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Minnesota Musing: Duck Watching Until You Hit One

Mallard Ducks

Mallard Ducks

See the V. Those are a lot of birds flying in a V formation.

See the V. Those are a lot of birds flying in a V formation.

Ducks and Decoys

The people I know that hunt ducks, have a truck, a four wheeler, a gun, warm clothing, a pickup trucks, and lots of decoys.

Yep. If you are going to attract ducks, you need to put a bunch of duck looking pieces of carved wood, called a decoy in the water where you plan to shoot at the ducks. Oh, yes, I suppose that means that you need some hip waders to wear into the water. Remember, water is wet, and usually during duck hunting. Its usually in October, which in Minnesota is one of the fall months, where it's usually when the ducks start moving and preparing to migrate. Many times, there will be a lot of ducks in an area designated as a duck area.

A duck area is usually a body of water, that has cattails growing along its edges.

Labrador Retriever on the left. German Shorthaired Pointer on the right.

Labrador Retriever on the left. German Shorthaired Pointer on the right.

Dogs

It is fairly necessary to have some way of getting the ducks that you shoot. So, it's either you need to have a dog that is willing to swim out into the water and get your dead ducks, or you need to take your boat and paddle out to the fallen ducks.

Either way, you need to have some way of getting to them. Sometimes the waders would not be quite sufficient to keep you dry. It is dangerous to go out too deep with waders, since, if they fill up with water, and you tip over, you will be a dead duck.

Best to be cautious.

Truck

The truck is a means of transporting all your equipment. The four wheeler can be driven into the back of the truck. Don't ask me how they accomplish that. Perhaps they drive their truck into a ditch so the tailgate is level with the ground.

I don't know. Perhaps they need a trailer to pull behind the truck for the four wheeler.

I don't have a picture of a truck. Everyone has their own, personal favorite. Same with the four wheeler.

Not Ducks but deer. The difference is that deer have four legs.

Not Ducks but deer. The difference is that deer have four legs.

Rivers are not usually a good spot for duck watching or hunting.

Rivers are not usually a good spot for duck watching or hunting.

Green but no water. Probably not a good spot for ducks.

Green but no water. Probably not a good spot for ducks.

Two wood duck eggs.found in the grass in the yard

Two wood duck eggs.found in the grass in the yard

An old coop

An old coop

Canadian Geese swimming in the river. They swim like ducks.

Canadian Geese swimming in the river. They swim like ducks.