Carol decided that today was her day to show me how to shoot. Started off with a lone Honker that she called in by herself. It tried to sit down next to some Honker floaters. 40 yards with a 20 gauge and 1 oz #4s is stretching it but she put some hurts on the goose. I finished for her from a 2nd blind 75 yards away. Cappy made short work of the retrieve even though I was concerned about sending him because I could see the last 10 yards or so was ice.
He brought the bird back across to the open water to my blind.
Then came a drake mallard that Carol hit and put into a long death glide out into the 18" deep iced-over "groceries", 20-30 yards from open water. Next thing I heard on the talk-about was ... ! "Jim ... Go Fetch!" So I put Cappy on a lead in the blind and went out by myself to retrieve the mallard in the Jon boat we keep there.
Cappy cried and whined the whole time I was gone. Whata crappy thing I did to him, he was saying.
Finally, a lone Gadwall made a too-close pass to "Annie Oakley"
and it folded dead in the air. Easy work for Cappy boy.
We had a number of nice groups work us during the 90 minute hunt. Once again, they remain very spooky. I've changed the dekes, reduced them, removed the Mojo decoy, used double jerk cords, changed calls and calling, quit calling ... about everything I've learned in 54 seasons of killing ducks. This time I don't have an answer. But danged if it isn't still fun watching the wife and yellar dawgs love this sport so much.
My happy partners this morning ...
And when we get home, the dawg that didn't hunt gets the customary "hidden bird" retrieve. We stop somewhere along our 700' long driveway and "plant" a bird for the dawg. Then when we off load, we bring that dawg outside and send it on a blind retrieve to where we hid the bird moments before. Remi LOVES this part ... ya think?
Last edited by Cappy_TX; 12-29-2009 at 03:02 PM.
WTG Carol. That is a beautiful goose. That ice is a pain though. Glad she sent you to fetch the "iced duck" to keep the pups from any more cuts. It must be really cold at your place too. We have had lows in the 20s here in NM for the past week. BRRR!! Good for duck hunting though. My Dad would be in heaven. He loved to duck hunt on the SF Bay in California. Glad to see that your whole family loves the sport - I bet Carol is a mean cook too. There is nothing better than a nice fresh duck dinner. Yummmmm....
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WTG Carol - that right use Jim for the retrieves !
Great shoot, Annie,... errr, Carol.
What fun. Sounds like a wonderful morning in Texas!
Yep, make the man do the work, that's my motto!
Sounds like it was a great morning, and I love the photos, as usual!
Daisy, Hayshaker She's Utterly Unforgettable, CGC
Lola, our mellow yellow gal. Gotcha on 1-7-07
Great pictures again, Jim! Look how happy they both are!
I love your stories and pictures! Thank you! I think you should put these all in a book.