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Just wondered what inventive ideas keepers have used to 'encourage' the lazy ducks to fly late in the season? Cheers

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It's one of the things I really don't think looks good. The problem is because the ducks are fed on the pond. Seen people do all sorts, and get increasingly irate in the process, to produce (v. best case) a mediocre bird to be shot.

If you want to shoot reared ducks feed them away and then fly them back or if you want to continue what you are doing, just accept you don't have to shoot them all.

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make them walk for there food as said.feed away from the pond and  move  the food further away, now and again.

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Thanks lads, we been out again today and had one pond where only half flew, a quarter we managed to walk out but the rest were well stuck. . . . . we have done the feeding down the fodder beat some way, gave them flying lessons with a rim fire ( which works pretty well ) tried fireworks, dogs, lines across with streamers etc but just wondered what works best for you guys? Even wonder in jest if we could train a fox to heel !!!

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22 hours ago, Teal said:

It's one of the things I really don't think looks good. The problem is because the ducks are fed on the pond. Seen people do all sorts, and get increasingly irate in the process, to produce (v. best case) a mediocre bird to be shot.

If you want to shoot reared ducks feed them away and then fly them back or if you want to continue what you are doing, just accept you don't have to shoot them all.

Spot on 👍

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17 hours ago, jall25 said:

Give it up pal

Tame ducks suck 

Agree completely. 
Dynamite may be the only answer to get them in the air. 

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On 09/01/2020 at 15:23, rimfire4969 said:

Agree completely. 
Dynamite may be the only answer to get them in the air. 

Didn't use dynamite in the end, but they don't need anymore feeding

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I would cull them. Stick 'em in the freezer and get wild ducks to come into hand feed/auto feeder.

Never have problems with ducks not flying.

Ducks not turning up when guns are out is another problem! But it's not a Zoo!

Good luck.

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if it comes to such extreme measures as fire works, ropes etc it is time to walk away and give them best. Shooting ducks which have to be flushed in such ways does shooting no favours. Maybe best to cull them on the water before they get a chance to pollute the wild mallard gene pool. 

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Tame duck bag filler drives are a little grim in my opinion. I know it’s shades of grey but I don’t think it does our sport any favours. If you want ducks, my preference is to feed near the pond through the year to encourage wild mallard. Wide circle the pond and slowly approach, shooting only away. Much better sport. 

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