Sean Ducks 2011 Jan 2

This is the last hunt report from my holiday vacation time frame. Ducks were the quarry again when I hit a popular local public hunting spot. I had a spot lined up when I noticed a couple of other guys looking for a spot had a dog. I have had good luck going with new guys I met in the parking lot prior to a hunt this season when I've gone out solo and the spot I had picked for this hunt was one where the water gets deep about 40 yards out. I asked if they would like to join me and they were happy to do so. We kicked a lot (thousands) of ducks off the patch of open water in front of the blind and excitedly set up decoys in the dark. We worked to open the hole up a little more towards the shoreline that ended up being time not spent wisely and we missed some early opportunities with ducks coming into the decoys. There were still plenty working throughout the morning and Jim and Jim ended up being great company. They even let me shoot the Big Macray - 6 mallard drakes & 1 pintail drake by taking turns at singles and doubles. We just couldn't seem to get hidden well enough for the flocks so it ended up being pretty much singles and double mallards coming into the spread. There were a fair amount of dumpelstilkin's (high flyers willing to dump straight in without circling) on this day and with the sunny skies, the mallard drakes heads lit up like a beacon providing a good aiming point. I enjoyed the company and Jim and Jim provided me with a lot of laughs on the slough. Their dog, Jake, a 105 pound yellow lab was on task to get our ducks and save us from trudging through the cold, deep waters. He didn't like going through slush ice so we lost a couple of mallard drakes and adjusted our shooting to closer in to prevent anymore losses. All in all, it was another successful day and I got the opportunity to get to know a couple of other waterfowlers and share some laughs. Jim J. was probably one of the more excitable hunters I've been around in quite some time. He was like a kid in the candy store until he fell in the water and it sapped a little of his enthusiasm but I bet he'll be back at it in no time. When you have the fever, you can't get out often enough. Trust me, I know. Pic's attached. I didn't take a lot of action shots due to the circus atmosphere (details will not be provided to protect the innocent) and the ones I did show too much background so a couple of hero shots is all I have to share.

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