Pothole hunters, Rejoice. You Can Shoot Diving Ducks With These Easy Spreads
Everybody knows diving ducks use only big water, right?
That means you need a big deep-V boat stacked high with sacks of blue-billed and red-headed decoys. Put a hefty outboard on the back of the vessel. The hunt might even involve a layout skiff or two bobbing among long strings of white-backed decoys in the gray swells, using the deep-V as a tender.
Or maybe you’re tucked back into a point of bulrushes, cattails or wild rice, sitting tight, watching the open-water horizon, and hoping to get strafed by the jet-roar of pinions on stubby but turbo-charged wings.
No matter how the pursuit is conducted, diver hunting is the stuff of legend. But who has the money or equipment to do it?
It turns out that diving ducks aren’t so big-water oriented after all. You don’t need tens of thousands of dollars’ worth of equipment to splash some black-and-whites onto the water. But you need to understand divers and have a potholer’s game plan in your pocket to shoot these prized ducks on small waters.
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