Support a Rookie
Every hunter has a handful of decoys lurking somewhere in a garage or shed that are rarely used. They are old, or were just replaced by a typical “must-have” purchase. Rookie hunters usually have very little gear and would appreciate some extra decoys for next season. Find a beginner, a new hunter, possibly even a Greenwing, whose passion for waterfowl hunting has just begun. Hand down a bag of seldom-used decoys and you might help kick start a next-generation hunter, and also open some extra space for new decoys as well.
Layout Blind Storage
Hopping into a layout blind on opening day and finding an insect or rodent family living there has been known to cause unwanted movement within the decoys. Before storing, clean out the inside and remove old brush, stalks, and natural grasses. If storing in a garage or basement, hang on the wall where it’s much harder for rodents to access. It’s also not a bad idea to spray a little inside/outside pesticide in the blind before closing it up and storing for an entire off season.
Following these helpful guidelines should help hunters get their gear stored properly. Hunters with properly stored gear in Spring will be able to spend more time in the field rather than organizing gear when next season begins.