Preparation Tips for the Upcoming Waterfowl Hunting Season

Guest Blog Written By Cal Brock an avid hunter and angler.

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Image Flickr via  Mark Bowman

If the popularity of the television series “Duck Dynasty” is any indication, Americans certainly enjoy waterfowl hunting. By that, we mean hunting a vast variety of species of ducks and geese. Hunters all across the nation are itching for the 2014 waterfowl season to get underway, and for good reason. Due to the longer than usual winter, high levels of snowmelt and spring time precipitation have caused the duck and goose populations to thrive. Once the migrations begin, the flyways across the nation will be jam-packed with every hunter’s favorite flying target. Here are a few tips to make sure you’re ready to hit the water once the season starts up.

Check Your Call

Unlike land-based hunting, where an animal is baited or stalked, waterfowl have the entire sky to roam. To ensure that the area overhead attracts plenty of birds, replacing the reed on your duck or goose call will help it sound as fresh and clear as possible. It’s worth searching the web to find real recordings of ducks, so you can practice matching the pitches with your calls.

Show Your Shotgun Some Love

Even if she fires true every time in your eyes, any gun that sits in a cabinet in between seasons will need some attention. Strip your shotgun down as far as possible and thoroughly clean and disinfect every piece. While reassembling, be sure to lubricate any moving part, to ensure smooth firing and combat against jams. Purchasing your favorite ammo before the season begins can be a money saver, as well as a convenient stockpile for those days when you can’t seem to hit anything.

Care for your Ride

We’re not referring to an automobile here as the majority of waterfowl takes place near a body of water. Getting to and from remote hunting blinds is the most important part of the hunt. Successfully getting all equipment, ammo, and firearms to the blind, all without disturbing the

Image Flickr via Patrick (Buzz) Hayes

wildlife, is quite a task to undertake. Many hunters have moved from land-based blinds to using jon boats, kayaks, and canoes, which give them the ability to move stealthily through the water. Be sure to make sure that any water vessel will be safe to operate and handle any additional loads that could be brought aboard.

Prep your Decoys

Any good waterfowl hunter is going to have a small army of decoys set up around their hunting area. Without these decoys, ducks and geese would just pass right by. By making sure your decoys are in top shape before the season begins, you can rest assured you won’t spend any days chasing them around the water as they float away. Remember to check all the anchor lines and knots, making sure to replace any frayed lines. Adding a snap swivel to the anchor lines is a great way to change out decoys on the fly. Repainting any faded or chipping decoys will keep your flock looking as attractive as ever.

Get Out and Scout

In the days before the waterfowl season begins, get out to some of your favorite hunting spots and assess the area for any changes that may affect your hunting, both positively or negatively. For instance, if a lake that has provided for you in the past’s water level has fallen significantly, it may not be worth your time to start the season off at that location.

Conversely, if a large swath of land in your hunting area has been flooded out by a river nearby, or farming in the area, then you may have just hit the jackpot. By knowing the lay of the land before actually heading out for the hunt, you’re able to develop a plan for the season and make the most of your hunting time. Things such as decoy positioning, blind positioning, and hunting technique can all vary based off of the surrounding environment, so it’s best to be ready instead of scrambling to make adjustments on the first day of the season.

Year after year, waterfowl season has proven to be one of the most popular hunting seasons in the nation, and this season seems to be building up to be another great one. Be sure to handle your firearms responsibly, follow all local and state ordinances, and most of all, enjoy the hunt!

 

Cal Brock is a hunter, angler, outdoor adventurer, loving husband, and proud father from Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

Sources: concord monitor, bidgunner.com and duck hunting chat.

 

Happy Hunting with Avery Outdoors

Hunting is one of those outdoor activities you wouldn’t expect to require a lot of gear. You have your hunting rifle, a bag, and a way to travel discreetly (we prefer a kayak). However, this is not the case. Hunting effectively requires an arsenal of gear that make it not only easier to hunt but also more comfortable. This is where Avery Outdoors hunting gear comes into play. When you buy an Avery Outdoors product, you can rest assured you are purchasing a quality product that will assist in making your hunting trip the most comfortable it can be. Do you prefer to stand, crouch, and kneel the entire time? Or does a comfortable and discreet stool sound a little bit more pleasing? Do you travel to your favorite spot via kayak or canoe? These are all things to consider when gearing up for your next hunt.

To help you better navigate ACK’s selection of Avery Outdoors hunting products we have compiled a list of a few of our favorite items for you to consider. If you know what your favorites are feel free to check out our entire line here.

Avery Outdoors Folding Floating Shotgun CaseAvery outdoor floating gun case

The floating shotgun case is a necessary bag if you like to hunt on the water. The buoyant closed-cell foam walls will keep your gun afloat if it slips out of your kayak and the water resistant exterior will not budge keeping your prized possession safe. The case also comes in a variety of patterns to suit any environment you plan on hunting in. Overall, this attractive case is not only effective and protective but also discreet, compact, and affordable.

Avery Outdoors Floating Blind Bag

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Avery’s flagship bag has been a fan favorite for years. This floating bag has nine compartments to maximize organization and storage as well as a seam-sealed inner compartment to keep your important items safe. The amount of space allows you to easily carry your shells, gloves, camera, choke tubes, phone and your other favorite hunting items while the quick access port and multiple pockets lets you grab them at a moments notice. If you are looking for a smaller bag that will ensure that your items are protected from the elements look no further, the Avery Outdoors Floating Blind Bag has you covered.

