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Sean Ducks 2015 Oct 31
Oct 31, 2015

Hooked up with Chris and Alan Redell on a private pond while Tony and Curtis hunted another pond on ...more

the property. Chris, Alan and me got into the big ducks while Tony and Curtis added some little, ugly brown ducks to the pile when it was all over, lol. Alan shot a banded mallard drake early in the hunt to add a little bonus bling. The duck was a 2 year old that was banded in Boundary Co., Idaho which is the same place where Darin got one on the property two years ago. Seems like the ID ducks like to come visit the property!
...It was a good way to close out the 2nd warmest October on record for our area.

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Sean Widgeon 2015 Oct 30
Oct 30, 2015

Hit the river for a public duck shoot last Friday with Alan Redell. It was an early rise to get the ...more

spot we wanted and it worked out. The wind didn’t blow near as hard as was predicted and the first hour and a half was extremely slow but the wind picked up enough that the widgeon gave us close enough looks to stack that species up. Mallards were far and few between and spooky when we did see them. Alan put on a shooting clinic as he usually does and I did my best to keep up with him. Cupped and committed ducks were the exception, not the rule but we were able to finish out in just under 4 hours. Looking forward to the mallards and pintails being more the option than widgeon but it was a fun hunt, nonetheless.

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Sean Pheasants 2015 Oct 24
Oct 24, 2015

Darin and Cody accompanied me to Whitman Co. for the WA pheasant opener. It was the first time Cody ...more

has gone with me on the opener so it was cool to have him along. There were enough birds this year to keep us and the dogs busy and we took a good number of roosters and a few huns. Cody lost a rooster when he was blocking without any dogs or he would have got his 3. Darin didn’t get the opportunity to get his three but converted on his two chances. Josie was top dog on the day but dog work was nothing spectacular as few birds held for points which was strange for opening weekend. We put in a full day so the effort was there. I’m looking forward to the upland season as there appear to be a few more birds this year.

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Sean Quail 2015 Oct 17
Oct 17, 2015

I finally got out for a solo quail hunt awhile back and hit a place that I didn’t have a lot of conf ...more

idence in since it had been pretty poor the last couple of years. It was close and I couldn’t hunt long so what the hell, right? I ran all 3 dogs and ended up being surprised by the number of birds we encountered. We hit at least 3 coveys with one of the coveys having over 30 birds. This place is a jungle and it requires dogs that are willing to get into the thick stuff to be really effective. I don’t own any dogs like that but they went through the motions and after a few hours of hunting, we had 9 quail to take home for a future meal. Unfortunately, the dogs didn’t find 4 other quail that I shot due to the jungle like conditions. As usual, I took a physical beating from this hunt but it was good to get out and shoot some quail.

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Sean Ducks 2015 Oct 10
Oct 10, 2015

We had a solid duck opener a couple weeks ago. With the ducks using multiple ponds on the property, ...more

we decided to split up in small groups this year and keep them moving since the ducks weren’t moving much on their own as noted during scouting prior to the opener. Joel and Tony teamed up on one pond and they made quick work of a 2 man limit of mixed species of ducks. I didn’t get a picture of their birds but they had a few colored up mallard drakes which seems to be the norm earlier this season than in the past.
.....Cody had to get to bowling by 9:00 a.m. so he hunted a pond solo and was the 1st one done with a mix of species including 2 colored up Green wing teal which appear to be more prevalent this year as well. It only took Cody about a ½ hour to get his ducks and he was quite happy with his accomplishment as he should have been.
.....Kyle and I hunted a pond together and we got set up late. I would name the person who showed up late for the opening day of duck season and had the sleds for packing decoys through the water locked up but he owns the place so that wouldn’t be wise on my part. We hurriedly got set up and as always when you’re running late, a problem with Kyle’s Benelli was encountered. For some reason, the magazine action got stuck in the back position and wouldn’t close. I’ve never had it do that in the 5 years that I’ve owned it but that’s just my life and how things go for me, lol. Of course, ducks were piling in the decoys while I was trying to fix it so frustration was set in, big time. I ended up giving Kyle my Beretta and went to hide and try to fix it with my non-mechanical brain. Somehow, I was able to fix it fairly quickly (thank goodness or I probably would have had an aneurism). In the meantime, Kyle was putting down ducks and my shorthair, Jock, was retrieving them for him. I was able to join him on the shooting and we started stacking up green wing teal in a hurry. Then we hit a major lull which I anticipated would happen if we didn’t get our ducks early. Kyle finished up before the lull hit so I was on the hot seat to get 2 more to finish up the hunt. Kyle isn’t the most patient hunter but he didn’t put too much pressure on me to get it done quickly. I added another teal to get us to 13 teal so naturally, I wanted to finish out with a teal but a pintail drake came in right in our face and I was forced to shoot it, lol. That was an inside joke for those that hunt with me and know my passion for taking bull sprigs.
.....So we closed out a good morning of duck hunting that had its share of challenges to overcome. Looking forward to more days on the water ahead!

...I was hoping to get out for the 2nd day to duck hunt and got a call at 9:50 p.m. from Tony that he had the keys to make it happen. I had given up hope by that point but got the green light from Angela so I made quick work of packing and hit the sack. The hunt the next morning was unique for me as we drove 4-wheelers into the pond and hit some spots where I wasn’t sure if we were in too deep of water for them. It was really cool to cruise into the duck pond like that and made me feel like I was hunting in the deep south with Phil Robertson, except for the total lack of trees around, lol. I just pretended the 10+ foot corn stalks were trees to complete the feeling!
.....So we got the decoys set and grabbed our guns and loaded up right at shooting time and the hunt was on. Two ducks dropped into the spread in the low light conditions and both died (I was a little selfish right off the bat, lol) for a productive start to the hunt. For the next hour and a half, we had bursts of activity laced with lulls in the action and there wasn’t much doubt that we were enjoying a good morning shoot for mixed species of ducks. Tony and I finished out on our 14 ducks with both of us doubling on a flock of about 10 green wing teal that did it right in the hole like you want them to. I really enjoy shooting those little speed demons while they’re available. It won’t be long and the change to all mallards will be here so the variety of the early season is nice.
.....I sure do know how lucky I am to have a great duck hunting spot like I do. Hope everyone else had a good start to the hunt season.

