shooting ducks after a full moon

Hunting Ducks On A Full Moon

You set your alarm for an hour early enough to give a sane mane pause. Braved the bitter cold and fought with crowd at the public boat launch. After racing to your “honey hole” and setting your decoys just-so, you settle in and sit in anticipation and wait.

First light comes and a few wood ducks buzz through, but no major movement. No big deal, you’re in no rush, and can wait a bit longer. But then “a bit longer” stretches into, “where the heck are the birds?!”. We’ve all been there, and it’s frustrating to be sure.

But did you remember to check the lunar calendar? If not, you may want to hang out for just a bit longer before heading in for a sad breakfast.

During a full moon ducks will feed heavily at night. That means they will often times not be near as active in the early hours of the morning just after dawn.

According the team at Fowled Reality factors such as temperature (with the possible exception of massive swings or sub-zero temperatures), overcast clouds, or wind, still don’t override the impacts of the full moon. Check out this video to learn more:

Easy Recipe for Wild Duck

One of the best aspects of hunting ducks is that you also get to eat them! We recently came across this simple and pretty unique recipe for Salisbury Steak duck patties.

Salisbury Steak often times makes us think of awful microwavable TV dinners, but I’m happy to report this is anything but that!

We found this on a Facebook group for duck and geese hunters.

It might not be a fancy french Duck Burgundy or a Duck a’ la Orange, but it looks pretty tasty to me! Besides, how often do you get to say you had duck steaks for dinner? Enjoy!

Waterfowl Hunting Tips for Beginners

Many of us were lucky to grow up with father’s who passed along their knowledge of hunting ducks. Others maybe had a buddy who took them under their wing and showed them the basics of setting up a spread of decoys and taught them their first basic calls.

That said, there are many men and women who would love to take up duck hunting but simply don’t know how. Even worse, there are lots are more folks that THINK they know how to hunt and end up making mistakes or even hunt in an unsafe manner.

And to be honest, I’d best most of us could stand to improve our abilities by getting back to a few basics.

This video from Total Outdoor programming provides lots of great duck hunting tips for everyone, beginner or not. Our personal number one tip? Well, we have two. First, Be safe. Second, have fun!

Weather Is Starting To Cooperate With Duck Hunters

The second season of hunting opened in Louisiana this past weekend and mother nature was cooperative for once!

According to Louisiana Sportsmen, the extreme conditions the region saw this past weekend led to a nice harvest for many area hunters. While most of the reports indicated that the ducks weren’t the larger coveted breeds, there were plenty of reports of hunters shooting their limit of birds.

This is in contrast to early season reports, where the birds were few and far between.

Hunting opened great on Saturday morning, and although plenty of ducks were shot on Sunday, the nasty weather made for a rough day of hunting. But such is life of a delta duck hunter!

Weather forecasts for Canada and the Northern US continue to show increasingly cold temperatures which should result in birds being pushed further south. That means the hunting should continue to improve as the season progresses.

Impact of Weather on Duck Migration

This video was shot a few days before that last weekend, but it does a great job of explaining how the weather up north is going to start pushing more ducks this way: