Now that all the little waterfowl have made their way south to warmer weather the only birds that remain are the biggest and hardiest.
Big Mallards, hardy Teal and Canada geese continue to stay in Montana’s valleys following the winding rivers which remain open through the waterfowl season ending on January 15, 2015.
It’s a great time to put two or three mallard decoys in open water and sit tight with a shotgun. Number four or two shot will put big mallards down quickly but for best results on geese a good goose load is 3” BB and Hevi-shot ® (available at Bob Wards).
A pair of waders and your favorite shotgun is all you really need to enjoy duck hunting in Montana but waterfowl hunters can easily accumulate more gear than they can fit in their trucks. Layout blinds, large decoy spreads and quality calls are the norm. If you’re fortunate enough to have access to these things great, but if not, don’t let that prevent you from getting out there!
Sit along the river’s edge and as ducks and geese fly by swing, lead the bird, fire and follow through. It’s a great way to keep your senses keen and fresh air pumping into your lungs.