Pond hopping ducks is the only way I've ever shot them. Never had any decoys, or calls. Didn't know how to use them as nobody in my family hunted.I actually used to pheasant hunt quite a bit about 25 years ago. This wasn't too different, but they took off at a much faster and lower angle. The Mallards I busted last year took off almost exactly like pheasants.
I know the fun is in sitting there and calling...but I have cattle to feed every morning. My duck hunting now is done as I'm heading back to the barn and observe the ponds ��.
Buddy had an old man in his neighborhood that said he loved ducks to eat, so we would go to some of the big osage county ranches and kill him a limit every weekend or so when they were in season. He told us to just leave them on a bucket on his front porch. Bucket was always empty the next weekend.
After a couple of seasons, went to his place with a load of ducks, and there was a wreath on the front door with a bunch of cars around. It wasn't hard to figure out what happened so we just drove away.