Teal Tips

…teal season is almost here and it appears decent numbers of these small webbed-footed birds are making use of our Nebraska waters…teal hunts can provide some fast-paced action that takes place in some of the most “alive” habitats – even when the shooting is slow there is often still plenty to see and hear…teal season may be just days away but there is still time to get out and join the fun…for the newer teal-chaser here are some thoughts to help you on your way…

* Find the Food:  Teal feed on wetland plants & these (non-diving) ducks are small so they need shallow water areas to feed in…focus your scouting & hunting on the small water and don’t over look a good nearby mud-flat either…

Avoid the Sunny Side:  Looking into the sun is never fun when trying to connect on a twisting teal…worse yet it can make identification of your target extremely difficult & id is critical during this special hunt  (only blue-winged, green-winged and cinnamon teal may be harvested)…so keep the sun to your back whenever setting up…

* Late can be Great!:  Evening hunts during teal season can be very productive as the birds shuffle around the wetland one last time before the end of shooting hours at sunset…

Brown it Down:  Most teal (as well as other ducks, too) are still in their eclipse plumage at this time of year, which means they are brown…to help replicate this use mostly hen decoys in your spread…include hen mallards for size as they can be easier to see in areas with lots of vegetation…

* Make Some Motion:  Early season wetlands can be very calm thanks to the still living vegetation found in them – this won’t help your spread of fakes…add some motion with use of  a jerk string, spinning wing decoy or simply kicking your feet in the water…

* Eat & Drink!:  What waterfowl hunt does get even better when you add food?…teal season can mean some warm weather, too – especially when you jump into your neoprene waders…so be sure to have something to cold to drink…  

* Scout Some More:  The length & timing of  the teal season means a good chance that new flights of teal will make their way into your hunting areas – so be sure to scout around for the best locations and new birds…keep an eye on even the smallest of weather fronts coming from the north…

hershy

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