Avery Outdoors Trac-Loc Push Pole

Avery outdoors push pole

The Avery Outdoors Trac-Loc Push Pole is a kayak hunters dream. This push pole is a must have for navigating waterways while hunting and fishing due to its 3 length options, rust-proof aluminum design, and DuraGrip handles. It gives you the ability to handle different depths of water with ease with its original 51″, second extension at 76″ or full extension at 115″ while being sturdy enough to seamlessly push off logs, soft ground, hard ground or any other condition you encounter while on the water. The Trac-Loc push pole is easily stored and transported and was made to work with the Avery Outdoors 3-in-1 Paddle Attachment and Avery Outdoors Marsh Foot Attachment (both sold separately). These attachments assist in navigating shallow waters and overcoming barriers with little effort. If you are a Diablo Kayak fan, the paddle attachment is great when you choose to switch to stand up paddling!

Avery Outdoors Marsh Seat

Avery Outdoors Marsh SeatThe Avery Outdoors Marsh Seat provides a comfortable perch that is easily transported while on the move. With its sink proof retractable marsh foot and adjustable height you can feel good knowing that you don’t run the risk of falling too deep in the muck or peeking too far out out of cover. Our Austin store manager, Justin Fees, is an avid hunter and swears by his marsh seat. He explains, “When I was in college kneeling down and crouching in awkward positions for hours didn’t bother me. Now, 10-15 years later, comfort is key and this marsh seat provides just that.” The seat adjusts between 27″ and 37″ in height and comes complete with a DuraMax covered padded seat for optimal comfort and customization. If you are looking to optimize your comfort while hunting then the Avery Outdoors Marsh Seat is the accessory for you.

Want to watch a product feature video on the above products? Click here.

Ultimately, when choosing your hunting accessories you have to keep in mind comfort, safety, and utility. All of Avery Outdoors hunting products have something different to offer and provide different comforts while out in the wild. Check out the other Avery Outdoor products we have here to fully outfit your next hunting adventure. Happy hunting!

-Dayvee @ ACK

 

Come Join ACK for National Hunting and Fishing Day!

National Hunting and Fishing Day!
National Hunting and Fishing Day!

Get the Kids Outside With this Free Event!

This Saturday is National Hunting and Fishing Day and to celebrate we’ll be joining up with the City of Round Rock and Kid’s Outdoor Zone for another weekend full of paddling. This free event is geared towards getting the kiddo’s excited about being outside, and we’re pumped to be a part of it!

Austin store manager, Justin Fees, along with Customer Service rep James Everhart and myself will be out manning a kid’s paddling area, making sure proper safety techniques are being followed. We’ll also have some stuff for the parents to look over while their kid’s are on the water!

RSVP and find more event details on the Facebook event page. Hope to see you there!

–Joseph

The Story of YETI Coolers

Every once in a while a brand emerges from a sea of products, one which develops what you might consider a cult following — YETI is one of them. Sure, they’re just coolers but the moment you set your eyes on them you can tell something is different and even more so once you begin using one. They look strong and feel strong, and most importantly they are strong and yes, they do one hell of a job keeping your food and drinks cold — for a long time.

Certified bear-proof by the Interagency Grizzly Gear Committee

Wildly stronger!
So what’s the big deal and just what makes a YETI cooler so strong? It all starts with the manufacturing process of the shell itself. Just like your kayak, YETI coolers are roto-molded rendering a product that has no seams, is impact resistance, offers long-term durability and is ready to take a beating. However, it doesn’t stop there. Latches, hinges and handles are usually the first things to fail on most coolers but the folks at YETI didn’t spare the details. The T-Rex™ lid latches are the same latches used to secure hatches on ATVs and the YETI NeverFail™ hinge system consists of a full-length, rust-proof aluminum rod integrated into hinge stops which are molded into the lid. The handles themselves are virtually indestructible and the plug itself has a story of it’s own.

You probably get the point now but we invite you to watch this entertaining video of a bear having fun with a YETI Tundra.

Keep ice longer!

Up to 3″ of insulation.

While durability has helped YETI earn its claim to fame, it’s the ability to do what coolers are meant to do that has pushed these products into the limelight — keeping your food and drinks cold. They say it themselves, “it’s not rocket science”. More insulation means better insulation. While many coolers have less than 1/2” of insulation, YETI uses up to two inches of insulation in the side walls and  gives you a whopping 3” of it on the lid, which works together with an integrated freezer-quality rubber gasket to keep the cold in and the heat out.

Whether paddling, camping, hunting, fishing, long road trips or any other activity involving a need to keep your food from perishing and your drinks ice cold, YETI coolers should be a staple in your arsenal of gear. They’ve not only built a reputable product but have certainly claimed their stake as a leader within the outdoor adventure industry which is not an easy feat for anyone.

We invite you to browse our complete line of YETI coolers and accessories. Don’t need one yourself? They also make great Christmas gifts too. I’ve got the Roadie 20 on my list!

Do you own a YETI? What’s your experience been like?

Roland @ACK