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Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Just Another Tuesday

Craig is back from Idaho and is trying
to adjust to the warmth, sun, and 3
hour time change. He and I went
scouting/snipe hunting on Monday.
He has lost none of his skill with
that stubby little o/u Beretta. He
got two snipe (with #4 shot no less)
and finished off a crippled blue wing
teal hen we found. I knew I'd have
my work cut out for my on Tuesday
when we went to Broadmoor for a hunt.

We had a special guest, Cannon, who
I met off the internet. It was his
first time hunting TMG/Broadmoor.
I'm guessing it won't be his last.
He took all of the following pictures
because he finished his limit way
before the rest of us were done
hunting. Never trust anyone who
says their shooting is only "fair."

The hunt was a very successful.
Cannon limited out early on teal.
Dave and Craig were both shooting
well, but the teal weren't quite
as willing to fly across in front
of them as they had been in the
same spot the week before. Maybe
the ducks remembered "death in
the para grass" at that spot.
Still, we were clicking along.

We ended up the day with 22 birds.
Cannon's 6 teal, Dave's four teal
and a ringer, Craig's 3 teal, 1
spooner, and 1 pinner. I had 4
teal, a spooner and a mottle.

We finished up with lunch at
Marsh Landing where we ate with,
A lot of friendly kidding, good stories,
and really slow service.

Decoys spread


Craig in the blind

ofs and Dave

Craig Retrieving

ofs and the boys

Cannon and the boys

My pic of all our ducks. Sadly, one of my drake
green wings disappeared between the check in stand
and home.




Blogger vanckirby said...

man, what a great hunt and a very tasty lunch too!

11:04 AM  
Blogger NoGoodGuitarPicker said...

Is that a hen mallard in the lower left?

11:25 PM  
Blogger vanckirby said...

i see craigs googelie eye teal in the top right of that bottom photo!

11:45 PM  
Blogger oldfatslow said...


Nope, that's a drake mottled
duck. They are a local non-
migratory duck. We've got a
one per day limit. His widow
kept circling us all day. But
she was just wary enough to
stay out of range.

We don't get true mallards
migrating down here. If we
do find one, it's a barnyard
or zoo escapee. Mottles are sub-
species of mallards, but are
not as colorful. They are
also called Florida Black
Ducks or modus. Three of my
banded birds have been mottles.
Two of them were banded within
hundreds of yards of where I
shot them.


12:11 AM  
Blogger oldfatslow said...


There was no way to
position that bird that
it wasn't giving me the
evil eye(s).


12:14 AM  

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