by Keith Sutton
Would you like to improve your waterfowling success and make each trip a bit safer and more enjoyable? These 30 tips could help.
Avoid Foul Weather "Fowl-ups"
Duck caller reeds sometimes freeze or stick in frigid weather. Prevent gum-ups by using a product such as Rain-X or Aquapel that's made to deter rain, snow and ice buildup on windshields. A few drops rubbed on the reed with a cloth make the reed less likely to stick in the heat of a cold-weather hunt.
Good as New Dekes
To make dirty duck decoys look as good as new, hang them on a fence, spray with automobile tire cleaner solution and allow to dry overnight. In the morning, the original colors will be brighter and easier for ducks to see.
A five-gallon plastic bucket with a lid can be painted camouflage or wrapped with camo duct tape to make a convenient dry storage container for your first aid kit, matches, shells, spare clothes and snacks. The bucket also makes a great seat.
Deke Bag Saver
Mesh bags sink and can be easily lost. Remedy this by tying a plastic, 16-ounce soft-drink bottle inside the bottom of the bag. Remove the label to eliminate bright colors and screw the cap down tight. You won't lose a decoy bag again.