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In My Blind Bag…

What’s in your blind bag? Sure, shotgun shells, your calls, your toilet paper, your headlamp, maybe a thermos of coffee — we’ve got that. But in blind bags, dry boxes and goose pits across the country, there are an assortment of other tools, trinkets and gizmos that serve a variety of purposes for waterfowl hunters. Maybe you can find use for some of these items yourself. The others? Well, how much harm can a good luck charm bring?

Crispin Powley, Avery pro-staffer: One time I stopped in a convenience store and saw the cheesiest Chinese-made Indian dream catcher I'd ever seen — so I bought it. It has a picture of a pair of mallards, and on the back, it says, "This product is made in China and is not a product of Native Americans or Native American art." But it's a good luck charm, and I write my totals on the back of it at the conclusion of every season. I move it from blind to blind every year, and I don’t think I've taken anyone yet who hasn't commented on it.

Jeff Coats, sea duck guide: Hunting on the ocean, I keep a float attached to my anchors so that I never lose them. One morning, in low light, we had a crab boat nearly hit us, and we had to detach from the anchor and move in a hurry. I can find my anchor again by locating the float. It's also handy for quickly chasing after crippled sea ducks — if you wait too long before getting after them, you’ll lose them.

Adam Dehaan, Ducks Unlimited: When I first started Texas rigging, I was using a regular pair of needlenose pliers to cut line and crimp crimps, but it's really hard to do with those, especially with 400-pound monofilament. So one day, I dug around in the toolbox and found a pair of wire-stripping pliers. I have no idea why I had them — I'm no electrician at all — but they're perfect for snipping line and closing crimps. They now have a permanent home in my blind bag.

Will Robey, avid Kentucky waterfowler: The fact is, hunting in central Kentucky, we have a lot of slow mornings by mid-season. We're usually waiting on a wary flock of resident Canada geese to visit a pond in a pasture, so there's lots of down time. I started carrying my Nintendo DS. I highly recommend the new Super Mario Brothers game (and no, I'm not a Super Mario Brothers pro-staffer). But, make sure the other guys are awake and watching if you do this.

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