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Sean Partridge 2015 Oct 03
Oct 3, 2015

I went to Asotin for the partridge opener back at the beginning of this month and am just now able t ...more

o pass along the report (job has been very demanding lately). Angela actually came along for this trip since I didn’t have any buddies that were able to make it and it was a good chance for us to spend the weekend together. The trip got off to an ominous start when I hit a deer with my truck just as I was leaving the city portion of the east end of Pomeroy. After avoiding probably close to a hundred deer on the road over 30 years of rural driving, my number finally came up. A small whitetail doe just popped up on the highway from a roadside ditch in broad daylight and I had no time to react. A car that was behind us got quite the show apparently. He pulled off the road with us after we hit the deer and said we “vaporized” the deer and there was nothing left of it to move off the road. I know when I looked in the rear view mirror, all I could see was a huge cloud of hair that resembled a dust cloud. Attached are pictures of the $3,000+ damage. I don’t know how that computes or the fact that they need 6 days to repair it but is sure seems crazy to me. I thought I had made out with just the front bumper damage but after hosing off the guts that were sprayed from behind the front tire all the way to the back fender, more damage was revealed on the front passenger door where the hooves apparently had swung around and hit it. Hmmmm, the only thing different in all these years of driving around deer was Angela was with me this time. I’m pretty sure I know who the jinx is, lol. I had just realized a big savings in August when we switched insurance companies that will probably be lost now, thanks to a damn deer!
.....We were after the chukar and huns the next morning and we found plenty of chukar but I couldn’t capitalize on the opportunities for a variety of reasons – jumpy birds getting up too far out, poor shooting and less than stellar dog work on handling them. Angela troopered up and walked with me that morning and was the camera woman. She captured the first chukar taken of the season and some shots of the me and the dogs working as well as the scenery.
...After the morning hunt, we took a drive to look for some new spots and guess what I saw all over the place? Deer everywhere and tame as could be. See attached. We didn’t find many huns in the morning but in the afternoon Josie slammed on point in the wheat stubble and a decent covey of huns came up and I was able to triple on them. Angela posed with Josie & Rocky with the birds taken by late afternoon on the opener. I was able to pick up 2 more huns after the picture to get a limit of 6 on those but ended up with just the 3 chukar on a day that I really should have limited on those as well. Overall, a good day and nice to share it with my wife.
...The next morning, it was so convenient to get dropped off to hunt and then meet Angela at the end of my walk rather than having to re-trace my steps on ground I had already hunted. Unfortunately, the initial 3 hour hunt didn’t put any birds in the bag despite a great find by Jock on a 30 bird covey of chukar in the wheat stubble. The theme of jumpy birds, less than stellar dog work and poor shooting continued the 2nd morning. My shooting on chukar for the weekend was pathetic and not what I’m used to but it sure keeps a guy humble to go through it (I know what you’re thinking – who is he kidding, he’s not humble). I was pretty frustrated once I got back to the truck after finding 3 coveys of chukar and not a bird to show for it.
.....Angela took in the morning sunrise from the truck and snapped some pictures of the scenery. She mentioned she had seen some huns along the road after she dropped me off. I heard them chirping in the low light conditions when I started that morning but Jock couldn’t pin them down. So as we drove to the next spot, I saw some hun heads poking up in the wheat stubble in the same location where Angela had seen the covey that morning. Perfect opportunity for a young dog! So after driving away from the covey, Josie was let out and off we went. She found them and stacked up in the stubble in the mid-morning sun – pretty stuff, trust me. After 3 shots from the Beretta semi-auto, 2 huns were down for her to retrieve which she did nicely. The covey didn’t fly far and we went back after them in the stubble. This time they didn’t hold for a point but another one was put down on a long range wild flush and Josie scooped him up and brought him to hand like a seasoned pro. Angela captured Josie in action with her cell phone. For some reason, I haven’t had the desire to pack the camera and take actions shots this season so far.
.....Angela dropped me off at a spot that we’ve driven by numerous times over the years that I thought should hold huns but for some reason hadn’t hunted it, yet. It was a good decision to do so this time as Josie worked a shelter belt and 4 huns wild flushed. Almost simultaneously, a whole covey got up to the right of them and flew out to a small CRP patch that was perfect to work a dog. Josie found the initial 4 and I was able to double. After bringing both birds to me, we headed in the direction of the bigger covey. Josie found this covey as well and the birds lifted a few seconds after she pointed but I was close enough to pick out the single bird that was needed for a limit and the shot was true. Hard to beat shooting a limit of huns over an up and coming pup in a morning of work!
.....While Josie and I were hunting, Angela took a picture of a unique car and gas pump and then rolled over to watch the show Josie put on. A hero shot was taken afterwards to wrap up the hunt. We headed home shortly after and the chukar were left for a return visit later in the season.

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Sean Montana 2015 Sept
Sep 30, 2015

Well, if I keep waiting for the opportunity to have more time to do an appropriate write-up, this tr ...more

ip may never get passed on to you. It was another solid trip to MT this year with Darin and dogs. We had kind of a roller coaster of hunt experiences from some of the worst days ever to some of the best days ever. Weather was too warm as usual but the dogs never got sick this year and we didn’t encounter any rattlesnakes so overall it was a success. I didn’t take any action shots of the dogs as I just wasn’t into it and there is some regret knowing it was Josie’s first ever trip and she did quite well.
...New experiences were minimal but I did shoot huns in my flip flops for the first time ever. Funny, how you can bust your rear all morning and get your butt handed to you by the huns and then when you start making a sandwich, they fly out of the wheat stubble field and land 50 yards away – hence, the flip flop shooting. It happened another time when we were done for the afternoon when the temp’s hit 92 and we encountered a covey in the road on the way back to the house. When they flushed and landed in a good area to go after them, I said screw it to putting my hot boots back on and pulled off a flip flop hun.
...When we were struggling mightily at one point on the trip, I took Josie (my new GSP pup) on a 3 hour hunt in 92 degree heat and we shot over 20 birds over her and she didn’t even drink all the water we were carrying for her. She appears to be Rose reincarnated at this point. She has the drive and the ability, now she just needs the experience. Rocky had some great moments on this trip as well but is still struggling with consistency. That and he requires a 5 gallon jug of water for him to hunt an hour. Jock was his solid self but still lacks the drive to allow him to realize his full potential. At 7 1/2 , if he doesn’t have it by now, it’s probably not going to happen. He’ll always be a solid dog but never great.
...Josie got introduced to porcupines and the first encounter was not good when she decided to try to grab the “bird” she had been pointing. She ended up with about 25 quills in her face and mouth. Fortunately, Darin was able to pull all of them while I held her down which was no small chore. As soon as we finished pulling the quills, she hunted like nothing ever happened. She ended up pointing another porkie a few days later but didn’t move in on it and I was able to call her off. There are 2 less of the most worthless creatures that God ever created, in my opinion.
...The only other highlight that probably shouldn’t be mentioned due to the risk of being considered conceded involved a lucky streak of shooting at huns. I’ll take that risk, though because I have low self-esteem and talking about it makes me feel good about myself, lol. I was able to shoot/kill 18 straight huns at one point near the end of the trip before a miss but followed up with a scotch double. The next two coveys after produced consecutive triples to put streak at 26 – 26. The next covey resulted in a kill on the first shot and but then a miss on double opportunity to end the streak at 27. I ended the trip on a 1 for 5 performance to bring me back to reality!
...But who cares about killing birds? The trip is much more than that and the Big Sky experience delivered once again.
...Oh yeah, Darin found a nice Mule deer rack & skull that somehow survived the ravages of nature to give him an offset to the cool Whitetail rack and skull he found several years ago. I expect to see those hanging in the “Man shed” on my next visit to his place.

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Sean Youth Hunt 2015 Sep 20
Sep 20, 2015

Ben Lindholm and I took our boys out for the youth hunt last Saturday. This was the last youth hunt ...more

for my 15 y.o. son, Kyle. Ben’s son, Nick, is 13 so he has a few more years to do the youth hunt.
...We did a private pond hunt and teal ended up being the most prolific birds to provide shooting for the boys. Neither boy shot particularly well but in all fairness, the ducks were not exactly feet down and belly up as was hoped for this hunt. Early season ducks have a mind of their own and decoys and calling can only do so much. They did fine overall and had a good time. Ben used his BLF, Macy, to retrieve the birds. Kyle had to leave early for a baseball DH that started at 10 a.m. and ended up getting all his ducks when Macy found a duck that we couldn’t recover before pictures were taken.
...He shot his first Cinnamon teal on the hunt but we didn’t even realize it in our haste to leave for the baseball game. We discovered it after the baseball games when we went to clean the ducks. Kyle then went to his 1st high school dance for his school’s Homecoming that evening so he put in a full day, lol.
...It was a lot of fun to take the boys on youth hunts over the years. Hard to believe it’s over already!

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Sean Homecoming Kyle 2015 Sep 19
Sep 19, 2015

Kyle went to his 1st dance in High school with a nice young lady from Southridge High School named A ...more

lyssia. She is a cheerleader at her school and she and Kyle are “dating”, whatever that means these days. It is his first real girlfriend and though sooner than I like, a lot later than expected. He had a great time at the dance but did fall asleep at an afterward gathering about midnight so the early duck hunt and baseball games finally got to him.
...Alan.Franklin’s (longtime friend) daughter, Jaden(sp?), was the Homecoming Princess and they all did pictures and went out to dinner together as a big group. Memorable moments!

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Sean Dove Season 2015 Sept
Sep 15, 2015

...Well, it has been another phenomenal WA dove season up to this point. WA raised the limit on dove ...more

s to 15 per person per day this year and extended the season to 60 days. It sure was fun getting to shoot more per day but it did add to the shell bill, lol. My 3 dogs got in some retrieving action, my 2 boys knocked the rust off of their guns and many a hunt was shared with good friends. I snapped a few photos along the way and thought I would share them with you.
...It was fun watching my new up and coming pup, Josie partake in the dove hunts. She went from no clue to working the wind and scent to find the downed dove and retrieving it to hand. I have high hopes for my little girl! Montana beckons this weekend after getting Kyle out for his last youth hunt ever. I hope Josie catches on to the prairie birds of MT as quickly as she did the doves!

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Sean Salmon 2015 July
Jul 24, 2015

...I haven’t been sending out reports this summer as my # of fishing days as well as the success lev ...more

el have been all over the board with not much consistency. I haven’t taken a lot of pic’s on my outings but recently got into it a little more. The first salmon report was a local outing with buddy Thor Ostrom, the reigning local “King of the Reach” salmon fisherman. He put me on a wild King on the 24th of July that we couldn’t keep and I snapped a pic of it in the net. 6 more days and we can keep the wild ones in this stretch of the Columbia!
...A week later, Thor invited me and Darin to accompany he and his wife, Stacy, to Lake Wenatchee for a sockeye salmon quest. My brother-in- law who lives in Wenatchee had graciously offered to host Darin and I in the past so we took him up on it for this outing. Lake Wenatchee is a unique salmon fishery with wild salmon staging in a deep, cold water lake after running up the Columbia River and into the Wenatchee River before hanging in the lake for a couple of months prior to running up another couple of rivers out of the lake to spawn and die. Since the lake has a population of federally protected bull trout, also called Dolly Varden, no bait or scent is allowed to catch fish. So a flasher and red hooks are used to catch the sockeye. Pictures will tell the bulk of the rest of the story of a very enjoyable couple of days of fishing.
...You are allowed to keep 4 sockeye salmon per day per person so we cashed in the 1st morning with our 16 by 11:00 a.m. There were a lot of boats fishing and only one main boat launch so getting in and getting out required your utmost patience. The fishing made it worth it.
...With only 2 hours sleep the night before, 5 hours seemed like plenty enough when we met Thor at 3:00 a.m. in the morning for the 2nd day of fishing. Since it was a Saturday, we knew the launch would be crazy so early was the plan to avoid the long wait. It worked great to launch at 3:45 and the low 50 degree air temperatures was a stark contrast to the constant 100 degree days we had been subjected to at home. We hit fish earlier than the 1st day and it looked like we were going to have another banner day but then we hit a big lull and just never could get in a rhythm on the bite. Stacy started the day the same way, again, lol! Once she woke up, she filled in the fishing lull with fetish-like discussions about men’s nipples, stories of sexual escapades from newly acquired friends the prior evening and she even conducted a mystery solving exercise of her missing pee cup from the boat. I almost didn’t even notice we weren’t catching fish, she was so entertaining.
...Not to be outdone, the scenery was still just as spectacular the 2nd day.
...We pulled out at about the same time as the day before but with 10 less salmon. It was perplexing but 22 salmon in 2 mornings of fishing is hard to be disappointed with and the eating these fish provide is off the charts. Springer salmon and sockeye are #1 & #2 in my book on flavor. As we headed to the lower end of the lake, the 25,000+ acre fire near Lake Chelan was sending visible smoke in the horizon.
...All in all, a great time with same great people in some awesome scenery. I even kind of enjoyed my time with my brother-in-law! Who would have thunk?





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Sean Salmon 2015 May 01
May 1, 2015

A couple of weeks ago, I was fortunate enough to get invited on a spring (King) salmon fishing outin ...more

g on our local Columbia River. I’m usually too busy chasing turkeys to get in on this limited time fishery that happens in the spring time and I’m not set up for fishing for them. My buddy, Johnny hooked us up with his boss/friend, Rod who is a former Missourian like myself and Rod took us out in his boat for a great day of fishing and BS’ing. The fishing was slow but when we finally got a take down, the rod was all mine and the pressure was on to get the fish to the boat. They get off often with the barbless hooks that are required to be used to catch them but luck was on my side and I was able to get my 1st ever spring salmon to the net after a hard fought battle. These fish are strong and the fight was awesome! The only thing better than catching them is eating them!

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Sean Turkey 2015 Apr 15
Apr 15, 2015

A week and a half after the youth season, I ventured back north for the opening morning of the regul ...more

ar turkey season and did a solo hunt. The birds seemed to still be on a similar routine but had started to scatter out more and I heard gobbling in nearby areas this time at fly up the night before. I decided to set my blind below the roost in an area where we took 3 toms last season. Opening morning was almost as crazy with gobbler and hen talk as it was for the youth opener. This time, though the turkeys flew down from the roost and stayed on the ridge above me strutting, gobbling and carrying on what sounded like a major orgy. It was 23 degrees that morning so the excitement of all that action after 2 hours was slowly waning when I finally got a response to my box call yelps from a distance behind me from a gobbler. The next time I called, I got cut off with a pair of gobbles from that same location, only closer and I knew I had a couple of highly interested toms. A check through the back window of the blind revealed a couple of toms I was very familiar with from scouting and Kyle had missed one of them during the youth hunt. I called these 2 toms M&R (Merriam & Rio) because one was a tall tom with a beautiful white tipped fan and the other was a shorter tom with a buffed color fan. These two must have been brothers from another mother and I never saw them without each other and they never seemed to get further than a couple feet apart. While scouting, I had seen these two and really wanted to get the Merriam as his fan was about the nicest I had seen on a turkey.

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Sean Turkey Scouting 2015 Apr 03
Apr 3, 2015

Just now finally getting around to the turkey season update. I didn’t spend near as much time pre-se ...more

ason scouting this season but as you can see from the pictures, I was able to locate a few turkey before the youth opener. Kyle hunted his last season as a youth and after experiencing years of good fortunes on gobblers, he went home empty-handed this time. He missed a tom early in the hunt on opening morning and then again later in the evening. He also didn’t take shots at a few other toms that were in range due to difficult angles and just lack of aggressiveness. We only got to hunt a few hours in the morning on Sunday due to Easter family commitments and the birds all stayed grouped up when they came off the roost and we just couldn’t do anything with them. It was a bizarre scenario for it to go the way it did after he has had so much success in the past but it was a humbling experience for him and I bet he’ll get the gun down on his cheek and really focus on the shot in the future. Oh well, we shared some exciting moments together and some rare one on one time.

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Sean Baseball Kyle 2015 Mar 15
Mar 15, 2015

Kyle is playing freshmen baseball for Kamiakin. They had a jamboree this past Saturday and I thought ...more

I would share some random shots that a mother of one of his teammates took of him. He had a great start to his High School baseball experience!

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Sean Hunting Stats 2014-2015
Feb 9, 2015
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Sean Ducks 2015 Jan 25
Jan 25, 2015

We decided to finish out the season where we started it so I hunted a private pond with Joel, Tony & ...more

Curtis. I never have good last day hunts it seems so I had low expectations for this hunt. Even though it turned out to be a grind, it exceeded my expectations and we were able to get our 28 ducks when it was all said and done. I felt like crap when I woke up that morning for the hunt and my ear still felt like I had water in it but no more pain associated with the cattail stabbing. I had to force myself to do this hunt but I couldn't miss the last day of what has been a dream season. I'm not going to lie, this was a tough hunt compared to what we are used to but we stuck to a plan of a small duck decoy spread, little to no calling, no spinner and taking any shot when a duck got into a killable window. It was pretty much one duck at a time except when we had a 4 pack of widgeon do it better than any ducks all day and they all stayed when the shooting stopped. A drake pin did it really well at one point but the highlight of the day came for a fairly new waterfowl hunter. A pair of mallards were working us and they made a big loop and approached low from our left and once they got to a killable point, Tony and I came up and took our shots and missed and Curtis let fly and smoked the drake. You guessed it - banded. It was his first banded duck. So we ended the season with a band on the final hunt and we got our 4 man limits on ducks to end a truly dream duck season. The breakdown on the take was 10 MD's, 8 MH's, 4 WD's, 2 WH's, 3 PD's & 1 PH. The weather was the same old low clouds, fog and very little wind.


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Sean Ducks 2015 Jan 24
Jan 24, 2015

I hunted public water with Eric, Chris & Alan on this day. I was fortunate to get an invite from Chr ...more

is on this hunt. We weren't able to get the exact spot we wanted but we were lucky to still get a decent spot. We shot our 28 ducks but it took about 5 hours with all the constant shooting going on around us. There were a good number of ducks flying this day but a lot of them were divers that we weren't interested in shooting. We were a little late getting set up again on this hunt despite going with less decoys but we still put out 4 1/2 dozen. Fortunately, there was a good hide already. The first duck of the day that bombed in was a drake CAN and we were able to drop him. What a start! It got better when we combo'd on the next duck and it turned out to be a Eurasion widgeon! The 2nd one in 5 days! I can't even explain how improbable it is to shoot a Eurasian widgeon in E. WA, let alone 2 in 5 days. The rest of the morning was a mixture of mallards and widgeon with a gadwall hen chaser. Then the CANS began working again and we doubled on 2 bulls that almost landed in the spread, one of which Chris is going to get mounted. Then shortly after that, Eric took a drake CAN to give us a 4 man limit on them. We had defied the odds on that one as well this day. Eric wrapped up an extremely solid hunt with a mallard drake that came in cupped and committed. Eric's BLM, Jasper and Chris's BLF, Abby handled the retrieving including finding at least 3 ducks that we would have never recovered without them. Another solid duck hunt on public land!

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Sean Ducks 2015 Jan 23
Jan 23, 2015

I finished out the season with 5 consecutive days of hunts and 9 out of the last 10 but it cost me a ...more

s I’m sick now. In a few days, I will remember it as worth it.
...I hunted a private pond with Joel & Cody while Darin hunted a nearby pond. We didn't plan to be picky on this hunt so whatever came in got shot but we were fortunate to get a good number of greenheads (13), a bull sprig and 7 GWT drakes along with a few hens of each species and Darin capped his hunt with a double on hen spoonies. The weather has been monotonous with low clouds, fog and very little wind. It isn't helping make the duck hunting prosperous but it's hard to complain about another 4 man limit in a morning. It was good to get another hunt in with Cody before the season comes to a close. One scary incident occurred during this hunt - I was walking through a patch of cattails to retrieve our last duck and I had the pointed end of a cattail go into my ear canal perfectly and hit my ear drum. You want to talk about painful and scary! I think the chances of that happening might have been lower than shooting a Eurasion widgeon in E. WA but the next hunt would take that improbability to a new level.

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Sean Geese 2015 Jan 21
Jan 21, 2015

I hunted a private winter wheat field with Tracy and his friend, Joe. We set up on the pivot to get ...more

in the middle of the field and throw the geese a different look. The geese flew early this day and we shot our 1st goose at 7:30 a.m. when a 4 pack of honks gave us a look. They stayed on the outside of the spread and wouldn't commit so we tried to whack them but it was a poke and only got the one. We had a single honk pull a "Dumplestilskin" and added him to the take - that was cool to see him dump air and come straight in. Then we had some lessers give us a hard look but they landed long on the front end of the decoy spread so I had the only shot and was able to scratch one of them out at a long distance. Then we had another group of lessers work us with a lone honker and the honk and a lesser peeled off and landed in the decoys while the rest of the group worked but wouldn't commit so we took them when they passed over and like an idiot, I tried to take one high and had to shoot him twice and by the time I came back to the pair in the decoys, they had put too much distance on me so we only got one lesser on that go. The highlight of the hunt came next when a bunch of geese lifted off an adjoining field and a single honk landed in the spread and began honking his head off and helped pull a 30+ flock of honks right in nice and tight but we only took 5 out of it. I think we should have killed more but they are honks and tough to put down. The flight died after that and we decided to pull up 3 short of a 3 man limit but as always we had a flock of lessers lock up and bee-line to us before they saw us scrambling. More geese began flying and patterning our field but I wouldn't expect anything less from the damn things! It was a solid finish to a mediocre goose season.

