In My Blind Bag…

What’s the most essential (or unusual) item in your blind bag outside of your calls and shells?
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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