Dakota Country Magazine October 2016 Edition - Page 80

Staying ahead once the pressure sets in Fall is here and skies are filling with waterfowl. Although early season hunts occasionally involve uneducated birds willing to commit to any spread, rarely are things that easy. It’s incredible how quickly ducks and geese get wise to hunting pressure. A true credit to the resilience of nature, these birds often change daily patterns immediately with the first sign of hunting, and become reluctant to land Page 80, Dakota Country, October 2016 anywhere but in the neighborhood park. Hunters can improve their odds in a number of ways. Staying concealed is always the first order of business when waterfowl hunting, and accurate gunning is a key component to putting birds on the strap. But first, however, ducks and geese must buy what we’re selling, and decoys are central to this grand scheme of deception. Along with good calling, by Sammy Bruc e Traditions Media, LLC St Louis Park, MN 55416 it’s decoys that catch the attention of the birds we hunt. Moments later, the same decoys convince the birds to take a better look. In the end, it’s our decoys that bring our quarry, feet-down, into gun range. Today’s blocks are the most realistic ever built, but there’s more to sealing the deal than seductive poses and pret- www.dakotacountrymagazine.com