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Sean Ducks 2015 Jan 21
Jan 21, 2015

I hunted a popular public pond with Eric, Joel & Alan. This was a truly epic hunt. We shot our 28 du ...more

cks in just over an hour and the number of ducks flying in that time period was truly amazing and reminded me of this place in its glory days of many years ago. We had done our scouting the day before and knew we should be in for a good hunt but you just never know what might happen especially on public water. Eric & Alan had been doing well on their last few hunts there and had been taking drake Can's each time out but I have a longstanding frustration with this duck and had not taken one in 38 years of hunting so I was hopeful but far from expectant to get one on this hunt. We were late getting set up with putting out 6 1/2 dozen decoys & trying to build a good hide. An unreal amount of ducks came off an adjoining field at shooting time and we were not able to capitalize since we weren't set up, yet. Once we got set up, the first duck bombed in and I thought it was a drake CAN so I folded it up and realized it was a drake redhead - not a bad 1st duck to shoot. I hadn't shot one in about 20 years so I was happy to have a potential mounter to start the day. Then it was on for the mallards and we were stacking them up as fast as Eric's BLM, Jasper, could get them back to us. He literally was bringing back ducks and going right back out for the next one. Then the phrase I was waiting to hear, "CANS" came and I watched as a 4 pack came buzzing by the decoys and then looped out and made a turn to come back. I picked out the best bull in the bunch and dropped him when he hit the sweet spot. I was stoked when the dog brought back a prime bull! The CAN exorcism I performed last night had worked. I decided to take him back and get some pictures right away and while I was gone a single bull CAN came into the decoys and Joel dropped him for his 1st CAN ever as well. That lucky SOB didn't have to put in near as much time as me to do that! It was long after that and we got another drake CAN to show up for the puddler party and added him to the diver/puddler mix. Then it was back on with the mallards and it was raining green to the end. Once we got to our calculated count of 27 ducks, we all agreed to hold out for one more drake CAN. I had Joel do another count just to make sure and he said the only frustrating words of the day, "we have 28, we're done". Ugghh! Oh well, hard to be upset about that! What a hunt!

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Sean Ducks 2015 Jan 19
Jan 19, 2015

I hunted a popular public place yesterday with Cody and his friend, Dradon. I didn't really even wan ...more

t to do this hunt & would have preferred to quail hunt but Cody really wanted to go so we made it happen. The weather was ridiculously warm to start the hunt (49 degrees) & the wind died to start the hunt but picked back up after about 1/2 hour. Dradon is in his 1st year of hunting & have never been on a good duck hunt before. I’m not sure this one qualified as good but he said it was his best hunt ever so I think he was happy with how it turned out. Somehow, we managed to pull off a decent hunt thanks to the widgeon. We ended up with 19 ducks (4 MD, 2 MH, 8 WD, 3 WH, 1 EW, 1 GWTD) with one of the highlights being getting my 1st ever Eurasion Widgeon hybrid. The mallards were far & few between but widgeon were in steady supply & gave us good looks most of the morning. Cody & Dradon actually were 5th in line at 11:00 p.m. to get a spot & managed to get my 3rd choice of spots & we get the best looks on the pond from the ducks & shot more than any other with the exception of possibly one other to the far south of us. I didn’t like where the blind was located with the strength of the wind so we built a new blind from scratch and though it was a pain, I think it was a good decision. Dradon was a treat to host & shot very well. He was a little over zealous when it came to waiting for the shot to be called but we worked through it and I think he learned a lot on this hunt. He was very safe which mattered more than anything to me if he and Cody are going to hunt together in the future without me. Cody had a great time & it worked out way beyond my expectations.
...I thought I was going to be able to avoid a taxidermist bill this season but this duck is definitely going to get mounted. I’m still holding out hope for a prime bull CAN before the season ends but I’ve been hoping for that for 38 years so we’ll see how that works out.

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Sean Ducks 2015 Jan 17
Jan 17, 2015

I hunted a private pond w/ Darin while Joel, Tony & Curtis set up on the small south pond on 28 that ...more

has filled up with new water from the overflow off 28. This hunt was another grind with very spooky ducks. It was actually kind of a chilly morning with a 6 - 8 mph north breeze & temp's in the mid-30's. We had heavy cloud cover & then the rain started in earnest at about 11:00 a.m. Joel, Tony & Curtis were where the ducks wanted to be & shot their 21 quicker than Darin and I got our 14. They also got a banded mallard hen that was banded in ID in 2012. I ended up taking 2 decoys over after they left & picked up the last 2 mallard drakes I needed to finish out with my limit while Darin got his last 2 on the big pond & we wrapped it up at 12:40 p.m. All in all, a good day considering we have been pounding the same ducks for the last 2 weeks (maybe longer).

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Sean Ducks 2015 Jan 14
Jan 14, 2015

I hunted a private pond with Joel yesterday. There was a breeze out of the north which is about the ...more

worst direction for our blind that we can get. The ducks were spooky as usual & I had to get into work for a meeting so we weren't picky. We ended up getting a mixed bag with 6 MD's, 3 MH's, 1 WD, 2 WH's, 1 PH & 1 GWTH for our 14 duck limit. I shot pretty poorly on this day, missing 2 give me mallard drakes or the picture would have been a little prettier. This hunt took me over the 300 duck mark for the season which was a target that I wanted to hit after coming very close the prior 2 seasons.

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Sean Ducks 2015 Jan 11
Jan 11, 2015

We went back to the pond this day and I hunted with Joel, Tony & Curtis. It was another cloudy, wind ...more

less morning with temp's in the mid-30's. This was another solid hunt on the pond. We chose to shoot mallard hens on this hunt since we were in a hurry to get back to watch the Cowboys - Packers playoff game so 8 hens died but we added 15 mallard drakes, 3 pintail drakes & 2 GWT drakes as part of our 28 duck limit. The pintail drakes all committed to the spread well this day which was cool to see and I got in trouble for shooting them as usual. The ducks really spread their timing out on coming back to the pond but we had mostly steady action up to the last duck being taken after about 2 1/2 hours of hunting. Zink, Tony’s YLF, retrieved our ducks with style and efficiency but I didn’t take any pictures in our haste to get in and get out.


