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#6586016 - 12/13/16 09:59 PM Duck Season 2016-2017: 2nd Split (my pictures from the season)...
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12-7-16


It had rained 4 out of the 5 previous days. Wet and mucky out. Warm and overcast with virtually no wind. Started hearing ducks about thirteen minutes before legal. Five minutes later some ducks were coming in while I was in the blind messing with the batteries of a wiggle butt decoy. A couple minutes later I said to heck with it and went to put it out. Ducks were trying to land on me while doing so. Four minutes until legal shooting time and more ducks are coming in. Two minutes till go time and ducks were piling in from every direction. I filmed the action for a bit then realized it was past shooting time and transitioned to the shotgun. At 6:45 I picked one out to swat. The rest of the birds jumped and I somehow missed the second shot before dropping one to the right of the blind. At 6:46 I swatted another and then dropped one to the left of the blind. I dropped another at 6:47. Decided to let the dog pick up the birds and make sure there wasn't another bird in the shallows that might have been hit earlier. Birds were still coming in from all over. Whipple did her work and all was well. Still needing one bird, we got back in the blind at 6:57 as a couple hover over high and land to the right. At 6:58 we got buzzed by a flock of extremely fast moving dove. Then a single comes in and gets taken out to finish up as five jump up from the right.

The decoys...



Whipple with the last bird of the morning...



Feathers everywhere...



The birds...



Whipple with the birds...




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#6586403 - 12/14/16 09:34 AM Re: Duck Season 2016-2017: 2nd Split (my pictures from the season)... [Re: Fooshman]
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#6587607 - 12/14/16 11:07 PM Re: Duck Season 2016-2017: 2nd Split (my pictures from the season)... [Re: Fooshman]
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#6587658 - 12/15/16 02:24 AM Re: Duck Season 2016-2017: 2nd Split (my pictures from the season)... [Re: Hopedale]
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Originally Posted By: Hopedale
Nice up


Thanks.

Originally Posted By: MJ937
Good doggie


cheers
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#6599104 - 12/22/16 08:15 PM Re: Duck Season 2016-2017: 2nd Split (my pictures from the season)... [Re: Fooshman]
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12-10-16


Had a front blow through a couple of days before. Cloudy and cooler. Calm at first before the south wind would pick up throughout the morning. Heard a flock of ducks fly by about twenty minutes before legal. Had a flock of dark geese fly by behind the blind and a few ducks on the water a few minutes before shooting time. The ducks would leave right before legal when another flock buzzed overhead. A few minutes after legal a few would land off to the right. Two minutes later a single would land outside of the decoys then immediately jump and join the others. Four came in to the right with another following a couple of minutes later. Spooked the birds off of the water and probably could have shot one. A couple of minutes later a single would circle a few times before being shot at and flying off hurt. Got surprised by a low flying single sixty seconds later. Two minutes later a single circles and lands off to the right. Ten minutes go by and two fly over high. Four minutes later three teal come buzzing in from the right. One sits down in the decoys as the other two circle behind the blind. Waited to see if the two would come back but they never did so the one on the water got shot. A minute later four would pass over high from the left. About half an hour later four ducks would come in from the front and circle. One lands in the decoys and the other three circle and head toward the back pond. The shoveler on the water got taken out. Ten minutes later a single pintail would circle for what seemed like eternity before heading out. Eight minutes later a single gadwall would come in and get shot. Over the next hour roughly two dozen birds would come over in nine different groups and give a look before heading out with a few singles landing out of range. Decided to go check the back pond that the three from earlier headed towards. Of course a flock would fly over when getting out of the blind. Get close to the pond and the random flock of vultures on the barn and tower give away my presence. Ended up dropping two of the three gadwalls when they jumped. Fifteen minutes after getting back to the blind two divers would buzz over the decoys from the right and circle behind the blind before going back the way they came. Another fifteen minutes go by and three gadwalls come in and land off to the right. Took some shots at the closest bird and it flew off hurt with his friends. Eight minutes later three came over high from the right giving a look before going on their way.

Whipple bringing in a teal...





Whipple chasing down a shoveler...









Whipple brining back a gadwall...





The decoys...



The birds...

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#6599271 - 12/22/16 10:06 PM Re: Duck Season 2016-2017: 2nd Split (my pictures from the season)... [Re: Fooshman]
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Nice pictures!
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#6600039 - 12/23/16 12:53 PM Re: Duck Season 2016-2017: 2nd Split (my pictures from the season)... [Re: Caviel]
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Originally Posted By: Caviel
Nice pictures!


