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I think boat placement is the thing I just couldn't wrap my head around. I've been on one layout boat hunt as part of a swap, and I honestly can't tell you where the boat was. It was in the middle of a sea of decoys is all I know! I figured that sticking the boat there would be my best bet on the theory that the decoys would "hide" the boat? But I was not sure. It will be tough for me to adjust. As a puddle guy, I don't put decoys more than 10 yards from me if I can help it. I try to get em feet down in my face! That's better than shooting in my opinion. The harvesting of the bird is secondary. I'll do whatever I can to translate that into having a big bull can with his feet down right in front of me.
I have found this really informative. Last year I did a couple of bay/flats hunts from a mangrove island. My first setup was like the picture below. All the ducks were rafting away from the islands so I wanted a little distance between my spread and the islands:Well, as you can guess, most of the birds that decoyed flew down the line of divers and landed just on the far side of my decoys from me. So after reading the advice here about setting them up to land facing water, and considering I am right handed and want to swing my shotgun from left to right, I'm thinking I could hunt the same island/wind conditions better like this:
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