Hunters in camo gear with hunting dog and bird call

3 Essential Skills for Waterfowlers

One of the most exciting aspects of waterfowl hunting is that it's a skill that can be constantly developed. All hunters change strategies, equipment, and outerwear depending on their prey and location. Using the foundational skills as a jumping-off point, you can increase your proficiency and adapt to new situations as the season unfolds.

How Can Waterfowlers Improve Their Game?

1. Increase Weapon Discipline

Shotgun proficiency will have a different definition for a new hunter than an experienced one. Individuals new to the sport should learn basic firearm handling and take hunting safety classes. Instructors will also help match you with a weapon that's comfortable based on your specific needs.

If you're an experienced waterfowler, safety is likely second nature to you by now. Instead, focus on your form with off-season practicing. Skeet shooting sessions will keep your reflexes sharp and improve your aim against fast geese and ducks.


2. Enhance Concealment & Comfort

Waterfowl hunting is an exercise in preparation and patience. The animals have strong instincts and reflexes to protect them from predators. If they detect foreign patterns in their environment, they'll escape to a safe distance. Scout the area you're hunting on beforehand and find matching camouflage outerwear and accessories to remain concealed on the hunt. Once at the location, use branches, and other native landscape elements to remain undetected.

 Hunting outerwear also matters beyond concealment. A proper jacket will provide protection from the elements without causing you to sweat, which can interfere with your aim. It also must be roomy enough for spare gear but well-fit for easy movement over difficult terrain. Newer field jackets offer a balance between utility and comfort so that your outerwear can help improve your performance. Additionally, these jackets have a detachable hood and an interior zipper to add lining if the temperature dips.

 Two hunters with their dogs standing in shallow water area

 3. Practice Your Calls

 Research the types of waterfowl common to the hunting ground and practice their specific vocalizations. A feeding chuckle can lure them to the spread, while a hail call can garner the attention of high-flyers.

New hunters can also benefit from learning the five-note greeting call. It's the most widely used vocalization because it's easily understood and adaptable to different situations. Depending on the tone and duration, the different messages can lure the fowl into your sights.



When you've stocked up on the gear and outerwear from our website, you'll need to find the proper hunting grounds. In the next several weeks, the Over Under Clothing team will participate in a duck hunt hosted by Straight Lake Lodge in Northeast Arkansas. With top-quality equipment, 5-star accommodations, and the lodge's beautiful, untouched land, you'll experience duck hunting season the way it's meant to be enjoyed.


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