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Sean Ducks 2015 Jan 09 plus 10 notes
Jan 9, 2015

I hunted public on the river again this day with Alan. Not a lot of ducks flying nor were many inter ...more

ested in our decoy spread but enough did work us that we were able to scratch out our 14 ducks. We weren't picky on what we took today and ended up w 8 MD, 2 MH, 1PD, 1 WD & 2 GWT drakes. I was able to take a 4 species limit of drakes w 3 MD, 1 PD, 1 WD & 2 GWT drakes. We had a decent breeze out of the SW (5 - 7 mph) with cloudy, low fog ceiling type conditions that have set in for our area.

1/10---I hunted a winter wheat field for geese this day with Eric, Tracy, John & Sol. The geese flew late & when they did finally fly, they didn't have much to do with us. It was a cloudy, mostly windless day with temp's in the mid-30's which should have been a decent goose hunting day. They did fly in pretty good #'s later in the morning but they didn't like where we setup for some reason or the number of decoys we put out. We killed a 3 pack of honks that came into the spread but could have killed more….and this is where I don’t type anymore because my momma told me if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all. J Suffice to say, I wasn’t calling the shots on this hunt but I played nice and pretended to have fun.

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Sean Ducks 2015 Jan 08
Jan 8, 2015

I hunted a private pond with Joel & Johnny. It was a slightly foggy, low cloud, drizzly morning with ...more

a slight breeze out of the north w temp's in the mid-30's. Joel has pumped water from the north to the south & this pond has taken on a lot of water in the last week. The ducks have showed up & finally got to a huntable #. They worked pretty well for the most part & the hunt went pretty quickly. I started off with a drake GWT & there were enough of them around that I tried to go for an all drake GWT limit but after I got to 5, there weren’t any teal flying & we didn't want to burn the pond up so I opted to take a couple greenheads to finish out with the J & J's all green limits. Johnny’s YLF, Penny, handled the retrieving. It was nice to be back on the pond after a week & a half & the action was better than we expected.

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Sean Ducks 2015 Jan 05 plus 06/07 notes
Jan 5, 2015

I hunted a public river spot with Joel & Alan. We had a strong SW breeze that blew 20 - 30 mph & it ...more

had the ducks flying continuously. We had to break a hole open in the ice since the warmer temp's & wind hadn't receded the ice from this spot quite, yet. It wasn't easy to pull ducks into our small hole but we had enough do it that we finished up with our 21 duck limit at 10:00 a.m. We had to deal with a nearby blind sky busting almost non-stop & it flared a lot of our working ducks but we persisted & it worked out. The retrieves by Joel & I were pretty treacherous with the slick ice & strong wind that would blow us across the ice. There were some pretty wild dead duck crash landings on the ice this day as well.

===I’m including 1/6 & 1/7 hunt reports just so you guys know that I get my ass handed to me from time to time. I don’t like sharing it but I’m keeping it real.
...1/6 – I hunted Walla Walla Co. solo with my dogs this day. At the 1st spot, we found 3 roosters that were all out of range & 3 hens that were, of course, in range. I was so disgusted with the lack of birds & how hard the walking was in the thick vegetation that I left early & didn't even hunt the 2 other farms that I had lined up. I went back to my stomping grounds to scout ducks & geese & then did a couple hour pheasant hunt with the dogs that produced similar results - 2 roosters out of range & 3 killable hens. So my perfect limit ratio per hunt on roosters for the season bit the dust on this day.
...1/7 – I hunted a disced corn field with Johnny, Spencer & Grant for geese. It was a bust with very few geese flying & the ones that did, wanted nothing to do with us in spite of running a stuffer spread. It was a decent weather day for goose hunting but they flew really late for some reason. It was good to get out with the guys since I haven't hunted with any of them this season up to this point.

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Sean Ducks 2015 Jan 04
Jan 4, 2015

I hunted a private corn field this day with Joel, Don Moody & his son, Micah. We got about 1/2" of s ...more

now overnight and set up on ducks we saw hitting the field the evening prior while scouting. It wasn't easy and a lot of ducks didn't go for our setup but after about 4 hours of persistence, another 28 mallards (21 green, 7 brown) were down for the count. It was nice to hunt with Don for the 1st time this season & to get to spend time with his son for the 1st time ever. The ducks in the field are anything but a give me this time of year but with the right weather conditions, they can be killed.




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Sean Geese 2015 Jan 03
Jan 3, 2015

I hunted a private winter wheat field with Darin, Tony, Eric, Curtis & Anthony. There were about a t ...more

housand geese in the field the prior day so we had high hopes. It worked out when we shot 23 honkers & 1 dink. There were a lot of geese to work with on this day & even though most wouldn't buy into our program, enough did to make for a day of retribution on the farm. The geese have kicked my rear for years & it was nice to finally get in a great goose hunt. We also shot a couple of widgeon that bombed into the goose decoy spread towards the end of the hunt.
...Tony, Curtis & Anthony left around 11 a.m. and took their geese with them. I took pictures of the geese we had prior to them leaving and then Darin, Eric and I stuck around and finished out our 6 man limit.

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Sean Upland 2015 Jan 02
Jan 2, 2015

I hunted some private ground solo for upland on this day. The first run in the CRP with both dogs pr ...more

oduced no birds. The 2nd run in the CRP with Jock produced a rooster that didn't hold long enough and then 2 nice points with single roosters that I was able to put down. I ran Rocky at the radio tower area with no birds found. I finished the hunt in the river bottom with both dogs & was able to get one quail out of a covey next to the wheat stubble but 2 more quail coveys were found that flushed wild with no shot opportunities. I did not even see a pheasant in the river bottom area nor any sign to speak of. I cut the hunt short to go scout waterfowl.

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Sean Waterfowl 2014 Dec 31
Dec 31, 2014

I hunted McNary, a local Federal Wildlife Refuge, with Chris, Alan and Eric. Chris had the #8 pick & ...more

graciously invited me to come along. After scouting the prior day, we opted to do a field hunt. It was a different kind of field hunt with mostly singles, doubles & very small groups of ducks committing to the spread rather than large groups of ducks. We were being picky & only shooting drake mallards & pin drakes & it was working well until about 2:30 & then something changed & we couldn't hardly get any interest from the ducks so we started shooting whatever we could get in from then on but we finished one short of our limit on ducks at 27 (19 MD, 2 MH, 4 PD, 2 WD). We also took 3 snow geese out of a flock but had 2 other opportunities & opted to let them work a little closer & they didn't come back around. We had the typical public land sky busting to deal with that hurt us on other flocks that were working our setup. Overall, a great day but I’m still scratching my head on what changed with the way the ducks were acting later in the day.

