Jerry's Tips

CATCH RELUCTANT FISH

Fish prefer prey that takes the least effort to catch. They often refuse to chase after a lure but will take one that swims slowly, rises and falls like a cripple, or moves in short hops close to the bottom. Imagine how the forage your lure is imitating behaves when it's disoriented or injured, and retrieve your jigs, plugs, and soft plastics accordingly.

IMPROVE YOUR FIELD ACCURACY

The standing offhand shooting position is notoriously difficult, yet it accounts for a significant percentage of shots taken at big game. You'll be more accurate if you instantly drop into a sitting position when an animal appears and rest your rifle on one knee before squeezing the trigger, or move to a solid rest like a nearby tree and brace your gun against it.

HUNT GEESE IN COMFORT

A folding chaise lounge makes an excellent goose hunting seat. Adjust it into its flat position, put it in the middle of your spread, and cluster decoys around to break up its outline. Drape it with camo cloth and lie down, then cover yourself, keeping your gun and arms free so that you can easily sit up to shoot. Hold a decoy between your legs to simulate a goose on a vantage point.

KEEP YOUR BOOTS TIED

To keep bootlaces from snagging and becoming untied when you're walking through brambles and clinging vines, wind them once around the boot top and tie them with a tight square knot at the back. When you're hunting in particularly brushy country, fold the tops of your socks down over the knots and secure them with a wrap of duct tape.

CAMOUFLAGE YOUR TREE STAND

Branches that you remove to clear a climbing path and shooting lanes at your tree stand should not be left on the ground. They may draw unwanted attention from people who might sit in your stand. Instead, drag them away from the vicinity, or lash some to the trunk above the stand to break up its outline and camouflage your silhouette as you hunt.