What do Times Square, beavers, and waterfowl all have in common? They are all part of the greatest conservation story of all time.
Truth of the Matter
There are three universal truths you must learn to accept if you own a hunting license: you are a part of a desperate minority, you are subject to the legislation voted on by the vast majority, and you are guaranteed nothing. Continue reading “Politics, Hunting, and You: Why It Matters”
Every season waterfowlers find themselves spending countless hours in the blind with no birds to stand testament to their dedication. Sometimes, this may be attributed to poor bird movement or just plain old bad hunting conditions. However, if this is not the case, then there is an underlying message: you did not execute the hunt properly. To adequately place oneself in a position to shoot ducks, the execution goes far beyond the day of. In fact, the process of creating a scenario for a productive duck season takes as much as 365 days a year. To develop yourself as a duck hunter, and generate the greatest possible opportunity for a triumphant year in the blind, there is a basic guideline that I call The Four P’s To A Successful Duck Season. Continue reading “The Four P’s To A Successful Duck Season”
You’ve been sitting in your duck blind since well before sunrise on a frigid December morning. Having watched the morning duck movement come and go without being given a chance for harvest, you are left cold, hungry, and alone, yearning for anything with webbed feet and a bill to fly into sight. Your stomach begins aching in hunger and your cold stricken fingers are becoming as stiff as the rigor mortis ridden duck you wish you possessed. As the minutes turn to hours with no ducks in custody and no visible signs of hope, your hunting spirit fades to the temptations of a warm shower and tasty lunch awaiting you at home. You stand up to unload your gun, giving in to the allure of comfort. Just as your concentration turns to ejecting your second shell out of its chamber, you hear one of the most distressing sounds in all of duck hunting; the wings of two ducks flaring right over your decoys. You look up and two ducks that were in shotgun range seconds ago are heading the opposite direction at warp speed. Hungry, tired, cold, and frustrated to no ends, you head back to your boat duckless. Continue reading “Holding Out For One More Minute: Fighting Discomfort While Hunting”