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Sean Ducks 2014 Dec 30
Dec 30, 2014

This hunt kicked off my official last vacation time of the hunt season. I hunted 12 out of the 13 da ...more

ys I had off during that time period with New Year’s being the only day I took off and not because I was hung over but to hang with the family.
...On this hunt, we went back to the same area we had done so well the day before but with the lower water conditions, we moved further to the south. Thor, Darin & Thor’s buddy, Mike from Chewelah were my hunt partners on this day. We got the unexpected when we showed up to the spot we wanted & it was iced over to about 200 yards out in the river. We had a north breeze most of the evening & temp's in the upper teen's so ice was a disappointing surprise. We broke open a hole & gave it our best shot, except we shoot pretty poorly this day. Granted, most of the shots were on the edge of our effective ranges but we missed some easy ones as well. We ended up with 20 ducks on the day with a mostly mallard bag and a couple GW teal, 3 widgeon & a pintail. The ducks actually flew & worked better from 11:30 to 2:00 when we finally had to give up when we ran out of shells (you are limited to 25 per person in this area)! I think this is the first time I can ever remember running out of shells without getting a full limit for the group. It was pretty sad!
...Thor had to leave early and took the ducks we had at that point with him. Pictures attached of the others taken.

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Sean Ducks 2014 Dec 29
Dec 29, 2014

I hunted a public river spot with Eric & Alan. We had a sporadic north breeze that was supposed to b ...more

low 20 - 30 mph but that didn't happen. It was enough to get the ducks moving around, though and we worked nice groups of mallards & a few pintails to finish up with our 21 ducks by 9:00. Thor, Monty & Chris backfilled the blind & they shot another 21 mallards & pintails by noon to make it a banner public duck hunt day. The water level was a challenge to keep the decoys afloat as they were dropping the water all morning as we were hunting. Eric’s dog, Jasper, handled the retrieving chores which were a little easier and quicker due to the low water conditions.

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Sean Pheasants 2014 Dec 26
Dec 26, 2014

Hunted some private ground in Walla Walla Co. with Darin for the first 4 hours. We didn't find a sin ...more

gle rooster during that time period and only 3 hens. We stopped by a landowner’s place that I used to hunt extensively years ago on the way back & got permission & found numerous pheasants in the couple hours we hunted it. I shot the 1st rooster on a wild flush shortly after Jock had pointed in the vicinity but he couldn't peg the bird. Then we hit a spot that had several roosters & I shot a wild flush rooster but it sailed over the hill. Then Jock nailed one that I was able to put down on the spot. Darin got the next one on a point by Rocky. We moved a 1/2 mile down the road & worked back to the area we previously hunted & were able to find my earlier cripple with good dog work from both Rocky & Jock. We had several more finds by both dogs but Darin wasn't able to connect on any of them before both dogs were wore down. Good day considering the first spot was so poor & the old spot was a huge surprise. I’m kicking myself for not having checked into that property all season until now! Nice weather day for pheasant hunting as well with a slight breeze & temp's in the 30's & sunny.

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Sean Ducks 2014 Dec 24
Dec 24, 2014

I hunted a private pond with Darin. It was a very rainy morning with light wind & temp's in the low ...more

40's. We hunted out of a blind that hasn’t been used much this season and fixed it up as best we could. There were a decent number of ducks on the pond when we went in to set up and they came back fast & furious for the first 20 minutes of LST & we took half our limit. It slowed down dramatically after that and took us another 2 1/2 hours to get the rest of our 2 man limit. We started out holding to an all greenhead limit but ended up settling for a couple of hen mallards, a hen pintail and Darin finished out with a hen GW teal when it appeared we had no choice. The fields were the place to be on this wet and cool morning but we stuck to our plan and it worked out.

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Sean Ducks 2014 Dec 21
Dec 21, 2014

I hunted a popular public pond with my oldest son, Cody on Sunday. It was my first public duck hunt ...more

of the year. Cody was the man by going out and getting the 1st spot in line the evening before the hunt which enabled us to get the blind I wanted for the 30+ mph SW winds we fortunate to have for this hunt. This one particular blind is the best for strong SW wind conditions & it really helped to be in the right spot. The set up was frustrating though as I struggled to keep the wind duck decoys working & had to continually tweak them to keep them working correctly. The ducks were playing coy by showing a lot of interest in our spread but then bailing as they approached shooting range. The blind was a joke & I had to basically rebuild it to hide us well enough. In spite of all the challenges which included some really stupid antics by other hunters, Cody & I managed to bang out our 14 ducks in about 3 hours. The duck take consisted of 10 mallard drakes, 2 mallard hens, 1 wigeon drake & 1 golden eye drake. I shot the golden eye because I thought it looked prime enough for a potential mount but upon closer inspection, it was a young drake and wasn’t mount-worthy. Cody shot a mallard hen on the 1st go but then finished out with 6 consecutive mallard drakes to make my limit look a little inferior, lol. It was great to get in a father/son hunt with Cody but I would pay the price the next day when I got very sick with strep throat.

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Sean Ducks 2014 Dec 20
Dec 20, 2014

I hunted a private pond with Joel, Tony & Anthony. It was a rainy morning with little wind & temp's ...more

in the upper 40's. We hunted out of layout blinds on the edge of the pond. It resembled what I’m guessing a west side of WA hunt would typically be like – a mucky mess! There were a lot of ducks flying this day but very few wanted to fall for our ploy. We singled them to death on this hunt with only but a few go's being anything other than singles. It was another grinder but at the end of the hunt yet another limit for the group of 4 hunters. We shot 22 mallard drake's, 5 mallard hen's & 1 pintail drake out of the 28 ducks. I started to feel physically sick on this hunt but was glad I grinded it out. Just to clarify, not sick from the hunt but actually not feeling well.

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Sean Upland 2014 Dec 18
Dec 18, 2014

I got out on an upland hunt last Friday in Garfield Co. with Darin. I was hoping to continue to buil ...more

d on Rocky’s successful last hunt but that was going to require that I put him on some land with birds which was not going to be a guarantee. We started out on some good looking CRP that held pheasants back in October, the last time I hunted it. We had a lot of ground to cover so I put down both dogs. Jock, my 6 y.o. GSP, got off to a fast start by pointing a rooster that flushed wild just out of range. He quickly found another one and I had Darin go to him but he missed the rooster over Jock's point. Awhile later, I shot the 1st rooster over another Jock point further into the CRP. He had been on point for close to 5 minutes before I could find him and get to him. It was a young bird that didn’t even have any spurs (very rare)!
Rocky and Jock were working the lower end of hill in the CRP on our walk back to the truck when Jock slammed on point and Rocky backed what I presumed to be the rooster that Darin missed and the bird held just as well the 2nd time around but he ran out of luck this time. Rocky beat Jock to the retrieve which I was ok with and he brought it to hand without rolling it or marking it and I put the long, sharp-spurred bird in the vest for #2 on the day.
We moved to another spot that I had not hunted before and I decided to just put Rocky out to hunt. He ended up finding and pointing a covey of huns in the burn/re-growth CRP & Darin got one & I dropped one out late that Rocky never recovered. He did a great job on the retrieve of Darin’s hun, though.
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We moved to another spot that I knew held roosters and quail but the plan to corner the birds got bungled when Darin got all the birds up on the place in a finger draw w/o any kills. Let’s just say the plan didn’t get executed the way it was designed! We hit another CRP field to close out the day & Rocky pointed a lone rooster that I was able to kill. His beeper had been going for at least a minute before I found him stacked up, head high and when I moved in front of him initially, there was nothing. He relocated up about 10 yards and slammed down again and I took 2 steps and the old rooster cackled for the last time. He had some dandy spurs as well! Rocky had to make a long retrieve on this bird as it fell over a drop off but he handled it like he’s been doing it forever. That was it for birds for the day. It was pretty disappointing considering Darin didn’t get into the birds much at all but not uncommon for this late in the season. The highlight was the dog work for sure especially from Rocky. All the birds we killed were over points and I don’t think they missed much, if any birds on the ground.




