5 Items To Have In Your Bag

Most blind bags have one or two extra pockets that sometimes, let’s face it, we don’t use.  Well here are 5 items to have in your bag’s extra pockets.

trash_bags_3Black Trash Bag – A black trash bag has a lot of different possible uses.  While setting out decoys in a pond, a friend of mine tripped and filled up his waders full of water.  Keep in mine, this was in January.  With an extra hoodie and a black trash bag in his truck, he quickly changed clothes.  Using the trash bag as a shirt, he was able to stay warm just enough to get a limit and head to the house.

A black trash bag can be tucked away in the smallest hole within your bag and be used for a wind block, waterproof bandages, fight hypothermia, cold compress, water container, storage, water filter, rain cover and may other emergency and survival needs.

shoppingPortable Battery Charger – Even though a lot of you may say that you do not carry your phone on you, we recommend you should.  Keep it turned off to avoid interruptions is a great way to save battery and I don’t blame you for not wanting to get phone calls or texts!  But carry it on you for one reason, in case something happens.

To make sure you have all the battery life you need, get a portable battery charger.  Most of these can be found by shopping on online or in most stores.  You charge them the night before you hunt and toss it in a ziploc bag in your blind bag and you’re set.  Most will have at least a 1500mah battery that when turned off, will last a very long time.  Once your cell phone’s battery is getting close to dieing, plug it into your portable charger!  It will charge your phone to 100%!

antiseptic-wipes_285_large_imageAntiseptic Wipes – Not a lot of explanation with this one.  They are small and effective for sanitizing any time of wound and/or cleaning your hands after handle any raw meat.  They can be purchased at any Walmart or CVS/Pharmacy stores.



Bayer Aspirin – Take a few of these, place them into one or two ziploc bags (to waterproof) then put them in your bag!  The best for pain relief and to reduce the risks of a heart attack and stroke.

tealight-candlesTea Light Candles – This is in the same category as the black trash bags above, a lot of uses.  A tea light candle is small and can be placed in any pocket or available hole in your bag.

These are great for keeping a flame, create a small heater along with a can or bottle, small flame for quickly sanitizing the point of a knife or even a needle, instant lamp and will light very easily once the wick has been burned.

All of these items can easily fit into any blind bag pocket.  As well as any of the Otterbox Dryboxes, I personally like the 1000 series.  Check out all the Dryboxes here: http://www.otterbox.com/waterproof-cases/waterproof-cases,default,sc.html

Keep Your Calls Warm

As the winter season approaches us, so does freezing temperatures that will cause our duck and goose call reeds to freeze.  Depending how the birds are working and if it is slow we tend to trying fixing it by taking the call apart and drying the reeds with our gloves or other pieces of clothing. Which is the best way to lose a reed or wedge.

There are a few inexpensive and effective methods and products for helping to keep your calls warm.  Below we have listed these suggestions for both new and experienced waterfowl hunters to take advantage of, if not already.

callcoozyCall Coozy – The Call Coozy, a lightweight fitted neoprene cover that fits over your duck and goose calls, not only prevents freezing but also protects you call/s.  The neoprene insulating properties work well in freezing conditions.  Once on, it also keeps your calls from falling apart and prevents any shiny bands from deterring the birds.  Price: $3.99 (Wing Supply)


rainxRainX – Now this one may seem far-fetched, but actually it has worked.  This is more of a personal suggestion that has worked in the past and I will continue to use it.  I tried this using the RainX 2-IN-1 Foam Glass Cleaner.  RainX being known for their windshield treatment has begun to be a useful tool at the beginning and ending of my season.  Just treat your reed/s and inside of your call/s at least a day before hunting.  This has worked so well, I presented the idea to market this and talked with their R&D dept.  Price: $4.99-$6.99 (Wal-Mart)

hothandsHotHands – By now if you have hunted in the cold you probably are already carrying these in your bag.  Wader Jacket pockets, wader pockets, hand-warmers or even just tucking them at the top of your waders.  These are just some ideas of using a HotHands warmer.  A great products that works great with this method is the Call Bridle.  Price: $1.97 (Wal-Mart)

Take An Extra Moment

Many things can happen while hunting to make it dangerous.  Such as a clogged shotgun barrel, a ricocheted bullet, use of improperly sized shell or bullet or carrying a loaded gun.  So we take precautions to prevent these from happening.  But there is only so much you can do when you or another hunter does not take the same proper safety precautions.

