Ready or not, here it comes: Prepare yourself for duck season with this final checklist.
Believe it or not, duck season is right around the corner. And in case you haven’t heard, we could be in for a historically cold and snowy winter, which will have a direct effect on the duck migration this season.
But what would duck season be without a little cold weather?
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Regardless of how cold it may be, there are a few things you need to know to ensure you stay dry and warm when you’re in the blind this duck season. Here’s your final must-have checklist:
- Two pairs of gloves. One “trigger” pair to wear while you shoot, and also one pair of waterproof gloves to enable you to handle decoys, etc.
- Two pair of socks. One pair of wool for warmth, and one pair of Gore-Tex to make sure you stay dry.
- Fleece toboggan or beanie—something that will keep your head and ears warm.
- Core warmth—think layers. A base layer that will seal in the warmth, then a thermal layer, and finally a thicker Gore-Tex waterproof layer with camouflage.
- Duck call
- Ammunition—Remember, federal regulations require steel shot. You cannot use lead shot while duck hunting.
- Waterproof hunting bag
Hopefully this list is useful to you. You can always add personal preferences to the list—for me it’s all things caffeine.