On my recent trip to the lush waterfowl paradise known as Honey Brake, I dropped my first-ever drake pintail. He graciously circled, unsure whether or not the landing zone was protected from aerial steel debris. To his demise, he got too low. Had he tried anymore sky-high antics, we probably would have hit him with the ThroJo maneuver.
Never heard of it? I hadn't either, until Honey Brake guide Richie Graham so kindly revealed the revolutionary tip. Apparently it's the brainchild of another member of Honey Brake's team—guide/born-and-raised Cajun Blake Soileau.
The ThroJo is simple: Keep a few extra floater decoys in your duck blind. If a duck is circling and refuses to commit, just ThroJo one of the floaters through the air and into your spread when you don't think the bird can see your movement. Richie and Blake claim the motion and splash of the decoy is often irresistable to an insecure duck.
It's techniques like the ThroJo that keep me excited about hunting. You'll never learn everything.