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10 Essential Items for DIY Waterfowl Hunts

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6. Scouting Vehicle: Scouting is essential on any freelance hunting trip, but miles of driving in a gas-guzzling SUV can eat up a travel budget pretty quickly. Champion caller Field Hudnall (fieldprovencalls.com) suggests using a smaller, more fuel-efficient set of wheels for scouting. "Instead of scouting in a big diesel truck that gets 12 miles to the gallon, borrow or even rent a small economy car to scout in. You'll save money in the long run," Hudnall says. "One year we spent 21 days in Canada, and our primary scouting car was a small, purple hatchback. Embarrassing? Not when we were getting 25 to 30 miles per gallon!" 

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