Just a couple days ago, in Foster County, ND a duck hunter was shot in the lower abdomen after a deer hunter shot at a running deer.  These duck hunters were in the mist of putting on their blazing orange clothing when this accident happened.  As of today, there have not been any updates of this investigation but the local Sheriff reported the injury did not appear to be life threating.

In Oct. 2013, a newlywed duck hunter just 23 years old was fatally shot by his friend while duck hunting from a boat.    As a group of ducks passed by, they both stood up at the same time and when one lost his balance, hunting buddy accidently shot and hit him in the head.

There are many of these types of accidents that take place every season.  Some purely accidental, some claim to be accidental but for the most part they could be have prevented with a little more care for other hunters and precautions.  Some states with keep the deer rifle and waterfowl season apart from each other in hopes it prevents more accidents.

What fears some the most is the possibility of states adopting an already-in-place deer regulation for duck hunters.  At least 6 states now require 144 square inches of blazing orange panels to be used during any firearm deer season on public land.  Of course that would be absolutely pointless to apply for duck hunters but then again, anything is possible.  This is just a thought and will probably never happen.

The best advice to give is know when other seasons will be open in your state, make your presence known – perhaps making some noise occasionally, carry your phone on you and have your local Game Warden/Officer’s contact number, let someone know where you’re going AND the time you should be back by, always check your gun and ammo, be sure to know what is beyond your target and NEVER assume anything.

May you all have a great successful season and most important of all, return home safely!

Camera Line Up

We researched have listed the most popular POV (Point-of-View) cameras.  Providing product details to help you make a decision when searching for that right camera.

Note: These cameras are not listed in any particular order.


Hero3GoPro helps people capture and share their lives’ most meaningful experiences with others—to celebrate them together. Like how a day on the mountain with friends is more meaningful than one spent alone, the sharing of our collective experiences makes our lives more fun. via www.GoPro.com  Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tmZ_o1Eec20


Warranty: 1 year limited

Digital Still Resolution:  Up to 5.0MP 

High Definition:  Yes (1080p)

Audio Recording:  Yes

Time Lapse Recording:  Yes, interval snapshot recording

Remote Control:  Yes (Optional)

Type of Lens:  Fisheye

Type of Mount:  Base Plate with Pivot Arms (Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EuFLCCGeU-gCompatible only with select GoPro quick-release cameras.

Flash Memory: MicroSD Card – not included

Connectivity: USB-HDMI

Rechargeable Battery:  Yes

External Mic Ready: Yes (3.5mm Mic Sold Separately) 

Color:  White with Clear Housing

Shoot and Share:  No

Waterproof:  Yes

What’s Included – GoPro

  • GoPro HERO3 HD Camcorder
  • Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery
  • USB Charging Cable
  • QR Buckle, 1 curved Adhesive Mount, 1 Flat adhesive Mount, Assorted Mounts and Mounting Hardware
  • Owner’s Manual

$199.99 via http://gopro.com/cameras/hd-hero3-white-edition




TactacamA good camera has to have a good lens and a good image sensor.  Well, the new Tactacam has both.  Using the best lenses with a 12 megapixel sensor to record your hunt.  Fisheye lenses push everything away making them not ideal for hunting.  Tactacam uses a 60 degree lens this is very close to the view that we see with the human eye. via www.tactacam.com  Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3W20cBNDSUU


Warranty: 6 Months, No Questions Asked

Digital Still Resolution:  12MP 

High Definition:  Yes (1080p)

Audio Recording:  Yes

Time Lapse Recording:  No

Remote Control:  No

Type of Lens:  60 Degree Lens

Type of Mount:  Tripod Mount – Compatible with most tripods and attachments with a 1/4″ diameter threading.

