Welcome, thanks for trusting us to give some advice. While you are a bit of a travel from my Fond du lac location to hunt together, I can at least weigh in on your comments. I started out with a white bed sheet, mouth call and a Ruger mini 14 with a white sock pulled over it to camo it. Since the advent of You tube, I have been able to pick up many tips on hunting. On the front end, the most productive thing I can do to be successful is to hunt where there are yotes, (word of mouth, trail cams, DNR Wardens, farmers, etc.) Second, treat it like a cross between a deer hunt and turkey hunt. Silent, no movement, wind direction, camo, and be prepared to due the animal justice if you get one by knowing where you can take it to harvest the fur. You can google fur buyers and they'll be one around you. I think that early am is best but experience has not completly borne that out. I'm now sporting official winter camo and ghille suite, Fox Pro 2 caller(batteries good for about 4 sets in this cold), Primos decoy (with the ground frozen it is almost impossible to stake into the ground) and prefer a Remmy 700 in .223 with home made sticks and roll -up portable stadium seat for sitting.My sets are about 30-40 minutes long. Good luck!