Our New Jersey duck hunting is both productive and convienant. All of our blinds are on impoundments and farm ponds (both are non-tidal) which means easy access. No more boat rides in the dark, trying to walk through knee deep mud or having your gun and clothes covered in mud- all experienced when hunting a tidal marsh.
Our fresh water impoundments have the two ingredients essential for great puddle duck hunting- shallow water and a variety of natural foods.These impoundments provide ducks with high quality natural foods-wild rice, duck weed, smart weed and duck celery. These impoundments are 60-100 acres which means there is plenty of food throughout the gunning season. We also plant some wild rice each spring. These large impoundments are also big enough for birds to loaf on all day long without being disturbed. Also our impoundments are far apart which means we are hunting different bunches of birds to help keep our hunting consistently good.
For our New Jersey duck hunting, we also have farm ponds we hunt when the conditions are right. These ponds can provide good gunning when the hunting pressure is heavy or on windy days when the birds are looking for sheltered, protected water. Being small, shots on our farm ponds are generally inside of 25 yards.Being so small, these ponds can't take a lot of hunting pressure, so we hunt them only 1-2 times a month.
We like to use mostly GHG decoys because of their realism and little larger size. Most of the birds we are hunting travel in small bunches so 2-3 dozen decoys is plenty along with a few mojos when conditions dictate.
We take a large variety of puddle ducks over the course of the season on these large impoundments. In the early season, (Oct -Nov) we mainly take smaller ducks- blue-wing teal, green-wing teal, wood ducks and mallards. In the late season, (Nov-Dec) we take a larger ducks and variety- a few straggler teal and wood ducks but mainly mallards and gadwall and some days pintail, widgeon and shovelers. We also take some Canada geese when conditions are right.