Flash Memory: MicroSD Card – not included

Connectivity: USB-HDMI

Rechargeable Battery:  Yes – via USB Charging

External Mic Ready: Yes (2.5mm Mic Sold Separately) 

Color:  Realtree Xtra, Realtree APS, Lost Camo, Lost Camo AT, Flat Black and Tactical Mixed

Shoot and Share:  Yes (Facebook and YouTube Ready)

Waterproof:  Yes

What’s Included – Tactacam

  • Tactacam Camcorder
  • Bow Stabilizer Mount
  • Gun Mount
  • AUX/Universal Mount
  • Data/USB Charging Cord with Wall Charger Adapter
  • Lens Cleaning Cloth
  • External Mic Closure (External Mic Not Included)
  • User Manual

$229.99 via http://shop.tactacam.com/


XCEL HD Hunting Edition

XCELCapture full HD 1080p footage of your hunt with this compact action camera. Perfect for mounting to your bow, scope or forehead allowing you to replay, enjoy and share every moment of your hunt with wide angle video. via www.spypoint.com  Video:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FUEGbwF2PrE



Warranty: 1 Year Full Warranty

Digital Still Resolution:  5MP

High Definition:  Yes (1080p or 720) 

Audio Recording:  Yes

Time Lapse Recording:  Yes

Remote Control:  Yes (Included)

Type of Lens:  Fisheye

Type of Mount:  Base Plate with Pivot Arms

Flash Memory: MicroSD Card – not included

Connectivity: USB-HDMI

Rechargeable Battery:  Yes

External Mic Ready: Yes (2.5mm Mic Sold Separately)

Color:  Black Carbon Fiber Look with Camo Housing

Shoot and Share:  Unconfirmed

Waterproof:  Yes

What’s Included – XCEL HD

  • XCEL HD Hunting Edition Camcorder
  • Camo Waterproof Housing
  • Remote Control + Velcro Strap
  • Lithium-ion Battery + Battery Cover
  • HDMI + USB Cables
  • Carrying Case
  • Wrist Strap
  • Lens Cleaning Clothe
  • Slide Adapter
  • Quick Release Stand
  • Head Strap Mount
  • Bow Mount (Suitable for all bow models having an opening for a stabilizer)
  • Scope Mount  (Fits any scope within 0.91” to 1.38” diameter)
  • Lens Protector

$250.00 at select retailers only

Refuge Areas To Reopen

Washington — The Fish and Wildlife Service said it is reopening 3 million acres in wildlife refuges to allow hunting of pheasants and waterfowl.

The sites, in 10 states, have been closed since Oct. 1 because of the partial government shutdown.

The agency said Friday that despite limited staffing, allowing public access to Waterfowl Production Areas on wildlife refuges will not cost any money or jeopardize public safety.

North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple had threatened to sue unless lands in his state were opened.

Dalrymple said pheasant hunting should begin as scheduled this month. He said a government shutdown is not legal justification to close unstaffed public lands.

The decision opens hunting areas in Michigan and nine other states: North and South Dakota, Montana, Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, Nebraska, Idaho and Maine.

From The Detroit News: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20131013/METRO06/310130043#ixzz2i0j6qZUZ

Hunters Affected by Shutdown

Many hunters along with duck hunters will see a direct impact from the Governement shutdown.   The shutdown forces all government and federal workers to go home without pay.  This also goes for USFWS workers who help provide hunting opportunities.

Across the nation, thousands of Federal public land areas will be closed prohibiting hunters from accessing.  Contact your State’s Wildlife Department before heading out to your spot.  To read more, click here:  http://www.doi.gov/shutdown/fy2014/upload/FWS-Fact-Sheet.pdf

Early season goose hunting tips.

