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#5525240 - 01/07/15 09:11 AM First time in near 10 years....
schmellba99 Offline
Woodsman

Registered: 06/30/14
Posts: 178
Loc: Gulf Coast, Texas
I am breaking out the waders today and will be sitting on some water this evening and tomorrow morning hoping to touch off some even older shells at ducks coming in.

I'm pretty ecstatic to be honest. Both at finally getting back in the game, but also that my waders still fit - because I've put on some chub since I was a younger and skinnier lad when I bought them.

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#5525266 - 01/07/15 09:24 AM Re: First time in near 10 years.... [Re: schmellba99]
kdub Offline
THF Trophy Hunter

Registered: 02/09/07
Posts: 7510
Loc: In the yak
Good luck!
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#5525304 - 01/07/15 09:36 AM Re: First time in near 10 years.... [Re: schmellba99]
Featherduster Offline
THF Trophy Hunter

Registered: 06/15/10
Posts: 5588
Loc: Columbus / Garwood
Welcome back, and good luck to you

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#5525373 - 01/07/15 10:03 AM Re: First time in near 10 years.... [Re: schmellba99]
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Registered: 10/30/14
Posts: 3385
Good luck!
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#5525376 - 01/07/15 10:05 AM Re: First time in near 10 years.... [Re: schmellba99]
DuckCoach1985 Offline
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Registered: 10/09/13
Posts: 1414
Loc: SMTX
hope those waders are still in good shape! You'll find out quick enough! Welcome back and good luck! up
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#5530130 - 01/09/15 11:29 AM Re: First time in near 10 years.... [Re: schmellba99]
schmellba99 Offline
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Registered: 06/30/14
Posts: 178
Loc: Gulf Coast, Texas
The waders were still water tight, which was good because it was 28 degrees and there was a thin ring of ice around the edge of the flooded field we hunted.

It was cold. Damn cold. But it was worth it - we limited out (6 man limit) by 0730. Mostly teal, but a few pintails and a couple of mallard hens as well. Had an absolute blast and I think I really got the blood flowing again.

That was my first time hunting in that area and the number of ducks was amazing. Geese everywhere too. Down on the coast, it was pretty rare to get more than a handful of birds at one time coming into the decoys - here we had groups of 200+. It actually made it a little more difficult on the shooting for me because I had to really concentrate on one single instead of the whole group.

We hunted out of Pintail Hunting Lodge near Garwood. I'd go there again in a heartbeat - Al Shimak is the owner, and is an awesome guy to talk to and a wonderful host.

I'm taking a really nice green wing drake and hen to the taxi this weekend, so my free trip is still going to cost me......

Edit - added a pic for funsies:

I'm the short fat guy next to the tall dude





Edited by schmellba99 (01/09/15 01:17 PM)

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#5530149 - 01/09/15 11:34 AM Re: First time in near 10 years.... [Re: schmellba99]
DuckCoach1985 Offline
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Registered: 10/09/13
Posts: 1414
Loc: SMTX
...in the best way possible! Sounds like a great hunt, congrats!!
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#5530188 - 01/09/15 11:52 AM Re: First time in near 10 years.... [Re: schmellba99]
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Registered: 01/21/08
Posts: 636
Loc: Texoma
Congrats
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#5530651 - 01/09/15 03:01 PM Re: First time in near 10 years.... [Re: schmellba99]
Featherduster Offline
THF Trophy Hunter

Registered: 06/15/10
Posts: 5588
Loc: Columbus / Garwood
Glad you had a great hunt.

I know the Pintail crew very well...even helped out there once upon a time.

Who was your guide?

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#5531032 - 01/09/15 05:34 PM Re: First time in near 10 years.... [Re: Featherduster]
schmellba99 Offline
Woodsman

Registered: 06/30/14
Posts: 178
Loc: Gulf Coast, Texas
Originally Posted By: Featherduster
Glad you had a great hunt.

I know the Pintail crew very well...even helped out there once upon a time.

Who was your guide?


I can't remember his name for the life of me. Real nice guy, probably late 40's with a chocolate lab. Rock maybe was his nickname? I'll think of it at 3 in the morning or something like that.

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#5531284 - 01/09/15 07:06 PM Re: First time in near 10 years.... [Re: schmellba99]
Fowlman Online   content
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Registered: 08/14/13
Posts: 539
Loc: NTX
Awesome hunt. Congrats. up

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#5531375 - 01/09/15 07:40 PM Re: First time in near 10 years.... [Re: schmellba99]
AF_Chief Offline
Light Foot

Registered: 09/14/14
Posts: 35
Loc: Cibolo, Texas
Congrats!!!

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#5531706 - 01/09/15 10:01 PM Re: First time in near 10 years.... [Re: schmellba99]
Fishuhalik Offline
Bird Dog

Registered: 03/10/14
Posts: 402
Loc: Katy, TX
You're "free" trips gonna cost you a lot more than a taxi bill. New dekes, boat, shotgun, etc etc...

Welcome back to the most expensive outdoor addiction of em all!!! smile
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#5531879 - 01/09/15 11:30 PM Re: First time in near 10 years.... [Re: schmellba99]
Tyrannosaurusrexeggs Offline
Light Foot

Registered: 03/19/14
Posts: 36
Very nice!

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#5535770 - 01/11/15 04:04 PM Re: First time in near 10 years.... [Re: schmellba99]
Blue drake Offline
Woodsman

Registered: 01/08/12
Posts: 115
Loc: Hog eye duck hole
Congrats

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