What's a must have?

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What's a must have?

Postby david95 » Wed Nov 14, 2012 11:38 am

Seeing what y'all must have for a good morning duck hunt!
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Re: What's a must have?

Postby mike.s » Wed Nov 14, 2012 5:00 pm

A shotgun and ammo. HTH!
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Re: What's a must have?

Postby duckbuster06 » Wed Nov 14, 2012 5:40 pm

Other than the obvious things, a good fleece neck gaiter has a permanent spot in my bag.
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Re: What's a must have?

Postby War Wagon » Wed Nov 14, 2012 6:01 pm

A great dog... :yes:
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Re: What's a must have?

Postby hntnnut » Wed Nov 14, 2012 10:04 pm

Ducks :biggrin:

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Re: What's a must have?

Postby NurseMan » Thu Nov 15, 2012 2:17 am

Toilet paper! life's a b**** without it....
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Re: What's a must have?

Postby Bugdoc » Thu Nov 15, 2012 6:09 am

I agree with Nurseman, TP. I usually hunt in flooded fields so a stool and gun support are useful.
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Re: What's a must have?

Postby apg36820 » Thu Nov 15, 2012 8:58 am

headlamp is always in my blind bag. coffee is also another thing i keep around.
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Re: What's a must have?

Postby mike.s » Thu Nov 15, 2012 9:02 am

Bugdoc wrote:I agree with Nurseman, TP. I usually hunt in flooded fields so a stool and gun support are useful.
But, the TP is to make the stool go away! :lol:
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Re: What's a must have?

Postby CountryRN » Thu Nov 15, 2012 12:27 pm

apg36820 wrote:headlamp is always in my blind bag. coffee is also another thing i keep around.


x2 on the headlamp and coffee. Good set of waders with warm boots is a must for me.
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Re: What's a must have?

Postby goodkarmarising » Thu Nov 15, 2012 12:56 pm

Dog, shotgun, shells and proper license and I could make do if I had to.
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Re: What's a must have?

Postby NurseMan » Fri Nov 16, 2012 2:49 am

One can "make do" without TP. But around here there are little to no broadleafs, that leaves either a t-shirt cut up or the plastic bag in which I carry my license and cell phone. Guess which one leaves the "peanut butter in celery" feel.... :lol:
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Re: What's a must have?

Postby RNTduckhntr12 » Fri Nov 16, 2012 8:47 am

Jerk String, facepaint/facemask, ability to call ducks and will power!
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Re: What's a must have?

Postby 2500hdon37s » Fri Nov 16, 2012 9:03 am

marsh seat and a nice place hunt.
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Re: What's a must have?

Postby Rtyler4616 » Fri Nov 16, 2012 11:25 am

Scrap the toilet paper and go with baby wipes. They accomplish the TPs task easier, take up less space in the blind bag, and can be used to clean other things off as well.
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Re: What's a must have?

Postby Greg Wile » Sat Nov 17, 2012 10:17 am

Warm waterproof clothing cause if you are wet and cold your hunt is not going to be fun.
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Re: What's a must have?

Postby jack lowe » Sat Nov 17, 2012 10:44 am

i always keep a spool of decoy line with me in case i need to replace decoy lines or to tie sumthin back and a good pocket knife and duck tape always stay in my blind bag.
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What's a must have?

Postby Podcast » Sat Nov 17, 2012 11:51 am

Up here I take a small LP heater mainly used ta dry yer hands or even the dog after gettin wet when's there's ice on te water. I also like ta carry different hats. Ball cap fer the enclosed blind, a winter hat fer drivin the boat, and a boonie hat fer sittin on the shore ta block weary eyes
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Re: What's a must have?

Postby mudwader » Sat Nov 17, 2012 12:20 pm

Coffee and donuts.
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Re: What's a must have?

Postby aaronoto » Sat Nov 17, 2012 6:05 pm

My favorite piece of gear isn't even used in the field... A Peet's shoe dryer with wader extensions! Love being able to put on dry waders on day 2 of a hunt.
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Re: What's a must have?

Postby super90 » Mon Nov 19, 2012 7:53 pm

Some great answers here and I'll repeat a few:
- Headlamp (Petzl Tikka XP is my current favorite, bright with red lamp too)
- Thermos full of coffee (Nissan bullet thermos is my choice, keeps things hot all day and is compact)
- Zippo hand warmer and a hand muff
- TP and/or babywipes
- Duct tape
- Swiss army knife / multitool
- a snack
- hat (filson waterfowl) and gloves (many styles, none of which are perfect)
- stool
- extra dry clothes in the truck
- A great dog
- Motion in the spread (man-made, or natural)
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Re: What's a must have?

Postby Rockboy » Mon Nov 19, 2012 8:07 pm

Jerk String, my favorite Ducklander Call, and an extra pair of warm gloves is always in the bag even though I only wear gloves for hand cover but when the hands get cold 35 years of duckin catches up and I have to have some good warm gloves for backup.
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Re: What's a must have?

Postby mudpack » Mon Nov 19, 2012 8:11 pm

goodkarmarising wrote:Dog, shotgun, shells and proper license and I could make do if I had to.

Hard to argue with that, except....

I always say, if I have my gun, my shells, and my license, everything else I can fake.
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Re: What's a must have?

Postby The Duck Hammer » Mon Nov 19, 2012 11:19 pm

Lanyard full of RNTs
Benelli shotgun
LOTS of ammo
Camo insulated coveralls
And good warm socks
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What's a must have?

Postby Podcast » Tue Nov 20, 2012 7:57 am

super90 wrote:Some great answers here and I'll repeat a few:
- Headlamp (Petzl Tikka XP is my current favorite, bright with red lamp too)
- Thermos full of coffee (Nissan bullet thermos is my choice, keeps things hot all day and is compact)
- Zippo hand warmer and a hand muff
- TP and/or babywipes
- Duct tape
- Swiss army knife / multitool
- a snack
- hat (filson waterfowl) and gloves (many styles, none of which are perfect)
- stool
- extra dry clothes in the truck
- A great dog
- Motion in the spread (man-made, or natural

Agreed. Plus the lanyard full of RNTs.
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