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Sean Ducks 2014 Dec 17
Dec 17, 2014

I hooked up with Joel and Darin to hunt a private pond once, again. The ducks are stale, the weather ...more

is stale but somehow we managed to get another 3 limits of mallards. It took longer to get them this time but still a solid hunt in my book. I don’t know how much longer we can keep up our run of good fortune but have no doubt, we’re going to keep at it until it stops. Hopefully, the only thing that stops us is the end of the season, lol. There wasn’t anything unusual about this hunt but it sure was a lot of fun. I’m going to turn back to upland tomorrow and hope for the best.

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Sean Josie 2014 Dec 16
Dec 16, 2014

Here are some pic’s of my new GSP puppy, Josie. We picked her up in Portland, OR on Saturday and she ...more

is settling in well in our home. It was a tough decision to pick her over another male that I really liked but ultimately my prior favorable experience with a female (Rose) was the deciding factor. We have high hopes that she will be another solid dog in the field.

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Sean Pheasants 2014 Dec 14
Dec 14, 2014

I hit Whitman Co. yesterday and hunted some private ground with Darin. The 2 hour drive was a challe ...more

nge with freezing fog coating the roads. We started the hunt on a great looking piece of property that I hadn’t hunted in years. It was pretty disappointing considering the quality of the habitat but I did shoot the first rooster in a creek bottom next to the wheat stubble over my GSP male, Jock to get us going. We moved to a place where I encountered several pheasants last month and covered a waterway and a creek bottom with no luck. I ran my pointer, Rocky and he hunted hard but the pheasants all flushed well ahead in spite of us keeping as quiet as possible. We hit another creek bottom and I was able to connect on another rooster over Jock’s point. Unfortunately, when I shot the bird, it fell on the other side of the creek and I wasn’t sure whether it went down totally dead so I hustled over to get a better look and tripped hard over a barbed wire fence that was shin height and hidden by cover. It hurt to say the least and I’m still feeling it today. Jock did swim across the creek and recover the rooster with some strong “encouragement”. We saw close to 30 pheasants on this piece of ground but w the exception of the 1 rooster I got, none of them let us get close. Jock and I hit a covey of quail on the north side of the road but I shot poorly and didn't get any. We headed to another spot and hunted another creek bottom and Rocky pointed a covey of quail and I shot the only one I could and he made a nice recovery and retrieve. We crossed the road and hit a tall wheat stubble field with coulees and Rocky pointed another covey of quail that I was able to double on. He found both birds and retrieved them perfectly. I thought it was going to be a pheasant that he found so I didn’t snap a picture but how I wish I would have now. He looked impressive standing tall in the sun! We hit a brushy coulee later on and flushed 2 roosters and I got the 1st one & Darin got the 2nd one. Rocky retrieved both of them including making a stabbing catch of Darin’s rooster as it tried to fly away when he got close to it. It was another tough upland hunt with 8 hours on the ground and not as many birds taken as we would have liked. We saw close to 50 pheasants but they were extremely wild & difficult to get close to this day & I was fortunate to get a limit of roosters. The highlight of the hunt was seeing Rocky keep improving & have a solid day. After an hour long social session with the farmer, we had another white knuckle drive home in the dense fog. I didn’t have any trouble falling asleep last night after unpacking and cleaning birds and spending time with my new GSP pup that we picked up on Saturday. That’s why I don’t have a report for 12/13.

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Sean Ducks 2014 Dec 12
Dec 12, 2014

I hunted a private pond this day with Darin. Joel was supposed to hunt with us but he never showed u ...more

p. We set up on the SE side of the pond & hunted from layouts. There was a slug of ducks on the pond when we went into setup and they came back non-stop but we couldn't get any big groups to commit which has become the norm lately. It was a singles and doubles show again and they decoyed extremely well early in the hunt but later on as it got lighter out, they got a little tougher. After an hour and a half, we ended the hunt with 13 mallard drakes & one pin drake. It was another solid shoot. The weather was overcast with drizzling rain and little to no wind with temp's in the low 50's.

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Sean Ducks 2014 Dec 10
Dec 10, 2014

I got out on another good mallard shoot this morning with Joel. The weather forecast predicted a 6 – ...more

10 mph SE breeze for this morning but we didn’t get any wind and a lot of fog. It made for a pretty cool scene but oh so quiet once we kicked off a huge wad of ducks when we went in to setup. We threw out about 3 dozen assorted mallard decoys and hunted a pond we hadn’t hit for a while. The ducks came back slowly but surely and we mainly pulled singles and doubles into the spread for some close shooting and we did our jobs with the guns today. With the dark, dreary conditions it was tough to differentiate colors but we were methodical in picking out greenheads and after a couple of hours we had our 14 mallard drakes. Joel handled most of the retrieving chores but it was obvious he needs to be sent back for some refresher training as he blew off my whistle commands and ignored my hand signals. But what can you do when the guy owns the land?

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Sean Ducks 2014 Dec 07
Dec 7, 2014

I hunted the same pond as the prior hunt with the same group of guys. There was a decent north wind ...more

for this hunt but the ducks are catching on to our program & we had to work hard to get the ducks to play. It was a foggy day as well & we couldn't see the ducks flying (if they even were) the first hour of the hunt. An adjoining field and pond was holding the bulk of the birds after we pushed off the ones on our pond so Joel took a walk & pushed them off & we went from a couple ducks to a couple limits in a hurry after that. We were able to pick up another limit slowly but surely when he got back but then the flight died again as the ducks filled back up in the adjoining pond and field. I went over & pushed them off again & then stuck around & shot a couple greenheads when they came back while D, J & T shot ducks to finally finish up around 10 a.m. We shot 21 greenheads & 7 hens for our limit.

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Sean Ducks 2014 Dec 04
Dec 4, 2014

I hunted a private pond with Darin, Joel & Tony. There wasn't any wind for this hunt but there were ...more

enough ducks to work that we eventually got them over a 2 hour period. We had a lot of big groups coming back from feeding & a lot of them wouldn't do it but enough did to have another fabulous hunt on the pond. We shot 27 greenheads & Darin shot the lone hen by mistake and heard about it from all in the group.

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