Late Season Duck Hunting │ Two Tips You Need to Know It is no secret that duck hunting during the later parts of the waterfowl season can challenge even the most decorated and seasoned waterfowl hunter. Hunting during these later parts of the waterfowl season can almost seem like a completely different beast. In a split second the ducks that would decoy excellent have suddenly decided to settle down slightly out of the range of the decoys. Suddenly the sweet sounds that were echoing out of your duck call just do not seem to be as convincing as they once were. Nothing can be more frustrating than dealing with stubborn waterfowl during this time of year, so here are a few tips that can help you during this rough time. Decoys Decoying waterfowl during the late season can sometimes be a challenge. Where most waterfowl hunters will stick with the same tips and tactics during the entire course of the waterfowl season, failing to adapt to the situation is an unforgiving mistake. When it comes to duck decoys during the late season it always seems to come down to the same two things…quality and quantity. Sometimes during the late season, less decoys in the spread can really be more. Reducing the number of decoys in the spread is more realistic this time of year. By this time, these birds have seen and heard it all, producing some very decoy shy ducks. Having few decoys out can help trick these extremely smart ducks into giving up. It can be even more advantageous to ensure that the decoys that you do put out are high quality, and extremely realistic. Having a realistic decoy can really help seal the deal during the latter part of the season. Calling Calling ducks during the late season can sometimes yield varied results. Calling ducks during this time also can follow the “less is more” philosophy as well. Along with seeing every decoy spread variation along the flyway, they have also heard every brand of call and level of hunter expertise along the way. Calling less during the late season and letting the realism of your decoys and decoy placement draw them in is a great tactic. The take home point is simple; you cannot treat the late season as you do the first part of the waterfowl season. Do not be afraid to change your spread and calling techniques during the late season, if you don’t adapt you will fail. These tips can truly help you put more ducks in the boat this fall.