Straight Shootin’ Blog With Retay USA – A Blog For The Outdoor Enthusiast Here at Retay USA we are first and foremost outdoors people. Women and men that spend our time making a life in nature. We are bringing you amazing written content with a focus on the overall outdoor lifestyle, not a sales pitch. Follow our journeys, tips, tactics, adventures and lives as we put it all out there for you the people that live the outdoors. Hunting Season Prep: The PhysicalJanuary 20, 2023What are some ways to make hunting season easier? Do you have to be Cameron Haynes? How about someone like Steve Rinella or Janis Putelis instead? How do we stay in good physical condition for hunting season? Here are tips for being in tip top shape for your hunting season. Waterfowl Gear You NeedJanuary 13, 2023What should you buy now to get ready for next year? Also most of this will have reviews from the previous season, and post on social media and videos showing use in the field on YouTube. Retay’s Top 5 Youtube Channels for WaterfowlJanuary 6, 2023Check out some Youtube channels that we have found so valuable that Retay USA has made an investment in their success and art. Tools of The TradeDecember 30, 2022This is a list of innovative tools for waterfowl hunting that have taken place in the last thirty years or so, that we take for granted when chasing ducks and geese. I Ain’t Got The WordsDecember 23, 2022Now we are into the tough ones, Your hunting buddies and your dog. Which are basically one in the same. They both care about you, they are normally loyal, there for the trials and tests of hunting season, and there for the celebrations and stories from all that hard work. So, let them know that you appreciate them. The Best Duck Decoy tips and Tricks for Pressured BirdsDecember 16, 2022More times than not though decoys are the money maker in the equation that is duck hunting. Here are five of the best duck decoy tips and tactics for hunting wary waterfowl. 2 is the Magic Number- What Shot Size Should You be Using for Waterfowl HuntingDecember 9, 2022I’m going to stick my neck out here and give you a truth that I and a few of my friends cling to, if a hunter shows up with a 12 gauge loaded with 3” #2’s in anywhere from 1 ⅛ to 1 ½ oz of steel shot they can handle just about any waterfowl situation they might get thrown into. We are focusing on steel shot and not other non toxics like Bismuth or Tungsten. This will be a matter of KISS or Keep it Simple Stupid. Because let’s face it we all get out smarted by birds so the stupid part applies and keeping it simple makes you a more efficient killer. What Shotgun Shells Should You Use for Goose HuntingDecember 2, 2022Don’t get too caught up in this process unless it’s something you really enjoy doing. You don’t need to shoot super expensive shells to kill ducks. Go with the stuff you can afford and put it on paper. Take that money and go shoot as many clays as you can afford. Save the extra mental bandwidth to be thinking about your hide and being where the birds want to be. After all I’ve said it’s going to be hard to tell a ton of difference when you are shooting birds decoying and 15-25 yards because you found them and you were hidden well when they got there. Doing God’s Work: The Roots of Modern Waterfowl HuntingNovember 25, 2022With modern repeating shotguns, rubber waders and mostly weatherproof shells a hunter from the 1950’s likely wouldn’t look out of place in a blind today. The final invention in that combination that would really bring this hunter into the contemporary era of hunting would be the advent of plastic hulls by the Big Green in 1960. This is where the truly waterproof shotgun shell met the truly waterproof hunter. Synthetic petroleum based plastics and rubber brought mass produced modern gear to the masses. It’s supposed to be fun: How to Avoid Hunting Season Burn OutNovember 17, 2022During the beginning of hunting season I try to creep my alarm to go off fifteen minutes earlier every week. By the time the clocks switch over in November I am already accustomed to getting up early and being ready to move. This might seem extreme but I tend to be an early riser anyway. Generally I am getting up around 6:00 am the whole year so, if I start in august and wake up 15 minutes earlier every week I am pretty well adjusted when 4:00 am becomes the norm. Waking up earlier has a welcomed side effect as well, I can get more things accomplished prior to the hunting season, when I tend to let things go a bit.