The time of year is upon us to start pulling out gear, preparing decoys and cleaning shotguns to be sure we’re ready for opening day. Before it comes here are some tips to help that first morning go a bit smoother. Take some time out of your week to stop by your local trap or skeet range and get comfortable with your gun again. Go through your decoys and knock off the dust or mud that has accrued since last season, check the decoy line and weights be sure all are good to go.
During this past season of 2016 I made a bad judgment call early on in the season that turned what looked like a great hunt into a bird watching trip. Let’s set the scene here, I had been watching a pea field that was roughly a half mile by half mile in size for several days prior to the hunt. There were about a thousand Specks mixed in with probably 300 Canadas. The geese were concentrated together and bouncing around the field while feeding in the morning and during the evening. At the west edge of the pea field was a roughly one mile wide by three mile long pond that the geese had been using to roost. To the north was a wheat field I had not seen a single bird go to.
The evening before the hunt I watched as half of the geese flew to water at the edge of the pea field and the other half flew to water over a mile away in the same pond. Continue Reading
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