So this is has been my first season getting out and really trying to hunt some birds. Its totally ruined my deer season and feels more like a disease that has taken hold of me than a passion - I am dreaming of decoy spreads, jerk rigs and looking at every pond I drive by which might be more dangerous than texting. Anyway thought I'd share a few pics. My son got us started and the highlight and what really did it for me was a goose hunting trip to the Eastern Shore of Maryland that I was able to add on to a work trip to DC. It was incredible!
Ducks off deer lease pond
Our first duck was a ringneck - my son was bored from being in the deer blind - the duck that got us started!
A long stretch of depression can set in once season ends but I try to replace that by catching those monster blue cats that will be roaming the shallows chasing huge gizzard shad. If any of you guys run these shallow flats on our lakes you know what I am talking about because I am sure you are running them out at times.
Nothing like fighting a 50lb blue cat in 1-2 feet of water in standing timber.
The other outfitter was OK - nothing negative but the guys at Chesapeake were awesome, worked hard and made changes when the birds didn't want to cooperate and were nice enough to fit me into a group which saved me $ on the hunt. Our guide Andy & his dog Ruger were both very tolerant of all of my rookie questions.