We started out 2015 gator season on a high note. We only set 10 lines opening day because we had to save some tags for other donated hunts later in the season. We took some good friends and had a blast! 6/10 and the best day I've had for gator hunting. Too bad the prices were chit this year. Stupid farm raised gators. $5/ft under 6 ft, $10/ft 6-8', and $15/ft over 8'. The prices have literally been triple this the last 3 years. After seeing the prices we pretty much stopped hunting them altogether.
After that I had a black cloud over me all weekend. We had horrible hunts opening for the most part opening morning between 3 blinds in our reservoir. I think we had 30 teal between 10 hunters. The next morning I decided to sleep in and low and behold my brother and his friend were the only ones who hunted and it was incredible. I guess the birds got run out of the rice and settled into the marsh Saturday afternoon. My buddy didn't lock the boat trailer down Sunday morning properly so it came off the ball going over a bridge so I had to drag it all the way over and back down because I could get it back on the ball on that steep slope. Blew a tire out at the boat ramp just before that. After that we regrouped. Thank god for my cousin. He found a pile of birds in their marsh that were roosting in the rice and heading into the marsh to rest all day. None of his family members would make the walk in so we had them all to ourselves. We hunted with him 6 times and killed limits every time. I don't think it took longer than 30 minutes on any morning. The afternoons were a little bit slower and took about an hour. The dogs did great also! Their marsh is 6 miles as the crow flies from ours. It is amazing how slow it can be in one spot and that good so close. They had probably 1200 acres of second crop rice flooded up and no one except us hunting the marsh so the birds didn't really have to leave the ranch I guess.
9/15 afternoon hunt 3 man limit
9/17 afternoon hunt 3 man limit
9/20 morning hunt 3 man limit
9/25 morning hunt 7 man limit in 15 minutes, we had 2 groups that we kill 15+ birds out of. Huge decoying flocks.
9/26 morning hunt 6 man limit. It was slower but we still killed limits in 30 minutes.
9/27 morning hunt we split up and my girlfriend and I had no problem shooting our 12 birds in 20 minutes or so. Perfect ending. The other group had 4 limits in a short time also.