Yamaha Outdoors Tips: Waterfowl Gear Checklist

July 2, 2012

Once the season comes, consider four Yamaha wheels to haul your gear in and out.

We’ve just weathered the first heat wave of the 2012 summer, with more to come for sure. As a result, I’ve spent plenty of time in the cool of my basement, down in the “Waterfowl Warehouse.” It’s a way I conduct an inventory for the coming duck and goose seasons. You should too. There’s still plenty of time to buy or borrow the following items before the start of resident honker seasons in September …

Decoy Bags

Slotted bags protect your investment. Floating bags allow you to set fakes with more ease. Mesh bags can be carried on your back like the others and hold a lot of decoys when budget is a factor. Most can carry your fakes, motion stakes and flags in one effort. Need some? Order them now.

Duck and Goose Calls

Some argue that a good location and realistic spread of decoys are all you need for a successful hunt. That’s sometimes true—calling waterfowl doesn’t always matter. Then again, it’s clear at times single honkers and small groups (as with ducks) can be pulled in vocally. Practice now in the off-season.


Other than having ducks and geese dropping down on your spread, there’s no better way to identify waterfowl species than by glassing distant birds in flight or at rest. Invest in a pair.

Haul It

Your decoys, motion stakes and flags are all stashed neatly (or not so tightly) in several decoy bags. You and several buddies could do the long walk in with that stuff on your back. We all do that. Better yet, with calls and binoculars hanging around your neck, and helmet on your head, why not haul it all out to your blind. Is it time to buy a Yamaha ATV or Side-by-Side?

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Act Now on 2012 Outdoor Adventure Dream Giveaway

May 9, 2012

The 2012 Outdoor Adventure Dream Giveaway sweepstakes is a nationwide drawing sponsored by the WorldCause Foundation. By making a tax-deductible donation and entering to win one of three incredible prize packages, entrants can financially help the U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance protect their rights to hunt, fish and trap. This Giveaway ends May 31, 2012. Act now!

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The winner of the 2012 Outdoor Adventure Dream Giveaway grand-prize package will enjoy endless fun in the great outdoors. Some of the best outdoor vehicles on the market today are featured in this grand prize package, including: a 2011 Ram 2500 Outdoorsman Mega-Cab 4×4 diesel truck with a pop-up, roof-top camper; a 21-foot Ranger Reata boat with a 225-horsepower Evinrude outboard motor sitting atop a custom trailer; and a Can-Am Commander 1000XT side-by-side, 4×4 off-road vehicle. Also included in this prize package is a id=”mce_marker”0,000 prepaid gas card and $30,000 cash to help pay the prize taxes!

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