Dry and Warm
by Buck Gardner
They call it waterfowling because it often occurs near water. However, staying dry is critical to staying warm. Winding wet decoy strings on a cold day can be a misery. I carry a special pair of waterproof gloves just for that task. I also carry a couple of dry towels, in waterproof plastic bags, in my blind bag to dry my hands after handling wet ducks and wet duck dogs.

It’s also not a bad idea to have an extra dry-pair of insulated shooting gloves and dry socks in your bag.

Good waterfowling often occurs during wet, cold conditions. Watch for the onset of hypothermia, particularly if you get wet. This potentially fatal condition starts with chattering teeth and slurred speech and gets worse.

Just in case I do become truly chilled to the bone – which is a very apt description of hypothermia – I keep some dry, warm clothes stashed in my vehicle. I’m not too proud to pull up stakes and head for cover in such a situation.

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