Hard Core Preparation | Successful Waterfowl Hunts Next Year

Spring Cleaning for the Waterfowl Hunter Spring has sprung here in the heartland, and we all know what that means.  Spring cleaning!  If there is one lesson that we have learned over though the years of chasing waterfowl, it would be that we will test the wear and tear limits of every Hard Core item that we use when we hit the marsh.  From decoys to boats and blinds to bags, there is just no other way to say, we are hard on our equipment.  This article will hopefully give you a few pointers to Spring Clean your waterfowl hunting equipment the Hard Core way and ensure that you are prepared, leading to more successful waterfowl hunts next year.As hard core hunters, when winter finally gives it up and the temperature begin to rise we begin to shift our attention to slab crappie and the sound of long beards sounding off in the sunrise.  However you can’t ring in one new season, without bringing the previous season to a close, and the way in which we do that is by cleaning and inventorying our waterfowl gear, giving it a good ole Spring Cleaning! This preparation now can be the difference between a “rat race” and a successful opening day of waterfowl season.We’ve all been there; it’s the day AFTER the last day of waterfowl season.  You sit, at home feeling slightly lost and alone.  The depression sits in as you take a look at your blind bag, decoys, layout blind and the rest of your waterfowl gear that you have come to know so well over the past 60 days. It almost feels wrong to prepare for the next waterfowl season, but your success will depend on it.This is a feeling we have shared amongst each other waterfowl season after waterfowl season.  Once the waterfowl season came to an end, wherever our gear was placed upon returning to the shop, was most likely where you would find it come the following season.  Over time, we began to realize the mistake we were making and how the lack of preparation would impact us the following waterfowl season.  Here are a few simply tips that can ensure you are ready to get after ‘em this fall, instead of making a mad dash to the store.There is almost nothing worse, than preparing for the opening day of waterfowl season and not being prepared.  We used to find ourselves in this situation all the time, from forgetting that there was a gaping hole in our waders that was in need of patching, to not realizing that half of our decoy set was in need of restringing.  You name it, we have encountered it. While it seems very obvious and almost intuitive, taking a final inventory of our waterfowl equipment, and addressing any issues immediately following the close of the waterfowl season can save you a lot of time, money and stress once the season rolls around again.The strategy should be rather simple, nothing is more important to us than being prepared and organized.  If you are blessed with storage space like a basement, pole barn, or garage, it all starts there.  Everything has a place.  From floaters, to full bodies, to blinds and guns.  Everything has a spot it belongs.  Not only is this helpful in terms of locating something when you need it, but it also helps you quickly identify missing items, because let’s face it, we all lose items when we are out chasing waterfowl.Once everything has been unloaded and in its place, everything is examined for damage.  We make sure that if blinds or decoys need repair or replacement that a tally is kept and a running list of items that needing to be replace throughout the year.  This helps keep the expense much more manageable when you are spreading it out over the course of the year rather than dropping it all at once, the night before the opener.One of the biggest mistakes that can be made in regards to equipment is simply putting waterfowl gear away while it is still wet or damp.  As a hard core hunter, mold is not your friend.  Over the years of chasing waterfowl, I do not know how many times I have put my gear away for the season, only to pull it out the following year to find it dry rotting.  Be sure that your gear is dry, prior to stowing away for the summer. Otherwise you will be restocking waterfowl equipment before next season’s opener.When it comes to Hard Core brand decoys, there is simply nothing like them on the market.  Their durability is amazing, and the toughness, considering all the abuse a hard core waterfowler puts them through on a daily basis.  Situations can lead to paint or body issues, and other brands may leave you replacing 20-30% of your decoy inventory every season.  It is good feeling to know that now, when you are purchasing decoys, you are adding to your spread instead of just maintaining the status quo. At the end of every season, we simply power wash our decoys and allow them to dry.  It is simply amazing how these decoys hold their shine, despite days upon days of use and abuse.  One trick when it comes to decoy storage during the office season is the decoy box itself.  Holding on to the decoy box can help storage issues. At the end of the season, and the decoys are cleaned and ready to be stored away, you are easily able to stack your decoys in their original box, rather than deal with bulky decoy bags.Most of this information may seem a little self-explanatory; however, taking the time to properly prepare, maintain, and inventory your hunting gear will give you a leg up coming next waterfowl season.  Whether it’s repairing your waders, your boat or identifying your needs for next year, staying organized and ready to go is half the battle in the world of waterfowling.  Don’t be scrambling and unprepared when its go time! Be sure to check the hard core brands website at http://www.hardcore-brands.com/ for all of your waterfowl hunting needs.Meta Description:  Proper preparation for next year’s successful waterfowl hunts require a strategically close this one, by cleaning and inventorying your waterfowl equipment.