Hunting for waterfowl is an amazing occasion, regardless of your experience level. Whether you are hunting duck, geese, or another large aquatic bird, waterfowl will undoubtedly become one of your favorite game animals to hunt.
While you can find waterfowl all year round, there are certain conditions that are more ideal than others.
Weather plays the biggest role in determining your odds of hunting waterfowl. Mother Nature likes to play tricks and make hunting season a bit difficult at times, but if you pay attention to the outdoor elements, you could wind up having a spectacular day.
Weather patterns do affect bird behavior and even though waterfowl don’t always migrate when conditions are not favorable, you still want to take note of the weather changes.
Let’s take a look at which types of weather conditions could play a role in the success of your waterfowl hunting endeavors:
Low-pressure storm systems means rain and increased cloud cover. Ducks will halt night feeding and move earlier and later in the day. Due to these conditions, ducks won’t be caught off guard by glaring gun barrels and human shadows.
Intense winds will cause waterfowl to move into protected areas. As the wind, rain and sleet worsen, waterfowl scramble to find shelter, which causes birds to move into fewer areas. Hunters are able to get ahead of the game and set traps before the birds move to shelter.
Clear sunny skies on warm and windless days can be difficult to hunt in. Shadows are not hidden, faces glow easier and slight movement stands out. However, waterfowl doesn’t react randomly, their movements are intentional. You can learn the bird’s patterns, flight lanes, feeding areas and so forth to help overcome the weather challenges.
In freezing and below freezing temperatures, birds must increase their calorie intake to compensate for frigid temperatures. This means at least twice a day feedings, which increases your chances of hunting waterfowl. Afternoon and predawn movements are typical in freezing weather conditions.
Pluck-a-Duck has many years of experience hunting waterfowl in a variety of weather conditions. If you are new to waterfowl hunting or want a change of hunting scenery, come and see us.