randy duck 300WESTERN Ky. (12/27/12) – Duck Season is in full stride now. Now that Southern Illinois and Southern Indiana have both had a huge snow fall, it just may make it better for local Kentucky residential hunters.
As the season progresses into January, the migrators fly through our area. The best days to hunt are usually the day before a weather front moves in. While out in the cold weather, the elements are harsh. Keep in mind that safety is the most important factory while out hunting.
Personally, I take a fanny pack loaded with hand warmers and a Mr. Buddy heather to warm those numb fingers and hands. The hands are usually the first to get cold, do to handling of decoys and other hunting materials.
Keep in mind that while setting up on open water, wind will be an issue. Set your decoys according to the wind direction. If possible, keep the wind at your back. On sunny days, have the sun at your back as well.
Ducks unlimited has reported each species of Puddle Ducks that migrate through Kentucky has seen a good number increase since last year. There has been an increase of mallards, wood ducks, gadwalls, widgeons, pintales, diver ducks, redhead ducks, hooded mergansers, ring necks and many more. It’s important to remember not to go beyond your bag limits.
Cold water is another major issue as well. It can take less than ten minutes to be in a state of Hypothermia, a life-threatening condition, if you fall into the water. Even if you don’t get wet, you can get very cold-chilled just from being out there all day. Take precautions and be prepared for worst-case scenarios.

randy ducks 500

On the positive end, make a duck hunt one of your best hunting memories afield and spend some fun time with your good friends out there.
Until next week, I hope all your hunts are successful and enjoyable.
Randy Adams
Outdoors with Big Country
Disclaimer: The content supplied by columnists and letters to the Editor on this site does not in any way, shape or form, implied or otherwise, necessarily express or suggest endorsement or support of any of such content, statement, or opinions therein. SurfKY News does not necessarily adhere to or endorse content provided by outside non-staff sources.

LIKE SurfKY on Facebook - Click here to LIKE us now.

© Copyright 2015 SurfKY News Group, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, or rewritten without permission. SurfKY News encourages you to share this story on social media.

In Other News...

MCCH May 2015 Support Group Dates

MURRAY, Ky. (4/25/15) — Murray-Calloway County Hospital will be offering several support group meetings during the… Read More

White Plains Civil War Festival Provides Learning Fun

WHITE PLAINS, KY. (04/25/2015) – The fourth annual Civil War Festival took place on Saturday, April 25 in White Plains.… Read More
1 DOW 18,076.81
-3.33 (-0.02%)    
2 S&P 2,114.71
-2.98 (-0.14%)    
3 NASDAQ 5,074.91
-17.18 (-0.34%)    

Most Read This Week

April 23, 2015 7733

Man Charged with Sodomy, Incest/Victim under 12

by SurfKY News
April 20, 2015 4985

Nortonville Woman Charged with Meth Possession at…

by Madisonville Police Department
April 24, 2015 4319

UPDATE: Police Can't Substantiate Injured Man…

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
April 22, 2015 4046

Crime Stoppers Fugitive of the Week – April 22,…

by Hopkinsville – Christian County Crime Stoppers
April 22, 2015 3968

Madisonville Man Accused of Domestic Violence/Rape

by SurfKY News

Most Read This Month

April 17, 2015 12642

An Open Letter from an Addict

by Olivia Kirks
April 02, 2015 8876

UPDATE: Madisonville Man Injured in Head-on…

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News

Stories Trending Now

April 26, 2015 987

New Drug Helps Farmer with Parkinson's Return to…

by Laura Dawahare
April 26, 2015 603

White Plains Civil War Festival Provides Learning…

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
April 26, 2015 522

Spring Lawn, Garden Fair Participants Learn from…

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
April 26, 2015 512

College of Education Alum's Studies, Experience…

by Amanda Nelson
April 26, 2015 485

Dave Says - April 26, 2015

by Dave Ramsey
April 26, 2015 485

Legislator's Log - Week of April 26, 2015

by Brent Yonts
April 26, 2015 470

Mother's Day Buffet Planned at State Parks May 10

by Gil Lawson
April 26, 2015 444

Outdoor Truths - April 26, 2015

by Gary Miller
April 27, 2015 439

Mustangs Lose to Ohio County via Shutout

by Steve LeMaster
April 26, 2015 337

Dawson Springs Mule, Draft Horse Days Come to a…

by Amber Averitt, SurfKY News