Early season goose hunting tips.

Once again that time year has come upon us, as hunters we patiently wait for the hunting season to start. During the off season we have to prepare ourselves for a successful season ahead. As early goose season begins there are some things that are going to be important to know to have a successful season.

1. Preparation- prepare your self for the weather conditions. It maybe an early in the season but the mornings will be much colder than the days. Hunt comfortable not miserable. it’s better to pack more clothes than less.

2. Scouting and location- it is so important to put in the time and effort to scout so when opening day comes you will have the geese located and patterned. The best time to scout geese will be early and late in the afternoon. In the morning they are making their morning flight to their feeding ground which would be the perfect setup spot for early morning setup. Scouting late in the afternoon will be a very important. Once you know where the geese are resting at night you will then know where to setup the next morning.

1174430_10151549938746813_821496944_n3. Blind setup- There’re many different blinds out on the market today but the best way to find the right blind all depends on where you are hunting and what you are comfortable hunting in. Pit blinds are one of the most common blinds for hunting in a field with a group of friends. You can move a round a bit more and have a bit more comfort in the blind. Another common blind being used for goose hunting in fields are lay out blinds. Layout blinds are one man blinds that you layout in or around your decoy spread to conceal your presents.

4. Decoy setup- when it comes to early season goose hunting your decoy setup will be very important. Unlike hunting in the late season where you are targeting more migratory birds the early season1174283_10151549938741813_940205894_n will consist of more young immature Juvenal birds. There’re 2 deadly way to set up your decoys for this time of year. 1: setup your decoy in to small family groups consisting of 5-7 decoys per set. 2: make a decoy spread as you would during the late season into a U shape where they have a landing zone in front your blind but instead of using a ton of decoys in this set back off to about 15-25 birds.

1232421_10151549917431813_1036605454_n5. Calling- Most of the off season we practice out calling waiting the arrival of opening day. The most common mistake we make when it comes to early season calling is that we want to call too hard like we are calling late season birds who have been pressured throughout the season. The key think to remember is that the majority of the birds coming in during early season will be young Juvenal birds who are not call smart yet. Don’t get out there opening day and blowing your best because in reality you are only educating uneducated birds. Best calls for early season hunting will be giving a few clucks and honks here and there as the birds are flying. Once those birds cup those wings lay off the calls they are committed to landing and know where to land if the decoys are setup just right.

6. Enjoy the hunt- Every hunt doesn’t consist of a harvest and thats not what hunting is all about. Hunting is about enjoying gods creation and spending time out in the outdoors with family and friends. It’s about making memories that will last and sharing a life long tradition that has been handed down to us as we should hand it down to the next generation. The next time you go out hunting and think you didn’t bring home anything just think back to the time you spent in the blind listening to the birds, hearing the laughter of a dear friend, and making the best memory that you could ever imagine.


Josh “SonoftheSouth” Carney

Early season goose hunting can be the best goose hunting known to goose hunters. The birds are much easier to work for a beginning goose hunter or for seasoned veterans. I recommend you take a child on some early season goose hunts and get them hooked in the great sport of hunting. Enjoy your goose season and safe hunting!!

Joshua Carney

Higdon’s Ice Blaster

The morning after the season’s split can be one of the most anticipated mornings for a duck hunter. Knowing the weather has changed with lower-freezing temps, snow and ice you are just hoping the hole is not frozen over.  But just like every single time, it is frozen over solid. I don’t know about you, but one thing I really don’t care for doing is working up a sweat in 15 degree or lower weather while breaking ice!  Higdon has a 12v portable solution to fix this.

Higdon Decoys Inc., who is known for their “Battleship” Super Magnum and Alpha Series decoys, recently released their Ice Blaster.  The Ice Blaster is an underwater motor that pushes the warmer bottom water to the surface allowing the ice to effectively melt.  The Ice Blaster sits just 2 feet below the water providing great and heavy movement to your spread while also providing a landing pocket for those tired migrators.


