Do you have a tip you would like to share?
Spend as much time in the field as your life allows. There is absolutely no substitute for scouting and knowing the habits of the game you are hunting. Do your part to replenish what you take. Conservation and Habitat restoration are some of the most important things to me. Do what you can on your own even it is as simple as building and maintaining a duck box or two. Seek out your local conservation clubs like local fish and game clubs or Ducks Unlimited, Whitetails Unlimited, NWTF, Trout Unlimited and Delta Waterfowl chapters and offer to help. The only way we will continue to have great hunting opportunities for years to come and for our children is through the work we do and through these organizations. Do your part.
Tell us a bit more about yourself:
Hi, My name is Shawn Kimmel. I have been a waterfowl hunter and all round outdoorsman since I was 12 years old. At an early age I formed a huge desire to live the “Outdoor Lifestyle”. I started fishing as soon as I was old enough to hold a fishing rod and started hunting as soon as I was legally old enough to do so in my home state of PA. I grew up learning the hunting basics with my Dad who was mainly a Deer and Small Game hunter, however soon after turning 12 my uncle decided he wanted to try Waterfowl hunting and invited me to go along. The first time I seen Canadian Geese react to a call and decoys I was instantly hooked on waterfowl hunting. Since then 19 years later I am still hooked and probably more obsessed than ever. I spend every opportunity I can in the field or marsh. I hunt mostly SE PA and the Eastern Shore of MD. Frankly there is no place I would rather be when the migration is on. I am also still an Avid All Around Outdoorsman and hunt pretty much everything there is a season for as well as fish year round.
As much as I like to hunt however I feel one of the most important things in my life is conservation and habitat restoration. Nine years ago after attending a Ducks Unlimited Banquet in State College, PA, I and a few friends decided to start a local Ducks Unlimited Chapter. Nine years later we are still going strong and dedicate as much time to the organization and local habitat work as we can. It is amazing the results you can see even in a small area with a little habitat work. We currently maintain almost 100 nests (wood duck, mallard, and goose) on a yearly basis. Just in the first few years you could see the increase in the population of waterfowl in our area. I feel this is something everyone who is able should do. The only way we can ensure that there are great hunting opportunities for years to come and for our children is to do what we can to preserve what we have.
Much of my time is spent with my unit and away from home so it really makes me appreciate the time I get in the field even more. I am also the father of two little boys who are currently one and four. Already I can see the desire for the outdoors with my four year old. There is nothing I like more than introducing him to the hunting/ fishing world. In my opinion the only thing better then hunting or fishing yourself is introducing someone else to the sport. It’s great to see the excitement and enjoyment it brings to there lives.