Sunday, October 12, 2008

Wish List for Duck Season 2008-2009

Been there, done that.

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.


Anonymous said...

Sounds like a good list. My wish for all hunters is that they stay safe. I hate hearing about all the accidents that happen every year.

tugboatdude said...

Yeah dude,if we have to travel then so be it.In early January we will find birds.

The Downeast Duck Hunter said...

No doubt, great post, in encouraging what I do, often I find myself putting the shotgun away so I can take the time to show new sea duckers the difference between right and wrong, because they may translate into either life or death...

I enjoy the process of preparing for duck hunting now as much as the hunting itself, and by taking the time to take photos, videos, blogging, and writing, I've discovered how much more I appreciate what I've got and where I live...

Live to Hunt.... said...

Sounds like sage advice for anyone to follow. Great post!

Swamp Thing said...

Thanks for the comments folks...hope I can take my own advice!

It's the hardest kind to take!

The Rabid Outdoorsman said...

Number three is the one that frequently gets me. I sometimes get stuck on the good spots and don't try new areas enough.