9. Revisit Hunts from Seasons Past
Whether it's through reading a hunting journal
or simply talking with hunting partners, Stolz says it's important to revisit hunts from previous years.
"Try to take into account what worked in the past and what didn't, and then make corrections to equipment or hunting locations accordingly," Stolz says. "Looking back on previous years has also helped me identify how certain weather patterns produce better hunting conditions in certain areas and how they impact bird behavior."
10. Don't Forget the Basics
As exciting as it is to see opening day creep closer on the calendar, Stolz adds that it is important to remember the basics of pre-season to-dos.
"Obviously, you want to make sure your decoys are cleaned up and ready to go, and if you've purchased new shotgun
shells or a choke, you're going to want to run those things through your gun to see how they pattern. But spread the tasks out a bit so you don't get overwhelmed," he says. "Preparing for the season can be as much fun as the actual hunts. It's fun to work on decoys and guns and calling – kind of an extension to the season – and it really helps keep your head in the game."