HOW TO STAY WARM WHEN WATERFOWLING
JEREMY DERSHAM’S Ridge and River Running Outfitting (facebook. com/ridge-and-river-running-out-fitters-139929086059914/) is one of only five commercial operations on Pool 9 of the upper Mississippi River. Late-season waterfowl hunts can bring some of the best waterfowl flights of the season, but the cold weather also comes with unique challenges. Here are three things Dersham says are essential for all lateseason hunters.
sand: Several hundred pounds of sand (and salt) stored in the pickup bed helps provide stability on snow-covered or icy roads, but even more important, on boat ramps. Check the ramp carefully before backing down, and sand when needed. Your duck boat may stop your slide into the lake or river, but not before you jackknife. The deck of the ramp closest to the water will be the iciest.
an ax, and a hatchet: Frozen water is the bane of every duck hunter’s existence. “If you hunt late in the season, chances are you’ll need to bust your way into or out of the water,” says Dersham. “I take along both a hatchet and long-handled ax.”
thermos With hot liquid: Whether you use it to warm yourself or thaw the pee-hole on your outboard, hot liquids in large quantities are a must. They can save the day—or your life. Dersham brings along several large thermoses each day.