Teal hunting is a special time of the year. As summer temperatures begin to cool off in the evenings. Teal begin to migrate in late summer and early fall. By far one of the earliest migratory birds. Blink and you could miss the season in most states. Thankfully more states are creating teal seasons to harvest these blue and green rockets. Across the flyways, teal hunting lasts only about a week to two and a half weeks. However, Teal hunting provides a time for waterfowl hunters to get their feet wet, (no pun intended) shooting ducks and rigging decoys.
Teal Hunting Decoy Tips:
Setting a decoy spread for teal is one of the easiest spreads to work with. If you want to dive in and buy yourself some teal decoys, you can’t go wrong with a dozen or two green or blue winged teal. Just make sure to research what tends to migrate through your flyway to help increase your chances. However, use a few mallard hens and a mojo if you’re on a budget.
Furthermore, if you’re looking to get more involved and invested in learning how to teal hunt. Buying teal decoys will make a more realistic spread. Hence if new birds are in the area I use the traditional j-hooks decoy set up. An oval-shaped spread of about 12-18 teal, and 4-8 positioned on the opposite side of your shooting lane, with a mojo. This type of spread I see the most success. Teal are very aggressive and the idea is to make it look as though the 4-8 teal have just landed and swimming into the feeding group of 12-18. Incoming birds will want to land in between the two groups of decoys. You can easily mix in a few shovelers, or mallard hens to add some depth to your spread.
Forget the mojo if teal have stayed in the area for a few days it tends to prevent over pressuring teal. Teal are very sensitive to pressure and will push out quickly.
Teal Hunting Shot Tips:
Going Teal hunting can be a lot of fun to watch them decoy. They drop within a blink of an eye. Hence having a shotgun shell that can pack a punch is very important. Patterning your shotgun is a really great way to see what brands of shells work best for your gun. Personally, I fell in love with the Kent Teal Steel 5 shot. The 3″ loads knock down birds at reasonable distances. I prefer my shotgun and shell to either kill a duck or miss it. Because I’ve lost too many birds by crippling wings and finding out they have buried themselves in the weeds. Therefore I’ve found the Kent to be an affordable dependent shell. However don’t be afraid to experiment what works best for your gun.