Pro-staff Contributor: Brian Cote
It is no secret. We wait all summer long counting down the days until opening day. We watch movies, clean out trailers and do other activities that help calm the itch of the off-season. Then, we finally get to this time of year and the time comes to get everything lined up for the coming fall. So we start by figuring out what has to be replaced or maybe some simple upgrades we can make to our rig.
When it comes to waterfowl hunting, there are many factors that are crucial to having a successful hunt. I am primarily a field hunter so I believe the two most important factors are scouting and concealment. When I first started out waterfowl hunting, I could only go to a few places and knew nothing about scouting. My success rate was quite low to say the least. Then my crew and I started getting more dedicated and we all put some miles on our vehicles to find that elusive “X”. Taking the extra time to find the perfect location increased our harvest numbers dramatically—but an important step in finding the right location was checking for a the “hide.” I would ask myself, “What kind of cover are we able to use to stay out of sight and get the birds close?” There are many ways to disappear from the birds’ keen sight, but when you’re faced with situations where it is tough to hide you have to adapt and find new solutions to the problem.
New to the Game
I got very excited when I learned about the Blind Door Decoys from White Rock Decoys. They now have a full lineup of Blind Door Decoys that include Canada Goose and Mallard models. These decoys can help solve many issues when it comes to trying to hide a blind. Their ability to break up an outline, something that can easily stand out in a spread of decoys, is a large advantage. During the last year or two, the guys I hunt with have played with many different types of set ups sometimes the blinds would be outside of the spread or other times we’d try radical spread formations to help draw the birds’ attention elsewhere. With these new decoys you can now place yourself just about anywhere in the spread and be well hidden. They will also help cut down on the time spent brushing in blinds–which is especially great for me because this is my usual job in the field and I am very picky about making sure every blind is invisible. If you have ever tried to hide 5+ guys in a field, you know this can get rather difficult. These blind door decoys remove the empty holes from your setup that look unnatural.
I’m also excited about White Rock’s new field Canada Goose and Mallard decoys. Having the ability to set up, maneuver, and take down a spread is a huge bonus when it comes to field hunting and these decoys give you all three of those things. We hunted a field last year at least 12 times within a couple weeks only because we had a system down: set up, shoot our birds, pick up, and get out as soon as we could to let the late arrival birds get to the field and have it all to themselves. These field decoys are the little difference that will make the season better.
If you want to check out these decoys in-person, come join us at the Game Fair August 15-17th! Or, as always you can find these awesome decoys on our site!
Brian Cote is a website administrator at krugerfarms.com and a devoted outdoorsman. He’s eager to take up any opportunity to hunt waterfowl, deer and turkeys in the Midwest region. You can follow him on Twitter @BrianJr22 and find him on Facebook facebook.com/brian.cote.148.