oldfatslow

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Wednesday, January 02, 2008

The Quickness of Youth

News Year's Day was a hunt day for
us. We went out to a spot we had
scouted last Friday. The area looked
promising. The weather was perfect,
the pond was so so, we were well
camoed up, but there were no
ducks. We saw a group of three
and a group of four that wouldn't
come anywhere near us.

Finally, I saw one coming in.
I could hear Craig ask if it
was a coot. I saw a white
breast on the bird and knew
it wasn't a coot. Then it dropped
some big ole' diver feet down
for a guided landing. Craig
and I both fired. Thankfully,
he was a split second faster
than I was. It wasn't a ringer.
Craig ended up with his first
hooded merganser and the mockery
that goes with it.

We finally gave up, did some scouting,
found a big group of teal for our
next hunt, and hit Snipe
City. It was loaded with really
antsy birds, but two of them
couldn't outfly #4 shot.

At least the day wasn't a total
waste.

ofs

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5 Comments:

Blogger vanckirby said...

craig, join the hoodie club. if you get a drake they make a great mount but thats about all their good for.

7:12 PM  
Blogger NoGoodGuitarPicker said...

That's a fly-tying bird! Great flank feathers that are hard to get!

9:11 PM  
Blogger oldfatslow said...

NGGP,

I don't know if it matters,
but it was a hen. It's now
safely put away where it can
no longer harm any fish.

ofs

9:55 AM  
Blogger vanckirby said...

i hear there are teal all over the st johns. are you guys getting any of those?

6:47 PM  
Blogger oldfatslow said...

We went to TMG on Saturday and probably saw the usual number.
I don't know how the rest of
the St. Johns is doing. I
need to find some spots with
water.

ofs

4:49 PM  

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