Guides Weigh In On How to Choose Between Two Great Options
My license plate, barely visible under days of accumulated road salt, might have read Wisconsin, but I sure wasn’t up North.
Constant quacks and feeding chuckles echoed across the water as flock after flock of mallards halted in mid-air and then parachuted down toward us through the tupelo and cypress canopy. J.D. Driskill, owner of Dirty Rice Outfitters in Gobler, Missouri, whispered for the group to wait and then called the shot as seemingly dozens of birds fluttered just feet away.
Two mornings later, I gawked in silence as hundreds of ducks and thousands of snow geese rose from their nighttime perch on a flooded corn and bean field and filled every yard of air space above us. Kent Woodruff, co-owner of Illinois Whitetail & Waterfowl, smiled as I rubbernecked at the seemingly infinite waves of waterfowl.
Driving home later that day, I marveled at the hunts I’d experienced in the Missouri timber and Illinois impoundment, and it prompted a question: In areas where both options are common — such as the lower Midwest, Mid-South and Deep South — which is better? The obvious answer would be to hunt the place holding or attracting the most ducks during shooting hours. However, experts say the decision isn’t always cut and dried.