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Opening weekend
May 14th, 2019 at 8:57pm
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Well it was the usual gathering of brothers and a inlaw on Thursday arvo for the baking of B&E pie,chicken nibbles and good bit of sledging,With the Friday morning traditional breakfast done,the vehicles packed and off to the pond,When we arrived about lunch we put about 60 birds off pond,We thought our plan has worked feeders going off at 7am and no one been near pond for two weeks,So it was all hands on deck to get maimai set up,decoys weighted and so we sat back and waited for the night flight just to watch birds,but not none came back??.Once it was dark about 7ish so it was out with the bungees and 36 floaters,Off to bed about 10.30ish,6am came around we were all set ready by 7 hoping for the best,But it doesnít look good not a bird has turned up until about 8ish,With the fine weather and little to no wind with the other 6 ponds around us within a 4kms radius itís like a war zone,We get the odd pair and singles,So come Saturday night we have a debrief with 5 of us wondering what we have done wrong,couldnít get them to decoy or even respond to calls,Come Sunday same deal!!!!!We manage 16 for weekend with only 19 shots fired Shocked Shocked Huh,We had lots of good laughs and memories,So we are left wondering what we did wrong,With so many birds on pond and not much disturbance,The other ponds around us had good shoots,So if anyone has any ideas on how we could improve our duck numbers it would be great Smiley Wink Wink
  
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Re: Opening weekend
Reply #1 - May 15th, 2019 at 8:22am
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Maybe set the feeders for 8 am, if too early the birds can arrive well before they go off in the dark. Also donít go near the pond till the morning of the shoot. Those 60 odd ducks most likely may have left the pond to go and feed at night then return for the morning. Another trick is to find out what the other ponds are feeding, probably barley and to feed yours wheat or even better maize. The fine weather wonít have helped things either. Sometimes even when doing the best things you can just donít work out especially with ducks. I have had almost guaranteed shoots turn into duds because the ducks decide to change their habits.
  
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