The last days of this years goose and duck season are now a faint memory, but for duck and goose hunters this is a year-round game, and there’s always work to be done. This to-do list focuses on certain aspects of waterfowling that could use a little more attention, so, if you’re just sitting around waiting on September, here are some tasks every duck hunter must do before opening day.
Decoy Assessment and Storage
Too few of waterfowlers realize how many decoys they actually have until it’s time to store them for the summer. Every hunter’s storage situation is unique, but there are a few tips every waterfowler should follow when preparing to store decoys long term.
Smart waterfowler’s focus on getting his decoys cleaned, crimps checked, and stowing them out of harm’s way. Storing decoys in sheds or garages are common. Maximize your space by utilizing ladder hooks along with a wide range of other hardware to hang the dekes and decoy bags, out of reach of mice and other pests.
Hanging goose decoys in 6 slot bags or duck decoys on texas style rigs allow them to get off the ground and away from mice or other pests.
Another good idea is to get your decoys clean and off the ground to avoid any potential deformation of the plastic once the temperatures rise. Some hunters remove the Texas rigs from their decoys for storage, but if you hang them with the cords and weights, you can keep the decoy cords from gaining memory and coiling.
Most hunters only make the mistake of not storing their decoys properly once. Take advantage of spring weather and sit outside with a garden hose or power washer and give them a good rinse, and get everything off the ground. Try and hang some full-body goose decoys individually if needed. It’s all about protecting your investment!