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Outdoors with Big Country – Duck Season

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.

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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
 
 
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