With the upcoming season bearing down on us and our minds are focusing on getting ready, thought it would be good to start a Tips and Tricks thread that we can share some ideas on little things we have discovered along the way that make chasing those crazy birds easier. I will start with one. Most of us by now have the Waterfowl guide memorized and beside a quick refresher on limits (yep, mallards are 4/1 again this year) don't need to refer to it and have it buried in our blind bags. The only exception is the time table, not something you memorize and kind of important I have tried keeping an extra guide laying around to refer to and that usually gets moved by someone and I have to search for it, have tried cutting out the time table and putting it with my license or wallet but not easy pulling out your wallet in waders and don't like pulling out my license and then misplacing it. So last year I had the idea, the DNR publishes the guide electronically, why not take the time table and store it on my cell phone, that worked well but still had to pull it up each day, so then thought, I can just save this picture as my home screen picture. Since I always have my phone with me, it is as easy as opening it and boom, the time table is there staring right back at me for easy reference. Also, on a lot of mornings with the blocks all set up and just waiting the 15-20 min. for shooting time, I will set my phone alarm, with a duck quack sound bit that I downloaded and then just sit back and sip on a coffee enjoying the morning, not checking my watch every 2 min. Everyone in the blind enjoys the calm before the storm and when the alarm goes off, we load up and are ready to go.