Can you guess what starts tomorrow??? I’ll give you a hint and the hint is GOOSE HUNTING!!

Jared took the next few days off and  I would be under-exaggerating if I said he has only talked about goose domination a billion times in the last couple days. Because it’s probably more like a kazillion. In the last hour.

Tomorrow we’ll be using a new ammo for the first time and I’ll let ya know how it works for us (FYI the ammo-makers have no clue who we are, or why I’m talkin’ about their stuff. Just in case anyone was wonderin’)

We are also busting out an exclusive Wylde Life invention that should prove very handy this season. We’ll have more on that later, and I apologize if the suspense keeps any of you up at night. 

OK well wish us luck and make sure to stop back for play-by-plays of all the exciting action! Good luck to everyone else hitting the water and fields in the next few days, and cheers to eating lots of delicious goose this weekend!

With hunting season just days away, we are sharing some waterfowl hunting tips for anyone who might be new to the sport or considering giving it a try for the first time.  You can read Part One here.

Welcome to Part Two! Once again, if this is totally not your thing, or you are a seasoned pro, then feel free to move along about your day or read this lovely story

Question #2: Where should I position myself to get the best shots at ducks and geese?

There are two words you need to know: Wind Direction.

Ducks and geese both land and take off into the wind. So. If you plan to sit in one spot on a pond, lake, or river or creek bank, you want to set up your blind so the wind is coming from behind you, with a good decoy spread out in front of you (if you have decoys, which we’ll talk about in another advice post, along with whether or not to use bird calls!) 

This strategy also works if you plan to “jump shoot” like we do most of the time, meaning we get in our kayaks and travel up a creek, sneaking in to all the little ponds and marshy areas hoping to surprise any birds holed up along the way. It’s a little bit more tricky to keep the wind at our backs because we are moving around, but if you can keep the wind at your back at least as you’re coming into an area where you know ducks like to sit, then when you scare them up and they try to fly away–they’ll most likely head straight into the wind and straight toward you. 

So to break it down:

Wind at your back + good decoy spread in front + using the right bird call = luring birds within shooting range right out in front of you. Sounds easy enough, right!??

Waterfowl hunting is not easy. These aren’t those nice ducks that eat chunks of bread out of your hand at the park. They are more like sneaky, agile, stubborn, sometimes practically invisible, little, fighter jets and it takes lots of scouting, practice, trial, and error to outsmart them, not to mention actually hit them.

But at least keeping the wind at your back might give you a little edge and the slightest bit of advantage in trying to get the ducks headed your direction. And after all, with a sport as challenging as this one, any little tip helps!

 Here we are, sneaking up the creek toward a little spot where we knew the ducks liked to sit, and you’ll notice I am following very close behind because I’ve learned that where Jared is, there the shooting will be.

And let’s be honest…without him, things like wind direction, decoys, duck calls, and all this strategy would all go right over my blond head.

Along with all the birds.


Over the summer at least 4 different guys, who have never waterfowl hunted before, asked Jared if they could tag along with him during goose and duck season this year. A couple of them have been around guns their whole life and are avid deer hunters, but just never had anybody to take them along during goose and duck season. And a couple are total beginners, shooting shotguns for the very first time.

Of course Jared said yes because it’s just the kinda guy he is, but he always prefaces any advice he gives with “Well I don’t know much, but I’ll tell ya what I know…”

Except that that’s not entirely true. Because he knows a lot. Or at least enough that during last season he killed 67 ducks. On public land. Mostly out of a moving  kayak. So yeah, I’d say he knows at least a little…

So I thought I’d throw out some of the most commonly asked questions people ask him when they are first starting out, and if any of you out there are curious to learn more about what Jared does and how he does it, or if you want to start goose and duck hunting, then feel free to come here for some tried and true information. And if you already know this stuff, or have no interest in waterfowl hunting, then I apologize in advance for boring you to death with the following information. Maybe you would find this story more interesting. So here we go…

Question #1: For goose and duck hunting, what kind of choke should I use in my shotgun?

Everyone that Jared has ever “taken under his wing” (yes pun intended), has asked this question at some point prior to opening day. A beginner might think they should start off with an Improved Cylinder, because it allows the bb’s to open up into a wider spread as they leave the gun and fly through the air toward the target. A wider, more dispersed spread, obviously, means there’s a greater chance that at least some of the bb’s will hit the target.

But the problem is, the wider spread also means that the bb’s might not be concentrated enough to hit the target with enough force to kill it–especially if your target is a goose because if you’ve ever hunted geese you know those suckers are tough!

So for that reason, Jared always recommends people shoot a Modified Choke. The modified will tighten up the pattern of the bb’s so that more of them are hitting the target. This also means the shooter needs to be more accurate.

But like Jared says, “I shoot to kill, and I’d rather miss the bird than hit it with only a couple bb’s and wound it.”

So his advice is to practice shooting clay pigeons all summer with a Modified Choke, build your confidence, and improve your accuracy with the tighter pattern, so that come opening day when you swing through and pull the trigger, you’ve got the full force of all your bb’s heading toward your target. And if you hit it, it’s going down. 

After all, that is the goal right? 

Well whatever he does, it must work because here’s what a typical afternoon during hunting season looks like for me:

 Duck, anyone?

 

 

 

Welcome to the Jungle

August 24, 2011

So we flew to Laos over the weekend and here’s one of the pictures we took in the middle of the Asian jungle! 

Or wait, maybe we just went out into the marsh by our house to check out the deer trails with Jared’s friend Zack. But as far as I’m concerned, getting ready for bow season is just as exciting as a trip across the world! Maybe. I think. Anyway…Zack seemed quite comfortable with that machete so Jared put him to work.

Thanks for the help Zack!

Get ear muffs!

We are just a couple weeks from hunting season and ya know what that means! Practice, practice, practice! And since hunting is FAR from just a guy thing in our family, I’m not about to be left behind. So poor Sienna gets forced into a huge pair of ear muffs so that she can tag along. After all, the family that shoots together, stays together. Or something like that.

Here we are shooting trap out behind our house.

 And here we are at Milford Hills, doing a quick round on the clay course. We took my dad, uncle, and cousin with us last weekend and I’ll have a whole seperate post on those shenanigans coming shortly!  Sienna was upgraded to a cute pair of hot pink ear muffs and, shockingly, she acted like she didn’t even know they were on her head the entire time we were out there. 

I will never understand how the kid who wont sit still for longer than 3 seconds somehow morphs into a perfectly well-behaved child as soon as those muffs go on her head. She sits still, she’s quiet, and she contently watches everything going on around her. And after coming out shooting with us several times, she has never once objected to the ear muffs on her head, or tried to rip them off.  She behaves so great when she’s out watching us that I’m starting to consider just making her wear them all day long.

But something tells me she won’t be as cooperative when her dad, guns, and flying red objects aren’t involved.