|A view from the blind between the rain drops|
We got the pickle in the water and paddled out to an island that would host our blind setup this morning and set out our decoys. When legal shooting time arrive the weather made it impossible to ID the ducks so we waited for more light. The weather didn't keep the ducks down as we had some woodies buzzing the puddle with a some landing amongst the other ducks. It wasn't easy to keep still knowing we had ducks out in front of us just loafing on the water, but we did our best. 25 minutes into legal shooting with all those ducks still on the water 4 wood ducks buzzed our setup and made a circle around the pond and then locked up and setup for a landing and as they did I got so excited and forgot about the 20+ ducks already on the pond and called the shot only to miss. With the first shot fired the pond exploded with ducks trying to get out and they were successful as they flew out on the only side we didn't have a open shot. I was NOT happy with myself but it sure was a site to see. We got calmed back down and the birds started working back in. We had a pair of Mallards land about 20 yards out and as they landed BP called the shot and up they went and down went a beautiful hen mallard while the drake escaped unscathed. About 15 minutes later 2 more mallards came in and landed at the back of the puddle where they loafed around for 15 minutes before heading out and offering up a shot that I promptly missed but ol' Busch Pilot was there to back me up and drop another hen mallard. By 8am the ducks seemed to stop moving and the weather had really picked up with some serious guests as well. It was 9am before we had another flight of ducks look over the puddle but they never committed. We packed it up at 10am and headed back to the truck to get dry and warm. Although I shot terrible and we only had 2 mallard hens to show for our morning setup, we learned a ton this morning and in only our second season of duck hunting we still have plenty or learning to do. I had other commitments for the afternoon so I wasn't able to get out but Bush Pilot and Bubba headed out and put 3 wood ducks and 2 geese on the table which was a treat.
|Busch Pilot with his opening morning Mallard hens|
|BP showing his support for my quest|
|One bird short of a limit|
Saturday afternoon I was on my own so I decided to hit the puddles for some ducks and while doing so I ran into another hunter out solo doing the same thing I was. We stopped and chatted for a bit and decided to setup and hunt together. Nick has only been in CT for a few years but has many years experience hunting and his passion was waterfowl. We setup in some brush on the edge of some water and while waiting for the ducks to fly we chatted away about hunting, fishing and family. We did see some ducks but it was after legal light as we were heading back to the trucks. It was nice to meet someone new that shares the passion for the outdoors. Thanks for sharing Nick.