Made from a Kasco marine motor, 35’ waterproof rubber power cord with alligator clips & power switch and either metal legs or an easy-to-carry square tubing metal frame.  The Ice Blaster comes available in 4 different sizes according to horsepower:



  • ¼  Horsepower – $599.99
  • ½ Horsepower – $649.99
  • ¾ Horsepower – 699.99
  • 1 Horsepower – $799.99

Great company, great 1 Year Warranty and great hardware, the Ice Blaster will be a great weapon to add to your arsenal! Duck Hunter approved!
Higdon's new logo.

A Story of a Waterfowler – Savannah

A movie for the duck hunter in your family. Savannah will be released to select theaters and will premier August 23rd. Official trailer below.
Select Theaters:
Savannah, GA, Victory Square Cinema
Atlanta, GA, Plaza Theater
Charlotte, NC, AMC Carolina Pavilion
Columbia, SC, AMC Dutch Square Mall
Concord, NC, AMC Concord Mills
Dallas, TX, AMC Grapevine Miller
Jacksonville, FL, AMC Regency
Kansas City, MO, AMC Barrywoods
Lake Worth, FL, Movies of Lake Worth
New York City, NY, AMC Empire
Scottsdale, AZ, Harkins Shea
Charleston, SC, Terrace Theater on August 30
Delray Beach, FL, Movies of Delray on August 30
(Out on VOD and DVD on Tuesday, September 24, 2013)

“SAVANNAH is the true story of Ward Allen, a romantic and bombastic character who rejects his plantation heritage for the freedom of life on a river. Ward navigates the change of early 20th century America on the wrong side of the law and society, his loyal friend, a freed slave named Christmas Moultrie, at his side. Master of Shakespeare, and the shotgun that provides Savannah’s markets with fowl, Ward fights for his rights as a hunter. His charisma and eloquent rhetoric win the heart of a society woman who defies her father to marry him. An elderly Moultrie tells the story of life on the river with his friend to a little boy, who passes the legendary Ward Allen down to the next generation.” -IMDb


Changing Up Your Decoy Spread

Mallards, gadwalls, wigeons, pintails and teal all fly great distances for winter migration and do you know what they all have in common? They all get shot at and see more of the same looking decoy spreads along the way. Making them more and more wary of decoys as the season goes on.

I’m not going to give ducks credit for being smart animals and having the capability of telling the differences between a real duck and a fake duck. They have a brain the size of a pea. But I will give them credit for being able to recognize the same old decoy spreads time after time and coming to realize or having some sort of instinctual trigger kick in making them say hey every time I fly into a spread like that one I get shot. If they weren’t able to detect danger waterfowl would have went extinct a long time ago.

Most duck hunters have an all mallard spread and who can blame them. Everyone loves shooting limits and mallards and they are the most dominant species of duck in North America. But how often do you just see mallards sitting in a field or on a pond. Not very and I am willing to bet that there is another species of duck sitting in there with them. So why not have more than one species in your decoy spread. It will help lure in other species of ducks to fill out your limit and also set your decoy spread apart from other hunters. Especially helping out when you’re hunting high pressure hunting areas.

I am going to leave you with one more thought. Confidence decoys. They say to ducks all clear everything is safe down here. Goose decoys are a popular choice and will feed in the same area as ducks and will also give you a chance of being able to bag a goose or two if you are lucky. Herons or cranes are another popular option and are some of the wariest birds and by placing one 45 yards or more outside your spread will help instill safety in your decoy spread to other ducks. If you are hunting in an area where coots are around I recommend giving them a try. They often feed in the same areas as ducks and I guarantee you will be one of the few hunters that use them. Just place them on the side of your spread. You may get laughed at by fellow hunters when you pull out your coots, but you will have the last laugh when you are on your way home with a limit of ducks and they are still sitting in the blind wondering why ducks aren’t decoying into their spread.