Only been out a couple of times myself, but a nicely mixed bag, mallards, gadwalls, pintail, green wing teal, shoveler/spoonbill...and the new pup is really loving it too! She has had one real nice retrieve that sailed across the lake about 150yds and into some thick tuleys. She got real close on her own marking it and then took my blind retrieve commands well to find it from there!
Doing very well, until everything flooded and the big birds switched to farmers fields for feeding.
For a couple days I had the spot where all the local ringnecks wanted to go to die, it was magic. I had to hold out for singles and pairs so I wouldn't go over my limit nothing like having the birds that have spotted you trying to take off and crashing into birds still trying to land.
Opening day is Friday for the 2nd stretch. I'll be headed out tomarow all day to do some last minute scouting on some new locals I've been seeing lots and lots of ducks up this way this year should be great.
There can be too much of a good thing with antler rattling.
I like to hit the horns together for a good 30- to 40-second rattling sequence and then hang them up and resist the urge to hit them again.
This works to the hunter's advantage, because if a buck has heard it, he may have been 300 or 400 yards away and he comes in and he's not exactly sure where it came from.
When finally is time to rattle again throw a slight change-up into the routine.
The second time, don't rattle as loud...