Purdey and I waiting on a flooded splash next to the River Severn. Decoys out, hoping for the chance of a duck or even a goose. Wildfowling is a truly wild pursuit requiring significant amounts of fieldcraft to be successful, with any kind of regularity. Ducks flight mainly at dusk and dawn. Using decoys and calls, all add to your chances. A high tide will push more ducks off of the river. Bad weather will make the ducks fly lower, increasing our chances. Bad visibility tends to make the ducks follow land features. The moon also has an effect. It's nearly always bitterly cold and often we are up way before first light. But the time and effort is rewarded occasionally with a wild duck or goose. To me this is wild hunting at its best.
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