Prior to the season getting underway, I always try to make a list of real objectives relative to hunting season. Something a little more significant than, "hunt five days a week," "kick lots of ass," and "buy ammo ahead of time." And since I titled this "wish list," I'm meaning a lot more than "buy 5 dozen Bigfoot Decoys."
A lot of important things get forgotten, especially when our hunting suddenly gets heavy. So here you have it. Anybody else have their own wish list?
1) Avoid any preventable serious injuries or damage to hunters, dogs, and gear.
2) Be conscious of my shooting - avoid lapsing into bad habits.
3) Follow the birds, instead of following my own habits and favorite spots. Be willing to travel as far north or south as required, especially during the late season.
4) Evaluate invitations a little closer - don't waste a day off on a horrible hunt. It's OK to graciously decline.
5) Take advantage of waterfowl hunting on state forest properties. Regulations and hunting pressure are far less than they are on nearby wildlife management areas, and the habitat isn't all that different.
6) Enjoy the hunt. Don't go just to go. Make real memories. Be patient and make it count.