Thanks.
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#6618601 - 01/05/17 07:14 PM Re: Duck Season 2016-2017: 2nd Split (my pictures from the season)... [Re: Fooshman]
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12-11-16


Had some patchy mist on the drive that would dry up upon arrival. Overcast and warmer this morning with decent south winds. Heard a bird fly over two minutes after legal shooting time but never saw it. A minute later two land outside of the decoys too far to shoot. Another minutes goes by and a coot appears in the decoys and gets shot spooking the two ducks off of the water. Two minutes later a single gadwall cups in and gets taken out. A minute later three fly over but don't slow down. Then a single does the same. A single shoveler comes in and gets shot a minute later. Three minutes later a single teal comes in and gets taken out. After that there wasn't anything flying besides string after string of blackbirds and a few dove here and there. About 40 minutes after the last bird came in a high flock of four would come over and look before turning back. A flock of eight dark geese would fly by off to the right five minutes later. Seven minutes later it started to mist. A single gadwall came in and got shot a minute later. Before picking that bird up notices a flock of three shovelers coming in from the right. They crash in and two were taken out with one shot to finish up at 8:02. Had a couple of singles (shoveler and gadwall) come in and sit down while picking up. The mist was getting heavier and it was getting pretty wet on the walk to the truck. Lots of dove when leaving.

Blackbirds galore...



Some geese flying by...



The decoys...



Whipple waiting for orders...



Whipple picking up one of the two shovelers...





Whipple with the other shoveler...





Whipple retrieving a gadwall...



The birds...

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#6620706 - 01/06/17 11:49 PM Re: Duck Season 2016-2017: 2nd Split (my pictures from the season)... [Re: Fooshman]
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12-14-16


Had a supermoon out last night before clouds moved in and took over in the wee hours of the morning. Overcast and pretty warm. North winds stronger than advertised. Had some randomness in the area that affected bird movement. Morning was slower and consisted of mostly high flying, wary birds. Heard some birds moving about early. Had a single shoveler in the decoys a few minutes before legal. Shooting time would come around and the bird in the decoys got taken out. Six minutes later a single would fly by high from the right followed by a pair of divers high from the left. Two more would pass over high three minutes later. About ten minutes later a single would fly over high. Fifteen minutes later a single shoveler buzzed over from behind and drops into the lil tank. A little sneak and that bird gets shot. Forty five minutes later two come over high from behind and circle before bugging out the direction that they came. Ten minutes go by and a flock of eight fly over out of range. Sixty seconds later another single shoveler drops into the lil tank. Try to sneak but get busted with no shots. Another forty minutes go by and two come over high from behind and circle a few times before leaving. Twelve minutes later two extremely high birds do the same. Decide to check the back pond about ten minutes later. Didn't think anything was on the pond and noticed a few birds while walking up the dam. Five gadwalls immediately jump. End up dropping one at the edge of the water with another sailing off into the field. On the way back there is a shoveler and a gadwall on the tank. Try to sneak to no avail before the birds get spooked and leave. Sat around another forty minutes and had a single, a flock of five, a trio and another single fly by all high. Did get to see a white heron bust it's butt chasing after a meal.

Paxton picking up a shoveler...





This guy flew over...



The decoys...



Paxton picking up a pair of gadwalls...





This dude was looking to get out of the wind...



The bear in her den...



The birds...

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#6625315 - 01/10/17 01:02 AM Re: Duck Season 2016-2017: 2nd Split (my pictures from the season)... [Re: Fooshman]
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12-16-16


Cloudy and warm this morning. South winds way stronger than forecast to start off that would settle some later in the morning. Misted pretty much all morning. Slow again with mostly high flying, wary birds. Hear some ducks before legal but never see them. Five minutes after shooting time had a single fly over high from the front and go behind. Nine minutes later two fly over high from the left and head right. Then a flock of twelve pass by high from the front. Eight minutes go by and two pass over high from behind the blind. Lots of blackbirds moving through. Notice two birds off to the right about twenty minutes after seeing the last birds. They come over to give a look and one disappears out front as the other flies over the blind and vanishes. About twenty minutes later a single circles a couple of times while checking out the decoys from high overhead before losing interest and flying off. Had three really high bird fly over fourteen minutes later. Had a white heron land on the opposing bank. Then had another heron sailing in low towards the same spot. The first heron bowed up in his best karate kid impersonation to intercept and then had to flatten itself out on the water as the second heron called his bluff by not changing course and wasn't slowing down. Ten minutes later had a pair circling above with a single doing the same. The pair ends up vanishes off to the front as the single circled behind before disappearing. Six minutes later notice a single heading off to the right. Half an hour later notice a single coming in from the right with two more behind it a bit further out. The single dips over the outside of the decoys and pulls to the right as the other two come right towards the blind and start pulling up. End up dropping one of the two on the water and then shooting the bird to the right which sails over the tank dam. That bird was found running down the fence line. Had a single fly over high about twenty minutes later. Eight minutes later three teal come in from the right and circle over the decoys a few times. Dropped one in the decoys and one in the field about five yards to the right of the blind. The third bird would sail off hurt behind the blind to the left before losing sight of it. Had a single fly over as the dogs were picking up the birds. A pair would fly over off to the right from behind the blind and keep going eighteen minutes later.

