Line Up for Teal
➞ Buzzing mosquitoes, the smell of repellent barely keeping them at bay, and you and your fellow diehards aching to take the first shots of the year. Welcome to opening day of the September teal season. Migrating flocks of these speedsters can number more than 100 birds, which makes it the perfect hunt to share with a bunch of friends.
All you need is a few dozen decoys, some portable marsh seats, and a couple of spinning-wing enticers. Set up in a line along the east side of a shallow-water impoundment levee, using natural cover to hide. Then spread the decoys down that line, leaving plenty of space between them. Teal decoys are ideal but not necessary, because the birds will decoy to any puddleduck species. Place a pair of spinners in the middle of the spread. Ideally, birds will finish near the center, and everyone will get some shooting when they disperse after the first shots. But if one side of the line proves hotter, just switch it up.
And remember to pick out one bird. It’s all too easy to flock-shoot teal as groups bomb in low and fast. This is a great hunt for small-gauge guns too, because quick-handling 20- and 28-gauges add to the fun.
Firing Line Teal hunters take their positions along a levee in Texas.