Making a List
Gather your gear for Early Goose Season
By Tyler Shoberg, Associate Editor
I may be unforgettable, but I am definitely forgetful. Just ask my wife.
"Did you remember to take the brats out of the freezer?" she said the other day after coming home from work.
Cue a deer-in-the-headlights look.
"I got distracted," I stammered. "The dog started barking just as I was about to grab them. Honest."
She rolled her eyes.
"Well you can boil them up yourself," she said, yawning. "I'm going to bed."
Phew! Disaster averted.
When it comes to spousal relations, the occasional harmless slip of the mind might go unnoticed — anniversaries and birthdays notwithstanding — but out on a hunt, forgetting a critical box of shells, or even something legal, such as a Federal Duck Stamp, could be the difference between epic success and utter failure.
Thankfully, Delta Waterfowl is here to help.
As I've discovered in many years of forgetting stuff, creating a list can help to remember. The trick to a list, as so often goes in life, is remembering to actually check it.
So at some point, you will have to remember, at the very least, the list. If you can't do that, well I'm sorry, but you might be better off sleeping in on opener (a probable occurrence, given you'll likely forgot to set an alarm, anyway).
The following is my list for a simple day hunt during the early Canada goose season, which opens Aug. 15 in North Dakota. Omitted are obvious things, such as clothing, because we're all going to assume the only critters in the middle of a stubble field wearing nothing but their birthday suits are decoying geese and your faithful retriever.
The list also is broken down into various categories to help expedite the process. That way, you know your shotgun will always be at hand, but if the jerky gets left behind, no biggie.
If cleaning birds in field
Good luck on your hunt!