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Wood Duck set up

Postby Popcorn » Fri Mar 08, 2019 10:40 pm

I have access to a hole near Cumberland City that is surrounded by willows and has held wood ducks all fall and into winter. Its about 8 acres, 5 acres planted in corn and 3 acres left to natural grasses and weeds. There is a ducktoon there I can use and the hole will flood shallow with neighboring holes. I hunted it this year from the levee but was always out of range. I want to add decoys but know little about how many or how to set them out.
So if you had this setup how many decoys, what kind of duck decoy and how would you set them up for low numbers but persistent wood ducks?
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Re: Wood Duck set up

Postby TNGunsmoke » Sat Mar 09, 2019 5:40 pm

I have seen wood ducks decoy, but it has been a rare thing, on the spread was only wood ducks. I wouldn't put out more than 2 dozen tops. Best bet would be to try to get closer to their normal flight path and pass shoot them. 2 and you're done for the day.
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Re: Wood Duck set up

Postby Popcorn » Sat Mar 09, 2019 10:52 pm

Thanks for the reply. They seemed to drop in from a height that did not offer a passing shot unless I am out in the hole which I was not prepared for this past season. I look forward to next season with a small spread and a floating blind.
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Re: Wood Duck set up

Postby BlackEagle1 » Sun Mar 10, 2019 10:13 am

We used to decoy them with great success in the early season. The late season is generally a different story for me. I would take 6 and set them in scattered pairs with 2 on a jerk string.
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Re: Wood Duck set up

Postby Popcorn » Sun Mar 10, 2019 8:53 pm

Thanks for the reply. With the mild winter they were in and out of that hole all season.
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Re: Wood Duck set up

Postby Mike Belt » Mon Mar 11, 2019 9:15 am

We never did any good with decoys for woodies but we also hunted really narrow river channels they traveled both ways morning and evening. They might work better with more open water???
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Re: Wood Duck set up

Postby Popcorn » Mon Mar 11, 2019 9:38 pm

They avoid the open holes and flooded corn fields in that area but drop into that smaller hole that is surrounded by willows and has a grassy swampy area often especially early season.
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Re: Wood Duck set up

Postby RUGER » Fri Mar 15, 2019 5:10 am

Early season put you out a few decoys, maybe a dozen but 6 would be just fine and a mojo spinning wing decoy.
The only time I have ever had awesome luck with a spinning wing decoy is during the early season for wood duck and teal.
They try their best to land on top of it.

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Re: Wood Duck set up

Postby 4scout » Fri Mar 15, 2019 4:27 pm

Popcorn wrote:They avoid the open holes and flooded corn fields in that area but drop into that smaller hole that is surrounded by willows and has a grassy swampy area often especially early season.


Since this is where they want to land that's where I would set up using about 6 decoys with 2 or 3 on a jerk string and a spinning duck. I'd also try a wood duck call...sometimes it works well. Sounds fun, good luck.
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Re: Wood Duck set up

Postby Popcorn » Sun Mar 17, 2019 10:31 pm

Thanks for all replies. I look forward to trying this.
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