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Saturday, December 22, 2007

Lonely Hunt

I was going to try a walk in at TMG
with Craig, but we decided to take the
boat out on the St. Johns and give that
a try. I've mumbled about the river dropping
before and I really wasn't sure where
to try. Craig and I had done some
scouting last Monday, but hadn't seen
any ducks. Still, I've had success
there this year and wanted to try

We were the only boat at the ramp.
That's not a good sign. But, the
weather was perfect: blowing wind,
spitting rain, and darkly overcast.
Miserable is the best way to describe
it - almost ideal duck hunting

We headed out on the river at a brisk
6 miles per hour. Craig manned the
Q-Beam and I kept my eye on the GPS.
I was torn between three different
spots. None of them seemed ideal.
I passed the first one because I didn't
have the side channel it was on in the
GPS. The third one I talked myself
out of because I didn't like the feel of
if (sort of a Gandolfian experience in
the Mines of Moria). So, we chose the
middle way (I am Anglican after all).

We ran the boat up in a little cut and I
went to find a spot. I found a little
pond surrounded by dry land. There was
a little clump of plants mostly stripped
clean by free ranging cattle. We put
the blind in there. Here's Craig putting
up his palmettos.

I loaded the far section of the pond with
coots and put teal and pinners up front.
I left a landing zone on the left that was
about a 20 yard shot. Here's the layout
from the blind.

We didn't get much action at first. But,
finally some bird flew in. It came in so
slow, that at first, I wasn't sure it was a duck.
When it put its feet down I changed my mind and
shot it. The day started with a nice hen pinner.

Craig and I decided that we couldn't shoot any thing
over our heads; the river was only 10 yards
behind us. Still, two blue wing teal came
from Craig's right straight over us. He
shot the one on the left cause it was the
safest shot. It landed in the river, but
we were able to easily retrieve it.

There were dozens of shore birds: white ibis,
glossy ibis, every variety of heron, even
more varieties of sand pipers, and rosette
spoonbills around us, but precious few ducks.
After a bit, 4 gwt landed 90 yards out on
the bank of a side channel. Their heads
were tantalizingly visible. We peeped softly
and did some mallard feed chuckles. After
10 or 15 minutes, they took off and flew to our
spread. I whispered to Craig that they were coming,
but he didn't hear me. I shot the drake and
two hens for my first true triple. Craig
got the other hen before it got away. A "Cut
'em all , Jack."

There were some other ducks - a flight of
mottles and some widgeons(?) that came by
but couldn't be tempted in range. I
finished the day with a stray hen gwt.

We killed every duck we had a shot at today.
A lot of fun.

Here's a shot looking back at the blind.

Here's what 8 palmetto fans will do. This is
a picture of Craig in the blind.

Here are some of the wild or not so wild
horses that wander the river. We scared
a herd of cows that swam the river in the
dark. Really neat.

Here's the final take:




Blogger vanckirby said...

sounds like another great hunt! and no more "just one" pinner. the moderates always when in the end. like the lord of the rings reference.

11:24 PM  
Blogger vanckirby said...

scott, the other day when we were hunting you asked what kind of liturgy my church used. so i thought i would give you examples from our worship service this week.

Confession of Sin:
Reformed Liturgy of the Palatinate

All: We, poor sinners, acknowledge before you, our God and Creator,
that we have terribly and in many ways sinned against you, not only
outwardly, but much more with inward blindness, unbelief, doubts, de-
spondency, impatience, pride, covetousness, envy, hatred, malice, and
other sinful affections, as you, our Lord and God, know well, and we
cannot deeply enough deplore. But we repent of these things, and are
sorry for them, and heartily ask you for mercy, for the sake of your be-loved Son Jesus Christ. Amen.

Confession of Faith: The Nicene Creed

All: I believe in one God, the father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, of
all things visible and invisible.

And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, begotten of
his Father before all worlds, God of God, Light of Light, very God of very
God, begotten, not made, being of one substance with the Father; by
whom all things were made; who for us and for our salvation came
down from heaven, and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the virgin
Mary, and was made man; and was crucified also for us under Pontius
Pilate; he suffered and was buried; and the third day he rose again ac-
cording to the Scriptures, and ascended into heaven, and is seated at
the right hand of the Father; and he shall come again, with glory, to
judge with the living and the dead; whose kingdom shall have no end.

And we believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord and fiver of life, who proceed
from the father and the Son who with the Father and the Son together,
is worshiped and glorified; who spoke by the prophets; and we believe
in one holy catholic and apostolic church; we acknowledge one baptism
for the remission of sins; and we look for the resurrection of the dead,
and the life of the world to come. Amen.

Gloria In Excelsis

Minister: Glory be to God on High

All: and on earth peace, good will towards men. We praise thee, we bless thee, we worship the, we glory thee, we give thanks to thee for thy great glory, O Lord God, heavenly King, God the Father Almighty. O Lord, the only-begotten Son, Jesus Christ; O Lord God, Lamb of God, Son of the Father, that takest away the sins of the world, have mercy upon us. Thou that takest away the sins of the world, receive our prayer. Thou that sittest at the right hand of God the Father, have mercy upon us.
For thou only art holy, thou only art the Lord; thou only, O Christ, with the Holy Ghost, are most high in the glory of God the Father. Amen.

5:30 PM  
Blogger NoGoodGuitarPicker said...

I have never seen a blind like that! These posts are so much fun to read -- it's a whole other "element" of duck hunting, and it looks like a ball! They're the same ducks (love the drake teal shot), but it's an entirely different enviroment and approach. Too much fun!

Talk about cover... it's snowing here in the Boise valley now.

6:31 PM  
Blogger oldfatslow said...


We're going to try and make
layout boats this summer. If
I can get those done, it's going
to make a whole new world of "In
yo' face" shooting. There are
lots of places I'd like to hunt
now, where there is just no cover
or too much open water.

We used to get snow down here
when I was a boy. They would bring
Christmas trees down from up north
on flatbed rail cars. There would
still be snow in the middle of the
pile when they were off loaded. It
was a blast. So far this year, we
haven't had a day below 45 degrees.


6:59 PM  
Blogger oldfatslow said...


We have the same elements.
My first experience of liturgical
worship was in a parish of the
Reformed Episcopal Church and
now the Anglican Mission in
America. I find myself looking forward each week to the
Confession of Sin, the Absolu-
tion, the "Comfortable Words",
and then Communion. I need
a lot of forgiveness.


7:08 PM  
Blogger vanckirby said...

dont we all!

10:48 PM  
Blogger vanckirby said...

scott, merry christmas to you and your family! hope theres a duck call in your stocking!

1:16 AM  

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