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By 1st and 10 - 1/23/2012 2:12:38 PM
this may be a stupid question but i was wondering if anyone on here has had much luck hunting smaller ponds? i have a 33 acre flood control and have another small pond on my place but only hunted my small pond a couple of times and shot very few birds..... do you change your strategy on a smaller pond?
By QuackHead 96 - 1/24/2012 5:59:26 PM
I do a lot of hunting on ponds. I usually use between 8-25 decoys. Scouting is important in seeing what parts of the pond they are using. Hope this helps!!
By BDhunter - 1/25/2012 6:49:47 PM
i hunt small ponds on public land.mostly get woodies but have seen good amounts of malards when the ponds are full did have much luck this year on them with the warm dry weather.
By blizzardhunter - 1/30/2012 6:42:17 PM
I hunt a lot of small public land ponds.  I use about 10 to 15 decoys.  Have my best luck when the pressure is on them.
By scofo35 - 2/1/2012 12:48:38 PM
I hunt a lot f small ponds that are in or back up to woods, mostly woodies and a few mallards now and then. I use between two and five decoys just to get them to land where I want for the whacking.
By Jake D. - 2/18/2012 7:04:48 PM
I hunt mostly small ponds anywhere from 1-4 acres in size. I put out between 12-18 mixed decoys along with a few goose floaters for confidence. Scouting is key to see where they are coming to. I also make sure to have a jerk rig hooked up to a few decoys to get the motion going on the water. If you are around an area that doesn't get much wind this is key. I have had luck both in the morning and in the afternoon on small ponds. Good Luck.
By luke44 - 2/18/2012 10:38:38 PM
The only water I hunted on at all this year was ponds between 2-4 acres big. The one I hunted frequently was completely surrounded by woods and mostly all you could hunt on it was woodies, teal, some mallards, and local geese. I don't know why but migrating geese didn't like that pond. I don't know if anyone has experience but, are there any tips or techniques to get ducks to wanna land on small wooded ponds (mallards) because it seemed like they didn't want to. I used 12 decoys usually and some times even had a couple floating geese out there.
By cdill - 2/20/2012 2:51:38 PM
The consistent theme that I have seen is scouting.  We have access to a lot of smaller ponds on our farm ground, but through the years of watching them, we have seen very few ducks actually using them on a consistent basis.  In our area, the ducks would rather be on the shallow marshes instead of the flood control and farm ponds.  However, especially late in the season, if you have a pond that has open water, you better go hunting, but the only way to know for sure is to scout.  Smaller spreads for us if we ever hunt them, with plenty of movement.  Good luck to you.
By AZfowler - 8/10/2012 5:56:52 PM
Alot of the smaller ponds i hun (quite a few) are banked pretty steeped so they dont get alot f wind action. I have had the most luck riggin up a jerk cord to get some water motion going.
By Honker-Konker - 8/21/2012 11:48:01 PM
I hunted about a 1/2 acre pond that I shot Mallards and Woodies on before they sold the land and filled the pond in. That was a sad day.