These duck hunting basics from an old duck hunting expert are bang on to get you started out right.
Bill Cooper gives a lesson and demo on duck hunting basics from the great state of Missouri and they are all sound ones learned over a lifetime of hunting.
From basic calling to keeping a low profile in your duck boat these are time tested lessons that when applied in the field will help ensure you have a great experience.
Some great tips like putting out a few confidence decoys, such as geese, while keeping an open landing zone for the ducks, are what can make the difference. Be conservative in your duck calling and put some motion in your decoys, while watching your own camo, is going to give you the best chance to bag some birds.
You don't need a ton of gear to get started on duck hunting. A dozen decoys, a decent pump gun, waders, and a boat or a retriever and you are in business. Once you get hooked you can slowly build on your gear and decoy spread as it is needed. With only about 32 days until the opener in my area I always go back to the basics to ensure a successful season.