Here’s a throwback to last year and the final days of the 2016 duck season. A hunt we will NEVER forget. Thank you to Girls, Guns, and Rods magazine for publishing my article.
This morning was a special treat! Lake X never ceases to amaze me. We set up at the mouth at 4:15am, geezy pete!…Chris thought we better get there early to beat the other hunters…haha!
Carson watched and asked questions as we put out decoys. We set up the spread and got into position. We still had about 45 mins until shooting time so we relaxed and star gazed. Carson ended up falling asleep (go figure) 🙂 We got to listen to a wood duck chatter his head off off in the decoys for a good 25 mins very cool! As the sun started to make her appearance the woodies started to take flight. We watched over 100 woodducks fly over us an sing. Right at shooting time came Chris noticed a single hen ringneck in the decoys cruising around. We decided to tag team her 🙂 1-2-BOOM! Belle took off to claim her prize. Carson slept through the shots. He woke up just as Belle was making her way back in the boat, duck in mouth. We waited 10-15 minutes with no action. Then all of a sudden Chris saw three ringnecks coming right down the shoot like they were on a string. I shot my first ringneck! I ended up shooting the hen and Chris shot the two drakes (lucky ass). Thank God we had Belle, the lily pads are so thick in Lake Juniper I doubt we would have picked up any ducks without her. The wrapped up our hunt and we started to pick up and head back. Carson digged it! #GodisGreat
This hunt included Mr. Rick, Chris, Carson, Belle, and me again. We set up on the North side again right on the point in the same area we had been hunting. We didn’t have as many redheads and bluebills come in today. We still had a damn good hunt though. Ended up with 7 bluebills, 1 redhead, and 10 buffleheads.
** Note to self: When you charge your camera battery, make sure you remember to pack it. Needless to say I didn’t get any action photos. Just one picture when we got back to the house.
Some children skip school for birthdays or special occasions well our boy gets a day away from the books so he can enjoy why God put us here in the first place…to Hunt 🙂
This was by far one of the top five bay hunts I have been on to date. Mr. Rick, Chris, and Carson all took part in this hunt. Oh and of course Miss Belle! We set up on the North side of the bay and a touch to the East of where we hunted two days prior. It was still dark, we just put Carson in his layout boat when Chris shined the spread for the last time and there was already a hen redhead. Oh yeah, I knew it was about the go down. Chris put the big boat way off behind us and waded back. As the sun came up it was wave after wave of ducks!!! We definitely hit the mark this morning. We ended up with 10 bluebills and 12 buffleheads! There was many groups that came in and landed and we didn’t even shoot at them. I love mornings like these! #GodisGood
There are duck dogs, lap dogs, and family dogs…but there is only one Belle.
Just Chris and I this morning along side Miss Belle. We set up in the sound on the “lucky point”. This particular point very rarely lets us down where we don’t come out with a limit. This particular morning was very overcast and it made it hard for me to get a good shot of the ducks coming in but I did end up getting some good shots of Belle. Belle is 4 today, turning 5 this January. It truly is bitter sweet seeing her face turn gray. We set one big spread this time with thicker decoys on the outside edges hoping they will come right in the middle to us. We stood about 20 yards back and waited. Boom! Boom! Boom! Well Chris’ first time pulling the trigger that morning and down goes three bluebills. Three came in and zero left. I was very pumped as was Belle!!! Belle launched off her stand to pick up the deceased.We ended up with 1 bufflehead, 4 bluebills, and 2 surf scoters.
**Belle had to dive down 3 times before finally picking up this live bluebill.