Wrapping up North Dakota 2016

While there is no place like home, North Dakota has a piece of my heart. Here’s a little video to wrap up our time in God’s country. Enjoy!


Chris and I learned so much from this trip and met so many great people. God willing this will be a new tradition for us. We plan on making this trip every year! We had a blast to say the least ❤️

Gadwall Smack Down

Well after lots of scouting, we came across a pond 15 minutes from where we were staying. We pulled up on a hill and there she was…a secret little duck hide away you couldn’t see from the main road. After glassing it with some binocs, I’m guessing there was about 800 ducks sitting on it. Mostly gadwalls and mallards 😍 After drooling for 10 minutes we set out to find out who owned it. A lady in the house over the hill directed us back out on the main highway to another house. We pulled in and there was a huge John Deere steady working behind the barn. We parked walked over and when we reached the tractor a sweet man named Nathan opened the door. He told us it was his Dad’s pond and we were more then welcome to hunt it. We invited him to come with us and he said he had never even been duck hunting before 😱 We told him he was sitting on a gold mine and convinced him to join us the following morning. Very cool! He said that he didn’t get many breaks from the farm and with the government the way it is, farmers have taken a huge hit. “There just isn’t a lot of money in farming anymore with all the restrictions but we still work very hard to keep up.” My heart broke when he said that. All in all, my respect for Nathan and all the other hardworking farmers out there grew even more and made me look forward even more to the next morning hunt.

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First hunt in North Dakota, ever.

First and foremost, duck hunting is not for the faint of heart. Especially not free lance duck hunting. It didn’t take long for Chris and I to realize the effort that needed to be put in to get on some birds up here. With the weather being 20 degrees warmer then normal for this time of the year, birds have been rather hard to find. I can’t tell you the exact number of hours we have drove around scouting out ponds and fields but it’s been ALOT. Some areas had 5 here or 15 here but we wanted a little more security. Finally, we rolled up on a pond that had about 80 mallards on it and there was some Canadians farther toward the back. We drove about a mile up the road to a house and pulled in to ask for permission to hunt it. Knocked on the door, no answer. About a minute later we were greeted by the cutest old man on an old International 😊 Mr. Orvin was such a pleasure and about 30 mins after to getting to know him and hearing his story and how he lives off the land, he gave us the word to hunt the pond. Very cool and look forward to keeping in touch with him. We were off back to our little hunting cottage to get stuff ready for the am.

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10/3/16 Live action straight from the banks of the Choctawhatchee River

 

Bush hooking, frog gigging, gator grabbing, driftwood hunting, deer hunting, hog wrestling….you name it we, we do it. We bought our house on Camp Creek back in January of this year and couldn’t be happier. Planting roots in God’s river bottom has given us many adventures to take on. I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else. Enjoy this video from last nights festivities!

11/21/15 Opening Day in Florida!

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

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