Many teal hunters wear calf-high rubber boots or hip boots. But if you’ll be hunting in deeper waters, wearing a pair of lightweight, breathable waders will keep you dry and more comfortable than conventional canvas waders.
How do you attract teal?
Keep it simple is a good rule to remember. A dozen decoys will attract teal. A mixture of blue-winged decoys, with the tell tale blue wing patches and white cheek spots, and a few drab mallard hen dekes will do the job. September teal are in their drab color stage and will readily decoy to this set.
Can you shoot teal during duck season?
Teal may be taken during the late season. You can take any combination of species of teal as long as you don’t exceed 4. Don’t forget you can also take a maximum of 5 geese in addition to your limit of ducks.
Is Camo necessary for duck hunting?
Duck hunters commonly use camo clothing, a blind bag, binoculars, a thermos, flashlights, decoy gloves, mechanical decoys, and other accessories. But none of these items is an absolute necessity.
Do you need decoys to hunt teal?
There’s usually no need for a huge spread of decoys during the early teal season. While Haydel has hunted over as few as three decoys and as many as 10 dozen, he says a dozen is generally about right. “You can certainly get by with standard mallard decoys, but I prefer teal decoys,” he says.
What’s the best shot size for teal?
6 shot are ideal. Whereas a 1 1/8-ounce load of No. 2 steel contains about 140 pellets, 1 1/8-ounces of No. 6 steel comprises roughly 350 pellets — 2.5 times the density.
Does teal fly in rain?
Although there is no guaranteed weather when ducks will be flying, including in the rain, if you are willing to tough out some wet conditions there is a possibility you could be in for a good hunt.
Do teal like ponds?
Other blue-wing haunts are small and obscure, but offer superlative shooting to hunters who find them. They include such varied bodies of water as farm ponds, beaver ponds, oxbows and strip-mine lakes.
What is the limit on teal?
The daily bag limit will be four and the possession limit, eight. These limits can include blue-winged, green-winged, and cinnamon teal.
What time of day are ducks most active?
Join the flock. Waterfowl are most active from shortly before sunrise until midmorning, and then again from midafternoon until after sunset. I like to arrive an hour before these prime times (yes, that often means showing up in early-morning darkness) to let the birds get accustomed to my presence.