Only couple weeks til opening day. Last year I set out deks, etc early to "claim my spot" and I didn't like it. First time i've ever done that on public land. The area had loads of people, some very close to where I had set up. I had a difficult time finding my set due to putting it way back in a remote corner. Not going to do it this year. I will be on the water on the 31st scouting and making plans on where I plan to hunt at the next morning, check current water levels and accesability, etc. On the first, I'll head out a couple hours earlier then usual to fight the crowd and find my chosen location, or at least close to it without infringing on somebody who might already have filed claim there. Have a extra thermos of coffee and maybe donuts to pass the morning away. If I like the spot and do ok, I may leave the deks out for the next morning but I would consider that a little different then setting up the day before the opening.
What are your plans, those of you with deks, are you going to wait til opening morning to claim your hunting location, or put out a day or 2 early. Remember, its public land, somebody has every right to come out and sit right next to you and hunt your deks along with you. Lets hear it. Bud