Having all the right gear and being in the right place mounts to nothing if you don't know what to do when you get there. Lets go beyond scouting which is as forementioned important. One of the most important things to learn is wind and how birds are going to react to it. Spend time studying ducks and geese and how they react to different wind conditions. I've seen guys set up on the X only to screw it up because they didn't undestand what the birds will do when they get there. Failing to understand the wind is one of the bigest mistakes most hunters make. Next get into the heads of the ducks and geese your planing on hunting, why are they doing what their doing and why at this time of day, week and month. For example geese will hit the fields around seven during Sep, but they will hit the fields much later in Nov - Jan. Theres much more to a sucsesful hunt than having all the right gear. To be a good duck/goose hunter you first need to be a biologist and meterorologist well, sometimes it seems that way LOL Good luck brother
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