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Closing Day 2006

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" The most important part to Waterfowling is finding the right LOCATION!! You need to find the birds that you want to hunt and then learn their daily routine in that specific area. Also finding the specific spot that the birds want to be in is of upmost importance. You can be the best caller in the world, but if you are not where they want to be, you'll have some long days"

"Calling birds , especially shell shocked late season one's, is simply not an easy task. If you are a beginner you might be better off putting your call in your pocket, or limiting your calling to a few cluck's and maybe a feed call. When there are multiple callers, remember that there should be one lead caller , usually this is the person that is the best at reading the birds and calling , this person will call the shots as well. This will prevent confusion in the blind and make it so that everyone has a clean shot."

" Use whistle commands from day one with your new dog. This will help the young retriever to understand what you want at a much quicker pace. Another quick tip is , always use a duck or goose call when training to keep the dog's attention level high. This will also let the dog know that when the calling starts in the blind, it's time to pay close attention".

"Train your new puppy not to bark as soon as it gets home. This will help down the road!!"

"Use light fishing line to sew the ends of your lanyard to prevent the knots from comming undone".

"When making your blind, make sure that you use the area's natural vegitation. Another thing to always think about is overhead cover. Birds that make a high pass over your blind will pick you out with any slight movement unless your head is at least broken up with grass or bush. Proper camo is one way to improve your chances when it comes to decoying birds. Last but not least , keep your blinds low profile. Blinds that are built to big or to high are easily spotted by decoying birds. Try and keep your blind as close to the ground as possible".

"Stay on the same bird until it drops. This will save you from crippling birds and fill your bag faster".

"Giving a youth hunter a single shot or just one shell will teach them to make their shot count, kill 'em dead!!!" 

"When setting out your goose decoys early in the season, use big flocks , then as the season wears on set them out in small family groups.

"Never take birds that are set in the hole first, always take a further bird then take the close ones. You'll shoot more ."

"When hunting Black Ducks, add in a pair of mallards or two. This seems to add a little more confidence to those shell shocked birds" 

"On those calm days you need movement in your spread, a jerk cord will do just the trick. But, if you dont have one , your boot or a long stick will do as well".

"When hunting pigeons, use the birds you have shot  as decoys. This will greatly improve your chances to shoot more and get those sky high birds down within shotgun range". 

" If you are hunting pigeons and they are traveling between two or more locations, you are best off sending someone to each location. This will greatly increase the numbers that you kill".

" When hunting ducks, use decoys of the same species that you are hunting. If your hunting Black Duck, then use black duck decoys, mixed with a few other species that you have seen on your scouting travels. If you are hunting Pintail then set out pintail decoys mixed with other common ducks in the area"

" Bad shooting streaks are all apart of hunting. If you find your shots are behind , high or low of the birds you are hunting , try slowing down. Instead of trying to shoot a couple out of a flock, pick one bird and try shooting it alone. If you miss again, use your last shot to correct what you did wrong."

" Use drake whistles early in the morning, This is when it is hardest to see and read birds from a distance. It is also a locator call ducks use at first light."