Most waterfowlers are aware of the need and the process of preparing for the upcoming season. What many don't know is that there are benefits to staying on top of off-season tasks. Here are 10 reasons you should hit the ground running when the 2013 waterfowl season kicks off in your area.
1. Early Scouting
Late summer to early fall is the perfect time to start scouting for places to hunt, according to veteran Missouri
duck and goose hunting
guide Tony Vandemore.
"Hit the road or hop in the boat and start scouting now to find those areas that are holding water or have a good food source," he says. "Make a list of those places that look good; it will save you time by giving you great places to start your scouting when the birds arrive in the fall."
2. Ready the Machines
Vandemore also stresses the need to have all mechanical tools inspected before the season starts.
"You don't want to discover that your pump or motor is malfunctioning or there are issues with your well on the day you need to start putting water on the ground," he cautions. "Same goes for boat motors or any other mechanical gear – test those items out in the off-season to ensure that all is running properly."