Advice from Experienced Florida Hunters
Tom Marshall, Lee McGinness and Matthew Brockway have more than 95 years of duck hunting experience combined. Although they use different equipment while hunting, they all agree that being prepared is key for a successful trip. Experienced Florida duck hunters rely on adequate preparation and the anticipation of all possible scenarios for successful and safe hunting trips.
Duck hunting success is directly related to the amount of preparation and effort expended. One of the surest ways to increase your probability of success is through advance scouting of the hunting area, allowing you to not only become familiar with local conditions, but also learn the flight patterns and locations favored by the ducks. Also, through advanced scouting, you can apply your field observations to the forecasted weather conditions and pick a hunting spot that takes advantage of the predicted temperature and wind conditions. Preferably, you should begin scouting several days in advance of a hunt to ensure adequate time to locate ducks and become familiar with their flight patterns.
Weather is another major factor in duck hunting. Traditionally, “bluebird days,” days without clouds or wind, are known as poor days for duck hunting. The same school of thought favors blustery and stormy weather for duck hunting success. However, such traditional knowledge does not necessarily ring true in Florida. These traditional notions of weather and duck hunting come from northern locations, where migrations of ducks usually arrive with the onset of winter and cold weather. Florida, on the other hand, is the end destination of the migration, as opposed to a rest stop. This being said, successful hunts can be had in all types of weather, both clear and stormy. Again, selecting a blind location that takes advantage of the present weather conditions can enhance your success. Generally, you do not want to face directly into the sun, or have the wind in your face. Facing directly into the sun is not only uncomfortable, but the sunlight reflects off your face making you more visible to passing flocks of ducks. Also, remember that ducks always land into the wind. Positioning the wind in your face will result in ducks approaching your decoy spread from behind you, which always makes for more difficult shooting.
Listen to Tom Marshall speak about the equipment he uses to duck hunt in Florida.

Listen as Lee McGinness gives advice to new Florida hunters.

Listen to Matthew Brockway give advice about hunting equipment.

Continue to read advice on hunting equipment.