probably are not going to have a whole lot of success. One way to alleviate this is to bring along experienced hunters that might help you with the ropes while you are actually out hunting. If you know someone who might be able to help, there is no harm in getting in touch and seeing what they are willing to do.


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