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Staying Focused in the Off-season

Q&A with waterfowl hunters can help you prepare for next season
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Rearick

One thing I like to do to keep myself entertained and ready for the next season is stay active. It seems to allow me to get a lot of chores done that I neglect during hunting season, and mixing in summer maintenance of my gear makes the summer months go quickly while keeping my mind on waterfowl. Before you know it, fall is in the air and Sept. 1 launches our resident goose season.

Another thing I like to do is go through hunting pictures and start compiling a scrapbook of sorts. I print out my favorite pictures and compile them with information from my journal to note the dates and stats from each hunt, along with the conditions and my hunting partners. This allows me to reflect on the season, laugh about something funny that may have happened during these hunts and look for trends in terms of what areas are good during certain times of the year based on a few past years' experiences. While it is a lighthearted time, it also is a good learning experience for the upcoming season."

Every waterfowl hunter has a unique way of staying focused during May, June, July and August, and all the planning and maintenance that can be performed now will pay off when opening day arrives.


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