9. Thank-You Notes:
Knocking on doors and receiving permission to hunt on private land is still possible in some places, and rural landowners can be some of the nicest folks you'll ever meet. "It's always a good idea to stop by a landowner's home after a hunt to say thanks, even if the birds didn't materialize that morning," says South Dakota
waterfowler Ben Fujan. "If they're not home, I'll leave a simple thank-you card with my contact information on it. Chances are they'll remember that the next time you stop around."