We had the surprise pleasure of getting to hunt with Brandon and Dave was there with his decoys! This was our first coastal hunt and I had a blast, think I'm hooked.
I had a great time too, it was nice to meet y'all. When Brandon said we were hunting with another forum member, a taxidermist, I was stoked! Those divers move fast huh?
I went on a very short snipe hunt before we met at the ramp, I realized I only had 40 minutes to put on my waders and try to flush some. About 20 minutes into it I thought, nah, there's none here and then I flushed one right after I almost gave up and went back to the truck. By the time shooting was over my shirt pockets were already full of snipe so I found a use for that little velcro "rod holder" strap on the fishing shirt I've never actually used before:
This morning I had the pleasure of hunting with Wal1809 and a coworker and coworker's dad. We shot a BIG DADDY pintail that is bagged up for a mount. I mean we've all seen the occasional bird with a longer sprig, his sprig wasn't real long or anything, a good average size for a mature sprig, but the bird itself was HUGE. Not a normal pintail size at all. You know how sleek and feminine shaped they are. This is a picture of his head next to a normal size (not the huge, palm sized head with a massive crown bird-- the 1 in 30 we see, but a good one) redhead... his head was bigger. And it didn't photograph right but had the nice purples, yellows, and greens in the brown too.
We had a little slower hunt this morning due to not one breath of wind and no real fishing/hunting traffic on a Monday morning, but we had a good time. Had a raft of pintails in front of us and we kept hearing pintails and trying to figure out where they were flying until we realized it was them rafted up in front of us instead of divers. After the hunt we did a little scouting and jumped a few large pockets of birds as we meandered through the mangroves in Wayne's boat.
I was goofing around with the birds and the chain link and Wayne said jump in there, it'll make a picture. City birds. East side, yo.
I had to head back to town after the morning hunt to return to work Tuesday but Wayne was gonna stay down another day or two and try to hammer on the birds. I heard he did pretty good tonight.