Some of the blackbirds moving through...



Paxton chasing down a gadwall...







Whipple with the other gadwall...





Whipple drying off a teal...



Paxton with a teal...



Blood from the teal that sailed off...



The birds...

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#6625431 - 01/10/17 07:10 AM Re: Duck Season 2016-2017: 2nd Split (my pictures from the season)... [Re: Fooshman]
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Looks like you two yutes are having a decent season.
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#6633125 - 01/15/17 12:14 AM Re: Duck Season 2016-2017: 2nd Split (my pictures from the season)... [Re: wal1809]
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Originally Posted By: wal1809
Looks like you two yutes are having a decent season.


It's been okay. Definitely an odd one.
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#6633126 - 01/15/17 12:15 AM Re: Duck Season 2016-2017: 2nd Split (my pictures from the season)... [Re: Fooshman]
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12-20-16


Cold to warm this morning. Few clouds and calm with light south winds later. Arrived to a nearly completely iced over body of water. There may have been a few small unfrozen spots. Commenced to busting a hole. Heard a goose fly over and a few ducks land on the ice to the right early. About ten minutes before legal some outlaws decided that they couldn't wait any longer. Had a pair land on the ice in the middle with two minutes till shooting time. They would jump and move further to the right at legal. Sixty seconds later a single gadwall lands on the ice in the middle then jumps and comes over the hole. It gets shot. The two off to the right bug out two minutes later only to come back with in another two minutes. Lots of dove flying around. A single flies over high seven minutes later. Three minutes later a ringer comes in from the left and lands near a point on the right and gets shot. Twelve minutes later a pair flies over out of reach. Fives minutes go by and see three high overhead and two from the left go right. Then see three drop from the heavens onto an adjacent property. Notice another high flying single pass over from behind four minutes later. About ten minutes later nine gadwalls come over from the right and go behind the blind. Was hoping they were going to circle back but they were never seen again. Should have shot. Six minutes later a gadwall comes over from the right and circles out front before dropping in. He gets shot. About fifteen minutes later another six pass over high and drop onto an adjacent property. Four minutes later a pair comes over from the right out of range and head to the left. They would come back over looking to sit down before heading back to the right. Another pair would pass by from the right out of range and head off out front twenty five minutes later. Twenty three minutes later a gadwall swings over the decoys. It gets shot at twice before flying off with it's tail feathers trimmed. Another twenty minutes go by and four fly by high overhead. Got buzzed by three shovelers from the right ten minutes later. Thought they were going to turn around but the never did. Notice a lone bird on the opposite shore. It would eventually jump and head off to the right. Nineteen minutes later two teal buzz over from the left. Only managed to convince one to come back. It comes over the decoys before pulling up and getting dropped. Had a flock of twenty plus pass over high overhead while picking up.

Locked up...



This gadwall was just chillin'...



Whipple breaking ice while picking it up...









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#6633127 - 01/15/17 12:15 AM Re: Duck Season 2016-2017: 2nd Split (my pictures from the season)... [Re: Fooshman]
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This dude flew by...



A teal that made a hole...



Whipple picking it up...





Whipple picking up a ringer...



Whipple picking up another gadwall...





The decoys...



The birds...

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#6634698 - 01/16/17 12:48 AM Re: Duck Season 2016-2017: 2nd Split (my pictures from the season)... [Re: Fooshman]
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12-21-16


It would turn from cool to warm this morning. Partly cloudy with south winds that would get pretty stout. Heard ducks flying over five minutes before legal shooting time. Four minutes later heard a goose honking behind the blind. Not much flying other than a mass amount of blackbirds and a few dove. Had a pair of hawks chasing dove around. About fifty minutes into the hunt a pair of gadwalls come sailing in from the right. The drake gets the first shot and is out of commission. The hen gets the other two shots and still manages to fly off to the left before turning back behind the blind. Had to load another shell and wait for her to clear a mesquite tree before she finally dropped. Roughly thirty minutes later got buzzed by two divers from the right. Could not react fast enough grab the gun let alone get a shot off. Might have seen a far off single while watching them fly off to the left. Twenty minutes later notice two off to the right. Had a huge flock of dove land by the corral ten minutes later. Very slow with very little movement.

Blackbirds moving through...



Couple of hawks causing trouble...



Whipple retrieving the drake...





The decoys...



Paxton retrieving the hen...





Some dove in the area...



A pair of pelicans that came through...



The birds...

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