Build a Wood Duck Call (Or Two): Take two bottle caps from your beverage of choice. Drill a small hole through the center of each one. Seal the facing edges together with a hot glue gun, or other binding agent. You’ve just built yourself an inexpensive wood duck call. To use it, hold the cap call against your teeth, and suck in air. Amazing eh. If you’ve heard woodies, the vocalization will come easily. Practice later with wood ducks nearby.
Shotshell Inventory: Okay, go to your gun safe. Gather all your shells. Chances are you left some there in disarray at the end of waterfowl season last year. Now’s the time to sort them out by shot size. After doing so, put them in original boxes if possible. Put random loads in small plastic bags, take a Sharpie and note the contents. And don’t forget to check the pockets of your camouflage apparel as you do this pre-season housekeeping.
Plan It Out: All of us have a calendar or two hanging from the walls of our house. But do you have one dedicated solely to hunting? This time of the year you can pick up year-end planners in the bargain bin. Do it. Then write in those September-December waterfowling days.