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Yamaha Outdoors Tips: Pit Blind Behavior

Rule no. 4 is pictured here. Add a few more. Print and post this list in your pit blind. (Steve Hickoff photo)

Rule no. 4 is pictured here. Add a few more. Print and post this list in your pit blind. (Steve Hickoff photo)

Don’t be that guy. Follow at least some of these accepted rules for waterfowl hunting out of a pit blind this coming season. Rule no. 1 should always apply.

  • Rule 1: Watch where your shotgun is pointed and that your safety is on. (Reload after shooting. You laugh! Ever hear that unmistakable click of a shotgun fired without a chambered shell?)
  • Rule 2: Do not watch the rest of your gang set the decoy spread. Help out. (Unless of course your skills at setting fakes suffers and by sitting you’re actually “helping” the cause.)
  • Rule 3: Watch and listen to the designated pit blind boss. They should call the shots for everyone. One hunter should say, “Take ‘em” (insert your own shout-out statement) to indicate it’s time to shoot and the birds are in range.
  • Rule 4: Yamaha ATVs or Side-by-Sides can carry waterfowl gear and hunters to your pit blind. Make sure gear is stored tightly; that everybody is wearing a helmet and safety apparel is being employed. Shotguns can be transported in a gun boot: http://bit.ly/N0rFgR
  • Rule 5: Do not overcall. Fill a tightly crowded pit blind with a bunch of call-happy waterfowlers and somebody is going to get annoyed. Think as a team: designate one (or several) hunters to handle calling duties, then switch off to keep everybody busy and in the game, including kids.

For rules 6 through 10 on waterfowl hunting out of a pit blind, please visit Yamaha.com.

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