In the coming months we will be highlighting what gear we carry afield and why. They will be season appropriate, or in the lead up to the next season in an effort to get you our recommendations as you prepare for your hunts. Certainly none of this is set in stone and what works best for most may not necessarily work all. We at DND Outdoors want to see you put yourself in the best position for a safe and successful day in the field and it is our hope that maybe something we talk about here may aide you in the future; perhaps a piece of equipment or tactic you may have overlooked in the past will now become part of your hunting tool box and contribute to your experience. In this first installment of The Gear Bag Profile, DND Outdoors President, Mark Coin discusses what it is he takes in the field or on the water for a day of water fowling.
“I typically do two types of water fowling as do most hunters; land and water. Normally if I’m hunting land such as a pit I like to carry a simple blind bag that normally contains a small tube of gun oil, couple bottles of water, some type of snack, extra chokes and shells, and extra reeds and corks. Before the advent of smart phones I’d carry a compass (which is still a good backup), given the technology with today’s smartphones, you can get so much more than a compass, including weather aps. I keep a few ziplock bags, a throw away pocket knife (ya never know), extra bennie, and maybe some hand warmers. If I’m hunting water I’ll normally use a backpack style bag, including all of the aforementioned gear for land hunting, however; I also will pack an extra set of thermal underwater, socks and maybe an old pair of camo pants and a sweatshirt (never know when you might get wet). I’ll usually have some type of jerk cord system, typically some decoy line with a piece of surgical tubing or old tire inner tube, for those days with no wind, extra batteries for my headlamp are important too. While hunting over water I’ll usually keep my wallet and cellphone in a ziplock bag somewhere I can get to it fairly easy. One thing a lot of guys don’t think about when hunting water is to have some type of signaling device; whether it’s flares or maybe a whistle. I have a simple flashlight ap on my phone that will flash Morse code, again you never know. I’ve had my own personal mishaps while water fowling hunting. Each year folks die needlessly while hunting.”
An important note to end on for sure, we sometimes take for granted always coming home in the same condition we left in; safety and being prepared for those unexpected incidents should always be top on our list before we hit the fields, water, or trees. We hope you found this first Gear Bag Profile helpful and we wish you all safe and successful hunts! If you have questions for Mark or anyone on the DND Staff please feel free to leave your comments here or find us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/DownNDirtyOutdoors or on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/DNDOutdoors .