BY SHAIN GILLET
Clipper Sports Editor
WOODS CROSS – Some hunters like to get their feet wet by hunting upland game birds and waterfowl during hunting season.
Being prepared for it early, according to the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, is the key to a successful hunt.
In order to help hunters get a head start on their preparations, a pair of the division’s upland game and waterfowl program coordinators Р Jason Robinson and Blair Stringham Р offered key tips to help hunters stay sharp.
First and foremost, said Stringham, is to brush up on your shooting prowess by shooting skeet and trap during the offseason.
Doing so will help a hunter “swing smoothly on moving targets” once the season starts, Stringham said.
Another step in preparing for the waterfowl and upland game hunts is to put together the proper gear and make sure any dogs brought to the hunt are ready.
Working with bird dogs early, said Stringham, will refresh their behavior in the field when the hunting begins.
Hunters bringing decoys should clean them and replace any weights that need replacing. Hunters who use boats should make sure they are clean.
“With these tasks out of the way, you’ll be hunting on opening day,” said Stringham. “It’s important to be prepared, but if done early enough hunters will be able to shoot on opening day rather than preparing to head out.”
Rookies and veterans alike are also encouraged to attend the annual Youth Fair, being held this year at the Farmington Bay Waterfowl Management area in Farmington.
Both youth and adults are invited, and the event helps hunters learn more about hunting waterfowl by teaching them how to place decoys, identify birds, and use calls.
The fair will be held on Saturday, Sept. 7 from 8 a.m. to noon. The management area is located at 1700 West Glover Lane (925 South).
For more information, call Troy Thompson at 801-698-6467 or Jeff Adams at 801-391-9858.