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Tails and tips

Posted on December 28, 2010 at 9:14 PM Comments comments (0)

Don't forget that the old timers always said to call to "tails and tips" which meant to only call ducks when you could see their tails and wingtips. If the birds are coming your way, don't call! If they flare away, try bringing them back with some hail calls and feed chuckles. Take'em when they're all cupped up.      dc


Posted on December 28, 2010 at 9:06 PM Comments comments (0)

Flagging has become very common for ducks and geese. These triangular cloth or fabric flags are usually black, brown, and white for geese and grey, brown , and black for ducks. They are attached to a dowel rod and are waved up and down to simulate a bird flapping it's wings as it lands. This is very effective at getting distant birds attention. Once the birds look like they have seen the flag and are heading your way, drop the flag and let them make their way in. Flagging birds that are too close can spook them. Take'em when they're all cupped up.     dc

New use for Old pill bottles

Posted on December 28, 2010 at 9:05 PM Comments comments (0)

The old pill bottles from the pharmacy can be recycled to be used as choke holders when not in use. The caps fit snug, keep water and grime out and can be labeled to let you know what choke size is inside and what brand of gun it goes to. They usually float if the cap is on them which helps in the field. Take'em when they're all cupped up.         dc

Tides and currents

Posted on December 28, 2010 at 9:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Tides and currents can pose very dangerous situations. A receeding tide can leave you stranded on the mud flats overnight in poor weather conditions which could be life threatening. Currents can sweep a boat, gear, hunters, and dog away if a motor fails. These conditions are also very dangerous to dogs if the tides or currents carry the dog away as it goes after downed birds. These conditions are also responsible for creating holes that hunters step into when wading. Use a good wading stick, wear a life jacket, wear a wader belt, and hunt with a partner whenever possible. Take'em when they're all cupped up.         dc


Posted on December 28, 2010 at 8:53 PM Comments comments (0)

When it comes to taking in or putting out the decoys in the dark, there is nothing better than light. Unfortunately, a flashlight is not the handiest thing when you are trying to wrestle with pulling decoys from the bag, untangle lines, and hold the light at the same time. One of the best lights I have found in the past few years that keeps your hands free is a cap light. These small lights run off "button" batteries and clip right to the bill of your hat. I have also seen hats that have the lights built in or lights that are attached to a band that you can put around your head. These lights are fairly inexpensive and become very handy when you are fumbling in the dark. Take'em when they are all cupped up.     dc

Kayak safety

Posted on December 28, 2010 at 8:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Recently a good friend of mine was finishing off a cripple in a kayak. He shot from the boat and was shooting broadside when the recoil turned him over. December in Maryland waters is not a good time to swim. He was able to wiggle out of the kayak and began his swim to shore in waders. It is my understanding that he was NOT wearing a life vest and his neoprene waders helped him float considerably. Although he was hunting with two other friends, they were not in an area that they could see or hear his yells for help. He made it safely to shore and made his way to the closest house where he was taken care of. He recovered his Beretta Auto-loader the next day. A very...........very lucky man. Make sure we learn a lesson from this story. Take'em when they're all cupped up.       dc


Posted on December 28, 2010 at 8:39 PM Comments comments (0)

When the weather turns bad and the sleet, rain, and snow begin to pile up on the backs of decoys, your spread will instantly look "unnatural"! You can dunk them occasionally under water to take the ice and snow off or brush your field dekes off. Another option is Rain-X or environmentally safe anti-freeze in a squirt bottle. Both of these will keep the backs ice and snow free and add more realism to your spread. Take'em when they're all cupped up.       dc

Beware of boat lights!

Posted on September 30, 2010 at 2:59 PM Comments comments (0)

As waterfowlers, we are usually going out or coming in when it's still dark on the water. To make things safer we rely on lights to safely navigate our way. In the last few years, duck boats have become the "swiss army knife" of the marsh. They have under compartment strip lighting, hand rails, heaters, pop up blinds, remote spot lights, fog lights, and even headlights. They are adorned with expensive grassing materials, have slip resistant deck paint, dog ladders, gun racks, gun lockers, decoy storage compartments, GPS, and a host of other items. As we "evolve" these boats to fit ur needs, we need to ensure that what we are installing is legal. I recently heard of a boat owner receiving a ticket for aving headlights on his boat. The problem was that when the headlights were illuminated, the bow navigation lights could not be seen. This prevented other boats from determining the boats course and direction on the water. Another problem with bright lights is that any refraction (light bouncing back at you) can eliminate your night vision making it harder to see when the light s extinguished. Use caution and check out your local regulations (and Coast Guard regs) before getting yourself in trouble. Take'em when they're all cupped up.  dc 

Corks on Ice

Posted on June 16, 2010 at 10:50 AM Comments comments (0)

When your favorite area gets iced in, you can still find some decent gunning. If birds are still working the area, put your cork or plastic decoys out on the ice as if they are loafing. Always ensure that the ice is thick enough to walk on and if you bring a bird down that the ice where it lands is thick enough to support your weight or the weight of your dog. Take'em when they're all cupped up. dc

Snow "Feeding" Hole

Posted on June 16, 2010 at 10:12 AM Comments comments (0)

In heavy snow, I like to set up for geese in a field that they were accustomed to going to. I place my decoys in "family" groups and I like to take a rake and scrape out the snow area to show some bare dirt. I also like to spread straw or other vegetation around so that it appears that the ground has been uncovered. White bed sheets make great camo covering. Take'em when they're all cupped up.  dc