Discovering Hidden Wood Duck Hotspots for the Upcoming Season

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  • Steve's avatar

    Best of luck!!!

  • Derek's avatar

    @Steve thank you, sir! That beaver been giving you any more problems?

  • Kory's avatar

    This looks a lot like a small pond that is near me. I killed a goose on it the other day but ducks were flying in and out of the flooded timber. What should I look for to see if it’s worth hunting? The picture is the main portion of the pond but it goes way back in where there is flooded timber and too hard to get the kayak into. I figure it’s shallow enough to use waders to get back in and set up under a tree and hit the ducks as they come in. Any other advice?

  • Derek's avatar

    @Kory that's exactly what I'd do, especially if you're seeing ducks on it. Use the kayak to get as far in as you can and then maybe set up a smell decoy spread, but it sounds like you're already on the X, so you may not even need them. Ducks will like the flooded timber area. They could ve using it to roost, feed, loaf, really anything. They will like the cover that it provides.

  • Kory's avatar

    @Derek thanks!

  • Kory's avatar

    @Derek thanks! I’ve heard with goose hunting you shouldn’t hunt a roost spot. Is that the same with ducks?

  • Derek's avatar

    @Kory it's not really a should or shouldn't thing, it's more or less just the opinions of some. I say it's all situation dependent. The few amount of ducks we actually get on down here, I have no problem doing a couple roost shoots during the season. The issue is, most public land here in KY, you can't waterfowl hunt past 2pm, and I don't have many private land spots.

  • Appalachian's avatar

    @Kory As short as early wood duck is I never worry about shooting roosts. Really that sentiment is more of a central flyway thing where a roost could have a few thousand birds on it. People get mad when you spook that many birds into the next zip code. In the space between the Mississippi and Atlantic flyway I think a good rule of thumb is to hunt birds no matter how you find em 🤣

    I will say I've noticed when scouting and hunting woodies specifically they love to bomb in and land right against a dead blowdown tree top in the water. I assume it's to immediately get cover from hawks.

  • Mike's avatar

    That was worth all the stickers!

  • Derek's avatar

    @Mike absolutely! I just hope the spot isn't full of people come season.

  • Mike's avatar

    @Derek 10 yrs ago, I’d have said it looks to hard of work to worry about that. But then in Colorado this year we were putting a stalk on and stumbled on to 2 old ladies in the middle of nowhere…. The damn pandemic changed everything in the outdoors…. My legs are fried from finally getting deep enough.

  • Derek's avatar

    @Mike yeah, and then after the fact, I found out there's quite an easier way to get into the spot, haha.

  • Mike's avatar

    @Derek worth a shot though! You never know when and where woodies are moving, but that spot is obviously on their list

  • Steve's avatar

    @Derek Hey Buddy, sorry I missed this. Ugh… Good question? It appears he has moved on, maybe found a girl? Anyway, haven’t seen him in a couple of weeks and the cattails are growing again. But will definitely keep you posted. Thanks for checking!

  • Derek's avatar

    @Steve good deal! We'll see if she shows back up as winter gets closer.

  • Steve's avatar

    @Derek Great plan and thank you!!!

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3rd District Director for Kentucky Chapter of Backcountry Hunters and Anglers. Part time employee at GoWild and full time Firefighter/EMT. I have a passion for all things hunting, fishing, trapping and the outdoors as a whole.

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